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Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Exam 70-640

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring 5 Day Boot Camp

Although Microsoft is pushing Server 2012 and changing the certifications paths around again, Server 2008 courses are still in high demand, as is the MCSA certification track for Windows Server 2008. The primary reason for this is that most companies are in no rush to upgrade to the latest Microsoft release when the current infrastructure is already set up and working!

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Course Overview

The 70-640 class focuses on implementing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 environments. It covers core AD DS concepts and functionality as well as implementing Group Policies, performing backup and restore, and monitoring and troubleshooting Active Directory related issues.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of networking technologies, as well as Microsoft Server and desktop operating systems is preferred. For complete IT beginners, the CompTIA+ courses offered by IT Track is a good place to start before taking any Microsoft Server courses.

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Course Outline

Day 1: Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

  • What is Active Directory?
  • AD components and concepts.
  • Installing Server 2008 and AD.
  • Server 2008 Core installation.
  • DNS and Active Directory.
  • Configure zones.
  • Configure DNS server settings.
  • Configure zone transfers and replication.
  • DHCP with Server 2008.

Day 2: The Active Directory infrastructure

  • All about Forests and Domains.
  • Configuring Trusts and Sites.
  • AD Replication.
  • Global Catalogs and Operations Masters.
  • NTDSUTIL, ADSI Edit, and other useful utilities.
  • Security and Authentication.
  • Password policies: account lockouts and best practices.
  • File sharing and permissions.
  • Application control policies.
  • Auditing: learn how to keep track of what’s happening on your network.

Day 3: Active Directory Roles, Services, and Objects

  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS).
  • Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS).
  • Read-only domain controllers (RODC).
  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FSv2).
  • Active Directory objects
  • Automate creation of Active Directory accounts.
  • Maintain Active Directory accounts.
  • Create and apply Group Policy objects (GPOs).
  • Configure GPO templates.
  • Deploy and manage software by using GPOs.
  • Configure account policies.
  • Configure audit policy by using GPOs.

Day 4-5: Certificate Services, Troubleshooting AD

  • Install Active Directory Certificate Services.
  • Configure CA server settings.
  • Manage certificate templates.
  • Manage enrollments.
  • Manage certificate revocations.
  • Active Directory maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Configure backup and recovery.
  • Perform offline maintenance.
  • Monitor Active Directory.
  • Active Directory in a mixed environment.
  • Using Powershell and why it’s worth learning.