Installation, storage and compute with Windows Server 2016

Live Classroom
Duration: 5 days
Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 5 days
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This five day course helps participants with some experience of working with the Windows Server to understand the scenarios, requirements and storage & compute options available and applicable to Windows Server 2016. The course equips participants with the skills and knowledge to excel at handling the storage and compute technologies in Windows Server 2016.

What You'll Learn

  • Prepare and install Nano Server, a Server Core installation, and plan a server upgrade and migration strategy
  • Describe the various storage options, including partition table formats, basic and dynamic disks, file systems, virtual hard disks, and drive hardware, and explain how to manage disks and volumes
  • Describe enterprise storage solutions, and select the appropriate solution for a given situation
  • Implement and manage Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication
  • Install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V, and configure virtual machines
  • Deploy, configure, and manage Windows and Hyper-V containers
  • Describe the high availability and disaster recovery technologies in Windows Server 2016
  • Plan, create, and manage a failover cluster
  • Implement failover clustering for Hyper-V virtual machines
  • Configure a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster, and plan for an NLB implementation
  • Create and manage deployment images
  • Manage, monitor, and maintain virtual machine installations


  • Introducing Windows Server 2016
  • Preparing and installing Server Core
  • Preparing for upgrades and migrations
  • Migrating server roles and workloads
  • Windows Server activation models
  • Lab: Installing and configuring Server Core
    • Installing Server Core
    • Completing post-installation tasks on Windows Server 2016 Core
    • Performing remote management

  • Managing disks in Windows Server
  • Managing volumes in Windows Server
  • Lab: Configuring local storage
    • Creating and managing volumes
    • Resizing volumes
    • Managing virtual hard disks

  • Overview of DAS, NAS, and SANs
  • Comparing Fiber Channel, iSCSI, and Fiber Channel over Ethernet
  • Understanding iSNS, DCB, and MPIO
  • Configuring sharing in Windows Server 2016
  • Lab: Planning and configuring storage technologies and components
    • Planning storage requirements
    • Configuring iSCSI storage
    • Configuring and managing the share infrastructure

  • Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Managing Storage Spaces
  • Implementing Data Deduplication
  • Lab: Implementing Storage Spaces
    • Creating a Storage Space
  • Lab: Implementing Data Deduplication
    • Installing Data Deduplication
    • Configuring Data Deduplication

  • Overview of Hyper-V
  • Installing Hyper-V
  • Configuring storage on Hyper-V host servers
  • Configuring networking on Hyper-V host servers
  • Configuring Hyper-V virtual machines
  • Managing virtual machines
  • Lab: Installing and configuring Hyper-V
    • Verify installation of the Hyper-V server role
    • Configuring Hyper-V networks
    • Creating and configuring virtual machines
    • Enable nested virtualization for a virtual machine

  • Overview of containers in Windows Server 2016
  • Deploying Windows Server and Hyper-V containers
  • Installing, configuring, and managing containers by using Docker
  • Lab: Installing and configuring containers
    • Installing and configuring Windows Server containers by using Windows PowerShell
    • Installing and configuring Windows Server containers by using Docker

  • Defining levels of availability
  • Planning high availability and disaster recovery solutions with Hyper-V virtual machines
  • Backing up and restoring by using Windows Server Backup
  • High availability with failover clustering in Windows Server 2016
  • Lab: Planning and implementing a high availability and disaster recovery solution
    • Determining the appropriate high availability and disaster recovery solution
    • Implementing storage migration
    • Configuring Hyper-V replicas

  • Planning a failover cluster
  • Creating and configuring a new failover cluster
  • Maintaining a failover cluster
  • Troubleshooting a failover cluster
  • Implementing site high availability with stretch clustering
  • Lab: Implementing failover clustering
    • Creating a failover cluster
    • Verifying quorum settings and adding a node
  • Lab: Managing a failover cluster
    • Evicting a node and verifying quorum settings
    • Changing the quorum from disk witness to file-share witness, and defining node voting
    • Verifying high availability

  • Overview of the integration of Hyper-V Server 2016 with failover clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V VMs on failover clusters
  • Key features for VMs in a clustered environment
  • Lab: Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
    • Configure iSCSI storage
    • Configuring a failover cluster for Hyper-V
    • Configuring a highly available VM

  • Overview of NLB
  • Configuring an NLB cluster
  • Planning an NLB implementation
  • Lab: Implementing NLB
    • Implementing a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster
    • Configuring and managing the NLB cluster
    • Validating high availability for the NLB cluster

  • Introduction to deployment images
  • Creating and managing deployment images by using MDT
  • Virtual machine environments for different workloads
  • Lab: Using MDT to deploy Windows Server 2016
    • Configuring MDT
    • Creating and deploying an image

  • WSUS overview and deployment options
  • Update management process with WSUS
  • Overview of Windows PowerShell DSC
  • Overview of Windows Server 2016 monitoring tools
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Monitoring event logs
  • Lab: Implementing WSUS and deploying updates
    • Implementing WSUS
    • Configuring update settings
    • Approving and deploying an update by using WSUS
  • Lab: Monitoring and troubleshooting Windows Server 2016
    • Establishing a performance baseline
    • Identifying the source of a performance problem
    • Viewing and configuring centralized event logs
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Who should attend

The course is highly recommended for –

  • System engineers
  • Windows Server systems administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Server administrators
  • Server engineers
  • Support engineers


Participants for this course must have a basic understanding of networking fundamentals and server hardware. They also need to have an understanding of security best practices and basic AD DS concepts. Participants need to have experience supporting and configuring Windows client operating systems, such as, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Participants would find it beneficial to have some previous experience working with the Windows Server operating system, Windows Server systems administrator.

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