MS-20415 - Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure

This 5-day instructor-led course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, and implement a Windows 8 desktop infrastructure. The course provides guidance on planning and deploying desktops by using several technologies such as User State Migration Tool (USMT), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and more. Additionally, the course describes how to protect desktops and monitor their health and performance.

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Solid understanding of TCP/IP and networking concepts
  • Solid knowledge of Windows and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)—for example, domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership
  • Good understanding of scripts and batch files
  • Solid understanding of security concepts such as authentication and authorization
  • Familiarity with the client administration capabilities of Windows Server
  • General knowledge of management tools such as System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Operations Manager, and System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager.
  • Familiarity with imaging, packaging, and operating system deployment concepts
  • Familiarity with certificates and Certification Authority (CA) implementation and configuration
  • Knowledge equivalent to Windows 2012 MCSA
  • Experience administering Windows Server in an environment that typically has the following characteristics:
  • 2,500 to 50,000 or more users
  • Multiple physical locations and multiple domain controllers
  • Network services and resources such as messaging, databases, file and print, firewalls, Internet access, an intranet, and client computer management
  • Support for Windows 8 client desktops
  • Deployment and management of both physical and virtual applications

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Assessing and Determining Desktop Deployment Options

Overview of the Enterprise Desktop Life Cycle
Assessing Hardware and Infrastructure Readiness for a Desktop Deployment
Overview of Enterprise Desktop Deployment Methods
Volume Activation Technologies for Enterprise Desktops

Module 2: Planning An Image Management Strategy

Overview of Windows Image Formats
Overview of Image Management

Module 3: Implementing Desktop Security

Implementing a Centralized Desktop Security Solution
Planning and Implementing BitLocker
Planning and Implementing Encrypted File System

Module 4: Capturing and Managing a Desktop Operating System Image

Overview of Windows ADK
Managing Windows PE
Building a Reference Image by Using Windows SIM and Sysprep
Capturing and Servicing a Reference Image
Configuring and Managing Windows DS

Module 5: Planning and Implementing User State Migration

Overview of User State Migration
Planning User State Migration by Using USMT
Migrating User State by Using USMT

Module 6: Planning and Deploying Desktops Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Planning for the LTI Environment
Implementing MDT 2012 for LTI
Integrating Windows DS with MDT

Module 7: Planning and Deploying Desktops by Using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Planning the ZTI Environment
Preparing the Site for Operating System Deployment
Building a Reference Image by Using a Configuration Manager Task Sequence
Deploying Client Images by Using MDT Task Sequences

Module 8: Planning and Implementing a Remote Desktop Services Infrastructure

Overview of Remote Desktop Services
Planning the Remote Desktop Services Environment
Configuring a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Deployment
Configuring a Session-Based Desktop Deployment
Extending the Remote Desktop Services Environment to the Internet

Module 9: Managing User State Virtualization For Enterprise Desktops

Overview of User State Virtualization
Planning User State Virtualization
Configuring Roaming Profiles, Folder Redirection, and Offline Files
Implementing Microsoft User Experience Virtualization

Module 10: Planning and Implementing an Updates Infrastructure to Support Enterprise Desktops

Planning an Updates Infrastructure for the Enterprise
Supporting Software Updates with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
Managing Updates for Virtual Machines and Images
Using Windows Intune for Managing Software Updates

Module 11: Protecting Enterprise Desktops from Malware and Data Loss

Overview of System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection
Configuring System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Client Settings and Monitoring Status
Using Windows Intune Endpoint Protection
Protecting Desktops by Using DPM

Module 12: Monitoring the Performance and Health of the Desktop Infrastructure

Performance and Health Monitoring for the Desktop Infrastructure
Monitoring VDI