6419 Configuring, Managing and Maintaining Windows Server® 2008-based Servers


Course Description

 This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to manage accounts and resources, maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data in a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and R2 environment. This course covers the core skills required by anyone working with Windows Server 2008 Servers.

Audience Profile

Candidates for this course are information technology (IT) professionals who work in medium to large organizations. The primary candidate is a Windows Server administrator who operates Windows Servers on a daily basis and who requires the skills for configuring, managing, and maintaining servers installed with Windows Server 2008, including the Release 2 (R2) edition. Candidates are typically responsible for day-to-day management of the server operating system and various server roles such as DHCP, DNS, file and print services, directory services, and software distribution. This course may also be considered in combination with other exam preparation materials for candidates wishing to prepare for MCTS and MCITP certification in Windows Server 2008.

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

 Before attending this course, in addition to their professional experience, students must have:

  • At least one year experience operating Windows Servers in the area of account management, server maintenance, server monitoring, or server security.
  • Certification related to the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals, Security Fundamentals, and Windows Server Administration Fundamentals designations, or equivalent knowledge as outlined in course 6420B: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008.
  • A+, Server+, hardware portion of Network+, or equivalent knowledge.
  • Working knowledge of networking technologies.
  • Intermediate understanding of network operating systems.
  • Basic knowledge of Active Directory.
  • An understanding of security concepts and methodologies (for example, corporate policies).
  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP.
  • Basic knowledge of scripting tools such as PowerShell and WMI.

Learning Objectives

 After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Windows Server 2008 environment including the roles, features, and the tools used to perform effective server management.
  • Manage the DNS and DHCP server infrastructure roles.
  • Configure secure and efficient access to file services.
  • Configure and manage Distributed File Systems.
  • Manage file resources by using File Server Resource Manager.
  • Configure and secure Remote Access.
  • Manage Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Configure Active Directory object administration and Domain Trust.
  • Create and manage Group Policy objects.
  • Configure user and computer settings by using Group Policy.
  • Implement security settings by using Group Policy.
  • Provide efficient network access for remote offices.
  • Monitor and maintain Windows Server 2008.
  • Manage Windows Server 2008 backup, restore, and recovery.

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Managing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Environment

The module explains server roles, Active Directory, the Windows Server 2008 Administrative Tools and Remote Desktop.Lessons

  • Server Roles
  • Overview of Active Directory
  • Using Windows Server 2008 Administrative Tools
  • Using Remote Desktop for Administration

Lab : Administering Windows Server 2008

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe server roles and how they are categorized.
  • Describe the characteristics of Active Directory components.
  • Describe common Windows Server 2008 Administrative Tools.
  • Describe how to use Remote Desktop for Administration

Module 2: Creating Active Directory Domain Services User and Computer Objects

This module explains how to manage user accounts, create computer accounts and manage AD DS objects.Lessons

  • Managing User Accounts
  • Creating Computer Accounts
  • Automating AD DS Object Management
  • Using Queries to Locate Objects in AD DS

Lab : Creating AD DS User and Computer Accounts

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure AD DS user accounts.
  • Configure AD DS computer accounts.
  • Automate AD DS Object Management.
  • Use queries to search AD DS.

Module 3: Creating Groups and Organizational Units

This module introduces groups and how to manage them.Lessons

  • Introduction to AD DS Groups
  • Managing Group Accounts
  • Creating Organizational Units

Lab : Creating an OU Infrastructure

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the options for creating groups.
  • Configure groups in AD DS.
  • Configure OUs in AD DS.

Module 4: Managing Access to Resources in Active Directory Domain Services

The module explains how to manage access and assign and manage permissions.Lessons

  • Managing Access Overview
  • Managing NTFS File and Folder Permissions
  • Assigning Permissions to Shared Resources
  • Determining Effective Permission

Lab : Managing Access to Resources

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how access management works in AD DS.
  • Assign permissions to shared folders.
  • Configure permissions using NTFS.
  • Determine effective permissions.

Module 5: Configuring Active Directory Objects and Trusts

This module explains how to delegate administrative access to AD DS objects and how to configure AD DS Trusts.Lessons

  • Delegating Administrative Access to AD DS Objects
  • Configuring AD DS Trusts

Lab : Configuring Active Directory DelegationLab : Configuring Active Directory Trusts

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Delegate administrative access to Active Directory objects.
  • Configure Active Directory trusts.

Module 6: Creating and Configuring Group Policy

This module explains how to configure and manage Group Policy Objects.Lessons

  • Overview of Group Policy
  • Configuring the Scope of Group Policy Objects
  • Evaluating the Application of Group Policy Objects
  • Managing Group Policy Objects
  • Delegating Administrative Control of Group Policy

Lab : Creating and Configuring GPOsLab : Verifying and Managing GPOs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Group Policy.
  • Configure the application scope for Group Policy Objects.
  • Evaluate the application of Group Policy Objects.
  • Manage Group Policy Objects.
  • Delegate administrative control of Group Policy Objects.

Module 7: Configuring User and Computer Environments Using Group Policy

This module explains how to configure user environments using group policy.


  • Configuring Group Policy Settings
  • Configuring Scripts and Folder Redirection Using
    Group Policy
  • Configuring Administrative Templates
  • Deploying Software Using Group Policy
  • Configuring Group Policy Preferences
  • Introduction to Group Policy Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy Application
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy Settings

Lab : Configuring Scripts and Folder Redirection Using Group PolicyLab : Configuring Administrative TemplatesLab : Deploying Software with Group PolicyLab : Configuring Group Policy PreferencesLab : Troubleshooting Group Policy Issues

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure Group Policy settings.
  • Configure scripts and folder redirection by using Group Policy.
  • Configure administrative templates.
  • Configure Group Policy Preferences.
  • Deploy software by using Group Policy.
  • Troubleshoot Group Policy Application.
  • Troubleshoot Group Policy Settings.

Module 8: Implementing Security Using Group Policy

This module explains how to configure security policies, implement password policies, restrict access to software and user security templates.


  • Configuring Security Policies
  • Implementing Fine-Grained Password Policies
  • Restricting Group Membership and Access to Software
  • Managing Security Using Security Templates

Lab : Implementing Security Using Group PoliciesLab : Configuring and Verifying Security Policies

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure security policies.
  • Implement fine-grained password policies.
  • Restrict group membership and access to applications by using security policies.
  • Apply security policies by using security templates.

Module 9: Configuring Server Security Compliance

This module explains how to secure a windows infrastructure, configure an audit policy, manage WSUS and plan for a security update.


  • Securing a Windows Infrastructure
  • Configuring an Audit Policy
  • Overview of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
  • Managing WSUS

Lab : Manage Server Security

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Secure a server role within a windows infrastructure.
  • Configure an audit policy.
  • Describe the use of  Windows Server Update Services.
  • Manage updates using WSUS.
  • Plan for security update management by using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Module 10: Configuring and Managing Storage Technologies

This module explains how to manage storage using File Server Resource Manager, configure quota management, implement file screening and manage storage reports.


  • Windows Server 2008 Storage Management Overview
  • Managing Storage Using File Server Resource Manager
  • Configuring Quota Management
  • Implementing File Screening
  • Managing Storage Reports
  • Understanding Storage Area Networks

Lab : Installing the FSRM Role ServiceLab : Configuring Storage QuotasLab : Configuring File ScreeningLab : Generating Storage Reports

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe storage management solutions included in Windows Server 2008.
  • Manage storage using FSRM.
  • Configure quota management using FSRM.
  • Implement file screening using FSRM.
  • Manage storage reports.
  • Troubleshoot storage issues.

Module 11: Configuring and Managing Distributed File System

This module explains how to configure DFS namespaces and replication.Lessons

  • Distributed Files System (DFS) Overview
  • Configuring DFS Namespaces
  • Configuring DFS Replication

Lab : Installing the Distributed File System Role Service and Creating a DFS NamespaceLab : Configuring Folder Targets and Viewing Diagnostic Reports

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the distributed file system.
  • Manage DFS namespaces.
  • Configure DFS replication.

Module 12: Configuring Network Access Protection

This module explains how to configure, monitor and troubleshoot NAP.


  • Overview of Network Access Protection
  • How NAP Works
  • Configuring NAP
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

Lab : Configuring NAP for DHCP and VPN

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits and uses of NAP.
  • Describe how NAP works in various access scenarios.
  • Configure NAP.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NAP.

Module 13: Configuring Availability of Network Resources

This module explains how to configure shadow copies and provide server and service availability.


  • Configuring Shadow Copies
  • Providing Server and Service Availability

Lab : Configuring Shadow CopyingLab : Configuring and Testing Network Load Balancing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure shadow copies.
  • Provide server and service availability.

Module 14: Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers

This module explains how to monitor and maintain Windows Server 2008 servers.


  • Planning Monitoring Tasks
  • Calculating a Server Baseline
  • Measuring Performance Objects
  • Selecting Appropriate Monitoring Tools
  • Planning Notification Methods
  • Overview of Windows Server 2008 Maintenance Tasks
  • Automating Windows Server 2008 Maintenance

Lab : Identifying Windows Server 2008 Monitoring RequirementsLab : Configuring Windows Server 2008 Monitoring

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan monitoring tasks.
  • Determine an appropriate server baseline.
  • Determine objects and counters to monitor based on server role.
  • Analyze key performance counters.
  • Select appropriate monitoring tools.
  • Identify appropriate notification methods.
  • Create a server management task schedule for Windows Server 2008.
  • List automated maintenance tools for Windows Server 2008.

Module 15: Managing Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore

This module explains how to back up and restore Windows Server 2008 servers.


  • Planning Backups with Windows Server 2008
  • Planning Backup Policy on Windows Server 2008
  • Planning a Server Restore Policy
  • Planning an EFS Restore Policy
  • Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Startup

Lab : Planning Windows Server 2008 Backup PolicyLab : Planning Windows Server 2008 Restore

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create a backup and recovery plan by using Windows Server Backup.
  • Develop a backup policy for Windows Server Backup.
  • Create a server restore plan.
  • Create a plan for restoring Encrypting File System (EFS) files.
  • Verify the restore procedure.


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