Introduction to Windows Server 2016 for Beginners

Video description

Are you looking to learn the basics of Windows Server 2016 system administration? If so, this is the perfect course for you!

In this 8-hour course, I'll show you step-by-step, the fundamentals of Windows Server 2016, giving you a solid foundation of Microsoft’s most popular server operating system using VirtualBox, a free virtualization software platform, to create your own virtualized lab at home.

Throughout this course, you’ll learn by doing, getting valuable hands-on experience, as we progress through the course. Specifically, you’ll learn how to:

• Set-up a virtual LAN with VirtualBox

• Install Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 as virtual machines

• How to navigate Windows Server 2016

• Create and manage user and computer accounts in Active Directory

• Configure Windows Server 2016 as a DHCP server

• Windows Server DNS and name resolution fundamentals

• Configure Windows Server 2016 as an IIS web server

• Configure Windows Server 2016 as a print server

• Understand and create active directory groups and organizational units

• Understand and create group policies with Group Policy Objects (GPOs)

• Learn the fundamentals of NTFS and share permissions

• Set-up user quotas with File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)

• Enable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for remote administration

• Utilize Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to approve and deploy Windows updates to client systems

• Utilize Windows Server Backups to backup and restore data

• Learn to write basic PowerShell Active Directory commands

If you’re looking to advance or begin your career in Information Technology (IT), this course is a must!

Once you complete this course, you’ll have set-up your own Windows server as an Active Directory domain controller, DNS server, DHCP server, IIS web server, print server, file server, WSUS server, and much more, giving you a very solid understanding of system administration

What You Will Learn

  • How to set-up your own Windows Server virtualized lab
  • How to configure and manage essential Windows Server 2016 roles
  • How to configure and manage an Active Directory domain controller
  • Know the fundamentals of Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • The essential skills needed to be a Windows Server systems administrator


Aspiring and inexperienced IT professionals

Anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of VirtualBox virtualization

Anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of Windows Server 2016

About The Author

Alton Teaches LLC: Alton Hardin is a former college professor and the founder and lead instructor at Alton Teaches LLC and MicroGrinder Poker School, as well as a best-selling author. He holds two graduate degrees, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in information assurance and security management, and a Master’s of Science (MS) in information technology network management.

Alton has worked in information technology since 1999 and has spent the last 12 years as a cybersecurity specialist at the United States Department of Treasury before transitioning to teaching IT full-time. Alton also has a fond love for teaching. As an undergraduate, he group-tutored chemistry students, and as a graduate student, he taught a GMAT prep course. Upon graduating from his MBA program, he began teaching as an adjunct professor for the School of Business and Public Administration at his local state university in the field of information systems and IT management.

He is also the founder of MicroGrinder Poker School, an online poker school dedicated to micro stakes poker players, where he provides a wide array of free and low-cost poker resources and poker training, including poker strategy articles and poker training video series. He is also an Amazon #1 best-selling author of Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition.

Table of contents

  1. Chapter 1 : Course Introduction
    1. Welcome to the Course
    2. Instructor Introduction
    3. Course Curriculum Walk-Through
    4. Understanding the Client-Server Architecture
    5. Why Windows Server 2016 in 2019 and Beyond?
    6. Introduction to Virtualization
    7. Virtualization Live Demo
  2. Chapter 2 : Initial VirtualBox Set-Up Operating System Installation
    1. Section Introduction
    2. Download Install VirtualBox
    3. Download Windows Operating System ISO Files
    4. Create VirtualBox Virtual Machines
    5. Install Windows 10 Enterprise Operating System
    6. Install Windows Server 2016 Operating System
    7. Installing Windows Updates
  3. Chapter 3 : VirtualBox Troubleshooting
    1. VirtualBox Community Forum, BugTracker, and Documentation
    2. Dealing with Low Memory Errors
    3. Shutting Down Unresponsive Virtual Machines
  4. Chapter 4 : Setting Up Our Sandbox Testing Environment
    1. Setting Up Our Sandbox Internal LAN
    2. VirtualBox Snapshots Deeper Dive
    3. Cloning our Windows 10 Virtual Machine
  5. Chapter 5 : Navigating Windows Server 2016
    1. Section Introduction
    2. Introducing Server Manager
    3. Managing Local User Accounts
    4. Task Manager Overview
    5. Understanding the Start Menu
    6. Using the Search Feature
    7. Computer Management Overview
    8. Windows Administrative Tools
    9. Adding Desktop Icons
  6. Chapter 6 : Active Directory Fundamentals
    1. Section Introduction
    2. Introduction to Active Directory
    3. Active Directory Installation Configuration
    4. Changing Domain Controller's Name
    5. Adding Computers to Active Directory
    6. Managing Active Directory User Accounts
    7. Creating Active Directory User Home Folders
    8. Creating Active Directory Basic Logon Script
    9. Set Up Active Directory Roaming User Profiles
  7. Chapter 7 : Introduction to DHCP
    1. Introduction to DHCP
    2. DHCP Installation Scope Configuration
  8. Chapter 8 : DNS and Name Resolution Overview
    1. Introduction to Domain Name System (DNS)
    2. Name Resolution Process Overview
    3. Exploring Windows Server DNS
  9. Chapter 9 : Internet Information Services (IIS) Overview
    1. IIS Web Server Installation Website Configuration
  10. Chapter 10 : Introduction to Print Services
    1. Deploying Printers via Print Services
    2. Verifying and Managing Printers via Web Interface
  11. Chapter 11 : Active Directory Groups and OUs Overview
    1. Understanding Active Directory Groups
    2. Active Directory Organizational Units Overview
    3. Exploring AD Groups and OUs
    4. Delegating Organizational Unit Control
  12. Chapter 12 : Introduction to Group Policy Management
    1. Understanding Active Directory Group Policies
    2. Deploying a Desktop Background to Our Entire Domain
    3. Assigning a Logon Banner GPO to a Specific OU
  13. Chapter 13 : Exploring NTFS and Share Permissions
    1. Introduction to NTFS and Share Permissions
    2. Creating a Public Share with Share and NTFS Permissions
  14. Chapter 14 : Setting Users Quotas with File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
    1. Installing and Exploring File Server Resource Management (FRSM)
    2. Setting User Quotas in Windows Server
    3. Exploring NTFS Quotas
  15. Chapter 15 : Enabling Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
    1. Enabling Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
  16. Chapter 16 : Utilizing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
    1. WSUS Overview and Installation
    2. WSUS Initial Configuration and Synchronization
    3. WSUS Dashboard Walk-Through
    4. WSUS Client Computer Group Policy Configuration
    5. Approving WSUS Updates for Deployment
  17. Chapter 17 : Windows Server Backups Overview
    1. Exploring the Windows Server Backup Feature
  18. Chapter 18 : Introduction to PowerShell
    1. Introduction to Microsoft PowerShell
    2. Adding New AD User Accounts with PowerShell
    3. Unlocking, Enabling and Disabling AD User Accounts with PowerShell
    4. Adding AD Groups with PowerShell
    5. Adding AD Organizational Units with PowerShell
  19. Chapter 19 : Congratulations Thank You!
    1. Congratulations Thank You!

Product information

  • Title: Introduction to Windows Server 2016 for Beginners
  • Author(s): Alton Teaches LLC
  • Release date: September 2019
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781839210501