Introducing Windows Server 2008

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Windows Server 2008 represents the next generation of server operating systems from Microsoft. With this release come notable improvements in security, remote access, networking, and performance monitoring. New administration features such as the command-line PowerShell and Server Manager are designed to ease administration and offer a secure way of administering Windows Server 2008 servers. Further enhancements to Terminal Services ensure that Windows Server 2008 maximizes the availability and flexibility of remote access and virtual environments. This course discusses these features along with the various product versions available, deployment and installation strategies, and the new Active Directory roles.

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Administrators and managers considering rolling out Windows Server 2008.

Basic familiarity with Windows and preferably Windows Server

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Introducing Windows Server 2008

  • determine which edition of Windows Server 2008 is appropriate for a given organization
  • match editions of Windows Server 2008 with corresponding characteristics
  • recognize the steps in the Windows Server 2008 installation process
  • identify the system requirements for the installation of Windows Server 2008
  • use Server Manager to add an optional feature
  • install the appropriate edition of Windows Server 2008 for a given company
  • identify server roles that are available with a Server Core installation
  • identify the benefits of a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008
  • recognize commands that are used in Server Core, in a given example
  • recognize how to install and customize Windows PowerShell
  • recognize how to use commands in Windows PowerShell
  • install Windows Server 2008 PowerShell
  • customize Windows Server 2008 PowerShell
  • use Windows Server 2008 PowerShell
  • identify the new Terminal Services features in Windows Server 2008
  • recognize the organizational benefits of using Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008
  • recognize how a read-only domain controller increases security in a branch office scenario
  • identify the features of the new Active Directory services in Windows Server 2008
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