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Storage and High Availability with Windows Server

  • Course Code M10971
  • Duration 4 days
  • Version B

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Course Overview


Get hands-on instruction and practice provisioning your storage requirements and meeting your high availability needs with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in this four-day Microsoft Official Course.
In this course, you will learn about traditional storage topologies such as Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Networks (SANs), and bus technologies such as Fibre Channel and iSCSI. The course also covers newer Windows Server technologies such as Storage Spaces, tiering, thin provisioning and Data Deduplication, and enhanced functionality to the SMB sharing protocol in Windows Server 2012 R2.
The course also teaches high availability and disaster recovery technologies such as live migration, storage migration, and Hyper-V Replica. In addition, it provides in-depth coverage of Failover Clustering, including a detailed implementation of failover clustering of Hyper-V using Scale-Out File Server.
The course also covers System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. You will learn how to manage your storage infrastructure at scale by abstracting the physical storage fabric into manageable units that can be provisioned on-demand with minimal overhead using private clouds. The course describes Microsoft Azure storage solutions and integrating your on-premises storage with cloud-based storage and disaster recovery solutions including StorSimple and Azure Site Recovery. Implementing Network Load Balancing (NLB) and load balancing clusters are also covered.
The detailed hands-on labs and in-depth content will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet and manage your continually-growing and evolving storage and high availability needs, with reduced overhead and cost.

Course Schedule


Target Audience

  • IT professionals with real world experience working in an enterprise environment who are involved in storage and high availability management and provisioning, and who want to acquire knowledge and training on the latest technologies in those areas with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • IT professionals with real-world experience who work in a Windows Server 2008 environment and want to assess the latest storage and technologies that are available in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • IT Professionals who work in small-to-medium enterprises who manage storage and high availability requirements for their organization.
  • IT professionals who have skills in other areas, such as general system administration, who are looking for knowledge and skills for career development in Windows Server storage and high availability.

Course Objectives

  • Manage and secure disks and volumes in Windows Server.
  • Describe storage technologies and components in Windows Server.
  • Implement and manage Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication.
  • Describe high availability and disaster recovery with Hyper‑V virtual machines (VMs) and high availability with failover clustering in Windows Server 2012.
  • Plan and implement a failover cluster.
  • Describe managing server roles and clustering resources.
  • Implement and manage VMs by using Hyper‑V with failover clustering.
  • Describe how to use Virtual Machine Manager to perform storage infrastructure management.
  • Describe cloud-based storage and high availability solutions.
  • Plan and implement a NLB cluster.

Course Content

  • Module 1: Fundamental Storage Technologies and Components
  • Disk and File Systems Changes in Windows Server 2012
  • Server Storage Topology
  • Bus Technologies and Protocols
  • Configuring Sharing in Windows Server
  • Securing Volumes and Drives
  • Lab: Planning and Configuring Storage Technologies and Components
  • Planning Storage Requirements
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Enabling BitLocker Drive Encryption to Secure a Drive
  • Module 2: Implementing Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication
  • Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Maintaining Storage Spaces
  • Implementing Data Deduplication
  • Lab: Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Creating a Storage Space
  • Enabling and Configuring Storage Tiering
  • Lab: Implementing Data Deduplication
  • Installing Data Deduplication
  • Configuring Data Deduplication
  • Module 3: High Availability in Windows Server
  • Understanding High Availability
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions with Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • High Availability with Clustering in Windows Server 2012
  • Lab: Planning and Configuring High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions
  • Determining an Appropriate High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solution
  • Implementing Storage Migration
  • Implementing Hyper-V Replica
  • Module 4: Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Planning a Failover Cluster
  • Creating a New Failover Cluster
  • Lab: Creating and Administering a Cluster
  • Validating and Configuring Servers for Failover Clustering
  • Creating a Cluster and Configuring a Highly Available Application
  • Verifying Quorum Settings and Managing Nodes in the Cluster
  • Configuring a Quorum from a Disk Witness to a File Share Witness and then Defining Node Voting
  • Module 5: Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
  • Configuring Highly Available Applications and Services on a Failover Cluster
  • Managing and Maintaining a Failover Cluster
  • Troubleshooting a Failover Cluster
  • Implementing Site High Availability with Multisite Failover Clusters
  • Lab: Implementing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
  • Preparing for and Creating a Failover Cluster by Using Windows PowerShell
  • Implementing Storage Spaces by Using Failover Clustering
  • Configuring the File Server Cluster and Creating Data
  • Verifying the File Server Role High Availability
  • Lab: Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
  • Securing CSVs by Using BitLocker
  • Configuring CAU on the Failover Cluster
  • Module 6: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
  • Overview of Integrating Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Virtual Machine Storage Options
  • Managing and Maintaining Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters
  • Lab: Implementing Failover Clustering by Using Hyper-V
  • Creating a Hyper-V Application Failover Cluster
  • Creating a Scale-Out File Server Cluster
  • Configuring Hyper-V to Use File Server and then Verifying Availability
  • Configuring a Shared Virtual Hard Disk
  • Module 7: Storage Infrastructure Management with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Overview of Virtual Machine Manager
  • Managing Storage Infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Provisioning Failover Clustering in Virtual Machine Manager
  • Lab: Managing Storage Infrastructure
  • Configuring and Provisioning Storage Infrastructure Components
  • Adding iSCSI Storage to Virtual Machine Manager
  • Creating a Scale-Out File Server Storage Cluster
  • Module 8: Cloud-Based Storage and High Availability
  • Azure Storage Solutions and Infrastructure
  • Cloud Integrated Storage with StorSimple
  • Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery
  • Lab: Managing Cloud-Based Storage and High Availability
  • Assessing Options for A. Datum’s Future Storage and Service Needs
  • Configuring Azure Storage
  • Configuring Azure Virtual Machines
  • Managing Azure Storage and Virtual Machines by Using Windows PowerShell
  • Module 9: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters
  • Overview of NLB
  • Configuring an NLB Cluster
  • Planning an NLB Implementation
  • Lab: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters
  • Implementing an NLB Cluster
  • Configuring and Managing the NLB Cluster
  • Validating High Availability for the NLB Cluster

Course Prerequisites


Before Attending this course, students must have:

  • Knowledge and real-world experience working day-to-day with Windows Servers in an Enterprise environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with basic local storage concepts and technologies, such as disk, volumes, and file systems.
  • Experience working with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (this is beneficial but not essential).