Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 - Only 8 Days

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  1. You’ll get MCSA Windows Server 2008 trained and certified in just 8 days. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 54,729 students saving more than one million hours since 2001
  2. Your MCSA Windows Server 2008 course is all-inclusive. One price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals - so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass MCSA Windows Server 2008 first time or train again for free. Accelerated Learning puts you in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don’t, you're covered by the Certification Guarantee
  4. Learn everything you need to know about MCSA Windows Server 2008. Traditional training days run from 9am to 5pm. With Firebrand you’ll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time
  5. Learn MCSA Windows Server 2008 the way you want to. We all have different learning styles. Your expert instructor will combine visual, auditory and tactile methods, so you learn faster and more easily
  6. Study MCSA Windows Server 2008 with the best. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute’s "Training Company of the Year" three times and are in the Top 20 IT Training Companies in the World
  7. Experience how to use MCSA Windows Server 2008 at work. Your course includes practical exercises that will help you apply your new skills back in the workplace.

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"Its true what the reviews say about training about Firebrand. Yes it is intense but it is definitely worth it! I would recommend that someone coming to train here would do some pre-reading so that they can keep up with the pace of the delivery. If your not willing to put the time and effort in the training, then it isn't for you. As for the trainer.. What a legend! Great teacher and knows what he is talking about when it comes to most things in IT. "
George Short. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (9/12/2012 to 16/12/2012)

"Challenging course; well guided by a very good instructor."
C.W. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (9/12/2012 to 16/12/2012)

"The week was intense from start to finish with little time to catch a breath however the knowledge imparted from the instructor was second to none and is what makes all the differnce on these courses. You really cant put a price on this level of learning although Firebrand do try.... :-)"
Craig McCreadie. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (18/11/2012 to 25/11/2012)

"Excellent tutor with easy to follow examples and real world scenarios"
Dale Kilborn, EBC Smartways. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (18/11/2012 to 25/11/2012)

"Studied MCSA Server 2008 for 8 days. Loved the course content and how it was taught, our instructor was superb. Full backing and support from himself and the rest of the Firebrand staff. Food was great, as was the accomodation. Met some brilliant people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Would definitely reccomend to friends and colleagues!"
Ben Pardoe, Freedom Communications. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (18/11/2012 to 25/11/2012)

"Excellent course, long days but worth while even if its just to gain experience in a condensed time frame. Additional material delivered that was not in course notes, helped relate the technologies to real world environments, making it easier to understand and possibly put into practice."
Mark Parrett, HP. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (18/11/2012 to 25/11/2012)

"Excellent knowledge, difficult experience, hell of a ride!"
Alex Grigore, Mi-Pay Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (18/11/2012 to 25/11/2012)

"Excellent training facilities allayed with comprehensively knowledgeable trainers. It is hard going but you get out what you put in and even if you do not pass the exams, you will be far more aware by the time you leave and feel confident you can pass your exams as well as maintain the technologies you have studied. Recommended but be prepared. As they say, buckle up!"
B.A. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (4/11/2012 to 11/11/2012)

"Staying on-site with all of the amenities provided really helped me to concentrate on the course without too many distractions. Our course tutor is a true legend and really helped to impart the curriculum content in a memorable and fun way with plenty of clever analogies which stirred a giggle or two! As this is a very intensive course, Id really recommend you book your place at the quietest time around your work and personal commitments so you can properly focus on the course and exams. "
David Underdown, Digital Window Limited. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (14/10/2012 to 21/10/2012)

"The accelerated learning style is good for solutions or areas of products that you may not use on a daily basis, but open up a multitude of possibilities that you can take back to the office for immediate improvement to your environment. The training center is a well oiled machine that pull out all the stops to make sure that you have the resources and support that you need to be successful. Constant stream of free tea and coffee helps too...!"
Steve Ewin, Quintain Estates. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (14/10/2012 to 21/10/2012)

"Good Training and Facilities"
Matthew Gibbons, Veritek Global ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (14/10/2012 to 21/10/2012)

"The instructor had excellent knowledge of the subject area."
Robin Hester, Rank. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (14/10/2012 to 21/10/2012)

"Definitely not easy. Done it on second attempt but definitely worth it. You definitely need a lot of experience to pass the exam after this course. Newbie wont stand a chance"
Anonymous - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (23/9/2012 to 30/9/2012)

"FULL ON!!!! No two ways about it. Super intense. The teaching was superb. Loved the in-depth explanations and diagrams then a dash through powerpoint slides just to firm things up in the mind. There is nothing worse that death-by-powerpoint so full props to him for that. Food was great. All staff very friendly and helpful and more tea, coffee and fruit one could ever wish for!"
Paul Fowler, Oury Clark. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (23/9/2012 to 30/9/2012)

"Great place to learn, great trainers, great facilities, great all round."
Ozan Pakyuz, OP Software Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (23/9/2012 to 30/9/2012)

"Although the course was full on and very intensive, the quality of training given by,and knowledge of the instructor was first class"
Graeme Cardy, Experis. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (23/9/2012 to 30/9/2012)

"Probably the best training instructor I have had."
Colin Masters, thomas westcott. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (23/9/2012 to 30/9/2012)

"Great time, learnt alot"
Anonymous - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (2/9/2012 to 9/9/2012)

"I enjoyed my time at Firebrand immensely. I would recomend the courses to everyone interested in obtaining a MS Certification."
Chris Hall. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (2/9/2012 to 9/9/2012)

"The training I recived from Firebrand was post on. Even though Ive been working with server 2008 and Acitve directory for 2 years, I still came away from the course knowing more than when I started. I also became an MSCA 2008. Thanks Firebrand"
Matthew Cranfield. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (12/8/2012 to 19/8/2012)

"A very enjoyable but extremely intense course. The instructor was first class, extremely knowledgeable with a great sence of humour and a method of delivery that kept the group engaged and interested through the long hours of study. The resources provided by the course are well presented and very accessible. The amount the course covers is not for the feint-hearted but you learn a great deal in a short time. The exams are very tough but if you have the energy and will to put the hours in this course will prepare you for them."
Tom Dunbar, Westfield Academy. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (12/8/2012 to 19/8/2012)

"When I started the course I had little knowledge of the subject when I finsihed the course I had a massive amount of knowledge so the training at firebrand is definately beneficial if you want to learn fast in a short amount of time."
Darren Parker, Primary Site Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (22/7/2012 to 29/7/2012)

"Intensive, as expected, but well worth the effort! The instructor was brilliant and very knowledgable about the content. I particually found the Morning recap sessions very useful. This course has made me realise how to efficiently use many concepts taught in the course, and I have been able to retain the knowledge."
C.H. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (22/7/2012 to 29/7/2012)

"Bootcamp was tough, however Im happy I passed the 1st two exams and looking forward for my last exam :o)"
Anonymous - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (22/7/2012 to 29/7/2012)

"-Good Infrastructure -Nice accomodation -Teacher with a very high level of knowledge -Everything in the same place (course, exam...) -Good information (mails, pdf) before the course"
Anonymous - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (22/7/2012 to 29/7/2012)

"Although the course is very hard (as expected on a intensive course like this), I found the instructor to be a fantastic tutor both helpful and informative. I was very impressed with the facilities and accomadation but even more so with the Firebrand team. I look forward to my return."
Chris Smith, Ely Telecom. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (22/7/2012 to 29/7/2012)

"Went to the FB facility @ Wyboston lakes because i needed the knowledge and certification as soon as posible. Facility was great, lots of oppurtunities to study on your own. Nice and calm surrounding. If you have any problems whatsoever you could ask the staff and theyll help you. "
Freddy Jeurissen, Unemployed. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (22/7/2012 to 29/7/2012)

"A good technical knowledge course that, while concentrating on the exam requirements, gives a good knowledge of the products."
Philip Reed, Comtec Enterprises. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (19/3/2012 to 25/3/2012)

"Very in depth, professional and led by expert tutors. Thank you for the experience "
L.S. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (19/3/2012 to 25/3/2012)

"Course covered all topics required for the exams. Tutor very competent and knew subject matter very well"
A.L, unemployed. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (27/2/2012 to 4/3/2012)

"The training was very hard and you get a lot information in a short time, but this really is accelerated learning. You have acces to the classroom 24/7 so you can exercise every time and if you need some help, the instructor is there for you. So it is hard to do but you learn a lot, and that is the reason why I was here."
Enzo Segers. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (27/2/2012 to 4/3/2012)

"Great training. Really really good instructor. Funny and clear in explaining how things work. Glad to have been here. I would come again for sure. Even though it was really hard work and a brain killer."
Anon.. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (27/2/2012 to 4/3/2012)

"Great way to isolate yourself from external distractions to fully concentrate on the course."
K.P. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (27/2/2012 to 4/3/2012)

"Our instructor delivered an information packed course. Demanding but enjoyable - Many Thanks"
Steven Wiggins, Cameo Network Services Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (27/2/2012 to 4/3/2012)

"Fantastic, very long and tough week a real shock to the system, However you do adapt and the amount of knowledge you gain is worth it. Amazing instructor."
Michael Cullen, Comtec Enterprises Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (27/2/2012 to 4/3/2012)

"The course is very intensive, but provides you with everything you need to pass the tests and lots of real world experience to take with you. The quality of teaching has been outstanding!"
Katy Harrison, IT Developers. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"Was a very tough week; but its amazing how much information has managed to stick... the instructor's teaching style is great, he managed to keep a room of 18 guys engaged and focused from 8:30 am till 9:30 in the evening. I've learnt so much."
Kiran Cheema, NHS. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"Great knowledge transfer of information that is required for MCITP exams, though it is intense training."
Stuart Smith. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"Good course but very intense, our instructor was very good and always enthusiastic through out the course - starting from 8.30am till 9.30pm every day! Make sure you sleep before you arrive."
A.L. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"I really enjoyed and gathered a lot of information that I had not understand for years. Fantastic instructor!"
Amit Yadav, Biocompatibles. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"Excellent course, excellent instructor! Highly recommended."
Craig Hunter. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"Just a very good experience all round. Excellent trainer and facilities. Good accommodation with really friendly staff (and food). Could not recommend it more highly."
Nigel Prosser, HP CDS. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"Course was great. Trainer was excellent and I would recommend him. Hopefully I'll be back again."
Darren Howes, HP. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (30/1/2012 to 5/2/2012)

"This is the best way to do a short in-depth IT course. This has increased my knowledge base immensely and I would recommend this way of learning to anyone. "
Daniel Brockwell, Comtec. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (9/1/2012 to 15/1/2012)

"Course tutor was of a very high standard, he knew his stuff and had very good analogies to aid the learning process. Facilities are excellent; the classrooms are the perfect environment to study. Don't underestimate the effort required on your part."
S.B, NEFU. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (12/12/2011 to 18/12/2011)

"The Firebrand "Experience" causes the "real" world to be put on hold whilst you dive into a swimming pool of information, fact, figures and knowledge. How much you learn, how well you swim, depends on YOU and how much effort you put into learning. Your lifeguard "Tutor" is there almost 24/7 with a towel, a hot cup of tea and to explain how to do this and that, with tips on stroke improvement and posture. "IF" you really put in the effort you can "walk on water" with Firebrand."
Neil Hitchcott. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (9/1/2012 to 15/1/2012)

"Great place, great facilties a lot of hard work is required."
Ajitpal Singh. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (9/1/2012 to 15/1/2012)

"As long as you are prepared to study very hard, with the help of your instructor, you will reap the rewards, guaranteed."
Stuart Bennett. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (12/12/2011 to 18/12/2011)

"Long days with lots of study. You really need to come prepared for these courses! The training environment is second to none and the instructors are at the top of their game!"
Derek Simpson, mod. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (12/12/2011 to 18/12/2011)

"Highly recommended. Trainer was very experienced and knowledgeable."
Andrew Leslie, DFID. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (8 days) (12/12/2011 to 18/12/2011)

When you sit this course you will gain the Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification in just one week (previously the MCITP Server Administrator course).

Server administrators are recognised among their peers and managers as leaders in the day-to-day operations management of Windows Server 2008. Demonstrate and communicate your ability to take system-wide ownership of Windows Server 2008 administration, and increase your organisation's return on technology investment, by earning the Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server certification.

This Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server course will help you develop your skills in your current position, or propel you towards a future role, such as:

  • Windows Server Administrator
  • Server Systems Administrator
  • Monitoring Operator
  • Network Administrator

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What are the benefits of Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server certification?

For HR managers, certification is particularly important because it allows them to more easily identify the skills that an individual possesses. When a company has employees that possess certain skills, it can garner a competitive advantage when seeking to attract customers. A Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server can also contribute to increased productivity.

Individuals:

  • Overwhelmingly, individuals with A Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server certification have an advanced level of knowledge, expertise and skill, and command more professional credibility.
  • Individual students may receive college credits to utilize tuition reimbursement programs for their IT training or to complete college coursework.

Human Resources:

  • Employer-funded training and certification programs are a key to retaining skilled staff. Career development and advancement opportunities are shown to significantly reduce rates of employee turnover.
  • Certification Training Programs provide benchmarks for hiring and promotion decisions by accurately assessing technical skills.
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Microsoft certification affords special membership benefits:

  • Technical information, product information and exclusive discounts on products and services through a secured section of the Microsoft website.
  • Microsoft logos and certificate for your personal promotion to clients or potential employers.
  • Invitations to Microsoft conferences and other educational opportunities.

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a certification guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation and exams on your return). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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Skills measured by Exam 70-640
TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.

Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) for Active Directory

  • Configure zones.
    May include but is not limited to: Dynamic DNS (DDNS), Non-dynamic DNS (NDDNS), and Secure Dynamic DNS (SDDNS); Time to Live (TTL); GlobalNames; Primary, Secondary, Active Directory Integrated, Stub; SOA; zone scavenging; forward lookup; reverse lookup
  • Configure DNS server settings.
    May include but is not limited to: forwarding; root hints; configure zone delegation; round robin; disable recursion; debug logging; server scavenging
  • Configure zone transfers and replication.
    May include but is not limited to: configure replication scope (forestDNSzone; domainDNSzone); incremental zone transfers; DNS Notify; secure zone transfers; configure name servers; application directory partitions

Configuring the Active Directory Infrastructure

  • Configure a forest or a domain.
    May include but is not limited to: remove a domain; perform an unattended installation; Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) ; change forest and domain functional levels; interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes; forestprep; domainprep
  • Configure trusts.
    May include but is not limited to: forest trust; selective authentication vs. forest-wide authentication; transitive trust; external trust; shortcut trust; SID filtering
  • Configure sites.
    May include but is not limited to: create Active Directory subnets; configure site links; configure site link costing; configure sites infrastructure
  • Configure Active Directory replication.
    May include but is not limited to: DFSR; one-way replication; Bridgehead server; replication scheduling; configure replication protocols; force intersite replication
  • Configure the global catalog.
    May include but is not limited to: Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC); partial attribute set; promote to global catalog
  • Configure operations masters.
    May include but is not limited to: seize and transfer; backup operations master; operations master placement; Schema Master; extending the schema; time service

Configuring Additional Active Directory Roles and Services

  • Configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS).
    May include but is not limited to: migration to AD LDS; configure data within AD LDS; configure an authentication server; Server Core Installation
  • Configure Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS).
    May include but is not limited to: certificate request and installation; self-enrollments; delegation; create RMS templates; RMS administrative roles; RM Add-on for IE
  • Configure the read-only domain controller (RODC).
    May include but is not limited to: replication; Administrator role separation; read-only DNS; BitLocker; credential caching; password replication; syskey; read-only SYSVOL; staged install
  • Configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FSv2).
    May include but is not limited to: install AD FS server role; exchange certificate with AD FS agents; configure trust policies; configure user and group claim mapping; import and export trust policies

Creating and Maintaining Active Directory Objects

  • Automate creation of Active Directory accounts.
    May include but is not limited to: bulk import; configure the UPN; create computer, user, and group accounts (scripts, import, migration); template accounts; contacts; distribution lists; offline domain join
  • Maintain Active Directory accounts.
    May include but is not limited to: manage computer accounts; configure group membership; account resets; delegation; AGDLP/AGGUDLP; deny domain local group; local vs. domain; Protected Admin; disabling accounts vs. deleting accounts; deprovisioning; contacts; creating organizational units (OUs); delegation of control; protecting AD objects from deletion; managed service accounts
  • Create and apply Group Policy objects (GPOs).
    May include but is not limited to: enforce, OU hierarchy, block inheritance, and enabling user objects; group policy processing priority; WMI; group policy filtering; group policy loopback; Group Policy Preferences (GPP)
  • Configure GPO templates.
    May include but is not limited to: user rights; ADMX Central Store; administrative templates; security templates; restricted groups; security options; starter GPOs; shell access policies
  • Deploy and manage software by using GPOs.
    May include but is not limited to: publishing to users; assigning software to users; assigning to computers; software removal; software restriction policies; AppLocker
  • Configure account policies.
    May include but is not limited to: domain password policy; account lockout policy; fine-grain password policies
  • Configure audit policy by using GPOs.
    May include but is not limited to: audit logon events; audit account logon events; audit policy change; audit access privilege use; audit directory service access; audit object access; advanced audit policies; global object access auditing; “Reason for Access” reporting

Maintaining the Active Directory Environment

  • Configure backup and recovery.
    May include but is not limited to: using Windows Server Backup; back up files and system state data to media; backup and restore by using removable media; perform an authoritative or non-authoritative restores; linked value replication; Directory Services Recovery Mode (DSRM); backup and restore GPOs; configure AD recycle bin
  • Perform offline maintenance.
    May include but is not limited to: offline defragmentation and compaction; Restartable Active Directory; Active Directory database mounting tool
  • Monitor Active Directory.
    May include but is not limited to: event viewer subscriptions; data collector sets; real-time monitoring; analyzing logs; WMI queries; PowerShell

Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services

  • Install Active Directory Certificate Services.
    May include but is not limited to: certificate authority (CA) types, including standalone, enterprise, root, and subordinate; role services; prepare for multiple-forest deployments
  • Configure CA server settings.
    May include but is not limited to: key archival; certificate database backup and restore; assigning administration roles; high-volume CAs; auditing
  • Manage certificate templates.
    May include but is not limited to: certificate template types; securing template permissions; managing different certificate template versions; key recovery agent
  • Manage enrollments.
    May include but is not limited to: network device enrollment service (NDES); auto enrollment; Web enrollment; extranet enrollment; smart card enrollment; authentication mechanism assurance; creating enrollment agents; deploying multiple-forest certificates; x.509 certificate mapping
  • Manage certificate revocations.
    May include but is not limited to: configure Online Responders; Certificate Revocation List (CRL); CRL Distribution Point (CDP); Authority Information Access (AIA)

Skills measured by Exam 70-642
TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.

Configuring Addressing and Services

  • Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing.
    May include but is not limited to: configure IP address options; subnetting; supernetting; multi-homed; interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6
  • Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

  • May include but is not limited to: DHCP options; creating new options; PXE boot; default user profiles; DHCP relay agents; exclusions; authorize server in Active Directory; scopes; DHCPv6
  • Configure routing.
    May include but is not limited to: static routing; persistent routing; Routing Internet Protocol (RIP); metrics; choosing a default gateway; maintaining a routing table; demand-dial routing; IGMP proxy
  • Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
    May include but is not limited to: inbound and outbound rules; custom rules; authorized users; authorized computers; configure firewall by using Group Policy; network location profiles; service groups; import/export policies; isolation policy; IPsec group policies; Connection Security Rules

Configuring Names Resolution

  • Configure a Domain Name System (DNS) server.
    May include but is not limited to: conditional forwarding; external forwarders; root hints; cache-only; socket pooling; cache locking
  • Configure DNS zones.
    May include but is not limited to: zone scavenging; zone types; Active Directory integration; Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS); Secure DDNS; GlobalNames; zone delegation; DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC); reverse lookup zones
  • Configure DNS records.
    May include but is not limited to: record types; Time to live (TTL); weighting records; registering records; netmask ordering; DnsUpdateProxy group; round robin; DNS record security; auditing
  • Configure DNS replication.
    May include but is not limited to: DNS secondary zones; DNS stub zones; Active Directory Integrated replication scopes; securing zone transfer; SOA refresh; auditing
  • Configure name resolution for client computers.
    May include but is not limited to: configuring HOSTS file; Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR); broadcasting; resolver cache; DNS server list; Suffix Search order; DNS devolution

Configuring Network Access

  • Configure remote access.
    May include but is not limited to: dial-up; Remote Access Policy; Network Address Translation (NAT); VPN protocols, such as Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) and IKEv2; Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS); packet filters; Connection Manager; VPN reconnect; RAS authentication by using MS-CHAP, MS-CHAP v2, and EAP
  • Configure Network Access Protection (NAP).
    May include but is not limited to: network layer protection; DHCP enforcement; VPN enforcement; RDS enforcement; configure NAP health policies; IPsec enforcement; 802.1x enforcement; flexible host isolation; multi-configuration System Health Validator (SHV)
  • Configure DirectAccess.
    May include but is not limited to: IPv6; IPsec; server requirements; client requirements; perimeter network; name resolution policy table
  • Configure Network Policy Server (NPS).
    May include but is not limited to: IEEE 802.11 wireless; IEEE 802.3 wired; group policy for wireless; RADIUS accounting; Connection Request policies; RADIUS proxy; NPS templates

Configuring File and Print Services

  • Configure a file server.
    May include but is not limited to: file share publishing; Offline Files; share permissions; NTFS permissions; encrypting file system (EFS); BitLocker; Access-Based Enumeration (ABE); branch cache; Share and Storage Management console
  • Configure Distributed File System (DFS).
    May include but is not limited to: DFS namespace; DFS configuration and application; creating and configuring targets; DFS replication; read-only replicated folder; failover cluster support; health reporting
  • Configure backup and restore.
    May include but is not limited to: backup types; backup schedules; managing remotely; restoring data; shadow copy services; volume snapshot services (VSS); bare metal restore; backup to remote file share
  • Manage file server resources.
    May include but is not limited to: FSRM; quota by volume or quota by user; quota entries; quota templates; file classification; Storage Manager for SANs; file management tasks; file screening
  • Configure and monitor print services.
    May include but is not limited to: printer share; publish printers to Active Directory; printer permissions; deploy printer connections; install printer drivers; export and import print queues and printer settings; add counters to Performance Monitor to monitor print servers; print pooling; print priority; print driver isolation; location-aware printing; print management delegation

Monitoring and Managing a Network Infrastructure

  • Configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server settings.
    May include but is not limited to: update type selection; client settings; Group Policy object (GPO); client targeting; software updates; test and approval; disconnected networks
  • Configure performance monitoring.
    May include but is not limited to: Data Collector Sets; Performance Monitor; Reliability Monitor; monitoring System Stability Index; page files; analyze performance data
  • Configure event logs.
    May include but is not limited to: custom views; application and services logs; subscriptions; attaching tasks to events find and filter
  • Gather network data.
    May include but is not limited to: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP); Network Monitor; Connection Security Rules monitoring

Skills measured by Exam 70-646
Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.

Planning for Server Deployment

  • Plan server installations and upgrades. May include but is not limited to: Windows Server 2008 edition selection, rollback planning, Bitlocker implementation requirements
  • Plan for automated server deployment. May include but is not limited to: standard server image, automation and scheduling of server deployments
  • Plan infrastructure services server roles. May include but is not limited to: address assignment, name resolution, network access control, directory services, application services, certificate services
  • Plan application servers and services. May include but is not limited to: virtualization server planning, availability, resilience, and accessibility
  • Plan file and print server roles. May include but is not limited to: access permissions, storage quotas, replication, indexing, file storage policy, availability, printer publishing

Planning for Server Management

  • Plan server management strategies. May include but is not limited to: remote administration, remote desktop, server management technologies, Server Manager and ServerManagerCMD, delegation policies and procedures
  • Plan for delegated administration. May include but is not limited to: delegate authority, delegate Active Directory objects, application management
  • Plan and implement group policy strategy. May include but is not limited to: GPO management, GPO backup and recovery, group policy troubleshooting, group policy planning

Monitoring and Maintaining Servers

  • Implement patch management strategy. May include but is not limited to: operating system patch level maintenance, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), application patch level maintenance
  • Monitor servers for performance evaluation and optimization. May include but is not limited to: server and service monitoring, optimization, event management, trending and baseline analysis
  • Monitor and maintain security and policies. May include but is not limited to: remote access, monitor and maintain NPAS, network access, server security, firewall rules and policies, authentication and authorization, data security, auditing

Planning Application and Data Provisioning

  • Provision applications. May include but is not limited to: presentation virtualization, terminal server infrastructure, resource allocation, application virtualization alternatives, application deployment, System Center Configuration Manager
  • Provision data. May include but is not limited to: shared resources, offline data access

Planning for Business Continuity and High Availability

  • Plan storage. May include but is not limited to: storage solutions, storage management
  • Plan high availability. May include but is not limited to: service redundancy, service availability
  • Plan for backup and recovery. May include but is not limited to: data recovery strategy, server recovery strategy, directory service recovery strategy, object level recovery

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  • Exam 70-642 - TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-640 - TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70-646 - Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

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Book provided for free on the course

  • Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 ISBN: 9780470532867

Microsoft Official Curriculum

  • MOC 6421 - Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Certification Programmes include:

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • On site testing ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Transportation to/from designated local railway stations
  • Examination Passing Policy

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

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Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

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  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMI, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC and CISSP CBK Review
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You should have a minimum of one year's experience working with Microsoft servers. This experience should include:

  • Handling day-to-day management of the server operating system, file structure, and directory services
  • Handling software distribution and updates
  • Monitoring servers
  • Providing tier-2 troubleshooting support
  • Supporting engineering and change-management projects
  • Creating builds and configuring the server
  • Implementing the auditing policy
  • Performing scheduled vulnerability-assessment scans
  • Monitoring logs for firewalls and intrusion-detection systems
  • Designing Windows server infrastructures
  • Evaluating and recommending new technology solutions
  • Serving as an escalation point for infrastructure issues
  • Developing client and server best practices for other teams, such as engineering, development, and operations
  • Keeping policy current for authentication, identity, and access management
  • Providing guidance in implementing security policies that affect the infrastructure on multiple levels

Ideally, you should have a CompTIA A+ / Network+ certification, or equivalent experience.

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