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In this course, you will learn how to implement and configure new features and functionality in Windows Server 2016. This course is designed for IT professionals who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016.

This is not a product-upgrade course, detailing considerations for migrating and upgrading students’ specific environment to Windows Server 2016. Rather, this course presumes a high level of knowledge about previous Windows Server technologies and skills, as they pertain to Windows Server 2016.

This course incorporates material from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 20743: Upgrading Your Skills to Windows Server 2016 MCSA and can assist you in preparing for the 70-743: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 exam.

To view the 5-day live version of this Upgrading your Skills to Microsoft Server 2016 course, click here.

Install and configure Windows Server 2016
Storage in Windows Server 2016
Implement directory services
Implement Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
Implement Hyper-V
Configure advanced networking features
Implement software-defined networking and remote access
Deploy and manage Windows and Hyper-V containers
Implement failover clustering and use virtual machines
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Course Outline

Part 1: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2016

  1. Introducing Windows Server 2016
  2. Installing Windows Server 2016
  3. Configuring Windows Server 2016
  4. Preparing for upgrades and migrations
  5. Migrating server roles and workloads
  6. Windows Server activation models

Part 2: Overview of Storage in Windows Server 2016

  1. Configuring Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage
  2. Configuring the Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2016
  3. Implementing the Data Deduplication feature

Part3: Implementing the Directory Services Feature

  1. Deploying AD DS domain controllers
  2. Implementing service accounts
  3. What is Azure AD?

Part 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 Azure AD FS SSO with Microsoft Online Services

Part 5: Implementing Network Services

  1. Overview of networking enhancements
  2. Implementing the IPAM
  3. Managing IP address spaces with IPAM

Part 6: 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

Part 7: Configuring Advanced Networking Features

  1. Overview of high-performance networking features
  2. Configuring advanced Hyper-V networking features

Part 8: Implementing software defined networking

  1. Overview of software-defined networking
  2. Implementing network virtualization
  3. Implementing the Network Controller feature

Part 9: Implementing Remote Access

  1. Remote access overview
  2. Implementing DirectAccess
  3. Implementing a virtual private network (VPN)

Part 10: Deploying and Managing Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers

  1. Overview of Windows Server 2016 containers
  2. Preparing for containers
  3. Installing, configuring, and managing containers

Part 11: 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

Part 12: 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 the Hyper-V Replica feature


Lab 1: Installing and Configuring Server Core

  1. Installing Nano Server
  2. Completing post-installation tasks on Nano Server
  3. Performing remote management

Lab 2: Implementing and Managing Storage

  1. Implementing File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
  2. Implementing Data Deduplication 
  3. Configuring iSCSI storage

Lab 3: Implementing and Managing Advanced Storage Solutions

  1. Cloning a domain controller
  2. Implementing service accounts

Lab 4: Implementing and Managing AD DS

  1. Installing and configuring AD FS
  2. Configuring an internal application for AD FS

Lab 5: Implementing AD FS

  1. Describe AD FS
  2. Deploy AD FS
  3. Implement AD FS for a single organization
  4. Implement Web Application Proxy
  5. Implement SSO with Microsoft online services

Lab 6: Implementing Network Services

  1. Configuring DNS policies
  2. Configuring DHCP failover
  3. Configuring IPAM

Lab 7 : Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

  1. Installing the Hyper-V server role
  2. Configuring virtual networking
  3. Creating and configuring a VM

Lab 8: Configuring Advanced Hyper-V Networking Features

  1. Creating and using Microsoft Hyper-V virtual switches
  2. Configuring and using the advanced features of a virtual switch

Lab 9: Deploying Network Controller

  1. Preparing to deploy Network Controller
  2. Deploying Network Controller

Lab 10: Implementing DirectAccess

  1. Configuring DirectAccess by using the Getting Started Wizard
  2. Testing DirectAccess

Lab 11: Installing and Configuring Containers 

  1. Installing Docker Enterprise Edition for Windows Server 2016
  2. Installing and configuring an IIS container

Lab 12: 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 a highly-available file server
  5. Configuring the Cluster-Aware Updating feature on the failover cluster

Lab 13: 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
Who should attend

This course is for IT professionals who are experienced Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 system administrators, with real-world experience working in a Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 enterprise environment. Additionally, students should have obtained the MCSA credential for Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012, or they should have equivalent knowledge.

Additionally, IT professionals who plan to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exams might be interested in this course, as preparation for the MCSA exams, which are a prerequisite for the MCSE specialties.

Bonus Materials
  • At least two years of experience in 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 equivalent knowledge)