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MS-6421 - Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to configure and troubleshoot Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 Network Infrastructures. It will cover networking technologies most commonly used with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 such as DNS, DHCP, IPv4 and IPv6 network addressing, Network Policy server and Network Access Protection and configuring secure network access. It also covers fault tolerant storage technologies, Network Storage and routing and remote access, monitoring and compliance updates as well as other relevant technologies

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • You must have an intermediate understanding of Windows Server operating systems such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 and Windows client operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7. Client operating system knowledge equivalent to the below certifications would be of benefit.

  • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuration
    Exam 70-620: TS: Windows Vista, Configuring
    • You should understand how TCP/IP functions and have a basic understanding of addressing, name resolution (Domain Name System [DNS]/Windows Internet Name Service [WINS]), connection methods (wired, wireless, virtual private network [VPN]).
    • You should have an awareness of security best practices such as understanding file system permissions, authentication methods, workstation, and server hardening methods, and so forth.

    The minimum level of knowledge required in the above three bullet points, excluding the client experience, can be covered by having knowledge equivalent to the MOC course 6420B: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008
    • Basic knowledge of Active Directory would also be of benefit

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Planning and Configuring IPv4

Implementing an IPv4 Network Infrastructure
Overview of Name Resolution Services in an IPv4 Network Infrastructure
Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv4

Module 2: Configuring and Troubleshooting DHCP

Overview of the DHCP Server Role
Configuring DHCP Scopes
Configuring DHCP Options
Managing a DHCP Database
Monitoring and Troubleshooting DHCP
Configuring DHCP Security

Module 3: Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

Installing the DNS Server Role
Configuring the DNS Server Role
Configuring DNS Zones
Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
Managing and Troubleshooting DNS

Module 4: Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv6 TCP/IP

Overview of IPv6
IPv6 Addressing
Coexistence with IPv6
IPv6 Transition Technologies
Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6

Module 5: Configuring and Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access

Configuring Network Access
Configuring VPN Access
Overview of Network Policies
Overview of the Connection Manager Administration Kit
Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access
Configuring DirectAccess

Module 6: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role Service

Installing and Configuring the Network Policy Server Role Service
Configuring a RADIUS Client
Configuring Certificate Auto-Enrollment
Configuring and Testing the VPN

Module 7: Implementing Network Access Protection

Overview of Network Access Protection
How NAP Works
Configuring NAP
Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

Module 8: Increasing Security for Windows Servers

Windows Security Overview
Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Deploying Updates with Windows Server Update Services

Module 9: Increasing Security for Network Communication

Overview of IPsec
Configuring Connection Security Rules
Configuring NAP with IPsec Enforcement
Monitoring and Troubleshooting IPsec

Module 10: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network File and Print Services

Configuring and Troubleshooting File Shares
Encrypting Network Files with EFS
Encrypting Partitions with BitLocker
Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Printing

Module 11: Optimizing Data Access for Branch Offices

Branch Office Data Access
DFS Overview
Overview of DFS Namespaces
Configuring DFS Replication
Configuring BranchCache

Module 12: Controlling and Monitoring Network Storage

Monitoring Network Storage
Controlling Network Storage Utilization
Managing File Types on Network Storage

Module 13: Recovering Network Data and Servers

Recovering Network Data with Volume Shadow Copies
Recovering Network Data and Servers with Windows Server Backup

Module 14: Monitoring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers

Monitoring Tools
Using Performance Monitor
Monitoring Event Logs