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Software Infrastructure Professional
Build skills equivalent to Microsoft's Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure program
  • Credit Hours: 5 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom - Instructor-led, Online

  • Professional Certificate: MCSE: Server Infrastructure

  • Recommended for: IT professionals responsible for planning, designing, and deploying a physical and a logical Windows Server 2012 enterprise Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructure including the network services necessary

The Software Infrastructure Professional  course prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. This course provides students with an overview of the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, and deploy a physical and logical Windows Server 2012 active directory domain services infrastructure. Upon completion of this program, students will possess the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment and will be employable by various companies within the industry, as well as the opportunity for career advancement.  

This program prepares students for employment as a Systems Analyst. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow 25% greater than the annual average.

 What You'll Learn

  • Implement server upgrade and migration
  • Design an automated server installation strategy
  • Plan and implement a server deployment infrastructure
  • Plan and implement file and storage services
  • Design and implement a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solution
  • Design a name resolution solution strategy
  • Design and manage an IP address management solution
  • Design a VPN solution
  • Design a DirectAccess solution
  • Implement a scalable remote access solution
  • Design a network protection solution
  • Implement a network protection solution

Who Needs to Attend

IT professionals responsible for planning, designing, and deploying a physical and a logical Windows Server 2012 enterprise Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructure including the network services necessary


  • Good understanding of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) fundamentals and networking concepts
  • Good working knowledge of both Windows Server 2012 and AD DS(i.e., domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership).
  • Good understanding of both scripts and batch files
  • Understanding of security concepts, such as authentication and authorization
  • Familiarity with deployment, packaging, and imaging tools
  • Ability to work in a team/virtual team
  • Ability to produce good documentation and have the appropriate communication skills to create proposals and make budget recommendations
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 or equivalent knowledge

Course Outline

1. Planning Server Upgrade and Migration

  • Upgrading and Migrating Considerations
  • Creating a Server Upgrade and Migration Plan
  • Planning for Virtualization

2. Planning and Implementing a Server Deployment Infrastructure

  • Selecting an Appropriate Server Imaging Strategy
  • Selecting a Deployment Automation Strategy
  • Implementing an Automated Deployment Strategy

3. Designing and Maintaining an IP Configuration and Address Management Solution

  • Designing and Implementing DHCP
  • Planning and Implementing DHCP Scopes
  • Planning and Implementing an IP Address Management (IPAM) Provisioning Strategy

4. Designing and Implementing Name Resolution

  • Designing a Domain Name Service (DNS) Server Implementation Strategy
  • Designing the DNS Namespace
  • Designing and Implementing DNS Zones
  • Designing and Configuring DNS Zone Replication and Delegation
  • Optimizing DNS Servers
  • Designing DNS for High Availability and Security

5. Designing and Implementing an AD DS Forest and Domain Infrastructure

  • Designing an AD DS Forest
  • Designing and Implementing AD DS Forest Trusts
  • Designing and Implementing AD DS Domains
  • Designing DNS Namespaces in AD DS Environments
  • Designing AD DS Domain Trusts

6. Designing and Implementing an Organizational Unit (OU) Infrastructure and AD DS Permissions Model

  • Planning the AD DS Administrative Tasks Delegation Model
  • Designing the OU Structure
  • Designing and Implementing an AD DS Group Strategy

7. Designing and Implementing a Group Policy Object (GPO) Strategy

  • Gathering the Information Required for a GPO Design
  • Designing and Implementing GPOs
  • Designing GPO Processing
  • Planning Group Policy Management

8. Designing and Implementing an AD DS Physical Topology

  • Designing and Implementing AD DS Sites
  • Designing AD DS Replication
  • Designing the Placement of Domain Controllers
  • Virtualization Considerations for Domain Controllers
  • Designing Highly Available Domain Controllers

9. Planning and Implementing Storage

  • Storage Considerations
  • Planning and Implementing iSCSI SANs

10. Planning and Implementing File Services

  • Planning and Implementing a Distributed File System
  • Planning and Implementing BranchCache
  • Planning and Implementing Dynamic Access Control

11. Designing and Implementing Network Access Services

  • Designing and Implementing Remote Access Services
  • Designing RADIUS Authentication Using a Network Policy Server
  • Designing a Perimeter Network
  • Planning and Implementing DirectAccess

12. Designing and Implementing Network Protection

  • Network Security Design
  • Identifying and Mitigating Common Network Security Threats
  • Designing and Implementing a Windows Firewall Strategy
  • Designing and Implementing a Network Access Protection Infrastructure


Lab 1: Plan Server Upgrade and Migration

Lab 2: Plan and Implement a Server Deployment Infrastructure

  • Plan an Automated Server Installation and Deployment Strategy
  • Prepare the Windows Server Image
  • Deploy Windows Server

Lab 3: Design and Maintain an IP Configuration and IP Address Management Solution

  • Design an IP Addressing Scheme for Contoso (Optional)
  • Plan DHCP to Support Your Proposed Scheme
  • Plan an IPAM Deployment
  • Implement DHCP and IPAM

Lab 4: Design and Implement Name Resolution

  • Design a DNS Name Resolution Strategy
  • Plan a DNS Server Placement Strategy
  • Plan DNS Zones and DNS Zone Replication
  • Implement DNS

Lab 5: Design and Implement an AD DS Forest Infrastructure

Lab 6: Design and Implement an AD DS OU Infrastructure and AD DS Delegation Model

  • Design an OU Infrastructure
  • Implement the OU Design
  • Design and Implement an AD DS Permissions Model

Lab 7: Designing and Implementing GPO Strategy

Lab 8: Design and Implement an AD DS Physical Topology

  • Design AD DS Sites and AD DS Replication
  • Plan the Placement of Domain Controllers
  • Implement AD DS Sites and Domain Controller

Lab 9: Plan and Implement Storage

  • Plan a Storage Solution
  • Implement Storage Services

Lab 10: Design and Implement File Services

  • Plan Data Access
  • Plan and Implement Dynamic Access Control

Lab 11: Design and Implement Network Access Services

  • Plan and Implement a VPN Solution
  • Plan and Implement a DirectAccess Solution

Lab 12: Design and Implement Network Protection

  • Design a Windows Firewall Solution
  • Implement a Windows Firewall Solution
  • Design a Network Access Protection (NAP) Solution
  • Implement NAP with VPN Enforcement

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