Master How to Install a Windows Server for a Small Business

Watch over my shoulder and learn how to install a server for a small business from start to finish.
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  • Lectures 46
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2016 English

Course Description

Course Description

There are small businesses everywhere using bad IT systems. Companies grow and their IT doesn’t grow with them. Small business owners are frustrated that there aren’t enough good IT people to come along and give them an IT system which is safe, secure and flexible.

At the heart of any good small business IT system should be a server. A server is the glue which holds everything together – files, folders, security and remote access.

Using my 18 years’ experience in IT, I will teach you everything you need to know about installing an IT system for a small business. We clarify a small business to be one with between 5-25 computers.

 The course will not only teach you the theory behind everything, but you will also watch over my shoulder as I configure a real server for a small business. 

Here is your opportunity to be an IT super hero!

 In this course you will learn:

  • The exact hardware and software you need to buy for your customer.
  • The basics of server virtualisation and why your customer needs to be using it.
  • How to install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as a Virtual Host
  • How to configure and create a Virtual Server.
  • What anti-virus software you need to keep the server safe.
  • How to integrate your server with Microsoft Office 365.
  • How to create users and add computers to your new network.
  • All about backup and restore; how to backup your computers and your server.
  • We’ll configure a cloud backup using Microsoft Azure.
  • You’ll learn how to enable the server for remote access using an SSL certificate
  • How to monitor the health of the server so you can earn ongoing revenue as the IT guy!
  • Much much more!

When you’ve finished the course and learnt the skills, you will be able to confidently install a Microsoft Windows Server for a small business. 

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a basic knowledge of IT networks
  • Students will need a basic knowledge of Windows operating systems

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Describe the basic principles of server virtualisation
  • Choose the right server for a small business.
  • Configure an ideal server using the Dell website
  • Learn about a UPS device and how to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Learn how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials software on a server using a DVD or bootable USB.
  • Completely configure a server host including install anti-virus and configuring Windows updates.
  • Add a virtual server using Hyper-V
  • Build and configure a Windows virtual server.
  • Learn about DHCP and how to create a DHCP scope.
  • Integrate Server 2012 R2 Essentials with Office 365
  • How to create user account and set password policy
  • Add computers to the new server domain.
  • Enable and configure computer backups, file history and folder redirection
  • How to configure a local server backup
  • How to configure a cloud based backup using Microsoft Azure.
  • Configure remote access using RWA
  • Learn how to add printers to the small business network.
  • Monitor the health of the server

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who wants to start their own IT consultancy and make a great income.
  • This course is for anyone who is responsible for the IT in a business with between 5-25 computers.
  • This course is for anyone who works in a basic IT role and want to extend their knowledge.
  • This course is for anyone who owns an IT consultancy who wants a cost effective way to train their tech support staff.
  • This course is NOT for anyone who doesn't have a basic knowledge if IT or networks.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
05:08

In this lecture I will introduce the course, myself and the things that you will learn during the course.

Students will learn what the course is all about and also about the growing opportunities there are within the technology industry. 

Section 2: Preparation
01:18

In this lecture I will walk you through the setup that I am using in my lab to produce this course. We'll look at the server I am using and how it is connected to this network. Students will learn how they can configure their own lab. 


05:00

In this lecture we will introduce the basic concepts of virtualisation. Students will learn what virtualisation is and how it can provide benefits to a small business. 

02:26

In this lecture we will look at the Microsoft Operating System that we'll be teaching in this course. Students will learn about  the benefits of Microsoft Server Essentials 2012 R2.

03:44

When installing a server for a small business, it's really important to make sure you choose the right server. In this lecture you will learn what type of server you need to provide to your customers. 

05:21

In this lecture we will walk through configuring an ideal server on the Dell website. Students will learn what hardware and software they need to choose. 

04:15

In this lecture we will look at the other items that are needed when installing servers for small businesses. None of these items are critical to completing this course but they would be needed if you were to supply a server to a real life customer.

Students will learn what a UPS device is, the device we need for backup and where to buy a SSL certificate. 

Section 3: Building and Configuring Host Server
01:46

In this lecture students will learn how to build their host server. They will learn the three different ways we can install Server 2012 R2 Essentials on the server. 

02:39

In this lecture students will learn how to make a USB storage device bootable and how to copy the ISO image of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on to the USB drive. 

03:36

In this lecture we will go through the process of installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on your host server. We'll look at the basic setup screens and what information needs to be entered. 

02:42

In this lecture students will learn how to enable RDP on the host server so they can access the server from any PC on the local network. 

02:33

In this lecture students will learn how to rename the server so it has a more user friendly name. 

04:44

In this lecture students will learn how to set a static IP address on the host server. 

02:28

In this lecture students will learn how to install anti-virus software on the server. We'll look at my recommended anti-virus software which is ESET. 

01:46

In this lecture we will configure Windows updates on the host server. Windows updates are critical to the security and performance of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. 

Section 4: Build and Configure Server Essentials Virtual Server
02:57

In this lecture students will learn how to add additional hard drive space to our Host server. This hard drive space will be dedicated to holding the software files of the virtual server. 

02:10

In this lecture we will enable the Hyper-V role on the server host. This is the preparation we need to do before we install our virtual server. 

03:24

In this lecture students will learn how to create a virtual server using Hyper Manager. We will go through all the steps necessary to configure out virtual server. 

05:53

In this lecture the students will learn how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on a virtual server. 

01:56

In this lecture, students will learn how to rename the virtual server. 

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In this lecture, students will repeat the process of install anti-virus software on the host. This time they will install anti-virus software on the virtual server. 

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In this lecture, students will repeat the process of configuring windows updates on the host. This time they willconfigure windows updates on the virtual server. 

03:51

In this lecture we will go through the Server Essentials wizard on the virtual server and configure a new domain.

09:29

In this lecture students will learn how to enable DHCP on the virtual server. We will also configure a new scope and talk about disabling DHCP on the router. 

03:36

Now that the Server Essentials wizard has been run and we have a new domain, we will add the host server to the domain. 

Section 5: Adding Users and Computers
02:07

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials integrates with Microsoft Cloud services such as Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. In this lecture students will learn how to integrate the virtual server with Office 365. 

03:46

In this lecture students will learn how to create new user accounts and link them to the Office 365 email addresses. 

02:24

It's crucial for IT security that we set password policy settings. In this lecture students will learn how to set password policy on Server 2012 R2 Essentials. 

01:11

All the computers on the network need to be added to the new domain. In this lecture students will learn how to add computers to the network using the Essentials web link. 

Section 6: Protecting Data on Computers
05:24

In this lecture we will look at Shared Folders. Students will learn how to create a manage shared folders on the Server Essentials virtual server. 

03:10

Server 2012 R2 Essentials has the ability to take backups of the computers on the network. In this lecture students will learn how to enable and configure computer backups. 

03:09

In addition to the client computer backups, Server 2012 R2 Essentials can also take backups of the users profile (documents, music, pictures and desktop files). Students will learn how to enable this feature and configure it based on their customers needs. 

07:00

Enabling group policy for computer security and folder redirection is a neat little feature of Server Essentials 2012 R2.

In this lecture students will learn how to turn group policy on so that each PC has it's security settings configured and each user profile is redirected to the server for tighter security. 

Section 7: Server Backup
04:14

We will use two backups; one local and one cloud based. In this lecture we will prepare for the virtual server backup by adding a USB hard drive to the virtual server. 

03:37

In this lecture students will learn how to back up the virtual server to the USB hard drive and how to configure backup schedules. 

05:55

In this video, we will take a look at Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud infrastructure. Students will learn how to back up their virtual server to the cloud using Microsoft Azure. 

Section 8: Remote Access
02:04

Remote access is an important aspect of modern day business. Here, we will look at an example of Remote Web Access in action. Remote Web Access (RWA) is Server 2012 R2 Essentials remote access.

Students will learn what RWA looks like when it's fully configured. 

01:15

In this lecture students will learn what items they need in order to configure RWA on Server 2012 R2 Essentials. 

01:15

In this lecture we will go through adding a DNS records for our domain in GoDaddy. 

01:47

In this lecture students will learn which ports they need to open on a router in order for RWA to function correctly.

07:27

In this lecture students will learn how to configure RWA correctly on the server. 

Section 9: Printers
02:43

In this lecture students will learn how to exclude printer IP addresses from the DHCP scope on the Server Essentials virtual machine. 

03:08

In this lecture students will learn how to install a printer on their Server Essentials 2012 R2 virtual machine. 

02:31

In this lecture students will learn how to add printer software drivers for different PC operating systems to the server. 

01:10

In this lecture students will learn how to share the printer on the network so the PC's can connect to it. 

Section 10: Final Touches
01:16

In this lecture students will learn how to configure the Windows health monitoring so they can monitor the health of the server. They'll also learn how to configure email alerts. 

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Instructor Biography

Jonathan Edwards, Small Business IT Expert

I've worked in the world of IT and technology since I left school at 17 years old (that's 18 years!). I started my career working for a large UK bank and I've also worked for local councils and legal firms within the technology department. 

I've been a Microsoft Certified Professional since the year 2000 and am committed to learning and gaining expertise as the technology world continues to evolve.

For the past 10 years I have owned and managed my own IT consultancy in the UK, which helps small businesses get the very best from their technology.

I've worked with literally hundreds of small businesses and continue to support them today. 

My real area of expertise is working with small businesses with between 5 and 25 computers. All my courses will be aimed at people who want to help business of this size with their technology needs. 

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