The Install and Configure Servers module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Install and Configure a Server
  • Convert a Windows Server 2012 GUI to Server Core and back
  • Features On-Demand
  • Delegate Server Administration
  • Configure NIC Teaming

Exercise 1 - Install and Configure Server

In this exercise, you will perform a full installation and then configure a Windows Server 2012 R2 computer.

Exercise 2 - Convert a Windows Server 2012 GUI to Server Core and back

System administrators can move between Server Core and Server with a GUI by installing or uninstalling features using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) module.

A Server core is command-line based Windows where all server administration tasks are handled by the command line tools like Windows PowerShell and the command prompt. The Server core demands less system resources compared to Server with GUI and has less system vulnerability because fewer services are running. This makes the Server core an ideal choice for machines with a lower system hardware specifications.

In this exercise, you will convert a Windows Server 2012 installed in a graphical user interface setup into a command-based Windows Server 2012 R2 computer called Server core.

A new set of lab devices will be assigned to you to be able to perform steps indicated in this exercise.

Exercise 3- Using Features On-Demand

Windows Roles are core services like Active Directory Domain Services that provide mission-critical network services such as authentication of network users who log on to a corporate network. Windows Features are auxiliary components that provide additional services like Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server. SMTP is the standard protocol for sending electronic messages to the Internet.

In this exercise, you will install and configure Active Directory Domain Services using Windows PowerShell. PowerShell commandlets (cmdlets) like Add-WindowsFeature and Install-WindowsFeature will be demonstrated in this lab.

The Add-WindowsFeature cmdlet provides a faster alternative to adding roles or features in Windows as opposed to using the Server Manager GUI in adding a Windows role like Active Directory Domain Services. While Install-WindowsFeature lets you install Active Directory Domain Services, you will use specific commands like Install-ADDSForest or Install-ADDSDomain to install a domain controller.

Exercise 4 - Delegate Server Administration

System administrators can delegate the administration of a Windows server using a variety of methods. The simplest one is to add a trusted user as a member to security-sensitive groups like Backup Operators which will give the user backup and restore privileges. Or add the user to the Server Operators where the user will have server disk management capabilities. Similarly, you can add user to the Account Operators group where the user will have the ability to create ordinary network users and security groups in a domain.

By giving a trusted user membership in the built-in security groups mentioned above you grant the user limited control to some network resources without the risk of damaging server configuration settings.

Exercise 5 - Configure NIC Teaming

In this exercise, you will learn how to configure NIC teaming. NIC teaming is common solution used by system adminstrators to enhance availability and performance by combining multiple network interfaces into one interface.

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