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Course 10971

Price: $2795, Length: 4 days

Storage and High Availability with Windows Server

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Get hands-on instruction and practice provisioning your storage requirements and meeting your high availability needs with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in this four-day Microsoft Official Course.

In this course, you will learn about traditional storage topologies such as Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Networks (SANs), and bus technologies such as Fibre Channel and iSCSI. The course also covers newer Windows Server technologies such as Storage Spaces, tiering, thin provisioning and Data Deduplication, and enhanced functionality to the SMB sharing protocol in Windows Server 2012 R2.

The course also teaches high availability and disaster recovery technologies such as live migration, storage migration, and Hyper-V Replica. In addition, it provides in-depth coverage of Failover Clustering, including a detailed implementation of failover clustering of Hyper-V using Scale-Out File Server.

The course also covers System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. You will learn how to manage your storage infrastructure at scale by abstracting the physical storage fabric into manageable units that can be provisioned on-demand with minimal overhead using private clouds. The course describes Microsoft Azure storage solutions and integrating your on-premises storage with cloud-based storage and disaster recovery solutions including StorSimple and Azure Site Recovery. Implementing Network Load Balancing (NLB) and load balancing clusters are also covered.

The detailed hands-on labs and in-depth content will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet and manage your continually-growing and evolving storage and high availability needs, with reduced overhead and cost.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for experienced IT Professionals who have the following experience and background: * IT professionals with real world experience working in an enterprise environment who are involved in storage and high availability management and provisioning, and who want to acquire knowledge and training on the latest technologies in those areas with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. * IT professionals with real-world experience who work in a Windows Server 2008 environment and want to assess the latest storage and technologies that are available in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. * IT Professionals who work in small-to-medium enterprises who manage storage and high availability requirements for their organization. * IT professionals who have skills in other areas, such as general system administration, who are looking for knowledge and skills for career development in Windows Server storage and high availability.

Course Outline

Module 1: Fundamental Storage Technologies and Components

This module introduces various storage hardware and communications technologies. It discusses changes in storage options and new technologies, including virtualization. Also covered in this module are enterprise storage hardware solutions such as storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS), direct-attached storage (DAS), redundant array of independent disks (RAID), bus technologies, storage controllers, communications protocols, and data security.


  • Disk and File Systems Changes in Windows Server 2012
  • Server Storage Topology
  • Bus Technologies and Protocols
  • Configuring Sharing in Windows Server
  • Securing Volumes and Drives

Module 2: Implementing Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication

This module discusses how to manage, maintain, and recover Storage Spaces, how to configure storage pools and virtual hard disks, and how to implement Data Deduplication, a feature used to find and remove duplicate data while maintaining the integrity of the data.


  • Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Maintaining Storage Spaces
  • Implementing Data Deduplication

Module 3: High Availability in Windows Server

In this module, students will learn about high availability and disaster recovery with Hyper‑V virtual machines, and how to implement high availability in virtual environments by using failover clustering in Windows Server 2012.


  • Understanding High Availability
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions with Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • High Availability with Clustering in Windows Server 2012

Module 4: Implementing Failover Clustering

In this module, students will learn how to plan failover clustering implementation and how to create and configure new failover clusters.


  • Planning a Failover Cluster
  • Creating a New Failover Cluster

Module 5: Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources

This module describes how to configure roles and services for high availability on a failover cluster. Students will learn about configuring, managing, maintaining, and troubleshooting failover clusters, in addition to implementing site high availability with multisite failover clustering.


  • Configuring Highly Available Applications and Services on a Failover Cluster
  • Managing and Maintaining a Failover Cluster
  • Troubleshooting a Failover Cluster
  • Implementing Site High Availability with Multisite Failover Clusters

Module 6: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

In this module, students will learn how to implement failover clustering in a Hyper-V scenario to achieve high availability for a virtual environment.


  • Overview of Integrating Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Virtual Machine Storage Options
  • Managing and Maintaining Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters

Module 7: Storage Infrastructure Management with Virtual Machine Manager

This module provides an overview of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, which is one of the Microsoft virtualization technologies, and explains how students can use it to manage both virtualization and traditional storage infrastructures.


  • Overview of Virtual Machine Manager
  • Managing Storage Infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Provisioning Failover Clustering in Virtual Machine Manager

Module 8: Cloud-Based Storage and High Availability

This module discusses cloud-based storage and high availability solutions including Azure, StorSimple, and disaster recovery with Azure Site Recovery.


  • Azure Storage Solutions and Infrastructure
  • Cloud Integrated Storage with StorSimple
  • Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery

Module 9: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters

This module introduces students to Network Load Balancing (NLB) and how this technology works. This module also covers the situations for which NLB is appropriate, how to configure and manage NLB clusters, how to perform maintenance tasks on NLB clusters, and how load balancing works in both Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Azure.


  • Overview of NLB
  • Configuring an NLB Cluster
  • Planning an NLB Implementation


Lab: Planning and Configuring Storage Technologies and Components
Lab: Implementing Storage Spaces
Lab: Implementing Data Deduplication
Lab: Planning and Configuring High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions
Lab: Creating and Administering a Cluster
Lab: Implementing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
Lab: Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
Lab: Implementing Failover Clustering by Using Hyper-V
Lab: Managing Storage Infrastructure
Lab: Managing Cloud-Based Storage and High Availability
Lab: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters

What You'll Learn

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Manage and secure disks and volumes in Windows Server.
  • Describe storage technologies and components in Windows Server.
  • Implement and manage Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication.
  • Describe high availability and disaster recovery with Hyper‑V virtual machines (VMs) and high availability with failover clustering in Windows Server 2012.
  • Plan and implement a failover cluster.
  • Describe managing server roles and clustering resources.
  • Implement and manage VMs by using Hyper‑V with failover clustering.
  • Describe how to use Virtual Machine Manager to perform storage infrastructure management.
  • Describe cloud-based storage and high availability solutions.
  • Plan and implement a NLB cluster.

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10971Storage and High Availability with Windows Server