Module 1: Preparing to Deploy Windows Server 2012
Although you can use a number of tools and technologies to help you deploy the Windows Server 2012 operating system, it is important to understand how to plan for and perform individual server installations by using local media. This module explains how to plan for and perform individual server installations by using local media. It also describes how to configure, secure, and manage the server following installation by using remote management tools where appropriate. The module also explains how to activate your servers and manage volume activations.
- Planning a Windows Server 2012 Implementation
- Installing Windows Server 2012
- Configuring and Managing Servers Remotely
- Implementing a Volume Licensing Strategy
Lab : Planning to Implement Windows Server 2012
- Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
Lab : Configuring and Managing Server Core
- Installing Server Core (optional)
- Configuring and Managing Server Core
Module 2: Deploying Windows Server 2012
Organizations have different Windows Server installation and deployment needs. Often, the choice that organizations make about which deployment technology to use depends on the number of servers they plan to deploy. This module describes the key deployment scenarios and provides guidance about suitable Microsoft deployment technologies to facilitate them. This module also explains how to use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to assist with some of these deployment scenarios and the different types of images you use in some of these scenarios. Finally, this module also provides instructions on how to perform unattended installations of Windows Server 2012.
- Selecting a Suitable Deployment Method
- The Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit
- Overview of Image Files in the Deployment Process
- Working with Unattended Answer Files
Lab : Deploying Windows Server with Answer Files
- Creating an Answer File
- Using the Answer File to Launch Deployment
Module 3: Implementing Lite-Touch Deployments
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 forms a unifying framework for Microsoft Windows Deployment Services, the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK), and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager 2012) with documentation on best practices to help you deploy the Windows Server 2012 operating system more easily. Larger organizations need deployment technologies that can reduce or eliminate user-interaction during the deployment process. You can use Windows Deployment Services to help support both lite-touch and zero-touch, high-volume deployments. This module explores the functionality of Windows Deployment Services and explains how to use Windows Deployment Services tools to perform lite-touch deployments. It also describes how to configure MDT and perform lite-touch deployments by using MDT.
- Overview of MDT 2013
- Implementing Windows Deployment Services to Support Lite-Touch Deployments
- Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
- Performing Lite-Touch Deployments
Lab : Implementing Lite-Touch Deployments
- Installing and Configuring MDT
- Creating and Customizing a Task Sequence
- Configuring the Deployment Share
- Performing a Lite-Touch Deployment
Module 4: Planning to Virtualize Workloads
Most organizations are looking for ways to decrease the cost and complexity of providing an information technology (IT) infrastructure. Virtualization has become a key component in developing an efficient and cost-effective IT strategy. This module introduces some of the critical planning components that you must consider when you implement virtualization.
- Planning Server Virtualization Deployments
- Implementing Server Virtualization by Using Hyper-V
- Designing Virtual Machines
Lab : Planning to Virtualize Workloads
- Planning a Server Consolidation and Virtualization Strategy
- Evaluating Virtualization Candidates
Module 5: Upgrading and Migrating Networking Services
Servers that run network services are responsible for facilitating communication between computers on your network, and ensuring that the configuration of network infrastructure components supports a reliable network environment. The two most common network infrastructure roles on Windows Servers are the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server role and the Domain Name System (DNS) server role. Upgrading and migrating these roles is a critical first step in the migration process to ensure that the rest of your migration project can use the network infrastructure.
In Windows Server 2012, you can manage the DHCP and DNS server roles after or during migration with the new IP Address Management (IPAM) feature. IPAM enables you to centralize the management and monitoring of DHCP and DNS servers on your network.
This module will explain the tools and processes that you can use to migrate DHCP and DNS server roles, and will show you how you can use IPAM to manage and monitor your DHCP and DNS servers.
- Migrating the DHCP Server Role
- Migrating the DNS Server Role
- Implementing IPAM
Lab : Upgrading and Migrating Network Services
- Migrating the DHCP Server Role
- Migrating the DNS Server Role
Lab : Implementing IPAM
- Deploying and Configuring IPAM
Module 6: Upgrading and Migrating Server Roles
File servers and web servers are present in almost all corporate networks. You should consider the impact of these servers on your network, and how migrating to Windows Server 2012 can improve the functionality of file servers and web servers on your network. In this module, you learn about the migration considerations and the processes for migrating file servers and web servers.
Upgrading and Migrating File Servers
Migrating Web and Application Servers
Lab : Migrating File Services
- Preparing to Migrate to the File and Storage Services Role
- Migrating to the File and Storage Services Role
Lab : Preparing and Migrating a Web Server
- Preparing to Migrate a Web Server
- Migrating a Web Server
Module 7: Upgrading and Migrating AD DS
For most organizations, the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployment is the most important component in the IT infrastructure. Organizations deploy or migrate AD DS for a central identity and access service that provides access to many other network services in the organization. AD DS provides the primary security mechanism within most organizations, and enables policy-based management for user and computer accounts. It is critical that you follow the correct procedures for upgrading or migrating your AD DS infrastructure to ensure the continuity of your organization’s core identity and access functionality during the upgrade or migration process.
Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) works with AD DS to provide a public key infrastructure (PKI) that facilitates additional authentication for users and computers in your environment. Migrating AD CS to Windows Server 2012 depends on a specific process, and can provide several benefits to your PKI environment.
This module explains how to prepare for migrating AD DS in Windows Server 2012. It also explains the tools that you can use to perform the migration. It then explains how to upgrade and restructure domain controllers. Finally, it explains how to migrate AD CS.
- Overview of Windows Server 2012 AD DS Upgrade and Migration
- Upgrading Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2012
- Restructuring an Active Directory Domain
- Migrating Active Directory Certificate Services
Lab : Upgrading AD DS to Windows Server 2012
- Deploying a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
- Removing Legacy Domain Controllers
Lab : Migrating AD CS
- Preparing to Migrate AD CS
- Migrating AD CS
Module 8: Migrating to Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud-based platform that allows you to build, deploy, and manage applications within Microsoft-managed datacenters. Within Azure, Microsoft provides cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Microsoft Azure AD). Microsoft Azure AD is an online directory service that you can use for cloud-based applications. This module explores Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure AD.
- Extending Virtualization to the Cloud Environment
- Overview of Azure Active Directory
- Implementing Azure Active Directory
Lab : Implementing Azure Active Directory
- Planning to Implement Microsoft Azure AD for Office 365
- Planning to Implement Microsoft Azure AD for a Cloud-Based Application
- Implementing Azure AD