Course 10971A:

Storage and High Availability with Windows Server

Length:4 Days
Published:August 13, 2014
Language(s):English
Audience(s):IT Professionals
Level:300
Technology:Windows Server 2012
Type:Course
Delivery Method:Instructor-led (classroom)
About this Course
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 Internet SCSI (iSCSI). The course will also cover the latest innovations concerning disks, volumes and file systems as well as new technologies such as Storage Spaces, tiering, thin provisioning and Data Deduplication, and enhanced functionality to SMB and NFS sharing protocols in Windows Server 2012 R2.

The course will also cover high availability and disaster recovery technologies such as live migration, storage migration and Hyper-V Replica, as well as providing in-depth coverage of failover clustering including a detailed implementation of failover clustering of Hyper-V using Scale-Out File Server (SoFS).

The course also covers System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and 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 an on-demand basis with minimal overhead by using private clouds. The course describes Microsoft Azure storage solutions and integrating your on-premise storage with cloud-based storage and disaster recovery solutions including StorSimple and Azure Site Recovery. The course covers implementing Network Load Balancing (NLB) and load balancing clusters.

The detailed hands-on labs and in-depth content will provide you with the knowledge and skills so you can meet and manage your continually growing and evolving storage and high availability needs with reduced overhead and cost
Audience Profile
This course is intended for experienced IT Professionals who have the following experience and background:
  • IT professionals with real-world experience who work in an enterprise environment and who are involved in storage and high availability management and provisioning, and who are looking to gain knowledge and training on the latest technologies in those areas in 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.
At Course Completion
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 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 virtual machines by using Hyper-V with failover clustering.
  • Describe using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager to perform storage infrastructure management.
  • Describe cloud-based storage and high availability solutions.
  • Plan and implement a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster.
Course OutlineModule 1: Disks and Volumes with Windows Server
This module introduces you to different storage technologies. It discusses how to implement the storage solutions in Windows Server 2012, and how to use EFS (Encrypting File System) and BitLocker Drive Encryption, which enable you to secure data at rest.
Lessons
  • Managing Disks in Windows Server
  • Managing Volumes in Windows Server
  • Securing Volumes and Drives
Lab : Managing Disks and Volumes in Windows Server 2012
  • Creating and Managing Virtual Hard Disks by Using Windows PowerShell
  • Converting Virtual Hard Disks from the .vhd Format to the .vhdx Format
  • Resizing a Volume
  • Enabling BitLocker Drive Encryption to Secure a Drive
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe various storage options, including partition table formats, basic and dynamic disks, file systems, virtual hard disks, and drive hardware.
  • Explain how to manage disks and volumes.
  • Explain how to implement data security by using EFS, a trusted platform module (TPM), and BitLocker.


Module 2: Fundamental Storage Technologies and Components
This module introduces you to different storage hardware and communications technologies. It discusses enterprise storage hardware such as storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) solutions, direct-attached storage (DAS), bus technologies, storage controllers, and communications protocols.
Lessons
  • Server Storage Topology
  • Bus Technologies and Protocols
  • Configuring Sharing in Windows Server
Lab : Planning and Configuring Storage Technologies and Components
  • Planning Storage Requirements
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configuring and Managing Share Infrastructure
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using DAS, NAS, and SAN topologies.
  • Understand and configure bus technologies and protocols.
  • Describe Server Message Block (SMB) and network file system (NFS) storage protocols.
  • Configure SMB and NFS shares.

Module 3: 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.
Lessons
  • Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Maintaining Storage Spaces
  • Implementing Data Deduplication
Lab : Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Creating a Storage Space
  • Enabling and Configuring Storage Tiering
Lab : Implementing Data Deduplication
  • Installing Data Deduplication
  • Configuring Data Deduplication
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe and implement Storage Spaces in the context of enterprise storage needs.
  • Maintain storage spaces.
  • Describe and implement Data Deduplication.

Module 4: High Availability in Windows Server
This module covers how to achieve high availability on several levels of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. Students will learn how to implement high availability and disaster recovery solutions with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 virtual machines with technologies such as live migration, storage migration, and Hyper-V Replica. Also covered is implementing  high availability in virtual environments by using failover clustering technology.
 
 
Lessons
  • Defining Levels of Availability
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions with Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • High Availability with Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012
Lab : Planning and Configuring High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions
  • Determining an Appropriate High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solution
  • Implementing Storage Migration
  • Implementing Hyper-V Replica
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe levels of availability.
  • Describe high availability and disaster recovery solutions with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 virtual machines with technologies such as live migration, storage migration, and Hyper-V Replica, a feature of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
  • Describe high availability as provided by failover clustering in the Windows Server 2012 operating system and the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.

Module 5: Implementing Failover ClusteringIn this module, students will learn how to plan Failover Clustering implementation and how to create and configure new failover clusters.Lessons
  • Planning a Failover Cluster
  • Creating a New Failover Cluster
Lab : Creating and Administering a Cluster
  • Validating and Configuring Servers for Failover Clustering
  • Creating a Cluster and Configuring a Highly Available Application
  • Verifying Quorum Settings and Managing Nodes in the Cluster
  • Configuring a Quorum from a Disk Witness to a File Share Witness and Defining Node Voting
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Plan a failover cluster.
  • Create, configure, and manage a failover cluster.


Module 6: 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.
 
Lessons
  • 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
Lab : Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
  • Preparing for and Creating a Failover Cluster by Using Windows PowerShell
  • Implementing Storage Spaces by using Failover Clustering
  • Configuring the File Server Cluster and Creating Data
  • Verifying the File Server Role High Availability
  • Securing CSVs by Using BitLocker
  • Configuring CAU on the Failover Cluster
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure high availability applications and services on failover clusters.
  • Manage and maintain failover clusters.
  • Troubleshoot failover clusters.
  • Implement multisite failover clusters.



Module 7: 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. This includes an overview of Hyper-V and failover clustering integration, how to implement Hyper-V failover Clustering with Scale-Out File Server (SoFS), and how to manage and maintain Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters.
 
 
Lessons
  • Overview of Integrating Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Managing and Maintaining Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters
Lab : Implementing Failover Clustering by Using Hyper-V
  • Creating a Hyper-V Application Failover Cluster
  • Creating a Scale-Out File Server Cluster
  • Configuring Hyper-V to Use File Server and Then Verify Availability
  • Configuring a Shared Virtual Hard Disk
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how Hyper-V integrates with failover clustering.
  • Implement Hyper-V with failover clustering.
  • Manage and maintain Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters.

Module 8: Storage Infrastructure Management with Virtual Machine Manager
This module provides an overview of Virtual Machine Manager, which is one of the Microsoft virtualization technologies, and explains how you can use it to manage both virtualization and traditional storage infrastructures.
Lessons
  • Overview of Virtual Machine Manager
  • Managing Storage Infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Provisioning Failover Clustering in Virtual Machine Manager
Lab : Managing Storage Infrastructure
  • Configuring and Provisioning Storage Infrastructure Components
  • Adding iSCSI Storage to VMM
  • Creating a Scale-Out File Server Storage Cluster
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Navigate within Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (System Center 2012 R2 VMM).
  • Manage storage infrastructure with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Provision a scale-out file server cluster by using System Center 2012 R2 VMM.


Module 9: 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.
Lessons
  • Azure Storage Solutions and Infrastructure
  • Cloud Integrated Storage with StorSimple
  • Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery
Lab : Managing Cloud-Based Storage and High Availability
  • Assessing Options for A. Datum’s Future Storage and Service Needs
  • Configuring Azure Storage
  • Configuring Azure Virtual Machines
  • Managing Azure Storage and VMs by Using Windows PowerShell
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe Microsoft Azure Storage solutions and infrastructure.
  • Describe cloud-integrated storage (with Microsoft Azure StorSimple.
  • Describe disaster recovery with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery.


Module 10: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters
This module introduces Network Load Balancing(NLB). It covers how this technology works, and the situations for which NLB is appropriate. Students will learn how to configure and manage NLB clusters, how to perform maintenance tasks on NLB clusters, and how load balancing works in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Azure.
 
Lessons
  • Overview of NLB
  • Configuring an NLB Cluster
  • Planning an NLB Implementation
Lab : Implementing a Network Load Balancing Cluster
  • Implementing an NLB Cluster
  • Configuring and Managing the NLB Cluster
  • Validating High Availability for the NLB Cluster
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe NLB.
  • Explain how to configure an NLB cluster.
  • Explain how to plan an NLB implementation.


Before Attending this course, students must have:
  • Knowledge and real world experience working day to day with Windows Server and Windows Client in an Enterprise environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with basic local storage concepts and technologies.
  • Experience working with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (this is beneficial but not essential).
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