Active Directory, Group Policy and Windows Server Management Fundamentals

Get up to speed quickly on the basics of day-to-day management of a Windows server network. You will learn the basic skills needed to manage users, servers and security in an Active Directory environment. The labs for this course are designed to mirror the mixed environments that are prevalent today, including both Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 as well as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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What You'll Learn

In this 4 day, hands-on training, you will:

  • Set up and configure new and existing users
  • Provide users with consistent and secure environments using Group Policy
  • Configure secure access to network resources, such as files, folders and printers
  • Learn the basics of server management, including:

o Different roles that servers host in a typical environment

o Server management tools, including Powershell

o The importance of keeping servers patched and strategies for patching them

o Implementing strong server security using Group Policy

o Monitoring and tuning server performance

o How server virtualization works


Who Should Attend

IT Professionals who need to perform day to day Active Directory management of users, servers and security.



Before attending this course, students benefit from having:

  • Some exposure to and experience with AD DS concepts and technologies in Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2016.
  • Experience working with and configuring Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2016
  • Experience and an understanding of core networking technologies such as IP addressing, name resolution, and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • Experience working with and an understanding of Microsoft Hyper-V and basic server virtualization concepts.
  • An awareness of basic security best practices.
  • Hands-on working experience with Windows client operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.
  • Basic experience with the Windows PowerShell command-line interface.


Module 1: Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2016

This module introduces students to the editions of Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 management tools. It also covers how to install Windows Server 2016, how to perform post-deployment tasks, and how to perform basic administrative tasks.


  • Windows Server 2016 Overview
  • Installing Windows Server 2016
  • Post-Installation Configuration of Windows Server 2016
  • Overview of Windows Server 2016 Management
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell

Lab : Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2016

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe Windows Server 2016.
  • Install Windows Server 2016.
  • Perform post-installation configuration of Windows Server 2016.
  • Describe the management tools available in Windows Server 2016.
  • Perform basic administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell.

Module 2: Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

This module describes virtualization technologies available on Windows, specifically focusing on the Hyper-V role in Windows Server. It covers the components of the Hyper-V role, configuring and deploying the role, in addition to and how to configure and manage key components of a Hyper-V implementation, such as Storage and Networking.


  • Overview of Virtualization Technologies
  • Implementing Hyper-V
  • Managing Virtual Machine Storage
  • Managing Virtual Networks

Lab : Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe virtualization technologies.
  • Implement Hyper-V.
  • Manage virtual machine storage.
  • Manage virtual networks.

Module 3: Managing objects in AD DS

This module describes how to use various techniques to manage objects in AD DS. This includes creating and configuring user, group, and computer objects.


  • Managing user accounts
  • Managing groups in AD DS
  • Managing computer objects in AD DS
  • Using Windows PowerShell for AD DS administration
  • Implementing and managing OUs

Lab : Managing AD DS objects

  • Creating and managing groups in AD DS
  • Creating and configuring user accounts in AD DS
  • Managing computer objects in AD DS

Lab : Administering AD DS

  • Delegate administration for OUs
  • Creating and modifying AD DS objects with Windows PowerShell

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage user accounts in AD DS.
  • Manage groups in AD DS.
  • Manage computer objects in AD DS.
  • Use Windows PowerShell for AD DS administration.
  • Implement and manage OUs.
  • Administer AD DS.

Module 4: Managing Files and Printers

This module provides an overview of the file systems that Windows 10 supports. It explains how to configure file permissions, the effect of file permissions, how explicit and inherited permissions work, and how to include user and device claims in access permissions. This module also explains how to share folders, the tools that you can use to share folders, and the effective permissions when a user tries to access data in a shared folder that is protected by file permissions. Additionally, this module explains how to create and use Work Folders. The last lesson in this module describes how to add and share a printer, and how to manage client and server-side printing.


  • Overview of File Systems
  • Configuring and Managing File Access
  • Configuring and Managing Shared Folders
  • Work Folders
  • Managing Printers

Lab : Configuring and Managing Permissions and Shares

  • Creating, Managing, and Sharing a Folder
  • Using Conditions to Control Access and Effective Permissions

Lab : Installing and Managing a Printer

  • Managing and Using a Printer

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe and create file systems that Windows 10 supports.
  • Configure file permissions.
  • Explain how permission inheritance works.
  • Implement conditions to limit access to files and folders.
  • Create and manage shares.
  • Create and use Work Folders.
  • Configure and manage printers.

Module 5: Implementing Group Policy

This module describes how to implement a GPO infrastructure. The module provides an overview of the components and technologies that compose the Group Policy framework.


  • Introducing Group Policy
  • Implementing and administering GPOs
  • Group Policy scope and Group Policy processing
  • Troubleshooting the application of GPOs

Lab : Implementing a Group Policy infrastructure

  • Creating and configuring GPOs
  • Managing GPO scope

Lab : Troubleshooting Group Policy infrastructure

  • Verify GPO application
  • Troubleshooting GPOs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain what Group Policy is.
  • Implement and administer GPOs.
  • Describe Group Policy scope and Group Policy processing.
  • Troubleshoot GPO application.

Module 6: Managing user settings with Group Policy

This module describes how to configure Group Policy settings and Group Policy preferences. This includes implementing administrative templates, configuring folder redirection and scripts, and configuring Group Policy preferences.


  • Implementing administrative templates
  • Configuring Folder Redirection, software installation, and scripts
  • Configuring Group Policy preferences

Lab : Managing user settings with GPOs

  • Using administrative templates to manage user settings
  • Implement settings by using Group Policy preferences
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Planning Group Policy (optional)

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Implement administrative templates.
  • Configure Folder Redirection, software installation, and scripts.
  • Configure Group Policy preferences.

Module 7: Securing Windows Servers Using Group Policy Objects

This module describes Windows Server operating system security. It covers how to identify security threats, plan your strategy to mitigate security threats, and secure your Windows Server infrastructure.


  • Security Overview for Windows Operating Systems
  • Configuring Security Settings
  • Restricting Software
  • Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Lab : Increasing Security for Server Resources

Lab : Configuring AppLocker and Windows Firewall

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe WindowsServer operating system security.
  • Configure security settings by using Group Policy.
  • Increase security for server resources.
  • Restrict unauthorized software from running on servers and clients.
  • Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Module 8: Monitoring Windows Server

This module explains the monitoring tools available in Windows Server . it also explains how to use Performance Monitor and monitor events.


  • Monitoring Tools
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Monitoring Event Logs

Lab : Monitoring Windows Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the monitoring tools for the Windows Server operating system.
  • Use Performance Monitor to view and analyze performance statistics of programs that are running on their servers.
  • Monitor event logs to view and interpret the recorded events.

Module 9: Implementing Update Management

This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows servers and clients.


  • Overview of WSUS
  • Deploying Updates with WSUS

Lab : Implementing Update Management

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the role of WSUS.
  • Describe the WSUS update management process.
  • Deploy updates with WSUS.

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