20743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016
8/24/2020 - 8/28/2020



COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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This five-day, instructor-led course explains how to implement and configure new Windows Server 2016 features and functionality. This course is for information technology (IT) professionals who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. This course presumes a high level of knowledge about previous Windows Server technologies and skills equivalent to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 credential.

This course is not a product-upgrade course, detailing considerations for migrating and upgrading studentsí specific environment to Windows Server 2016. Rather, this course provides updates to students' existing Windows Server knowledge and skills, as they pertain to Windows Server 2016.


This course is for IT professionals who are experienced Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 system administrators, with real-world experience working in a Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 enterprise environment. Additionally, students should have obtained the MCSA credential for Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012, or they should have equivalent knowledge.

Additionally, IT professionals who plan to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exams might be interested in this course, as preparation for the MCSA exams, which are a prerequisite for the MCSE specialties.

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Two or more years of experience with deploying and managing Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 environments; NS experience with day-to-day Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 system-administration management and maintenance tasks.
  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.
  • Experience with Windows Server virtualization technologies and implementation.
  • Knowledge equivalent to the MCSA credentials of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012.


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware or exam. Course is subject to a minimum enrollment to run. Course may run virtually as a Virtual Instructor-Led (VILT) class if the minimum enrollment is not met. If the course is under the minimum enrollment the course may run as 4 day class (Bootcamp Style). For more information, please contact learn@vtec.org or call 207-775-0244.


Module 1: Installing and configuring Windows Server 2016
Introducing Windows Server 2016
Installing Windows Server 2016
Configuring Windows Server 2016
Preparing for upgrades and migrations
Migrating server roles and workloads
Windows Server activation models
Lab : Installing and configuring Server Core

Module 2: Overview of storage in Windows Server 2016
Overview of storage in Windows Server 2016
Implementing Data Deduplication
Configuring iSCSI storage
Configuring the Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2016
Lab : Implementing and managing storage

Module 3: Implementing Directory Services
Deploying Active Directory domain controllers
Implementing service accounts
Azure AD
Lab : Implementing and Managing AD DS

Module 4: Implementing AD FS
Overview of AD FS
Deploying AD FS
Implementing AD FS for a single organization
Implementing Web Application Proxy
Implementing SSO with Microsoft Online Services
Lab : Implementing AD FS
Lab : Implementing Web Application Proxy

Module 5: Implementing network services
Overview of networking enhancements
Implementing IPAM
Managing IP address spaces with IPAM
Lab : Implementing network services

Module 6: Implementing Hyper-V
Configuring the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2016
Configuring Hyper-V storage
Configuring Hyper-V networking
Configuring Hyper-V virtual machines
Lab : Implementing server virtualization with Hyper-V

Module 7: Configuring advanced networking features
Overview of high-performance networking features
Configuring advanced Hyper-V networking features
Lab : Configuring advanced Hyper-V networking features

Module 8: Implementing Software Defined Networking
Overview of SDN
Implementing network virtualization
Implementing Network Controller
Lab : Deploying Network Controller

Module 9: Implementing remote access
Remote access overview
Implementing DirectAccess
Implementing VPN
Lab : Implementing DirectAccess

Module 10: Deploying and managing Windows Server and Hyper-V containers
Overview of containers in Windows Server 2016
Preparing for containers
Installing, configuring, and managing containers by using Docker

Module 11: Implementing failover clustering
Overview of failover clustering
Implementing a failover cluster
Configuring highly-available applications and services on a failover cluster
Maintaining a failover cluster
Implementing a stretch cluster
Lab : Implementing failover clustering

Module 12: Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
Overview of the integration of Hyper-V Server 2016 with failover clustering
Implementing Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters
Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V virtual machine migration
Implementing Hyper-V Replica
Lab : Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V