Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Infrastructure – DNS, File and Storage

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


The designing and planning of end-user and system supporting file and storage solutions is the first step in provisioning an optimized network service solution – a storage solution must be included early in the system design process, as early the hardware appraisal and system specification phase. Although Server 2012 and Active Directory-controlled environment can adequately react and adapt to change, knowing the capabilities of the Server 2012 File and Storage Service server role and the required storage requirements, allows the system designers and network stakeholders to take early and informed decisions regarding hardware and system design, to support the specified storage system capabilities, and to accommodate change and expansion.
This course outlines the design and deployment options, interoperability, security, and management of a name resolution solution within a Server 2012 Active Directory-controlled environment using the Server 2012 DNS service and other name resolution services. The course also covers the design, planning and deployment of a number of key elements of the Server 2012 File and Storage Service server role and related technologies, including iSCSI and iSCSI Storage Area Network support. Server 2012 includes a number of new features that enhance file and storage support, ease implementation and maintenance of storage-related features, and provides lower cost options, the new features include: Storage Spaces and Scale-Out File Servers and will be discussed in finishing up the course.

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

150 min.

Course Objectives

Domain Name Service Core Features

  • describe the core features of DNS service
  • Split-Brain DNS and Disjoint Namespaces

  • identify DNS design considerations
  • identify scenarios where using a disjoint namespace is supported
  • DNS Service Security Design

  • match Server 2012 features that improve the security of data communication for the DNS service to their correct descriptions
  • match the components that support the deployment of DNSSEC with their correct descriptions
  • DNS Service Management Design

  • describe domain name service management options
  • Planning a Name Resolution Solution Strategy Design

    Understanding SMB 3.0

  • describe how to plan a File and Storage Service role
  • identify the services that Windows Server 2012 SMB version 3.0 supports
  • Data Deduplication and BranchCache

  • recognize the benefits of data deduplication implementation
  • identify the features of BranchCache deployment
  • iSCSI and Fibre Channel Storage

  • describe the iSCSI Target Server role in Windows Server 2012
  • Storage Space Design and Implementation

  • describe the benefits of using storage pools in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Understanding Scale-Out File Servers

  • describe the published benefits associated with the Server 2012 Scale-Out File Server feature
  • match the Scale-Out File Server deployment phases with their correct descriptions
  • MPIO, DSMs, and NFS

  • describe MPIO and DSMs in Windows Server 2012
  • recognize how to deploy and configure Network File System (NFS)