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Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (M20412)

The five day course is part three, of a series of three courses, which provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

The five day course is part three, of a series of three courses, which provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses in total will collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. While there is some cross-over in skillset and tasks across the three courses, this course will primarily cover advanced configuration and services tasks necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as identity management and identity federation, network load balancing, business continuity and disaster recovery, fault tolerance and rights management.

This course is also preparation material, and maps directly to, Exam 70-412: Configuring advanced Windows Server 2012 services.

Cost£999 (plus VAT)
This course is not bookable online. Please contact us to express your interest in this course

Please note

This course is delivered by Quality Analyst (QA). QA have training centres nationwide and offer this course in a number of locations around the UK.

To find out available dates and venues for this training course, please email us at or contact us by phone on 01235 826125.

Target audience

This course is intended for IT Professionals who are experienced in implementing, managing and maintaining a Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment, and wish to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out advanced management and provisioning of services within that Windows Server 2012 environment. Students would typically be very experienced system administrators and should have hands on experience working on a Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 environment.

A secondary audience for this course will be candidates looking to take Exam 70-412: Configuring advanced Windows Server 2012 services, or are aspiring to acquire the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credential, either in its own right, or in order to proceed in acquiring the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) credentials, for which the MCSA credential is a prerequisite.


Before attending this course, students must have:

Delegates will learn how to

  • Implement Advanced Network Services
  • Implement Advanced File Services
  • Implement Dynamic Access Control
  • Implement Network Load Balancing
  • Implement Failover Clustering
  • Implement Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
  • Implement Disaster Recovery
  • Implement Distributed AD DS Deployments
  • Implement AD DS Sites and Replication
  • Implement AD CS
  • Implement AD RMS
  • Implement AD FS

Course outline

Module 1: Implementing Advanced Network Services
This module covers configuring advanced features in DNS and DHCP with Windows Server 2012 as well as covering IP Address management (IPAM).


  • Configuring Advanced DHCP Features
  • Configuring Advanced DNS Settings
  • Implementing IP Address Management

Lab: Implementing Advanced Network Services

  • Configuring Advanced DHCP Settings
  • Configuring Advanced DNS Settings
  • Configuring IP Address Management

Module 2: Implementing Advanced File Services
This module will cover learning how to configure and manage iSCSI and Branch Cache as well as Implementing Windows 2012 features that optimize storage utilization such as File Server Resource Manager, File classification and Data deduplication.


  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configuring Branch Cache
  • Optimizing Storage Usage

Lab: Implementing Advanced File Services

  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configuring Branch Cache
  • Configuring File Classification Infrastructure

Module 3: Implementing Dynamic Access Control
This module covers planning and implementing Dynamic Access Control (DAC).


  • Overview of Dynamic Access Control
  • Planning for a Dynamic Access Control Implementation
  • Configuring Dynamic Access Control

Lab: Implementing Dynamic Access Control

  • Planning the DAC implementation
  • Configuring User and Device Claims
  • Configuring Resource Property Definitions
  • Configuring Central Access Rules and Policies
  • Validating and Remediating Access Control
  • Implementing New Resource Policies

Module 4: Implementing Network Load Balancing
This module covers how to plan and implement Network Load Balancing (NLB). It will cover managing and configuring an NLB cluster and validating high availability for an NLB cluster.


  • Network Load Balancing Overview
  • Configuring a Network Load Balancing Cluster
  • Planning a Network Load Balancing Implementation

Lab: Implementing Network Load Balancing

  • Implementing an NLB Cluster
  • Configuring and Managing the NLB Cluster
  • Validating High Availability for the NLB Cluster

Module 5: Implementing Failover Clustering
This module covers the Failover Clustering features in Windows Server 2012. It will cover how to implement Failover Cluster, configuring highly available applications and services on a failover cluster, how to maintain Failover Cluster and how to use new maintenance features such as Cluster Aware Updating (CAU). It will also cover how to implement multi-site Failover Cluster.


  • Overview of Failover Clustering
  • Implementing a Failover Cluster
  • Configuring Highly-Available Applications and Services on a Failover Cluster
  • Maintaining a Failover Cluster
  • Implementing a Multi-Site Failover Cluster

Lab: Implementing Failover Clustering

  • Configuring a Failover Cluster
  • Deploying and Configuring a Highly-Available File Server
  • Validating the Deployment of the Highly-Available File Server
  • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating on the Failover Cluster

Module 6: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
This module will cover the options for making virtual machines highly available. It will cover
how to implement virtual machines in failover cluster deployed on host, options for moving virtual machine or its storage and provide high level overview about System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012.


  • Overview of the Integration of Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters
  • Implementing Hyper-V Virtual Machine Movement
  • Managing Hyper-V Virtual Environments by Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Lab: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

  • Configuring Hyper-V Replicas
  • Configuring a Failover Cluster for Hyper-V
  • Configuring a Highly Available Virtual Machine

Module 7: Implementing Disaster Recovery
This module covers considerations that must be included when you are implementing a disaster recovery solution, how to plan and implement a backup solution for Windows Server 2012, how to plan and implement server and data recovery using Windows Server Backup and Microsoft Online Backup.


  • Disaster Recovery Overview
  • Implementing Windows Server Backup
  • Implementing Server and Data Recovery

Lab: Implementing Windows Server Backup and Restore

  • Backup Windows Server 2012
  • Restore Files using Windows Server Backup
  • Recovering a Failed Server
  • Implementing Microsoft Online Backup and Restore

Module 8: Implementing Distributed AD DS Deployments
This module will cover the components of a highly complex AD DS deployment such as implementing a distributed AD DS deployment and configuring AD DS Forest trusts.


  • Overview of Distributed AD DS Deployments
  • Implementing a Distributed AD DS Deployment
  • Configuring AD DS Trusts

Lab: Implementing Complex AD DS Deployments

  • Implementing Child Domains in AD DS
  • Implementing Forest Trusts

Module 9: Implementing AD DS Sites and Replication
This module covers how replication works in a Windows Server 2012 AD DS environment. It will include configuring AD DS sites in order to optimize AD DS network traffic and configuring and monitor AD DS replication.


  • Overview of AD DS Replication
  • Configuring AD DS Sites
  • Configuring and Monitoring AD DS Replication

Lab: Implementing AD DS Sites and Replication

  • Modifying the Default Site
  • Creating Additional Sites and Subnets
  • Configuring AD DS Replication

Module 10: Implementing AD Certificate Services (CS)
This module covers the description of the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) components and concepts. It covers implementing a certification authority infrastructure, planning and implementing a certificate template deployment using an AD CS certification authority and planning and implementing certificate distribution and revocation.


  • Public Key Infrastructure Overview
  • Deploying Certification Authorities (CA)
  • Deploying and Managing Certificate Templates
  • Implementing Certificate Distribution and Revocation
  • Managing Certificate Recovery

Lab: Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services

  • Deploying a standalone root CA
  • Deploying an Enterprise Subordinate CA
  • Configuring Certificate Templates
  • Configuring Certificate Enrolment
  • Configuring Certificate Revocation
  • Configuring Key Recovery

Module 11: Implementing AD RMS
This module covers the features and functionality of Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS). It will outline how it can be used to achieve content protection, deploying and managing an AD RMS infrastructure and configuring content protection using AD RMS.


  • Active Directory Rights Management Overview
  • Deploying and Managing an AD RMS Infrastructure
  • Configuring AD RMS Content Protection
  • Configuring External Access to AD RMS

Lab: Configuring AD RMS

  • Installing and Configuring AD RMS
  • Configuring AD RMS Templates
  • Implementing the AD RMS Trust Policies

Module 12: Implementing AD Federation Services (FS)
This module covers detailing identity federation business scenarios and how AD FS can be used to address such scenarios. It will cover configuring the AD FS prerequisites and deploying the AD FS services, implementing AD FS to enable SSO in a single organization and implementing AD FS to enable SSO between federated partners.


  • Overview of Active Directory Federation Services
  • Deploying Active Directory Federation Services
  • Implementing AD FS for a Single Organization
  • Deploying AD FS in a Business to Business Federation Scenario

Lab: Implementing AD FS

  • Configuring AD FS Prerequisites
  • Installing and Configuring AD FS
  • Configuring AD FS for a Single Organization
  • Configuring AD FS for Federated Business Partners