Designing and implementing a Server Infrastructure

Live Classroom
Duration: 5 days
Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 5 days
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This course is part one in a series of two courses that impart the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement a Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. This course equips participants with the skills and knowledge essential to provide an enterprise solution that supports manual and automated server installations in a physical and virtual environment, including supporting files and storage services. During the course, participants learn skills required for providing enterprise networking solutions, including, DHCP, IPAM, VPN and DirectAccess. The course also imparts skills required for designing and implementing a forest and domain infrastructure including multi-domains/forest and branch office scenarios.

What You'll Learn

  • Plan server upgrade and migration
  • Plan and implement a server deployment strategy
  • Plan and deploy servers by using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
  • Design and maintain an IP configuration and address management solution
  • Design and implement name resolution
  • Design and implement an AD DS forest and domain infrastructure
  • Design and implement an AD DS organizational unit (OU) infrastructure
  • Design and implement a Group Policy Object (GPO) strategy
  • Design and implement an AD DS physical topology
  • Plan and implement storage and file services
  • Design and implement network protection
  • Design and implement remote access services


  • Considerations for Upgrades and Migrations
  • Creating a Server Upgrade and Migration Plan
  • Planning for Virtualization
  • Lab : Planning a Server Upgrade and Migration

  • Selecting an Appropriate Server Deployment Strategy
  • Implementing an Automated Deployment Strategy
  • Lab : Planning and Implementing a Server Deployment Infrastructure

  • System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Overview
  • Implementing a Virtual Machine Manager Library and Profiles
  • Planning and Deploying Virtual Machine Manager Services
  • Lab : Planning and Deploying Virtual Machines by Using Virtual Machine Manager

  • Designing DHCP Servers
  • Planning DHCP Scopes
  • Designing an IPAM Provisioning Strategy
  • Managing Servers and Address Spaces by Using IPAM
  • Lab : Designing and Maintaining an IP Configuration and IP Address Management Solution

  • Designing a DNS Server Implementation Strategy
  • Designing the DNS Namespace
  • Designing DNS Zones
  • Designing DNS Zone Replication and Delegation
  • Optimizing DNS Servers
  • Designing DNS for High Availability and Security
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing Name Resolution

  • Designing an Active Directory Forest
  • Designing and Implementing Active Directory Forest Trusts
  • Designing Active Directory Integration with Windows Azure Active Directory
  • Designing and Implementing Active Directory Domains
  • Designing DNS Namespaces in Active Directory Environments
  • Designing Active Directory Domain Trusts
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing an Active Directory Domain Services Forest Infrastructure
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing an Active Directory Domain Infrastructure

  • Planning the Active Directory Administrative Tasks Delegation Model
  • Designing an OU Structure
  • Designing and Implementing an AD DS Group Strategy
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing an Active Directory OU Infrastructure and Delegation Model

  • Collecting the Information Required for a GPO Design
  • Designing and Implementing GPOs
  • Designing GPO Processing
  • Planning Group Policy Management
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing a Group Policy Object Strategy

  • Designing and Implementing Active Directory Sites
  • Designing Active Directory Replication
  • Designing the Placement of Domain Controllers
  • Virtualization Considerations for Domain Controllers
  • Designing Highly Available Domain Controllers
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing an Active Directory Domain Services Physical Topology

  • Planning and Implementing iSCSI SANs
  • Planning and Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Optimizing File Services for Branch Offices
  • Lab : Planning and Implementing Storage

  • Overview of Network Security Design
  • Designing and Implementing a Windows Firewall Strategy
  • Designing and Implementing a NAP Infrastructure
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing Network Protection

  • Planning and Implementing DirectAccess
  • Planning and Implementing VPN
  • Planning and Implementing Web Application Proxy
  • Planning a Complex Remote Access Infrastructure
  • Lab : Designing and Implementing Network Access Services
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Who should attend

The course is highly recommended for –

  • System engineers
  • System administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Windows Server administrators
  • Server administrators
  • Desktop support engineers


Participants for this course need to have good Windows Client and server operating system knowledge, and basic AD DS and networking experience in an enterprise or small business environment along with application configuration experience.

They should also have –

  • A good understanding of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) fundamentals and networking concepts
  • A good working knowledge of both Windows Server 2012 R2 and Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS). For example, domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership
  • A good understanding of both scripts and batch files
  • A solid understanding of security concepts, such as authentication and authorization
  • Familiarity with deployment, packaging, and imaging tools
  • Ability to work in a team/virtual team
  • Ability to produce good documentation and have the appropriate communication skills to create proposals and make budget recommendations
  • Knowledge equivalent to Windows 2012 R2 MCSA

Participants can meet these prerequisites by attending the following courses –

  • Installing and configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services OR
  • Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

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