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Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

This Microsoft Windows Server video training course with Chris Ward covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server, including designing a server deployment infrastructure, implementing a scalable remote access solution, and more....
This Microsoft Windows Server video training course with Chris Ward covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server, including designing a server deployment infrastructure, implementing a scalable remote access solution, and more.

Covering the major topics and concepts you'll need to succeed, this course with trainer Chris Ward addresses all of the major objective points on the Microsoft 70-413 exam. Learn the valuable background concepts and decision points that will enable you to make the right design and implementation decisions for any situation. Combined with some hands-on practice and experience, this course puts you on the path to becoming a Server Infrastructure expert!

Recommended Experience Recommended Equipment
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
Related Certifications
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure (retiring March 31, 2017)
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (replacing MCSE: Server Infrastructure)
Related Job Functions
  • IT professionals
  • SysAdmins
  • Systems engineers
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1. Course Overview (16 min)
2. Lab Setup (19 min)
3. Upgrading or Migrating your Environment (18 min)
4. The Deployment Plan (16 min)
5. Server Deployment and WDS (18 min)
6. Setting Up WDS (15 min)
7. Virtual Machine Manager Overview (18 min)
8. VMM Basics and Installation (12 min)
9. VMM - Service Templates and Logical Networks (20 min)
10. DHCP - Design (15 min)
11. DHCP - Advanced (17 min)
12. IPAM - Design (17 min)
13. IPAM - Setup and Configuration (17 min)
14. DNS - Securing Zones (22 min)
15. DNS - Namespace Considerations (18 min)
16. Deploying Storage Spaces (22 min)
17. Storage Spaces - Provisioning (15 min)
18. File & Storage - iSCSI and FibreChannel (15 min)
19. iSCSI Configuration (15 min)
20. Designing your Active Directory Environment (19 min)
21. Configuring Multi-Forest Environments (19 min)
22. Secure Connections - VPNs (17 min)
23. Secure Connections - DirectAccess (21 min)
24. UAG to DirectAccess Migration (12 min)
25. Implementing DirectAccess (22 min)
26. Designing Active Directory Sites (15 min)
27. Active Directory Permissions and Delegation (17 min)
28. Active Directory Quotas (12 min)
29. Network Access Protection (26 min)
30. Branch Office Considerations (29 min)
31. Exam Cram (16 min)

Course Overview

00:00:00

Welcome everybody to the CBT Nugget series for 70-413, Design and Implement a Server Infrastructure. I am so excited to begin this series with you. And we're going to start off right away, with a Nugget on the course overview. What it is that we're going to be talking about, some of the things that are new in 2012 R2 that you need to know for your server infrastructure.

00:00:21

And really this is where we take all the things that we've probably learned in the MCSA courses, like the 411, 412, 410, the basics in understanding. And now we're going to design and we're going to put together an actual server infrastructure. This entire series of Nuggets is really going to be all about designing and implementing that server infrastructure.

00:00:45

But this first Nugget, we're just going to kind of take a look at some of the things that are new in R2. Because remember, obviously, we have Windows Server 2012, now we have R2. And for many of you this is kind of something where you perhaps have used your MCSA, or maybe even an MCP in the area of learning how to use Windows Server 2012.

00:01:07

And a lot of that was, oh, OK. Well what does it do? And how does it work? But now, when you're designing and implementing, we need to know what's new in R2. I know, it kind of rhymes, too, which is kind of fun. We're going to talk a little bit about what we're going to cover in this series, in each one of these Nuggets.

00:01:22

And also, for those of you who are going to take the 70-413, which is 70-413 exam for your MCSE server infrastructure, you will want to know a little bit about what Microsoft expects you to know in order to pass that certification exam. Now obviously to talk about everything that's new in R2 would be one of those things that would take quite a bit of time.

00:01:47

But we're going to concentrate on some of the primary things, some of the really cool bells and whistles that Microsoft wants you to know about, especially when it comes to possibly taking that 413 exam. Now the first thing that is obviously pretty big is the System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.

00:02:04

Microsoft is really, really proud of this. This allows you, basically, to have the ability to use a single tool to manage your deployment and management of your virtualization infrastructure. So you can deploy and manage things like hosts, storage, networks, you can do libraries.

00:02:22

You can update servers. And what it is, is that the Virtual Machine Manager that we see here, is going to include all kinds of things that we're going to take a look at, like what the actual architecture is, how we can manage the host and host groups.

00:02:36

We'll talk a little bit about your Virtual Machine Manager libraries and some of the things that we can do with that. We can also plan the Virtual Machine Manager library servers and how they all work out. And we can configure things like hardware and capability profiles, guest operating system profiles, virtual machine templates, service templates.

00:02:56

We got everything that you can do. Now, one of the things that VMM does is it's made up of three primary things. You're going to have a VMM server, right, that you're going to be using. Then you have the VMM-- and I'll use the standard, this looks like a database, right.

00:03:12

You know, all the disks like that. That's the database that we have. And then of course, you've got the console. So we'll call it the VMM console that is going to allow you to operate all this. And that's pretty much the core components that are required for deployment.

00:03:27

OK? So you could-- by the way, you can do this on a single server, or you can do it on multiple servers. It's just up to you on some of the things you want to do. And this is going to allow you to go then deploy hosts on bare metal computers. You can automate deployment of Windows Server host machines.

00:03:42

And use a whole bunch of other cool tools. There's host and cluster creation, where you literally use the VMM console and you can create these hosts and clusters. So that means you don't have to worry about manual deployment as much. And that also helps stop any configuration errors if you're doing one at a time.

00:04:00

That would kind of-- that's where, basically, the errors can come in. And one good thing that we're going to talk about is the fact that, guess what, VMware, yep, it does support-- get this-- it supports VMware ESX or ESXi 4.1. So you can use System Center 2012 to help support that, as well as Citrix XenServer.

00:04:26

Now I am not experienced with this. I know about the product but I've never used it before. But just for some of you out there that want to use XenServer hosts, you will need to install the System Center integration pack, both on the XenServer hosts and then add the hosts into the VMM.

00:04:43

So we'll talk a little bit about that and some of the integration things that you can do. But just so you know, it's trying to play nice with other people out there, because you never know in your environment. Remember, you're designing and implementing an entire server infrastructure, and that doesn't mean that you have all things Microsoft.

00:05:00

You might have a whole bunch of other things are in operation as well. Now the next thing you see, right down here, something new that they're starting to do, is using the map toolkit to plan for upgrades and migrations. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit is going to allow you to analyze the inventory of what you have in place.

00:05:18

And it's going to kind of give you an assessment. It's going to go in and say, all right, let's see. What do you got here? You've got some servers over here. You got some desktops over here. You've got this in place. You got that in place. And so this will allow you to inventory your entire IT infrastructure.

00:05:35

And then it gives you a report about which machines are capable of actually running Windows Server 2012, which machines are capable of running with minimum system requirements, and which machines are not capable of running server 2012 R2 So this also will tell you-- nice thing is-- is specific upgrades.

00:05:54

So that way in case, maybe it's just a matter of adding a little bit more memory. Maybe it's you gotta change out maybe the hard drives or something like that. And that way you get a nice report. Because remember, this is all about-- I've said it now twice-- designing and implementing.

00:06:07

And this is going to help you with the designing part of it. And of course, Microsoft likes that as well. And then, of course, you have the ADK kit that you can utilize as well, which is also important. Another area where you're going to kind of expand upon your knowledge, especially if you went through the 410, 411, and 412 courses, you learned about, perhaps, IP address management, or IPAM, as they like to call it.

00:06:33

In some organizations, think about it, you might have maybe a few dozen DHCP and DNS servers. And then, obviously, depending on the number of physical sites and how many devices that they have, and you have to manage these networks. And not only the physical ones, what about the virtual networks?

00:06:50

And you've got IP address ranges that are going to be maybe from one virtual network to the other. The nice thing about IPAM is you manage these servers from a centralized location, OK? So that helps you. And you what you need to do is literally install an IPAM server.

00:07:07

So what's going to happen is you're going to have a server that is going to actually be running this. And then you can start a discovery task to locate servers that the IPAM is going to manage on your network. And it's going to go out and help you with this.

00:07:19

So we're going to talk about some of the requirements for deploying it, how it manages the DHCP and DNS servers for that, how we manage and monitor, utilizing the tools that were given to that. And there's obviously different topologies. We won't concentrate so much on that, because again, it's a little bit more deeper of a topic.

00:07:39

But I will point you to some really cool TechNet articles on that, that could really help you, depending on the size of your company and organization. I'm assuming, based upon my experience, I'm running usually in a small business environment. That's been my background.

00:07:52

I know many of you, though, are working in an enterprise environment where you have thousands of users, you've got a whole bunch of people to deal with. Well guess what, there's some really good resources out there I will point you to that will help you.

00:08:03

How to plan for your IPAM capacity planning. Then, what you're going to do is we're going to have server and scope management for DHCP, DNS server, and zone management. That's the beautiful thing about IPAM helping you out. And then finally, they'll talk a little bit about address space management.

00:08:19

But here's the thing, a lot of this is just-- I don't want to say it's intuitive-- but it's built into the system that you're going to have in place there. Another big thing that they're going to be looking into is of course, as Microsoft and everybody else kind of goes over and says we need to move into the cloud, and that's what Azure is all about, where you could literally spin up servers and utilize things like Active Directory within the cloud.

00:08:44

So you need to know how to do Windows as your Active Directory Authentication. How do you integrate your authentication with your on premises Active Directory Directory Services? And finally a couple other things that we're going to be covering is, of course, we cannot let security get by.

00:09:01

And so we'll take a look at some of the new things that they're talking about, especially the focus on the defense in depth model. What it is. How we deal with that. What are some of the common network vulnerabilities. And understand this, this is not a security class or a series of videos on network security within the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 environment.

00:09:23

But you do learn some good basics. And that way you can help with some of your risk assessment and also data security for that. So network perimeter security, keeping yourself safe from those outside. How do you design security? They're going to want you to know-- there's a certain way that Microsoft obviously recommends that you do it.

00:09:42

That doesn't mean that you can't do something different, and every company, obviously, is going to have a different policy in the way that they handle that. But there's going to be one thing they are going to tell you, you should have network security policies and procedures, and you should follow them.

00:09:56

I mean if you want to do it the way Microsoft recommends it, great. But if you have a different way, maybe you're utilizing maybe a few different boxes and or systems in place, then maybe you're going to change some of it. But make sure you have the policies in place and the procedures so you can follow those.

00:10:11

And then finally, the web application proxy. Now what has happened is that Microsoft has really wanted to focus primarily on direct access rather than VPNs as the ability to basically allow remote access. So a new feature, this is a new R2 feature, is web application proxy.

00:10:32

And so we're going to talk about some of the things that we're going to utilize that. They're going to talk about the direct access tunneling protocols, and how to plan for those. PKI integration with direct access, network configurations. They'll talk about VPN services.

00:10:48

So these are all the different authentication options, single sign on, if you're going to want to use that, SSO. And then also, planning for application publishing. Now I know that many of you guys are probably going to be taking this series of Nuggets to help get you your 70-413 exam, which is great.

00:11:07

Of course that helps you get an MCP if you do that. Or, if you add the 70-414 to that you can get credit towards your MCSE server infrastructure, which requires an MCSA and then the two exams, the 413 and the 414, which is up to you. And the nice thing about this, though, is the series is also there to help you learn some things.

00:11:29

So if you just want to learn maybe how to design and implement a Group Policy Object Strategy? Hey, no problem. Check out to the couple of Nuggets that we'll be doing on Group Policy objects, GPOs. Maybe you want to learn a little bit more about Active Directory Directory Services and how it works with physical topology, things like designing bridgehead servers, or site links and things like that, or where you put your domain controllers.

00:11:51

Not a problem. Check out that Nugget. That's the beauty of this series. But we will be pointing out quite a bit about the differences that we have in information you have, as well as-- I shouldn't say differences-- but the additional things that you need to know for helping to pass this exam.

00:12:07

You'll also notice, by the way, if you're taking this any time after December 31, 2014, which probably quite a few of you will, you won't see this on Microsoft's learning website, by the way. That's where I'm at. And notice I'm at learning. And then you just go to certification exams and you look up the 70-413 under server infrastructure.

00:12:26

But Prometric will no longer be offering the cert exams, so you will be, more than likely, doing Pearson VUE. The good news is, if you've taken Prometric exams in the past and if you checked out VUE, I've done both, they're pretty much the same thing.

00:12:40

Same environment. The drag and drop is there. The list it in this order, here's some case studies, click here, go here. Pretty much the same thing. So don't panic, everything there is going to be fine. Now those of you who, perhaps, were maybe started off studying on 2012 without the R2, the cool thing is is that under the skills measure, you'll notice it says right here, "content covering Windows Server 2012 R2." The questions changed in April 2014.

00:13:09

Now the good news is, is that behind scenes here-- let me pop it up. Here you go. This is the document that includes all of the changes that are going to be in the 2012 R2 infrastructure, right? And so this is going to talk about the 4013. And notice it says 2013 the changes were, not really.

00:13:30

It was a 2014, but that's OK. Maybe they need to change the document a little bit. So they're going to have some new things about it used to be designing an automated server installation. Notice, I already mentioned, App Controller. We talk about Windows Azure in infrastructure as a service in the cloud.

00:13:47

Those are kind of cool. You got updated subtasks here for server deployment infrastructure. And plan and implement server upgrade, no change. So there's a couple things there's no change, then there's some where they add some new information, like your fiber channel, ISCSI SANs, how they all work together.

00:14:04

And some cool things like that, including design considerations, integrated zones, DNS security, or SEC DNS socket, and some fun things like that. So let me go back here to the website, though, and you'll notice that they include all this. But if you're wondering what's new, that's essentially what you do.

00:14:21

If you're studying for the exam, this is where you want to go. You really want to go and print this. I will try to point out in appropriate Nuggets, things that are discussed and I show you, so that way you can kind of integrate the two together. For example here, when we start talking about the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit, the ADK, what that works with.

00:14:41

We also talk about map when we start talking about Windows Deployment Services, when we want to use or WDS servers to make sure that we can roll out our computers and our servers. Do you want to deploy using the App Controller, Windows PowerShell? By the way, Windows PowerShell you do need to know.

00:14:59

Most of you probably, if you're coming from the 2008 environment, are at least familiar. But literally the thing that's underneath the hood of Windows 2012 R2, 2012, and even back in 2008 R2, is PowerShell. And so we will show you some of the commands you need to know, there's a few.

00:15:18

And some of the things that you need to be watching out for that. We're going to obviously talk about things like Virtual Machine Manager services. But we will point all these things out to you and in each one of these individual Nuggets, OK? So you don't have to worry about, OK, where does this fit in?

00:15:33

What do I need to know? And what do we need to study? The other the good news is that we are going to be offering to you, as of the recording of this particular Nugget, you will have practice exams that you can utilize to help get you ready for that 70-413, which is going to be great.

00:15:48

So again, this is going to be out on the Microsoft's website here, www.microsoft.com learning. And then look for the exam 70-413 and it will give you all the appropriate information that you're looking for. I hope this has been informative for you. And I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Lab Setup

Upgrading or Migrating your Environment

The Deployment Plan

Server Deployment and WDS

Setting Up WDS

Virtual Machine Manager Overview

VMM Basics and Installation

VMM - Service Templates and Logical Networks

DHCP - Design

DHCP - Advanced

IPAM - Design

IPAM - Setup and Configuration

DNS - Securing Zones

DNS - Namespace Considerations

Deploying Storage Spaces

Storage Spaces - Provisioning

File & Storage - iSCSI and FibreChannel

iSCSI Configuration

Designing your Active Directory Environment

Configuring Multi-Forest Environments

Secure Connections - VPNs

Secure Connections - DirectAccess

UAG to DirectAccess Migration

Implementing DirectAccess

Designing Active Directory Sites

Active Directory Permissions and Delegation

Active Directory Quotas

Network Access Protection

Branch Office Considerations

Exam Cram

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