Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server (55341/20740) - 20740 Course Outline
About This Course
This five-day course is designed primarily for IT professionals who have some experience with Windows Server. It is designed for professionals who will be responsible for managing storage and compute by using Windows Server, and who need to understand the scenarios, requirements, and storage and compute options that are available and applicable to Windows Server.
Although this course and the associated labs are written for Windows Server 2022, the skills taught will also be backwards compatible for Server 2016 and Server 2019.
The course and labs also focus on how to administer Windows Server using not only the traditional tools such as PowerShell and Server manager, but also Windows Admin Center.
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A basic understanding of networking fundamentals.
An awareness and understanding of security best practices.
An understanding of basic Active Directory concepts.
Basic knowledge of server hardware.
Experience supporting and configuring Windows client operating systems such as Windows 10 or Windows 11.
This course is intended for IT professionals who have some experience working with Windows Server, and who are looking for a single five-day course that covers storage and compute technologies in Windows Server. This course will help them update their knowledge and skills related to storage and compute for Windows Server.
Candidates suitable for this course would be:
• Windows Server administrators who are relatively new to Windows Server administration and related technologies, and who want to learn more about the storage and compute features in Windows Server.
• IT professionals with general IT knowledge who are looking to gain knowledge about Windows Server especially around storage and compute technologies in Windows Server.
At Course Completion
Prepare and install Windows Server and plan a server upgrade and migration strategy.
Describe the various storage options, including partition table formats, basic and dynamic disks, file systems, virtual hard disks, and drive hardware, and explain how to manage disks and volumes.
Describe enterprise storage solutions, and select the appropriate solution for a given situation.
Implement and manage Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication.
Install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V, and configure virtual machines.
Deploy, configure, and manage Windows and Hyper-V containers.
Describe the high availability and disaster recovery technologies in Windows Server.
Plan, create, and manage a failover cluster.
Implement failover clustering for Hyper-V virtual machines.
Configure a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster, and plan for an NLB implementation.
Create and manage deployment images.
Manage, monitor, and maintain virtual machine installations.
Module 1: Installing, upgrading, and migrating servers and workloads
This module describes the new features of Windows Server, and explains how to prepare for and install Server Core. This module also describes how to plan a server upgrade and migration strategy, and explains how to perform a migration of server roles and workloads within and across domains. Finally, this module explains how to choose an activation model based on your environment characteristics.
Introducing Windows Server
Preparing and installing Server Core
Preparing for upgrades and migrations
Migrating server roles and workloads
Windows Server activation models
Lab 1: Installing and configuring Windows Server
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Module 2: Configuring local storage
This module explains how to name, declare, assign values to, and use variables. It also describes how to store data in an array. (e.g. This module explains how to install, upgrade and migrate to Windows 7. It also describes the key features, editions, and hardware requirements of Windows 7)
Managing disks in Windows Server
Managing volumes in Windows Server
Lab 1: Configuring local storage
Creating and managing volumes
Managing virtual hard disks
Module 3: Implementing enterprise storage solutions
This module discusses direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), and storage area networks (SANs). It also explains the purpose of Microsoft Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS) Server, data center bridging (DCB), and Multipath I/O (MPIO). Additionally, this module compares Fibre Channel, Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and describes how to configure sharing in Windows Server.
Overview of DAS, NAS, and SANs
Comparing Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet
Understanding iSNS, DCB, and MPIO
Configuring sharing in Windows Server
Lab 1: Planning and configuring storage technologies and components
Planning storage requirements
Configuring iSCSI storage
Configuring and managing the share infrastructure
Module 4: Implementing Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication
This module explains how to implement and manage Storage Spaces. This module also explains how to implement Data Deduplication.
Implementing Storage Spaces
Managing Storage Spaces
Implementing Data Deduplication
Lab 1: Implementing Storage Spaces
Creating a Storage Space
Lab 2: Implementing Data Deduplication
Installing Data Deduplication
Configuring Data Deduplication
Module 5: Installing and configuring Hyper-V and virtual machines
This module provides an overview of Hyper-V and virtualization. It explains how to install Hyper-V, and how to configure storage and networking on Hyper-V host servers. Additionally, it explains how to configure and manage Hyper-V virtual machines.
Overview of Hyper-V
Configuring storage on Hyper-V host servers
Configuring networking on Hyper-V host servers
Configuring Hyper-V virtual machines
Managing virtual machines
Lab 1: Installing and configuring Hyper-V
Verify installation of the Hyper-V server role
Configuring Hyper-V networks
Creating and configuring virtual machines
Enable nested virtualization for a virtual machine
Module 6: Deploying and managing containers
This module provides an overview of containers in Windows Server. Additionally, this module explains how to deploy Windows Server and Hyper-V containers. It also explains how to install, configure, and manage containers by using Docker.
Overview of containers in Windows Server
Deploying Windows Server and Hyper-V containers
Installing, configuring, and managing containers by using Docker
Lab 1: Installing and configuring containers
Installing and configuring Windows Server containers by using Windows PowerShell
Deploying containers using Docker
Module 7: High availability and disaster recovery
This module provides an overview of high availability and high availability with failover clustering in Windows Server. It further explains how to plan high availability and disaster recovery solutions with Hyper-V virtual machines. Additionally, this module explains how to back up and restore the Windows Server operating system and data by using Windows Server Backup.
Defining levels of availability
Planning high availability and disaster recovery solutions with Hyper-V virtual machines
Backing up and restoring by using Windows Server Backup
High availability with failover clustering in Windows Server
Lab 1: Planning and implementing a high availability and disaster recovery solution
Determining the appropriate high availability and disaster recovery solution
Implementing storage migration
Configuring Hyper-V replicas
Module 8: Implementing failover clustering
This module explains how to plan for failover clustering. It also explains how to create, manage, and troubleshoot a failover cluster.
Planning a failover cluster
Creating and configuring a new failover cluster
Maintaining a failover cluster
Troubleshooting a failover cluster
Implementing site high availability with stretch clustering
Lab 1: Implementing failover clustering
Creating a failover cluster
Verifying quorum settings and adding a node
Lab 2: Managing a failover cluster
Evicting a node and verifying quorum settings
Changing the quorum from disk witness to file-share witness, and defining node voting
Verifying high availability
Module 9: Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server Hyper-V
This module describes how Hyper-V integrates with failover clustering. It also explains how to implement Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) in failover clusters.
Overview of the integration of Hyper-V with failover clustering
Implementing Hyper-V VMs on failover clusters
Key features for VMs in a clustered environment
Lab 1: Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server Hyper-V
Configure iSCSI storage
Configuring a failover cluster for Hyper-V
Configuring a highly available VM
Module 10: Implementing Network Load Balancing
This module provides an overview of NLB clusters. It also explains how to plan and configure an NLB cluster implementation.
Overview of NLB
Configuring an NLB cluster
Planning an NLB implementation
Lab 1: Implementing NLB
Implementing a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster
Configuring and managing the NLB cluster
Validating high availability for the NLB cluster
Module 11: Creating and managing deployment images
This module provides an overview of the Windows Server image deployment process. It also explains how to create and manage deployment images by using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Additionally, it describes different workloads in the virtual machine environment.
Introduction to deployment images
Creating and managing deployment images by using MDT
Virtual machine environments for different workloads
Lab 1: Using MDT to deploy Windows Server
Creating and deploying an image
Module 12: Managing, monitoring, and maintaining virtual machine installations
This module provides an overview on Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and the requirements to implement WSUS. It explains how to manage the update process with WSUS. Additionally, this module provides an overview of Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Windows Server monitoring tools. Finally, this module describes how to use Performance Monitor, and how to manage event logs.
WSUS overview and deployment options
Update management process with WSUS
Overview of Windows PowerShell DSC
Overview of Windows Server monitoring tools
Using Performance Monitor
Monitoring event logs
Lab 1: Implementing WSUS and deploying updates
Configuring update settings
Approving and deploying an update by using WSUS
Lab 2: Monitoring and troubleshooting Windows Server
Establishing a performance baseline
Identifying the source of a performance problem
Viewing and configuring centralized event logs
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