Master How to Install a Windows Server for a Small Business
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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.
4.3 (60 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
800 students enrolled
Created by Jonathan Edwards
Last updated 5/2017
English
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • Students will need a basic knowledge of IT networks
  • Students will need a basic knowledge of Windows operating systems
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. 

Who 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 For This Course
48 Lectures
02:33:44
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Introduction
1 Lecture 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. 

Preview 05:08
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Preparation
6 Lectures 22:04

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. 


My Lab Setup
01:18

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. 

Introduction to Server Virtualization
05:00

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.

Preview 02:26

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. 

Server Shopping List
03:44

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. 

Dell Server Configuration
05:21

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. 

Other Items Needed
04:15
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Building and Configuring Host Server
8 Lectures 22:14

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. 

Building your Host Server
01:46

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. 

Make USB Stick Bootable
02:39

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. 

Install Windows Server Essentials on Host
03:36

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. 

Enable RDP on Host
02:42

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

Rename the Host Server
02:33

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

Set Static IP Address on Host
04:44

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. 

Install Anti-Virus Software on Host
02:28

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. 

Configure Windows Updates on Host
01:46
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Build and Configure Server Essentials Virtual Server
10 Lectures 33:37

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. 

Preview 02:57

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. 

Enable Hyper-V Role on Host
02:10

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. 

Create the Server Essentials Virtual Server
03:24

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

Install Server Essentials on Virtual Server
05:53

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

Rename the Virtual Server
01:56

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. 

Install Anti-Virus on Virtual Server
00:10

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. 

Configure Windows Updates on Virtual Server
00:11

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

Run the Server Essentials Wizard
03:51

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. 

Enable DHCP on Virtual Server
09:29

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

Add Host to Domain
03:36
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Adding Users and Computers
4 Lectures 09:28

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. 

Integrate with Office 365
02:07

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

Create User Accounts
03:46

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. 

Password Policy Settings
02:24

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. 

Preview 01:11
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Protecting Data on Computers
5 Lectures 22:36

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. 

Creating and Managing Shared Folders
05:24

In the previous Creating & Managing Shared Folders lecture, you'll notice that the video is corrupted after 4 mins, 44 seconds. I have created a new video to complete that video.

Creating & Managing Shared Folders - Part two!
03:53

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. 

Client Computer Backups
03:10

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. 

File History Settings
03:09

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. 

Implement Group Policy/Folder Redirection
07:00
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Server Backup
3 Lectures 13:46

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. 

Add USB Hard Drive to Virtual Server
04:14

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

Backup Virtual Server to External Hard Drive
03:37

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. 

Backup Virtual Server to the Cloud with Microsoft Azure
05:55
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Remote Access
5 Lectures 13:48

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. 

Quick Look at Remote Web Access
02:04

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

Shopping List - Remote Web Access
01:15

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

Add A DNS Record to Domain
01:15

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

Open Ports on Router
01:47

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

Configure Certificate and Server for RWA
07:27
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Printers
4 Lectures 09:32

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

Excluding Printer IP in DHCP
02:43

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

Install Printer on Server
03:08

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

Add Drivers for Different Operating Systems
02:31

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

Share the Printer on the Network
01:10
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Final Touches
2 Lectures 01:30

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. 

Windows Health Monitoring
01:16

Further Learning
00:14
About the Instructor
Jonathan Edwards
4.5 Average rating
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817 Students
2 Courses
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.