20744 Securing Windows Server 2016
9/14/2020 - 9/18/2020



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

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This five-day, instructor-led 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 help ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to, when they need to.

This course explains how you can use auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016 to identify security issues. You will also learn how to mitigate malware threats, secure your virtualization platform, and use 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.


This course is for IT professionals who need to securely administer Windows Server 2016 networks. 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. 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.
  • 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 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: Attacks, breach detection, and Sysinternals tools
Understanding attacks
Detecting security breaches
Examining activity with the Sysinternals tools
Lab : Basic breach detection and incident response strategies

Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access
Understanding user rights
Computer and service accounts
Protecting credentials
Privileged Access Workstations and jump servers
Local administrator password solution
Lab : Implementing user rights, security options, and group managed service accounts
Lab : Configuring and deploying LAPs

Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration
Understanding JEA
Verifying and deploying JEA
Lab : Limiting administrator privileges with JEA

Module 4: Privileged Access Management and administrative forests
ESAE forests
Overview of Microsoft Identity Manager
Overview of JIT administration and PAM
Lab : Limiting administrator privileges with PAM

Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats
Configuring and managing Windows Defender
Restricting software
Configuring and using the Device Guard feature
Lab : Securing applications with Windows Defender, AppLocker, and Device Guard Rules

Module 6: Analyzing activity with advanced auditing and log analytics
Overview of auditing
Advanced auditing
Windows PowerShell auditing and logging
Lab : Configuring advanced auditing

Module 7: Deploying and configuring Advanced Threat Analytics and Microsoft Operations Management Suite
Deploying and configuring ATA
Deploying and configuring Microsoft Operations Management Suite
Deploying and configuring Azure Security Center
Lab : Deploying ATA, Microsoft Operations Management Suite, and Azure Security Center

Module 8: Secure Virtualization Infrastructure
Guarded fabric
Shielded and encryption-supported virtual machines
Lab : Guarded fabric with Admin-trusted attestation and shielded VMs

Module 9: Securing application development and server-workload infrastructure
Using SCT
Understanding containers
Lab : Using SCT
Lab : Deploying and configuring containers

Module 10: Planning and protecting data
Planning and implementing encryption
Planning and implementing BitLocker
Lab : Protecting data by using encryption and BitLocker

Module 11: Optimizing and securing file services
File Server Resource Manager
Implementing classification and file management tasks
Dynamic Access Control
Lab : Quotas and file screening
Lab : Implementing Dynamic Access Control

Module 12: Securing network traffic with firewalls and encryption
Understanding network-related security threats
Understanding Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Configuring IPsec
Datacenter Firewall
Lab : Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Module 13: Securing network traffic
Configuring advanced DNS settings
Examining network traffic with Message Analyzer
Securing and analyzing SMB traffic
Lab : Securing DNS
Lab : Microsoft Message Analyzer and SMB encryption