Deploying and Migrating Windows Server Training (10974)

Level: Intermediate

This official three-day Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (10974) training course will provide hands-on instruction and practice deploying and migrating roles and services with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you will learn how to plan for and deploy your Windows Server infrastructure in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. You will learn about different deployment methodologies and techniques, as well as general imaging usage and configuration. You will also learn how to use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and how to work with deployment tools such as the Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit (Windows ADK), the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). You will also learn how to plan for virtualizing server workloads and considerations around technologies available for networking and storage, as well as considerations for specific applications such as SQL, Exchange, and other application workloads.

Key Features of this Deploying Windows Server 2012 Training:

You Will Learn How To:

  • Prepare to deploy Windows Server 2012.
  • Describe the various methods of deploying Windows Server 2012.
  • Deploy Windows Server 2012 by using Windows Deployment Services and MDT.
  • Plan to virtualize workloads in a Windows Server 2012 environment.
  • Upgrade and migrate core networking services to Windows Server 2012.
  • Migrate file services and Web and application servers to Windows Server 2012.
  • Upgrade and migrate AD DS to Windows Server 2012.
  • Implement Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Microsoft Azure AD).

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Important Course Information

  • Requirements

    • Before attending this course, students must have:
      • Knowledge and real-world experience working day to day with Windows Servers in an enterprise environment.
      • Knowledge and experience with core infrastructure technologies such as DNS, DHCP, and AD DS.
      • Knowledge and experience with virtualization technologies such as Hyper-V.
      • Knowledge and experience with AD CS, WSUS, File, and Web servers. (This is beneficial but is not essential.)
      • Some experience working with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2. (This is beneficial but is not essential.)
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Course Outline

  • Module 1: Preparing to Deploy Windows Server 2012

    Although you can use a number of tools and technologies to help you deploy the Windows Server 2012 operating system, it is important to understand how to plan for and perform individual server installations by using local media. This module explains how to plan for and perform individual server installations by using local media. It also describes how to configure, secure, and manage the server following installation by using remote management tools where appropriate. The module also explains how to activate your servers and manage volume activations.


    • Planning a Windows Server 2012 Implementation
    • Installing Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring and Managing Servers Remotely
    • Implementing a Volume Licensing Strategy

    Lab : Planning to Implement Windows Server 2012

    Lab : Configuring and Managing Server Core

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Plan Windows Server 2012 deployment.
    • Install Windows Server 2012 from local media.
    • Configure and manage servers remotely.
    • Implement a suitable volume licensing strategy.
  • Module 2: Deploying Windows Server 2012

    Organizations have different Windows Server installation and deployment needs. Often, the choice that organizations make about which deployment technology to use depends on the number of servers they plan to deploy. This module describes the key deployment scenarios and provides guidance about suitable Microsoft deployment technologies to facilitate them. This module also explains how to use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to assist with some of these deployment scenarios and the different types of images you use in some of these scenarios. Finally, this module also provides instructions on how to perform unattended installations of Windows Server 2012.


    • Selecting a Suitable Deployment Method
    • The Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit
    • Overview of Image Files in the Deployment Process
    • Working with Unattended Answer Files

    Lab : Deploying Windows Server with Answer Files

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Select an appropriate deployment strategy.
    • Use the Windows ADK to perform server deployment.
    • Describe how to use image files in the deployment process.
    • Work with unattended answer files.
  • Module 3: Implementing Lite-Touch Deployments

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 forms a unifying framework for Microsoft Windows Deployment Services, the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK), and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (Configuration Manager 2012) with documentation on best practices to help you deploy the Windows Server 2012 operating system more easily. Larger organizations need deployment technologies that can reduce or eliminate user-interaction during the deployment process. You can use Windows Deployment Services to help support both lite-touch and zero-touch, high-volume deployments. This module explores the functionality of Windows Deployment Services and explains how to use Windows Deployment Services tools to perform lite-touch deployments. It also describes how to configure MDT and perform lite-touch deployments by using MDT.


    • Overview of MDT 2013
    • Implementing Windows Deployment Services to Support Lite-Touch Deployments
    • Configuring Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
    • Performing Lite-Touch Deployments

    Lab : Implementing Lite-Touch Deployments

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013.
    • Describe how to use Windows Deployment Services to support the lite-touch deployment of Windows Server 2012.
    • Configure MDT 2013 to support your deployment strategy.
    • Perform lite-touch deployments by using MDT 2013.
  • Module 4: Planning to Virtualize Workloads

    Most organizations are looking for ways to decrease the cost and complexity of providing an information technology (IT) infrastructure. Virtualization has become a key component in developing an efficient and cost-effective IT strategy. This module introduces some of the critical planning components that you must consider when you implement virtualization.


    • Planning Server Virtualization Deployments
    • Implementing Server Virtualization by Using Hyper-V
    • Designing Virtual Machines

    Lab : Planning to Virtualize Workloads

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Plan the deployment of server virtualization.
    • Implement server virtualization by using Hyper-V.
    • Design virtual machines to support application workloads.
  • Module 5: Upgrading and Migrating Networking Services

    Servers that run network services are responsible for facilitating communication between computers on your network, and ensuring that the configuration of network infrastructure components supports a reliable network environment. The two most common network infrastructure roles on Windows Servers are the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server role and the Domain Name System (DNS) server role. Upgrading and migrating these roles is a critical first step in the migration process to ensure that the rest of your migration project can use the network infrastructure.In Windows Server 2012, you can manage the DHCP and DNS server roles after or during migration with the new IP Address Management (IPAM) feature. IPAM enables you to centralize the management and monitoring of DHCP and DNS servers on your network.This module will explain the tools and processes that you can use to migrate DHCP and DNS server roles, and will show you how you can use IPAM to manage and monitor your DHCP and DNS servers.


    • Migrating the DHCP Server Role
    • Migrating the DNS Server Role
    • Implementing IPAM

    Lab : Upgrading and Migrating Network Services

    Lab : Implementing IPAM

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Migrate the DHCP server role to Windows Server 2012.
    • Migrate the DNS server role to Windows Server 2012.
    • Manage IP address spaces with IPAM.
  • Module 6: Upgrading and Migrating Server Roles

    File servers and web servers are present in almost all corporate networks. You should consider the impact of these servers on your network, and how migrating to Windows Server 2012 can improve the functionality of file servers and web servers on your network. In this module, you learn about the migration considerations and the processes for migrating file servers and web servers.


    • Upgrading and Migrating File Servers
    • Migrating Web and Application Servers

    Lab : Migrating File Services

    Lab : Preparing and Migrating a Web Server

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Upgrade and migrate file servers to Windows Server 2012.
    • Upgrade and migrate web and application servers to Windows Server 2012.
  • Module 7: Upgrading and Migrating AD DS

    For most organizations, the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployment is the most important component in the IT infrastructure. Organizations deploy or migrate AD DS for a central identity and access service that provides access to many other network services in the organization. AD DS provides the primary security mechanism within most organizations, and enables policy-based management for user and computer accounts. It is critical that you follow the correct procedures for upgrading or migrating your AD DS infrastructure to ensure the continuity of your organization’s core identity and access functionality during the upgrade or migration process. Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) works with AD DS to provide a public key infrastructure (PKI) that facilitates additional authentication for users and computers in your environment. Migrating AD CS to Windows Server 2012 depends on a specific process, and can provide several benefits to your PKI environment. This module explains how to prepare for migrating AD DS in Windows Server 2012. It also explains the tools that you can use to perform the migration. It then explains how to upgrade and restructure domain controllers. Finally, it explains how to migrate AD CS.


    • Overview of Windows Server 2012 AD DS Upgrade and Migration
    • Upgrading Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2012
    • Restructuring an Active Directory Domain
    • Migrating Active Directory Certificate Services

    Lab : Upgrading AD DS to Windows Server 2012

    Lab : Migrating AD CS

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Identify the key components of AD DS migration.
    • Upgrade domain controllers to Windows Server 2012.
    • Restructure an Active Directory domain.
    • Migrate Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).
  • Module 8: Migrating to Microsoft Azure

    Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud-based platform that allows you to build, deploy, and manage applications within Microsoft-managed datacenters. Within Azure, Microsoft provides cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Microsoft Azure AD). Microsoft Azure AD is an online directory service that you can use for cloud-based applications. This module explores Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure AD.


    • Extending Virtualization to the Cloud Environment
    • Overview of Azure Active Directory
    • Implementing Azure Active Directory

    Lab : Implementing Azure Active Directory

    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe how Microsoft Azure can help you extend virtualization into the cloud.
    • Describe Microsoft Azure AD.
    • Implement Microsoft Azure AD.

Deploying Windows Server 2012 Training FAQs

  • Can I use SATVs to take this Deploying and Migrating Windows Server course?

    Yes, you can use Microsoft SATVs to take this course.

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