Securing Windows Server 2016 - 20744 Course Outline
This five-day, instructor-led course teaches IT professionals how they can enhance the security of the IT infrastructure that they administer. This course begins by emphasizing the importance of assuming that network breaches have occurred already, and then teaches you how to protect administrative credentials and rights to ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to, when they need to.
This course also details how you can mitigate malware threats, identify security issues by using auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016, secure your virtualization platform, and use new deployment options, such as Nano server and containers to enhance security. The course also explains how you can help protect access to files by using encryption and dynamic access control, and how you can enhance your networks security.
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MOC On-Demand 20744: Securing Windows Server 2016
This course is for IT professionals who need to administer Windows Server 2016 networks securely. These professionals typically work with networks that are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments, with managed access to the Internet and cloud services.
Students who seek certification in the 70-744 Securing Windows server exam also will benefit from this course.
Students should have at least two years of experience in the IT field and should have:
Completed courses 740, 741, and 742, or the equivalent.
A solid, practical understanding of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS).
A solid, practical understanding of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles.
A solid, practical understanding of Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization fundamentals.
An understanding of Windows Server security principles.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Secure Windows Server.
Secure application development and a server workload infrastructure.
Manage security baselines.
Configure and manage just enough and just-in-time (JIT) administration.
Manage data security.
Configure Windows Firewall and a software-defined distributed firewall.
Secure network traffic.
Secure your virtualization infrastructure.
Manage malware and threats.
Configure advanced auditing.
Manage software updates.
Manage threats by using Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).
Module 1: Breach detection and using the Sysinternals tools
In this module, students will learn about breach detection, attack types and vectors, cybercrime, and how you can analyse your systems activity by using the Sysinternals tool suite.
Overview of breach detection
Using the Sysinternals tools to detect breaches
Lab : Basic breach detection and incident response strategies
Identifying attack types
Using incident-response strategies
Exploring the Sysinternals tools
Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access
This module explains how you can configure user rights and security options, protect credentials by using credential guard, implement privileged-access workstations, and manage and deploy a local administrator-password solution so that you can manage passwords for local administrator accounts.
Understanding user rights
Computer and service accounts
Understanding privileged-access workstations and jump servers
Deploying a local administrator-password solution
Lab : User rights, security options, and group-managed service accounts
Configuring security options
Configuring restricted groups
Creating and managing group managed service accounts (MSAs)
Configuring the Credential Guard feature
Locating problematic accounts
Lab : Configuring and deploying LAPs
Installing local administrator password solution (LAPs)
Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration
This module explains how to deploy and configure Just Enough Administration (JEA).
Configuring and deploying JEA
Lab : Limiting administrator privileges by using JEA
Creating a role-capability file
Creating a session-configuration file
Creating a JEA endpoint
Connecting to a JEA endpoint
Deploying JEA by using Desire State Configuration (DSC)
Module 4: Privileged Access Management and administrative forests
This module explains the concepts of Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) forests, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), and Just In Time (JIT) Administration, or Privileged Access Management.
Understanding ESAE forests
Overview of MIM
Implementing JIT and Privileged Access Management by using MIM
Lab : Limiting administrator privileges by using Privileged Access Management
Using a layered approach to security
Configuring a MIM web portal
Configuring the Privileged Access feature
Requesting privileged access
Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats
This module explains how to configure the Windows Defender, AppLocker, and Device Guard features.
Configuring and managing Windows Defender
Using software restricting policies (SRPs) and AppLocker
Configuring and using Device Guard
Using and deploying the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
Lab : Securing applications by using AppLocker, Windows Defender, Device Guard Rules, and the EMET.
Configuring Windows Defender
Configuring and deploying Device Guard
Deploying and using EMET
Module 6: Analysing activity by using advanced auditing and log analytics
This module explains how to use advanced auditing and Windows PowerShell transcripts.
Overview of auditing
Understanding advanced auditing
Configuring Windows PowerShell auditing and logging
Lab : Configuring encryption and advanced auditing
Configuring auditing of file-system access
Auditing domain logons
Managing the configuration of advanced audit policies
Windows PowerShell logging and auditing
Module 7: Analysing activity with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics feature and Operations Management Suite
This module explains the Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics tool and the Microsoft Operations Management suite (OMS), and details how you can use them to monitor and analyse the security of a Windows Server deployment.
Overview of Advanced Threat Analytics
Lab : Advanced Threat Analytics and Operations Management Suite
Using ATA and OMS
Preparing and deploying ATA
Preparing and deploying OMS
Module 8: Securing your virtualization an infrastructure
This module explains how to configure Guarded Fabric virtual machines (VMs), including the requirements for shielded and encryption-supported VMs.
Overview of Guarded Fabric VMs
Understanding shielded and encryption-supported VMs
Lab : Deploying and using Guarded Fabric with administrator-trusted attestation and shielded VMs
Deploying Guarded Fabric VMs with administrator-trusted attestation
Deploying a shielded VM
Module 9: Securing application development and server-workload infrastructure
This module details the Security Compliance Manager, including how you can use it to configure, manage, and deploy baselines. Additionally, students will learn how to deploy and configure Nano Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows Server Containers.
Using Security Compliance Manager
Introduction to Nano Server
Lab : Using Security Compliance Manager
Configuring a security baseline for Windows Server 2016
Deploying a security baseline for Windows Server 2016
Lab : Deploying and Configuring Nano Server and containers
Deploying, managing, and securing Nano Server
Deploying, managing, and securing Windows Server containers
Deploying, managing, and securing Hyper-V containers
Module 10: Protecting data with encryption
This module explains how to configure Encrypting File System (EFS) and BitLocker drive encryption to protect data at rest.
Planning and implementing encryption
Planning and implementing BitLocker
Lab : Configuring EFS and BitLocker
Encrypting and recovering access to encrypted files
Using BitLocker to protect data
Module 11: Limiting access to file and folders
This module explains how to optimize file services by configuring File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and Distributed File System (DFS). Students will learn how to protect a devices data by using encryption or BitLocker. Students also will learn how to manage access to shared files by configuring Dynamic Access Control (DAC).
Introduction to FSRM
Implementing classification management and file-management tasks
Understanding Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
Lab : Configuring quotas and file screening
Configuring FSRM quotas
Configuring file screening
Lab : Implementing DAC
Module 12: Using firewalls to control network traffic flow
This module explains the firewalls that are present on Windows Server.
Understanding Windows Firewall
Software-defined distributed firewalls
Lab : Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Creating and testing inbound rules
Creating and testing outbound rules
Module 13: Securing network traffic
This module explains how to secure network traffic and how to use Microsoft Message Analyzer, Server Message Block (SMB) encryption, and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).
Network-related security threats and connection-security rules
Configuring advanced DNS settings
Examining network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
Securing SMB traffic, and analysing SMB traffic
Lab : Connection security rules and securing DNS
Creating and testing connection security rules
Configuring and testing DNSSEC
Lab : Microsoft Message Analyzer and SMB encryption
Using Microsoft Message Analyzer
Configuring and verifying SMB encryption on SMB shares
Module 14: Updating Windows Server
This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows Servers and clients.
Overview of WSUS
Deploying updates by using WSUS
Lab : Implementing update management
Implementing the WSUS server role
Configuring update settings
Approving and deploying an update by using WSUS
Deploying Windows Defender definition updates by using WSUS
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