Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry! This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros.
In today’s article, I’ll provide details on the FREE hands-on labs from TechEd that you can complete remotely in the comfort of your own office or home to improve your skills on Windows Server 2012 across a range of technologies, including:
- Storage Spaces
- Hyper-V Virtualization and Replication
- Active Directory
- … and MORE!
Hands-on Lab Requirements
To be able to use these labs, your PC will need to meet the following minimum requirements:
- Windows Vista or later
- Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
- .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later
- 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
For detailed requirements for firewall configurations and Internet connectivity, see https://portal.holsystems.com/support
Windows Server 2012 Hands-On Labs
|Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces||In this lab, you work with the new storage spaces technology in Windows Server 2012. You first create new storage pools and virtual disks, and then work with those virtual disks in both Server Manager and Control Panel.|
|Building a Windows Server 2012 Storage Infrastructure||In this lab, learn how new storage technologies in Windows Server 2012 enable you to create a next generation storage infrastructure and highly available file server. Key tasks/topics include:
|Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available Storage||In this lab, learn how to configure a file server cluster to support running Hyper-V virtual machines from SMB file shares. Create the file share, configure delegation, and then create a new VM on SMB storage.|
|Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication||Asynchronous, application-consistent virtual machine replication is now built into Windows Server 2012. It permits replication of Hyper V virtual machines between two locations for business continuity and failure recovery. In this lab, learn how to configure and manage this technology.|
|Creating a Resilient Network Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012||You are updating your network implementation for core Windows servers. As a standard practice you want to have redundancy in DHCP so you implement DHCP Failover. You then configure IPAM to track IP address allocation of your DHCP servers. Next you implement DNS Sec for DNS resolution. Finally you configure all servers to have at least a two NIC teams to ensure failover in the event of a switch failure. Featured: topics include:
|Introduction to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012||DirectAccess gives users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their corporate network anytime they have Internet access. In this lab, learn how to configure this now easy-to-install technology and provide greater mobility and ease of access for your users.|
|Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals||Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 230 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell enables you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.|
|What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0||In this lab, explore some of the new features and functionality in Windows PowerShell 3.0 that enable you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.|
|Deploying and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Servers with Server Manager, Windows PowerShell and MinShell||In this lab, perform the initial configuration for a new Windows Server 2012 server by leveraging new capabilities in Server Manager and PowerShell. Topics include:
|Desired State Configuration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and PowerShell 4.0||In this lab, use a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 called Desired State Configuration to deploy fully functional websites to multiple unconfigured Windows servers. Get familiar with Desired State Configuration by creating and deploying basic configuration to a single server. Then use a Desired State Configuration Data file to deploy a website to multiple servers; cause a configuration drift and correct it by redeploying configuration.|
|Managing Branch Offices||In this lab, learn how the branch office scenario has been improved in Windows Server 2012 including new branch cache enhancements.|
|Active Directory Deployment and Enhancements||In this lab, learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012. Deploy domain controllers using the new Server Manager, as well as deploying remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell. Also, explore the new Active Directory Management Tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.|
|Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data||In this lab, you explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. You learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as learn how to use the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.|
What's next? Keep Learning!
After completing these hands-on labs, continue your studies and prepare for your MCSA on Windows Server 2012 at the same time with our FREE "Early Experts" online study group!