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Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is a vast number of new features in this release that will enable you to Cloud-Optimize your IT.
Instructors | Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Microsoft Partner Corey Hynes walk you through their personal favorite feature sets while answering why and how each one will have a positive impact on improving your day-to-day IT environment.
Associated Exam(s) | Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012Associated Course(s) | Course 20410B: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012; Course 20412B: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
Exploring Certification? Free Windows Server 2012 Certification Prep Tools
Rick Claus and Corey Hynes kick off the course with an accelerated overview then dig right into the Core Hyper-V content. After discussing and illustrating how new Hyper-V features enable better scale, they lead a discussion on NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) and finish the module with Network Virtualization and IP portability.
In the first session of a two-part module, Rick Claus and Corey Hynes dive into virtualization infrastructure. Throughout the conversation, they demonstrate a variety of new features and functionality covering Shared Nothing Migration, Storage Migration, and Hyper-V Replica. The session finishes with a cool discussion of Hyper-V Server 2012.
In the second session of a two-part module, Corey Hynes and Rick Claus leverage their incredible demo environment to more clearly illustrate these complex topics with a few engaging demos. While many IT Pros may be tempted to go straight to this session, it's important to watch part 1 first to have the appropriate context.
In this two-part module on Storage Architecture, Rick Claus and Corey Hynes focus on an overview of the Windows Server 2012 Storage Platform, including Platform Storage, De-duplication, Disk Provisioning, Clustering, File and Block Access, Networking, Virtualization and Management.
Rick Claus and Corey Hynes dive into Continuous Availability in this demo-rich session. Key topics include Workloads (SQL / Hyper-V), a great discussion of the "modern CHKDSK," File Services SMB Failover, NIC Teaming / MultiPath IO, Clustering / Cluster-Aware Updating.
In this two-part module on Multi-Server Management. Rick Claus and Corey Hynes focus on demo-rich conversations on essential features like Server Manager, PowerShell w/ ISE, Remote Management Tools and Remote Deployment. Important for students to watch both sessions.
This is a two-part module on Security and Access. Rick Claus and Corey Hynes provide clear illustrations of how, why and where Windows Server 2012 tools like Server Core, MinShell and full GUI are appropriate. Next, they cover some important improvements to Dynamic Access Control and spend time outlining new changes in Active Directory, the Recycle Bin and password policy.
Rick Claus and Corey Hynes dive into Remote Connectivity and Networking in this session. Key topics include Direct Access Setup, BranchCache, and VDI Deployment (Remote Access, Remote Desktop, Pooled vs. Personal, Patching, Storage, RemoteFX).
In this appropriately-named session, Rick Claus and Corey Hynes leverage a demo-rich conversational approach to cover IIS, DHCP and IP Address Management (IPAM). Essential concepts such as securing and scaling your web servers, certificate support, DHCP failover, and important IPAM topics are covered.