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This 5-day Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016 training class explains how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professional who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a high level of knowledge about previous Windows Server technologies and skills equivalent to the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 credential.

This course is not a product upgrade course, detailing considerations for migrating and upgrading your specific environment to Windows Server 2016. Rather, this course will update students' existing Windows Server knowledge and skills to Windows Server 2016.
Audience profile

This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals who are experienced Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 system administrators and who have real world experience working in a Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 enterprise environment, and have obtained the credential Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 or have equivalent knowledge.

IT professionals wanting to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exams will also be interested in taking this course as they prepare for the MCSA exams, which are a prerequisite for the MCSE specialties.

  1. Learn to install and configure Windows Server 2016.
  2. Learn to implement Hyper-V.
  3. Learn to implement directory services.
  4. Learn to implement AD FS.
  5. Learn to manage and optimize storage in Windows Server 2016.
  6. Learn to implement secure data access for users and devices.
  7. Learn to implement network services.
  8. Learn to implement remote access.
  9. Learn to implement failover clustering.
  10. Learn to implement failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V.
  11. Learn to recover data in Windows Servers 2016.
  1. Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2016
    1. Introducing Windows Server 2016
    2. Installing Windows Server 2016
    3. Configuring Windows Server 2016
    4. Implementing containers in Windows Server 2016
    5. Lab: Installing and configuring Nano Server
      1. Installing Nano Server
      2. Completing post-Installation tasks on Nano Server
  2. Implementing Hyper-V
    1. Configuring the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2016
    2. Configuring Hyper-V storage
    3. Configuring Hyper-V networking
    4. Configuring Hyper-V virtual machines
    5. Lab: Implementing server virtualization with Hyper-V
      1. Installing the Hyper-V server role
      2. Configuring virtual networking
      3. Creating and configuring a virtual machine
  3. Implementing directory services
    1. Deploying AD DS domain controllers
    2. Implementing service accounts
    3. Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
    4. Integrating AD DS with Azure AD
    5. Lab: Implementing service accounts
      1. Implementing service accounts
    6. Lab: Integrating with Azure AD
      1. Installing Azure AD Connect
      2. Verifying synchronization
  4. Implementing AD FS
    1. Overview of AD FS
    2. Deploying AD FS
    3. Implementing AD FS for a single organization
    4. Implementing Web Application Proxy
    5. Implementing single sign-on (SSO) with Microsoft Online Services
    6. Lab: Implementing AD FS
      1. Installing and configuring AD FS
      2. Configuring an Internal application for AD FS
    7. Lab: Implementing Web Application Proxy
      1. Implementing Web Application Proxy
  5. Managing and Optimizing Storage in Windows Server 2016
    1. Overview of storage in Windows Server 2016
    2. Configuring Internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) Storage
    3. Configuring the Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2016
    4. Lab: Implementing and Managing Storage
      1. Implementing FSRM
      2. Configuring iSCSI Storage
    5. Lab: Configuring Storage Spaces
      1. Configuring redundant storage spaces
      2. Implementing the Storage Spaces Direct feature
  6. Implementing Secure Data Access for Users and Devices
    1. Overview of Dynamic Access Control
    2. Planning for a Dynamic Access ControliImplementation
    3. Configuring Dynamic Access Control
    4. Implementing Work Folders
    5. Lab: Implementing Dynamic Access Control
      1. Preparing Dynamic Access Control
      2. Implementing Dynamic Access Control
      3. Validating and remediating Dynamic Access Control
    6. Lab: Implementing Work Folders
      1. Configuring Work Folders
  7. Implementing network services
    1. Overview of networking enhancements
    2. Implementing IP address management
    3. Managing IP address spaces with IPAM
    4. Lab: Implementing network services
      1. Configuring DNS policies
      2. Configuring DHCP failover
      3. Configuring IPAM
  8. Implementing remote access
    1. Remote access overview
    2. Implementing DirectAccess
    3. Implementing a virtual private network (VPN)
    4. Lab: Implementing DirectAccess
      1. Configuring DirectAccess using the Getting Started Wizard
      2. Testing DirectAccess
  9. Implementing failover clustering
    1. Overview of failover clustering
    2. Implementing a failover cluster
    3. Configuring highly-available applications and services on a failover cluster
    4. Maintaining a failover cluster
    5. Implementing a stretch cluster
    6. Lab: Implementing failover clustering
      1. Configuring iSCSI storage
      2. Configuring a failover cluster
      3. Deploying and configuring a highly-available file server
      4. Validating the deployment of the highly-available file server
      5. Configure Cluster-Aware Updating on the failover cluster
  10. Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
    1. Overview of the integration of Hyper-V Server 2016 with failover clustering
    2. Implementing Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters
    3. Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V virtual machine migration
    4. Implementing Hyper-V Replica
    5. Lab: Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
      1. Configuring Hyper-V Replica
      2. Configuring a failover cluster for Hyper-V
      3. Configuring a highly available virtual machine
  11. Data recovery in Windows Server 2016
    1. Implementing data recovery options
    2. Implementing Microsoft Azure Backup
    3. Implementing server recovery
    4. Lab: Exploring server data recovery options
      1. Backing up servers running Windows Server 2016
      2. Implementing Azure Backup
      3. Restoring files
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Windows Server class:

  • Two or more years of experience deploying and managing Windows Server 2012 or Windows 2008 environments; experience with day-to-day Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 system administration management and maintenance tasks.
  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.
  • Experience with Active Directory® technologies and implementation.
  • Experience with Windows Server virtualization technologies and implementation.
  • Knowledge equivalent to the MCSA credentials of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012, or have equivalent knowledge.
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