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.
The course is structured as follows:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!