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Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

This video training with James Conrad covers Microsoft Windows server technology, including topics such as remote access, active directory, and more....
This video training with James Conrad covers Microsoft Windows server technology, including topics such as remote access, active directory, and more.

Related Area of Expertise:
  • Microsoft Server 2012

Recommended skills:
  • Experience working with servers

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2008

Related certifications:
  • Microsoft Technology Associate

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals
  • Students

If you're a student, faculty, or staff member of a qualified educational institution, and you're new to IT and servers, this is the place to start. Microsoft's 98-365 certification tells employers that you've got your server basics down pat.

Trainer James Conrad explains how servers differ from the standard PC. He demonstrates the value of server redundancy and clustering, which is so important when one or more hardware components fail. You'll also learn about Active Directory (AD) infrastructure and group policy, both essential topics for every aspiring IT admin.

By the time you've finished watching this course, you'll be ready for the certification exam and know how to perform basic server administration for a small business or department.
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1. Course Intro (9 min)
2. Understanding Device Drivers (42 min)
3. Understanding Services (28 min)
4. Installation Part 1: Editions of Windows (38 min)
5. Installation Part 2: Installation Options (54 min)
6. Application Servers (34 min)
7. Web Services (51 min)
8. Remote Access Part 1 (43 min)
9. Remote Access Part 2 (35 min)
10. Print Services (35 min)
11. File Services (32 min)
12. Server Virtualization (37 min)
13. Accounts and Groups (42 min)
14. Organizational Units and Containers (24 min)
15. Active Directory Infrastructure (58 min)
16. Group Policy (24 min)
17. Storage (69 min)
18. Server Hardware (69 min)
19. Performance Monitoring (45 min)
20. Startup Process (41 min)
21. Business Continuity Part 1 (20 min)
22. Business Continuity Part 2 (40 min)
23. Updates (27 min)
24. Troubleshooting (35 min)

Course Intro


Hello, my name is James Conrad. And it's my pleasure to be here with you on this Microsoft technology associate exam number 98-365, which the full title of which is Windows Server Administration Fundamentals. But we'll just shorten it to say Serv Admin.


And most of the time I'll just call it the 98-365 or the exam. Otherwise, it's quite a mouthful. Anyway, what actually is the MTA? This is a newer certification from Microsoft. It's actually pretty exciting. This is very cool because it's going to allow a lot of people who possibly have not been in the technology field before to be able to make a breakthrough into that career.


You might be a career changer, for example. You might have retired from your old career or decided that you don't want to do it anymore. Or you might be a young student who's trying to break into the world of IT technology. Well, it's certainly going to help if you can show some kind of a credential that identifies that you truly are interested in it and you just didn't come up with the idea last night and decide to change careers within 24 hours.


You also have some level of knowledge that allows you to break into this exciting and very rewarding career. Apologies to those of you who did truly just decide to do this last night. Now, this will still be a good entry for you into technology. Now, there are some higher level certifications that Microsoft has, such as the Microsoft Certified technology specialist exam.


That means you have detailed knowledge of specific Microsoft products. The Server Admin exam item right here is going to show that you have good overall broad knowledge of a lot of Microsoft concepts. And it's a really good jumping off point and starting point for a lot of the other things we'll talk about.


Now as we take a look at this exam, I'm going to identify the rest of these bullets as specific things that we'll be addressing in this exam objective. And if you're not already familiar with it, you can go to Microsoft's website and you can just copy down the URL that I have up here.


And go to the exam 98-365 exam objectives. Here it gives you just an overview of what this is. And then specifically, you'll want to know the skills measured. Now, what I do is I go through each one of these and I make sure that I cover every one of the objectives and more.


Now, you're actually going to have more information than you need by the time you're done watching this video series. So anyway, you can kind of follow along with this for your own goals-- make sure that you have a good understanding of the various topics.


One of the first things that's covered there is driver. We'll have a discussion on what drivers are-- what their purpose is-- how to update them-- how to make sure that you can replace a bad driver-- take a look at those sorts of things. And basically drivers are simply what operates the hardware in your computer.


So we'll talk about those. We'll talk about various services that servers have-- boy, that's a tongue twister-- and that's because servers provide services to people, to other computers, so that people can get their jobs done. We'll take a look at some of the things they can do.


We'll take a look at also how to install a server. It's actually much easier now than it probably ever has been. It involves fewer steps. But if you want to go in more elaborate schemes, there's also ways of automating this whole installation process that can be quite complicated.


It just depends on how far you want to go with it. But we'll give you what you need for that as well. We'll take a look at application servers as well, because there's a lot of different kinds of application servers out there. You might have to have a mail server.


You might have to have a SQL Server-- all different kinds of things that provide access to business and resources to businesses so that people can get their jobs done. Of course, web servers are kind of ubiquitous these days. They're everywhere. And in a lot of corporations, you may be responsible for running the web servers as well.


Some of that's going to be offloaded to some third party. But you may have to run web servers in-house, such as on an intranet web server, that allows your employees to be able to access things such as resources an employee would need to know about-- you know, company information, internal announcements, whatever else.


There's lots of different things related to that as well. And as we continue on here, we'll take a look at additional items such as remote access. This is going to be pretty important for a lot of people these days, especially those that move around or maybe are traveling folks that have their laptops in hotel rooms that may need to figure out a way to access their systems remotely.


Or administrators that can't visit specific servers because they're physically distant, but you may need to still log onto it and administer it. Well, how are you going to do that? We'll talk to you about that in the remote access section. When it comes to print and file services, this is going to be pretty much a daily operation kind of a thing that takes place in most organizations-- everybody's going to be opening and saving files daily.


People have to print things out daily, and it's going to be very important to make sure that they can get the proper access to what they need and that they're prohibited from accessing things they're not supposed to be able to view. So we'll take a look at those, as well as server virtualization.


This is a big push in many IT organizations right now-- primarily because it provides something called higher density. So that instead of having dozens of physical servers all with only one job task, now you can put lots of servers kind of compressed into one.


We'll talk about that as well here. It's going to save a lot of money and a lot of resources. We'll take a look at accounts and groups. You're going to have user accounts. You need to make sure that they are properly provisioned so that users can properly log on and access the resources they need.


You need to make sure that they join the proper group. And you'll do that for them. And we'll take a look at the differences between some of the different types of groups, like a universal group, or a global group, and so one. We'll take a look at something called organizational units, which we usually just call OUs, and also containers, which are not technically organizational units, but can still contain things such as accounts of various types-- user accounts, computer accounts, groups, and so forth.


And those OUs in particular, are very important for properly organizing your Active Directory infrastructure. And as we continue on, we'll discuss more about Active Directory itself here as well. It's kind of a strange term to understand-- Active Directory.


It sounds like it's a living, breathing organism of some type. And in some ways, I suppose it actually is because it changes constantly. And it's very important to understand a lot of the constituent parts of an Active Directory infrastructure, starting with things like domain controllers, which is where all the accounts are stored.


You have to understand what a forest is-- how it relates to other domains. There's various operations roles that can take place on a server. So there's a lot of different things to understand there with Active Directory. We take a look at Group Policy.


This is probably the biggest way or most significant way that you can control everything that your users and computers are capable of doing. Now, you can lock things down so that users cannot see things, for example, in their interface using group policy.


You can increase security using group policy-- very, very big topic right there. Also, we look at storage. This is something else that grows increasingly important, because number one, we need more storage requirements than ever before. But also because there is more storage available than ever before through a number of different means.


We take a look at server hardware. Now, this sounds like something you may already know about. You already know what a computer looks like. You've taken the cover off before. Well, if you haven't worked much with servers, you going to be in for a surprise, because there's a lot more stuff in there, and there's a lot of redundancies that you won't see on desktop machines.


So we'll take a look at some of those items. We'll look at performance monitoring as well. This is critical for servers because if the servers don't perform properly, you can lose a lot of money in your organization because of slowdowns to performance.


So we need to make sure that they're performing properly and that we have a good measurable method for identifying whether or not a server has slowed down. And then we'll take a look also here at the start up process for Windows. This has changed a little bit in more current versions of Windows, but it's important to understand how the system starts up, that way you might also be able to more intelligently troubleshoot it if it's not properly starting up.


We'll take a look at business continuity. This is going to really be important in terms of something that might fail. Periodically there's going to be a power supply that fails, or your power might go out, or a hard drive might fail. We'll take a look at a lot of different things that you'll need to keep in mind to keep the system up and running even if there's a failure in some part.


We'll take a look at updates as well. I mean there's a lot of viruses, spyware, worms, all those types of things that are significant security threats and can also affect the productivity of your organization. So you'll need to keep your systems up to date and stable.


We'll talk about how to make sure that you can do that, especially using a product called WSUS. We'll address troubleshooting as well. This is going to be very important because if you don't have a process that's already in place when a problem occurs, then you get into a panic situation.


Oh no, we've got to get this fixed. We don't know how to do it. Well, a lot of the troubleshooting that you'll run into there is going to be based upon having a pre-planned plan of action, properly using resources such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, being able to read event logs and filter them appropriately and so forth.


Well, I got to tell you it's going to be a real pleasure to go through this whole series with you. And I do hope that you enjoy a successful career as a technology associate and beyond. And with that being said, let's go on to take a look at our first video.

Understanding Device Drivers

Understanding Services

Installation Part 1: Editions of Windows

Installation Part 2: Installation Options

Application Servers

Web Services

Remote Access Part 1

Remote Access Part 2

Print Services

File Services

Server Virtualization

Accounts and Groups

Organizational Units and Containers

Active Directory Infrastructure

Group Policy


Server Hardware

Performance Monitoring

Startup Process

Business Continuity Part 1

Business Continuity Part 2



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