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MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 Administration Study Guide


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Introduction xxi Assessment Test xxxiii Chapter 1 Manage and Maintain Servers 1 Using Windows Deployment Services 3 Configuring Windows Server Update Services 10 Windows Update 10 Windows Automatic Updates 11 Using Windows Server Update Services 13 Overview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Performance Monitoring 25 Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Performance Tools 27 Introducing Performance Monitor 27 Using Other Performance-Monitoring Tools 36 Summary 49 Exam Essentials 50 Review Questions 51 Chapter 2 Manage File Services 55 Configuring File Server Resource Manager 56 FSRM Features 56 Installing the FSRM Role Service 57 Configure File and Disk Encryption 58 Using BitLocker Drive Encryption 58 Features of BitLocker 59 Windows 7 and 2008 R2 vs. Windows 8 and 2012 R2 61 Using EFS Drive Encryption 63 Configuring Distributed File System 65 Advantages of DFS 65 Types of DFS 66 What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 67 Remote Differential Compression 69 Implementing an Audit Policy 69 Overview of Auditing 70 Implementing Auditing 70 Viewing Auditing Information 72 Using the Auditpol.exe Command 72 Windows Server 2012 R2 Auditing Features 73 Making Active Directory Objects Available to Users 74 Configuring Offline Folders 75 Summary 77 Exam Essentials 77 Review Questions 78 Chapter 3 Configure DNS 81 Introducing DNS 82 The Form of an IP Address 83 Understanding Servers, Clients, and Resolvers 88 Understanding the DNS Process 89 Introducing DNS Database Zones 95 Understanding Primary Zones 95 Understanding Secondary Zones 97 Understanding Active Directory Integrated DNS 98 Understanding Stub Zones 99 Global Name Zones 101 Zone Transfers and Replication 101 Advantages of DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2 104 Background Zone Loading 105 Support for IPv6 Addresses 105 Support for Read-Only Domain Controllers 106 DNS Socket Pools 106 DNS Cache Locking 106 DNS Security Extensions 107 DNS Devolution 108 Record Weighting 108 Netmask Ordering 108 DnsUpdateProxy Group 108 Introducing DNS Record Types 109 Start of Authority (SOA) Records 109 Name Server Records 110 Host Record 111 Alias Record 112 Pointer Record 112 Mail Exchanger Record 113 Service Record 113 Configuring DNS 114 Installing DNS 114 Load Balancing with Round Robin 117 Configuring a Caching-Only Server 117 Setting Zone Properties 118 Configuring Zones for Dynamic Updates 121 Delegating Zones for DNS 123 DNS Forwarding 125 Manually Creating DNS Records 125 DNS Aging and Scavenging 126 Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS 127 Monitoring DNS with the DNS Snap-In 127 Troubleshooting DNS 129 Integrating Dynamic DNS and IPv4 DHCP 138 Summary 140 Exam Essentials 140 Review Questions 142 Chapter 4 Configure Routing and Remote Access 145 Overview of Dial-Up Networking 146 What DUN Does 147 How DUN Works 147 Overview of Virtual Private Networks 151 What VPNs Do 151 VPNs and Windows Server 2012 R2 152 How VPNs Work 152 Configuring Your Remote Access Server 156 Configuring PPP Options 156 Understanding a VPN 160 How VPN Works 160 Enabling RRAS as a VPN 161 Configuring a VPN 162 Configuring VPN Ports 162 Troubleshooting VPNs 163 Managing Your Remote Access Server 164 Managing Remote Users with a RADIUS Server 165 Monitoring Overall Activity 165 Controlling Remote Access Logging 165 Reviewing the Remote Access Event Log 168 Monitoring Ports and Port Activity 169 Network Address Translation 169 Configuring a VPN Client 170 The General Tab 171 The Options Tab 172 The Security Tab 173 The Networking Tab 176 The Sharing Tab 176 Configuring a Web Application Proxy 177 Publishing Applications 177 Configuring Pass-Through Authentication 178 Understanding Direct Access 179 Direct Access vs. VPNs 179 Understanding the Direct Access Process 179 Knowing the Direct Access Infrastructure Requirements 181 Summary 182 Exam Essentials 182 Review Questions 183 Chapter 5 Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure 187 Overview of Wireless Access 188 Configuring Wireless Access 189 Remote Access Security 190 User Authentication 190 Connection Security 192 Access Control 193 Configuring User Access 194 Setting Up User Profiles 194 Using Network Access Policies 196 NPS as a RADIUS Proxy Server 202 Importing and Exporting NPS Policies 204 Using Remote Access Profiles 206 Setting Up a VPN Network Access Policy 211 Configuring Security 213 Controlling Server Security 213 Configuring Network Access Protection 215 Summary 217 Exam Essentials 218 Review Questions 219 Chapter 6 Configure and Manage Active Directory 223 Active Directory Security Overview 225 Understanding Active Directory Features 226 Understanding Security Principals 227 Managing Security and Permissions 237 Using ACLs and ACEs 238 Implementing Active Directory Security 240 Using User Templates 242 Delegating Control of Users and Groups 243 Understanding Dynamic Access Control 245 Using Group Policy for Security 245 Fine-Grained Password Policies 249 Managing Multiple Domains 251 Managing Single-Master Operations 251 Forest Operations Masters 252 Domain Operations Masters 252 Assigning Single-Master Roles 253 Seizing Roles 254 Maintain Active Directory 256 Overview of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Backup Utility 257 Setting Up an Active Directory Backup 262 Restoring Active Directory 265 Active Directory Recycle Bin 267 Restartable Active Directory 268 Offline Maintenance 268 Monitoring Replication 270 Using the ADSI Editor 271 Wbadmin Command Line Utility 271 Summary 272 Exam Essentials 273 Review Questions 274 Chapter 7 Configure and Manage Group Policy 277 Introducing Group Policy Objects 279 Understanding Group Policy Settings 280 The Security Settings Section of the GPO 282 Group Policy Objects 283 Group Policy Inheritance 284 Planning a Group Policy Strategy 285 Implementing Group Policy 286 Creating GPOs 286 Linking Existing GPOs to Active Directory 290 Forcing a GPO to Update 290 Managing Group Policy 292 Managing GPOs 292 Security Filtering of a Group Policy 294 Delegating Administrative Control of GPOs 296 Controlling Inheritance and Filtering Group Policy 297 Assigning Script Policies 299 Understanding the Loopback Policy 300 Managing Network Configuration 301 Automatically Enrolling User and Computer Certificates in Group Policy 302 Redirecting Folders 304 Managing GPOs with Windows PowerShell Group Policy Cmdlets 306 Item-Level Targeting 307 Backup, Restore, Import, Copy, and Migration Tables 308 Deploying Software Through a GPO 311 The Software Management Life Cycle 311 The Windows Installer 313 Deploying Applications 317 Implementing Software Deployment 318 Preparing for Software Deployment 318 Software Restriction Policies 319 Using AppLocker 320 Group Policy Slow Link Detection 320 Publishing and Assigning Applications 320 Applying Software Updates 322 Verifying Software Installation 323 Configuring Automatic Updates in Group Policy 324 Configuring Software Deployment Settings 324 The Software Installation Properties Dialog Box 325 Removing Programs 328 Microsoft Windows Installer Settings 329 Troubleshooting Group Policies 330 RSoP in Logging Mode 331 RSoP in Planning Mode 335 Using the gpresult.exe Command 335 Summary 337 Exam Essentials 338 Review Questions 340 Appendix A Answers to Review Questions 343 Chapter 1: Manage and Maintain Servers 344 Chapter 2: Manage File Services 345 Chapter 3: Configure DNS 346 Chapter 5: Configure Routing and Remote Access 347 Chapter 6: Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure 348 Chapter 7: Configure and Manage Active Directory 349 Chapter 8: Configure and Manage Group Policy 350 Appendix B Contents About the Additional Study Tools 353 Additional Study Tools 354 Sybex Test Engine 354 Electronic Flashcards 354 PDF of Glossary of Terms 354 Adobe Reader 355 System Requirements 355 Using the Study Tools 355 Troubleshooting 355 Customer Care 356

About the Author

William Panek, MCP, MCP+I, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCNA, is also a Microsoft MVP. He has been an instructor at Boston University, Clark University, and the University of Maryland, and a consultant and trainer for the United States Secret Service, Cisco, the United States Air Force, and the United States Army. Will teaches Microsoft classes throughout the country for both public and private corporations, and is the author of numerous computer books.

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