What is Windows Server 2003?
Windows Server is a series of server operating systems made by Microsoft Corporation that supports applications, data storage and communications. They are more powerful than its desktop operating system counterparts. In a corporate environments it can handle networking, internet, intranet, databases, hosting, messaging applications. Windows 2003 was the first server to be released by Microsoft.
About Microsoft Windows Server Training
Microsoft Windows Server training is a practical course that focuses on concepts, application and their working. It is intended to increase the knowledge of the learners in server administration, files and folders, User/Group, Data Backup, Server Monitoring- management and maintenance and recovery system failure.
The course intends to provide awareness, configuration, deployment, monitoring and administration of network servers.
What is Windows Server?
The first part of the course gives an introduction to windows servers, how they were developed, their uses and features compared to desk top systems and Windows. It also gives a comprehensive look at naming conventions for files, directories, DNS Domain Names, Organisational Units, reserved names, Active Directory Sites.
The course contains over 22 lectures with over four hours of quality HD Video content.
Understanding Trees and Forests:
This module introduces the concept of Trees and Forests in Windows Servers. Network administrators make use of the Active Directory to manage resources –data, devices and applications. They are organized into hierarchy of containers called logical structure. Forest occupies the top hierarchy in the logical structure- it contains domain containers and within it are organizational units.
Trees are data structures with one or more elements beneath it which are connected by branches. The root is on top and elements below them are leaves.
This module deals with the physical components of the Active Directory. Physical components help in network communication in Windows Servers. Domain controllers, physical subnets or sites, computers and replication connections are some of the physical components in Active Directory.
Changes in domain controllers are done by Operations Masters and replication of directory data is provided in Active Directory. In each forest, one or more domain controllers are allotted five operations master roles. But some changes can’t be done by multimasters and hence one domain controller named Single Master handles the role. It is used to prevent conflicts in windows servers and in this scenario only one domain controller is allowed to process updates to objects
The section also deals with Domain Controller creation, setup and installation. Domain controller helps run the directory service of Active Directory and Authorisation Manager to manager security on devices and servers on the network. It manages the permissions and logon authentication for users. Computer Management Console and the tools associated with it to manage device managers, shared folders, user groups, WMI Control are all included in the section.
Installation of Windows Server and Active Directory:
This section deals with how to install Windows Server and Active Directory. It covers the requirements for installing Windows Server, Active Directory, trouble shooting, best practices and procedures.
The first step in Active Directory installation is installation of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). It includes configuring Domain Name System (DNS), placement of Domain Controllers (DC). This section covers the entire steps and procedures related to installation of Active Directory.
Internal User Accounts Administration:
With the creation of User accounts, many users can share a computer with their own unique settings and preferences. User account administrator is responsible to control the program and files that a user can access. This section deals with creation of user accounts for better management of IT resources in a domain and in local user groups. Login information, user name, password management are all done by User Accounts admin.
User Accounts, DNS, Ad Schema:
This section deals with the concept of user accounts, its uses and how it is managed in a server environment. There are basically three type of accounts- standard accounts, administrator accounts, and guest accounts. User accounts provide a set of information to Windows Server on what all files and folders can be accessed by a user, and guest accounts for short term use.
Each account is accessible only by a user name and password. DNS or Domain Name Server (DNS) is a set of protocols that follow the client-server architecture that comprise TCP/IP. It is implemented using DNS Server and DNS Client. In Active Directory, Domain controller mechanism is enabled by DNS. Network resources are identified by the IP addresses and they are managed effectively by DNS not requiring the need for users to memorise them. The configuration of DNS, the concept of AD Schema and its importance is outlined. In the Active Directory, the schema contains the definition for all the objects and attributes a directory service uses for data storage. Every Domain Controller in an Active Directory has a copy of the schema that contains object definitions that enable it to create new objects.
DHCP Scope and FSMO roles:
The IP addresses for resources in the network is provided by Domain Host Configuration Protcol (DHCP), it reduces the complexity of administering IP addresses and other configuration details. DHCP Service is provided by Windows Server and it enables server computer to perform the role of a DHCP server and also help configiure DHCP client computers. The module covers DHCP best practices, concepts, terminologies, how it works, its benefits, planning DHCP networks and related topics.
This section also deals with the five FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations)- Active Directory roles are not confined to a single DC and hence the term FSMO. The five roles are – Schema Master, Domain Naming Master, RID Master, PDC Emulator and Infrastructure Master. The roles are clearly defined and their functions outlined in this section.
AD Backup and Restoration:
This section deals with AD (Active Directory) back up and restoration which is vital for any computer system. Backup helps in creating backup of selective files, entire server or system state data. Systems State Data houses AD and other components of the system of AD. Restoration is possible by reinstallation of Windows Server and retrieving from Backup. The advantages and features of both the backup systems are dealt with.
Windows Monitoring enables users to assess how different programs affect the computer and network performance. Configuration information, trace data,performance counters are combined to form data collector sets.
Administration tools are vital for management of computers on the network. They can be controlled remotely using the Administration Tools pack of Microsoft. The importance of server administration, tools, roles, checklists and guides are covered in this section. The Remote Server Administration tools installation helps the user to select roles, features and role services to be monitored using these tools.
Group policy provides the setting for Operating System configuration management in a centralized and also applications that run on them. The course deals with group policy planning, policy infrastructure, syntax guide, documentation survival guide. This can be managed in an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment. Group policy reduces total cost of ownership for enterprise, how to make group policy settings less complex, planning and designing, deployment and testing of the solution based on business requirement are covered.
Requirements of Windows Server Course:
The course doesn’t presume any advanced knowledge of computers and only a basic awareness is required. More importantly, the students must have the passion to learn the server technology.
Why learn Windows Server technology?
Small, medium and large organisations are increasingly relying on servers to connect computers within the premises and to manage operations remotely in multiple locations. The management of users, applications, data, communication, operating systems, backup and restoration, managing internet protocol address and DNS domains have all become vital for deploying resources efficiently and to lower total cost of ownership. Hence awareness, knowledge of concepts and implementation of server technology will be vital for enterprises and their key personnel.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
- Will I be able to do this course?
The course assumes only basic awareness of computers and what is required is a passion to understand new concepts and tools that server technology is continuously coming up with. Hence, it will not be difficult to grasp the core topics in the course.
- Is it only theory based or practical based?
This is a 100% practical course that helps you understand all the core concepts in server technology and help install, configure, administer, deploy and maintain the network.
- Do we get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, all learners who successfully complete the course are given course completion certificates issued by EduCBA.
- What are the job prospects for Server administration?
Already there huge demand for system administrators, Windows server administrators, technical consultants proficient in DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, IP, Windows Servers among others.
The objective of this course is to help learners to gain knowledge of server technology and administration. It covers the key areas of maintaining User Groups, User Administration, Active Directory, backup and restoration of files, server monitoring, storage etc. Hence it is highly attuned to the needs and requirements of the industry.
- Is the program accredited to any university?
No, the course is conducted by EduCBA and not affiliated to any university.
- Will the upgradation of Windows Servers make my learning obsolete?
No, Microsoft has been making upgradation to its servers just as it does with Windows from time to time. But the core concepts and principles on which servers are built haven’t changed. Each upgrade only brings new features which can be easily understood and implemented with a little support.
- Are the free admin tools for Windows Servers useful?
There are a large number of free admin tools and they are quite useful but it would be better to use their commercial versions which have more features and functionalities.
The EduCBA course helps in upgrading your knowledge and skills to enhance your career. I underwent the course on Microsoft Windows Server Training which enabled me to understand the important concepts of server administration, IP addresses, how information is stored, managed and processed in a system. Important concepts of Active Directory, DNS, Domain controllers and remote administration were presented in a simple and lucid manner. This practical course also provided a good overview of concepts, installation and management of servers.
Christopher D Geoghegan :
I was searching for a course to get oriented with Windows Administration and System administration and I was on target with the EduCBA course on Microsoft Windows Server. I am thankful to EduCBA for giving me a structured curriculum that gives conceptual and practical guidance on server administration, deployment and management. It was easy to learn due to short duration of each course and how it was delivered to the learner. Mastering Windows Server both at the specialist level and end user level is now vital for enterprise growth.
Nora A Dajani:
I was undergoing an online course for the first time and had my own anxieties and concerns. However, the EduCBA Microsoft Windows Server programme changed my attitude to e-learning and now I see it as an indispensable tool for furthering my career goals. The Windows Server course was structured into various modules with enough practical exercises that provided that helped in understanding the core concepts and also how to implement them.Moreover, I can dip into those topics again and again, as the course has no expiry. I believe, the EduCBA certification will take me higher up in my career.
I was not a computer expert but found the Microsoft Windows Server course extremely useful and helpful for learners with a passion to understand the latest in server technologies. The lessons are logically structured enabling students to gain step-by- step understanding of theory and the implementation of server.
The quality of videos, chapters and assignments helped me get a firm grounding in server management and administration. All the concepts which I read in technology magazines but couldn’t fully understand are now easy for me to digest.