Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Infrastructure – AD DS

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


An Active Directory site is best defined as a group of Active Directory resources that are hosted on a fast, reliable, and very well-connected network. This course details the design and planning of Active Directory sites that help you map the infrastructure to an organizations physical requirements. This includes strategic domain controller placement and the strategic placement of services such as FSMO roles and the Global Catalog. Branch office support is detailed including the use of Read-Only Domain Controllers, the Filtered Attribute Set (FAT), GPMC, and BrancheCache. To end the course the subject area of domain controller virtualization is explained.

Target Audience

This course targets IT professionals looking to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to design, implement, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an enterprise scaled, highly virtualized environment. It is also designed for individuals who seek professional distinction through the 70-413 – Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure exam. Individuals that have experience working with Windows Server 2008 or later operating systems and Active Directory Domain Services and networking infrastructure.


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Active Directory Site Design: An Overview

  • recognize the characteristics of Active Directory sites
  • Active Directory Site Planning and Design

  • recognize the advantages of site topology design
  • recognize some of the site topology owner’s responsibilities
  • Active Directory Site Links

  • describe the key site link settings that define replication traffic
  • identify the utility that can be used to examine replication hardware
  • Domain Controller and Global Catalog Placement

  • recognize the factors that should be considered when planning the deploying of remote writable domain controller
  • describe the directory-related tasks supported by the global catalog service
  • Flexible Single Master Operations

  • match each FSMO role to level that they operate at
  • match each FSMO role to its correct description
  • The Read-Only Domain Controller

  • describe the Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) in Server 2012 R2
  • recognize the differences between read-only DC and writable DC
  • Domain Controller Virtualization

  • identify characteristics of Domain Controller cloning and virtualization
  • Planning an Active Directory Site