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Course 20744: Securing Windows Server 2016

Duration: 90-days online access
ILT Classroom: 5 days
Audience: IT Professionals
Certification: MCSE
Exam: 70-744
Level: 300

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Overview

About this course

This course teaches IT professionals how they can enhance the security of the IT infrastructure that they administer. This course begins by emphasizing the importance of assuming that network breaches have occurred already, and then teaches you how to protect administrative credentials and rights to ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to, when they need to.

This course also details how you can mitigate malware threats, identify security issues by using auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016, secure your virtualization platform, and use new deployment options, such as Nano server and containers to enhance security. The course also explains how you can help protect access to files by using encryption and dynamic access control, and how you can enhance your network’s security.

 

Audience profile
This course is for IT professionals who need to administer Windows Server 2016 networks securely. These professionals typically work with networks that are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments, with managed access to the Internet and cloud services.
 
Students who seek certification in the 70-744 Securing Windows server exam also will benefit from this course.

At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Secure Windows Server.
  • Secure application development and a server workload infrastructure.
  • Manage security baselines.
  • Configure and manage just enough and just-in-time (JIT) administration.
  • Manage data security.
  • Configure Windows Firewall and a software-defined distributed firewall.
  • Secure network traffic.
  • Secure your virtualization infrastructure.
  • Manage malware and threats.
  • Configure advanced auditing.
  • Manage software updates.
  • Manage threats by using Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).

Pre-requisites
Students should have at least two years of experience in the IT field and should have:

  • Completed courses 740, 741, and 742, or the equivalent (MCSA: Windows Server).
  • A solid, practical understanding of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS).
  • A solid, practical understanding of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles.
  • A solid, practical understanding of Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization fundamentals.
  • An understanding of Windows Server security principles.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Breach detection and using the Sysinternals tools
    In this module, students will learn about breach detection, attack types and vectors, cybercrime, and how you can analyse your system’s activity by using the Sysinternals tool suite.
  • Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access
    This module explains how you can configure user rights and security options, protect credentials by using credential guard, implement privileged-access workstations, and manage and deploy a local administrator-password solution so that you can manage passwords for local administrator accounts.
  • Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration
    This module explains how to deploy and configure Just Enough Administration (JEA).
  • Module 4: Privileged Access Management and administrative forests
    This module explains the concepts of Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) forests, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), and Just In Time (JIT) Administration, or Privileged Access Management.
  • Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats
    This module explains how to configure the Windows Defender, AppLocker, and Device Guard features.
  • Module 6: Analysing activity by using advanced auditing and log analytics
    This module explains how to use advanced auditing and Windows PowerShell transcripts.
  • Module 7: Analysing activity with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics feature and OMS
    This module explains the Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics tool and the Microsoft Operations Management suite (OMS), and details how you can use them to monitor and analyse the security of a Windows Server deployment.
  • Module 8: Securing your virtualization an infrastructure
    This module explains how to configure Guarded Fabric virtual machines (VMs), including the requirements for shielded and encryption-supported VMs.
  • Module 9: Securing application development and server-workload infrastructure
    This module details the Security Compliance Manager, including how you can use it to configure, manage, and deploy baselines. Additionally, students will learn how to deploy and configure Nano Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows Server Containers.
  • Module 10: Protecting data with encryption
    This module explains how to configure Encrypting File System (EFS) and BitLocker drive encryption to protect data at rest.
  • Module 11: Limiting access to file and folders
    This module explains how to optimize file services by configuring File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and Distributed File System (DFS). Students will learn how to protect a device’s data by using encryption or BitLocker. Students also will learn how to manage access to shared files by configuring Dynamic Access Control (DAC).
  • Module 12: Using firewalls to control network traffic flow
    This module explains the firewalls that are present on Windows Server.
  • Module 13: Securing network traffic
    This module explains how to secure network traffic and how to use Microsoft Message Analyzer, Server Message Block (SMB) encryption, and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).
  • Module 14: Updating Windows Server
    This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows Servers and clients.

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