Windows Server 2012 Administration for Beginners
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Windows Server 2012 Administration for Beginners

Install, configure and manage a Windows 2012 domain from start to finish!
4.6 (2,413 ratings)
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23,640 students enrolled
Created by Mathew Giljum
Last updated 7/2016
English
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install Windows Server
  • Create and manage a Windows Domain
  • Manage Domain services like Active Directory and Group Policy
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Requirements
  • It is recommended that you have a basic understanding of navigating the Windows operating system
  • It is recommend (but not required) that you have a general understanding of a basic IP network
  • We will be using VMware Workstation (a free trial program) for our learning environment. It is not necessary to be familiar with this software, but it may be helpful
Description

Course Description

This course is intended for students who are interested in learning the basics of configuring and managing a Windows 2012 server in a domain environment. The course covers everything from installing the operating system, creating a Windows domain, setting up basic services like Active Directory, DNS and DHCP, and lays the foundation for more advanced courses in Windows server administration. We will learn the basics of Windows Server and Windows Domain by creating a domain and managing the roles and features in it using an example business.

Who should take this course?

This course will be beneficial to those who wish to work in a typical business that uses Windows workstations and servers. All of the individual topics covered are applicable to most businesses that use these technologies, and is a great foundation for anyone interested in network & server administration and the IT field in general. It is also an excellent supplement to courses taken in preparation for Microsoft's MTA or MCSA certifications. 

Course Requirements & Materials

It's recommended that students have a general understanding of the Windows operating system and basic IP networking. There are several courses on Udemy that will familiarize you with navigating the Windows operating system and networking Windows computers together, which will greatly aid you in this course.

When setting up and configuring Windows Server in this course, we will use VMware Workstation to create a virtual machine. This is a free trial software and I will cover how to set up a virtual machine for our purposes, so a deep understanding of this software or virtualization in general is not required. You may also install Windows on a physical machine during the course if you prefer to follow along that way.

Course Structure

The course is structured as follows:

  • Introduction to Windows Server
  • Installing VMware Workstation and creating a virtual machine
  • Installing Windows Server 2012
  • Preparing & Configuring a Windows Domain
  • Joining a Windows workstation to a Windows Domain
  • Configuring & Managing Active Directory
  • Configuring & Managing Group Policy
  • Configuring & Managing Print Services
  • Configuring & Managing File Sharing & Permissions

The first two lectures are about 5 minutes, and the remaining ones are approximately 10-15 minutes long. During the course, feel free to pause if you need to catch up or ask questions. I'll be glad to answer all of them!

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who are interested in the fundamentals of IT in the business world
  • Students who may have some understanding of the Windows operating system and networking, but wish to expand their skills in the IT field
  • Students who are more interested in Linux environments, or who have a stronger focus on network engineering and administration may not find this course helpful
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
01:17:51
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Introduction
2 Lectures 07:41

In this lecture, you will learn a brief history and summary of Windows Server, and hear about the our goals for the rest of the course. Thank you for joining me in learning more on Udemy!

Introduction to Windows Server
02:28

In this lecture, we will set up our learning environment. We will install and configure VMware Workstation, a free trial program that allows us to install Windows Server in a virtual machine.

Installing VMware Workstation & Configuring a Virtual Machine
05:13
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Setting up Windows Server 2012 and a Windows Domain
2 Lectures 17:39

In this lecture, we will learn how to install Windows Server onto our machine. We will cover the system requirements and the step-by-step process of booting our machine up from the installation media and completing the required steps to start our Windows Server.

Installing Windows Server 2012
03:43

In this lecture, we will learn how to turn our freshly installed stand-alone Windows Server into one that hosts a Windows domain (called a Domain Controller).

Preparing & Configuring a Windows Domain
13:56
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Configuring & Managing Domain Services
5 Lectures 52:31

In this lecture, we will learn how to structure, set up and manage Active Directory according to best practices. We will cover Active Directory objects like users, computers and groups, as well as how to create, modify and delete them.

Configuring & Managing Active Directory
16:38

In this lecture, we will learn how to set up and manage Group Policy and group policy objects. Using several example policies, we will cover how to modify domain computer and user settings using the Group Policy editor.

Configuring & Managing Group Policy
18:09

In this lecture, we will learn how to set up and maintain a Print Server and, using a client Windows computer, install a printer from the server.

Configuring & Managing Print Services
09:24

In this lecture, we will learn how to create a file share on our Windows server, and then allow or restrict users and groups from accessing items in the share.

Configuring & Managing File Sharing & Permissions
07:38

In this final lecture, we will briefly review the skills we've learned. I'll give you some final direction on further courses or learning materials as well. Thank you for joining me in this course!

Conclusion
00:42
About the Instructor
Mathew Giljum
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Hi there! My name is Mat, and I've been in IT for over 10 years, doing server and network administration as well as running my own consulting firm for businesses. I have experience with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems, as well as server administration and web development. Thank you for taking interest in my courses!