Improvements to Role Services in Windows Server 2008 R2

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Windows Server 2008 introduced the compartmentalization of server functions into server roles and role services and presented Server Manager as a convenient, central location for installation and administration of those roles. In the R2 release, there are improvements to many server role services as well as some new additions. This course focuses on the advancements made to the increasingly popular Hyper-V server role, which now closely integrates with a number of other roles services. It also presents the recent changes to the Terminal Services role, which is now referred to as Remote Desktop Services and introduces the new remote connectivity technologies including virtualized corporate desktops using Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), DirectAccess, VPN Reconnect (or Agile VPN), and BranchCache. The course also provides an overview of the File Classification Infrastructure provided in Windows Server 2008 R2 and highlights the improved Web Application Platform, which includes an update to IIS 7.5.

Target Audience

This path is intended for administrators working with Windows Server 2008 who need to update their knowledge of new features and improvements provided by the Windows Server 2008 R2 release. It is also of interest to administrators planning on implementing Windows Server 2008 environments that may include Windows Server 2008 R2.


Individuals should have a minimum of one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system, including one or more Windows Server 2008 servers; familiarity with Active Directory Domain Services management and administration of domain controllers; familiarity with implementation and security of network services such as file and print, the Internet, an intranet, remote access, high availability, and client computer management; and familiarity with connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet.

Expected Duration

150 min.

Course Objectives

Hyper-V Virtualization

  • recognize improvements in virtualization in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • recognize how to create and manage virtual machines in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • set up a virtual machine Using Hyper-V Manager
  • Remote Desktop Services

  • identify the benefits of using Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • install the Remote Desktop Session Host
  • Virtualization and Remote Desktop Server

  • identify examples of new functionality in remote desktop virtualization in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • recognize when a VDI environment will be beneficial
  • Remote Connectivity with DirectAccess

  • recognize the key benefits of using DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • deploy and configure DirectAccess
  • Providing Remote Connectivity

    File Classification Infrastructure

  • identify the new functionality in File Server Resource Manager
  • set up policy enforcement with File Classification Infrastructure
  • recognize the capabilities of File Classification Infrastructure
  • Configuring BranchCache

  • distinguish between Hosted Cache mode and Distributed Cache mode
  • recognize how to secure BranchCache data
  • configure BranchCache on the server side, in a given scenario
  • configure BranchCache for a client
  • Web Application Platform

  • identify the changes to the Web Server (IIS) role in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • identify the installation options for the Web Server (IIS) role service
  • Improving File Service Performance