MS-20744 - Securing Windows Server 2016

This five-day, instructor-led course teaches IT professionals how they can enhance the security of the IT infrastructure that they administer. This course begins by emphasizing the importance of assuming that network breaches have occurred already, and then teaches you how to protect administrative credentials and rights to ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to, when they need to.
This course also details how you can mitigate malware threats, identify security issues by using auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016, secure your virtualization platform, and use new deployment options, such as Nano server and containers to enhance security. The course also explains how you can help protect access to files by using encryption and dynamic access control, and how you can enhance your network’s security.

Student Testimonials

Instructor did a great job, from experience this subject can be a bit dry to teach but he was able to keep it very engaging and made it much easier to focus. Student
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Students should have at least two years of experience in the IT field and should have:
  • Completed courses 740, 741, and 742, or the equivalent.
  • A solid, practical understanding of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS).
  • A solid, practical understanding of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles.
  • A solid, practical understanding of Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization fundamentals.
  • An understanding of Windows Server security principles.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Attacks, breach detection, and Sysinternals tools

Understanding attacks
Detecting breaches
Examining activity with the Sysinternals tool

Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access

Understanding user rights
Computer and service accounts
Protecting credentials
Privileged-Access Workstations and jump servers
Local administrator-password solution

Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration

Understanding JEA
Verifying and deploying JEA

Module 4: Privileged access management and administrative forests

ESAE forests
Overview of Microsoft Identity Manager
Overview of JIT administration and PAM

Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats

Configuring and managing Windows Defender
Restricting software
Configuring and using the Device Guard feature
Deploying and using the EMET

Module 6: Analyzing activity with advanced auditing and log analytics

Overview of auditing
Advanced auditing
Windows PowerShell auditing and logging

Module 7: Deploying and configuring Advanced Threat Analytics and Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Deploying and configuring ATA
Deploying and configuring Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Module 8: Secure Virtualization Infrastructure

Guarded Fabric
Shielded and encryption-supported virtual machines

Module 9: Securing application development and server-workload infrastructure

Using SCM
Introduction to Nano Server
Understanding containers

Module 10: Planning and protecting data

Planning and implementing encryption
Planning and implementing BitLocker

Module 11: Optimizing and securing file services

File Server Resource Manager
Implementing classification management and file-management tasks
Dynamic Access Control

Module 12: Securing network traffic with firewalls and encryption

Understanding network-related security threats
Understanding Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Configuring IPsec
Datacenter Firewall

Module 13: Securing network traffic

Network-related security threats and connection-security rules
Configuring advanced DNS settings
Examining network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
Securing SMB traffic, and analysing SMB traffic

Module 14: Updating Windows Server

Overview of WSUS
Deploying updates by using WSUS