- IT professionals with real-world experience who work in an enterprise environment and who are involved in storage and high availability management and provisioning, and who are looking to gain knowledge and training on the latest technologies in those areas in 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.
Prerequisites for Storage and High Availability with Windows Server (10971):
Before Attending this course, students must have:
- Knowledge and real world experience working day to day with Windows Server and Windows Client in an Enterprise environment.
- Knowledge of and experience with basic local storage concepts and technologies.
- Experience working with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (this is beneficial but not essential).
At Completion of this Storage and High Availability with Windows Server (10971):
- 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 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 virtual machines by using Hyper-V with failover clustering.
- Describe using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager to perform storage infrastructure management.
- Describe cloud-based storage and high availability solutions.
- Plan and implement a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster.
Course Outline for Storage and High Availability with Windows Server (10971):
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
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- Describe changes in storage technologies.
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SANs), and redundant array of independent disks (RAID).
- Understand and configure bus technologies and protocols.
- Describe Server Message Block (SMB) and network file system (NFS) storage protocols.
- Explain how to implement data security by using Encrypting File System (EFS), a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and BitLocker Drive Encryption.
This module discusses how to manage, maintain, and recover Storage Spaces, how to configure storage pools and virtual hard disks, and how to implement Data Deduplication, a feature used to find and remove duplicate data while maintaining the integrity of the data.
- 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
- Describe and implement the Storage Spaces feature in the context of enterprise storage needs.
- Manage and maintain Storage Spaces.
- Describe and implement 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
- Understand and describe high availability.
- Describe high availability and disaster recovery solutions with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.
- Describe high availability with clustering in Windows Server 2012.
Module 4: Implementing Failover Clustering
In this module, students will learn how to plan failover clustering implementation and how to create and configure new failover clusters.
- 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
- Plan a failover cluster.
- Create, configure, and manage a failover cluster.
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
- Configure high availability applications and services on failover clusters.
- Manage and maintain failover clusters.
- Troubleshoot failover clusters.
- Implement multisite failover clusters.
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
- Describe how the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V role integrates with the Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering feature.
- Implement Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters.
- Describe various virtual machine storage options.
- Manage and maintain Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters.
Module 7: Storage Infrastructure Management with Virtual Machine Manager
This module provides an overview of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, which is one of the Microsoft virtualization technologies, and explains how students can use it to manage both virtualization and traditional storage infrastructures.
- 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
- Navigate within Virtual Machine Manager.
- Manage storage infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager.
- Provision a Scale-Out File Server cluster by using Virtual Machine Manager.
Module 8: Cloud-Based Storage and High Availability
This module discusses cloud-based storage and high availability solutions including Azure, StorSimple, and disaster recovery with Azure Site Recovery.
- 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
- Describe Microsoft Azure Storage solutions and infrastructure.
- Describe cloud-integrated storage with Azure StorSimple.
- Describe disaster recovery with Azure Site Recovery.
Module 9: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters
This module introduces students to Network Load Balancing (NLB) and how this technology works. This module also covers the situations for which NLB is appropriate, how to configure and manage NLB clusters, how to perform maintenance tasks on NLB clusters, and how load balancing works in both Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Azure.
- 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
- Describe NLB.
- Configure an NLB cluster.
- Plan an NLB implementation.