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M6432

Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Servers

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Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Servers M6432

Course Title: Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008

Active Directory Servers

Course Code: M6432
Version: A
Level: 300
Duration: 2 Days

Course Overview

The Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment M6432 instructor-led training course has been designed to provide candidates with the requisite skills and knowledge to manage and maintain Windows Server 2008 Active Directory servers. The course focuses on the Active Directory server lifecycle by creating baselines, monitoring the system health, and maintaining security for the Active Directory servers. The course also focuses on managing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory service roles.

Target Audience

Candidates who should consider attending the M6432 Microsoft training course are Server Administrators who are familiar with Windows Server 2008 and who are, or will be, responsible for the daily management and maintenance of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory servers. The courses is also intended for IT professionals who could benefit from acquiring the skills required by a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Server Administrator, such as a Server Administrator who is responsible for network application servers and works closely with the Active Directory Server Administrator, or an Enterprise Administrator who wants to understand the operational requirements of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory servers before designing a network server infrastructure.

Course Objectives

On successfully completing the M6432 course candidates will be able to:
  • Plan an Active Directory server deployment
  • Identify different approaches to Active Directory server deployment
  • Add an AD DS server role
  • Remove an AD DS server role
  • Identify strategies for developing, monitoring, and reviewing baselines
  • Create baselines for different Active Directory roles with the appropriate metrics using the Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor (WRPM)
  • Create a monitoring plan based on business needs and environments
  • Evaluate a monitoring plan based on business needs and environments
  • Determine the health of Active Directory servers using performance monitoring and event log triggers
  • Configure effective alerts and responses as well as evaluate alternative recommendations for AD DS servers to meet a business goal
  • Describe the methodology of maintaining Windows Server 2008 AD DS
  • Implement the methodology of maintaining Windows Server 2008 AD DS
  • Perform AD DS maintenance and administrative tasks
  • Explain the proven methods to harden the Active Directory servers
  • Deploy the proven methods to harden the Active Directory servers
  • Decide which Windows Server 2008 security features can address a given business situation
  • Add service roles to a Windows Server 2008 network
  • Deploy an Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) server role
  • Operate an Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) server role

Course Prerequisites

Candidates attending the M6432 Microsoft training course should have previously attended and completed courses: M6424: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, M6425: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services, M6426: Configuring Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory and M6430: Planning and Administering Windows Server 2008 Servers or possess the equivalent skills and knowledge.

Testing and Certification

There are currently no exams or Microsoft Certification directly associated to this course however this course may assist in preparing candidates for other exams that are closely associated with this technology.

Course Content

Module 1: Managing an Active Directory Server Lifecycle

In this module candidates will learn how to support and maintain Active Directory servers to meet changing business requirements in an enterprise environment.


Lessons:
  • Planning an Active Directory Server Deployment
  • Using Active Directory Server Deployment Technologies
  • Adding AD DS Server Roles
  • Removing AD DS Server Roles
Lab: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller
  • Evaluating the Need for AD DS Promotion
  • Meeting the Need by Adding a Role
  • Managing a Change Request for an RODC by Using the Command Line
  • Developing a Management and Maintenance Plan
  • Evaluating the Management and Maintenance Plan
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Plan an Active Directory server deployment
  • Identify different approaches to Active Directory server deployment
  • Add an AD DS server role
  • Remove an AD DS server role

Module 2: Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers

In this module candidates will learn how to create baselines using the WRPM and through analysis, make decisions to improve server performance.


Lessons:
  • Baseline Methodologies for Active Directory Servers
  • WRPM Overview
  • Using Metrics to Create Baselines for Active Directory Servers
Lab: Creating Baselines for Active Directory Servers
  • Involving Users in Baseline Development
  • Choosing Relevant WRPM Counters and Durations
  • Evaluating and Revising a Baseline Document in the Face of Business Changes
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Define strategies for developing baselines
  • Explain the use of the WRPM as a baseline creation and revision tool
  • Describe some of the specific metrics that may be relevant for the different Active Directory roles

Module 3: Monitoring the System Health of Active Directory Servers

In this module candidates will learn how to create and evaluate a monitoring plan based on business needs and environments. The module also explains how to determine the health of Active Directory servers using performance monitoring and even log triggers.


Lessons:
  • System Health Overview
  • Using Long-Term Monitoring to Identify Trends
  • Setting Thresholds and Alerts for Short-Term Monitoring
  • Choosing the Appropriate Windows Server 2008 Monitoring Tools
Lab: Monitoring the Active Directory Server Roles
  • Setting a Performance Alert to Meet a Business Goal
  • Discussing Alert Response Strategies
  • Building a Case for Configuration Change
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Define system health, server health, and Active Directory health
  • Define the best procedures to ensure system health and optimal performance for Active Directory servers
  • Set thresholds and alerts that are used for short-term monitoring
  • Describe the Windows Server 2008 monitoring tools and how to decide when the different tools are appropriate in different business situations

Module 4: Managing Active Directory Domain Services

In this module candidates will learn how to implement the methodology of maintaining Windows Server 2008 AD DS.


Lessons:
  • Restarting and Restoring Active Directory
  • Overview of the Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) Roles
  • Planning Sites and Replication
  • Managing RODCs
  • Methods of Managing Windows Server Core
  • Best Practices for GPOs and Links
  • Delegating Active Directory Administration
Lab: Managing AD DS
  • Offline Defragging of the Active Directory Database
  • Evaluating an RODC with Read-Only DNS Solution
  • Making Site Replication Decisions
  • Group Policy Link Strategies
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Describe the impact of Windows Server 2008 methods for restarting Active Directory without rebooting
  • Define the FSMO roles and the Global Catalogue pseudo-role
  • Explain the importance of site definitions and how to optimise the AD DS replication activity
  • Explain the functionality of RODCs and the key benefits with RODCs deployed
  • Explain the methods of managing Windows Server Core
  • Identify the best practices for Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and links
  • State the pros and cons of delegating administration of Active Directory

Module 5: Maintaining Security for Active Directory Servers

In this module candidates will learn how to deploy proven methods to harden the Active Directory servers.


Lessons:
  • Server Hardening Techniques
  • Using the MBSA to Discover and Remove Security Holes
  • Using Fine-Grained Password Policies to Simplify Network Organisation
  • Planning Security Auditing
  • Enhancing Physical Security
Lab: Maintaining Security for the Active Directory Servers
  • Manually Implementing AD DS Server Hardening
  • Assessing Ongoing Security Requirements
  • Deploying Fine-Grained Password Policies
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Describe the techniques used for manual server hardening
  • Use the MBSA to discover and remove security holes
  • Explain why fine-grained password policies should be used and how to maintain them
  • Explain when to perform security auditing and how to define a proper security baseline
  • Explain how to solve physical security problems and the ramifications of lax security policies

Module 6: Managing Active Directory Service Roles

In this module candidates will learn how to add non-AD-DS service roles to a Windows Server 2008 network and manage those roles with supplied tools.


Lessons:
  • Using Windows Server 2008 Tools for AD CS
  • Implementing AD LDS
  • AD FS Overview
  • AD RMS Overview
Lab: Managing Active Directory Service Roles
  • Installing the AD LDS Role
  • Identifying On-going Management Concerns
  • Using Windows Server 2008 Tools for Managing AD LDS
After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Use the Windows Server 2008 tools to operate Certificate Services
  • Explain when to use AD LDS
  • Identify management concerns with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
  • Identify management concerns with Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
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