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Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

Learn how to configure and troubleshoot Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 networks in 14 hands-on labs.

GK# 6131 Vendor# M6421

Course Overview


Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to configure and troubleshoot Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 network infrastructures. This course covers the networking technologies most commonly used with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, such as DNS, DHCP, IPv4 and IPv6 network addressing, Network Policy Server and Network Access Protection, and configuring secure network access. You will learn to implement fault-tolerant storage technologies, network storage and routing and remote access, monitoring, and compliance updates.

This course incorporates materials from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 6421: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure.

This course can also assist you in your preparation for Exam: 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring.

What You'll Learn

  • Plan and configure an IPv4 network infrastructure
  • Implement DHCP within your organization
  • Configure and troubleshoot DNS
  • Configure, transition to, and troubleshoot IPv6
  • Configure and troubleshoot routing and remote access
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the Network Policy Server role service
  • Implement Network Access Protection
  • Implement security features within Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Configure and troubleshot file and print services
  • Enable and configure services to optimize branch office data access
  • Control and monitor network storage
  • Recover data on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 servers
  • Monitor Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server R2 network infrastructure services


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Classroom Live Outline

1. Planning and Configuring IPv4

  • Implementing an IPv4 Network Infrastructure
  • Name Resolution Services in an IPv4 Network Infrastructure
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv4

2. Configuring and Troubleshooting DHCP

  • Overview of the DHCP Server Role
  • Configuring DHCP Scopes
  • Configuring DHCP Options
  • Managing a DHCP Database
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting DHCP
  • Configuring DHCP Security

3. Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

  • Installing the DNS Server Role
  • Configuring the DNS Server Role
  • Configuring DNS Zones
  • Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
  • Managing and Troubleshooting DNS

4. Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv6 TCP/IP

  • Overview of IPv6
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • Coexistence with IPv6
  • IPv6 Transition Technologies
  • Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6

5. Configuring and Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Network Access
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Overview of Network Policies
  • Overview of the Connection Manager Administration Kit
  • Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access

6. Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role Service

  • Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server
  • Configuring RADIUS Clients and Servers
  • NPS Authentication Methods
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Network Policy Server

7. Configuring Network Access Protection (NAP)

  • Overview of NAP
  • How NAP Works
  • Configuring NAP
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

8. Increasing Security for Windows Servers

  • Windows Security Overview
  • Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Deploying Updates with Windows Server Update Services

9. Increasing Security for Network Communication

  • Overview of IPsec
  • Configuring Connection Security Rules
  • Configuring NAP with IPsec Enforcement
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting IPsec

10. Configuring and Troubleshooting Network File and Print Services

  • Configuring and Troubleshooting File Shares
  • Encrypting Network Files with EFS
  • Encrypting Partitions with BitLocker
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Printing

11. Optimizing Data Access for Branch Offices

  • Branch Office Data Access
  • DFS Overview
  • DFS Namespaces
  • Configuring DFS Replication
  • Configuring BranchCache

12. Controlling and Monitoring Network Storage

  • Monitoring Network Storage
  • Controlling Network Storage Utilization
  • Managing File Types on Network Storage

13. Recovering Network Data and Servers

  • Recovering Network Data with Volume Shadow Copies
  • Recovering Network Data and Servers with Windows Server Backup

14. Monitoring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers

  • Monitoring Tools
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Monitoring Event Logs


Viewing labs for:

Classroom Live Labs

Lab 1: Planning and Configuring IPv4

  • Selecting an IPv4 Addressing Scheme for Branch Offices
  • Implementing and Verifying IPv4 in the Branch Office

Lab 2: Configuring and Troubleshooting the DHCP Server Role

  • Selecting a Suitable DHCP Configuration
  • Implementing DHCP
  • Reconfiguring DHCP in the Head Office
  • Testing the Configuration
  • Troubleshooting DHCP Issues

Lab 3: Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

  • Selecting a DNS Configuration
  • Deploying and Configuring DNS
  • Troubleshooting DNS

Lab 4A: Configuring an ISATAP Router

  • Configuring a New IPv6 Network and Client
  • Configuring an ISATAP Router to Enable Communication Between an IPv4 Network and an IPv6 Network

Lab 4B: Converting the Network to Native IPv6

  • Transitioning to a Native IPv6 Network

Lab 5A: Configuring and Managing Network Access

  • Configuring Routing and Remote Access as a VPN Remote Access Solution
  • Configuring a Custom Network Policy
  • Create and distribute a CMAK Profile

Lab 5B: Configuring and Managing DirectAccess

  • Configure the AD DS Domain Controller and DNS
  • Configure the PKI Environment
  • Configure the DirectAccess Clients and Test Intranet Access
  • Configure the DirectAccess Server
  • Verify DirectAccess Functionality

Lab 6: Configuring and Managing Network Policy Server

  • Installing and Configuring the Network Policy Server Role Service
  • Configuring a RADIUS Client
  • Configuring Certificate Auto-Enrollment
  • Configuring and Testing the VPN

Lab 7: Implementing NAP into a VPN Remote Access Solution

  • Configuring NAP Components
  • Configuring Client Settings to Support NAP

Lab 8: Increasing Security for Windows Servers

  • Deploying a Windows Firewall Rule
  • Implementing WSUS

Lab 9: Increasing Security for Network Communication

  • Selecting a Network Security Configuration
  • Configuring IPsec to Authenticate Computers
  • Testing IPsec Authentication

Lab 10: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network File and Print Services

  • Creating and Configuring a File Share
  • Encrypting and Recovering Files
  • Creating and Configuring a Printer Pool

Lab 11A: Implementing DFS

  • Installing the DFS Role Service
  • Configuring the Required Namespace
  • Configuring DFS Replication

Lab 11B: Implementing BranchCache

  • Performing Initial Configuration Tasks for BranchCache
  • Configuring BranchCache Clients
  • Configuring BranchCache on the Branch Server
  • Monitoring BranchCache

Lab 12: Controlling and Monitoring Network Storage

  • Configuring FSRM Quotas
  • Configuring File Screening
  • Configuring File Classification and File Management

Lab 13: Recovering Network Data and Servers

  • Configuring Shadow Copies
  • Configuring a Scheduled Backup

Lab 14: Monitoring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers

  • Establishing a Performance Baseline
  • Identifying the Source of a Performance Problem
  • Centralizing Events Logs


  • Working experience with Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Working experience with Windows Client operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Basic knowledge of Active Directory
  • Understanding of how TCP/IP functions and basic understanding of addressing, name resolution (Domain Name System [DNS]/Windows Internet Name Service [WINS]), connection methods (wired, wireless, virtual private network [VPN])
  • Awareness of security best practices such as understanding file system permissions, authentication methods, workstation, and server hardening methods


Who Should Attend


Network administrators who currently are, or will be, working with Windows Server 2008 servers; Active Directory technology specialists aspiring to be enterprise administrators (Tier 4 day-to-day network operations) or network administrators (Tier 2); Experienced server administrators aspiring to be enterprise administrators; Storage Area Network administrators who need to understand this information to deploy or extend their current storage infrastructure; operations managers who need this information to support troubleshooting efforts and business decisions

Training Exclusives

This course comes with 12 months access to the following benefits:

  • Practice Labs
  • 24x7 Mentoring
  • Indexed Class Recordings
  • Unlimited Retakes
  • Digital Courseware
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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

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Duration: 5 day

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