- [Instructor] This is an entry level course and as such it has no prerequisites. Which, I guess what I'm trying to say is, beginners welcome. That said, there are a few things that will help you get the most out of this course. The first is the importance of creating a demonstration and test lab. You can do this using three dedicated machines, or as I've done in the demonstrations in this course, you can bring up a virtualization server. All of the demonstrations you will see here are hosted on a single server running Windows Server 2016 with the Hyper-V role installed.
And on that Hyper-V host, I've created a domain controller, a server that has been joined to the active directory domain, and a workstation. And these three machines make up the entire demonstration environment. All of these machines had their operating system installed and basic network configuration applied before the course begins. If you'd like some tips and guidance on how to install and prepare a Windows 2019 server, there is a course in the library on just that topic.
Another part of creating this demonstration lab was installing the role of Active Directory Domain Services and promoting one server to domain controller. You won't see that server on the screen very often in this course, but it's absolutely necessary because a lot of the tools Microsoft has been working on over the last several years require and Active Directory domain. So this largely behind the scenes server is a necessary part of this environment. And finally, the new management tool from Microsoft is hosted as a website, therefore it needs a security certificate.
I've created and applied that certificate to this server before beginning the course. However, you'll find that during the installation of the Windows Admin Center you're given the option of creating a self-signed certificate on the fly. Installing a certificate from a trusted authority is best practice in production, but you can get through this course just fine, even if you're not familiar with how to do that. And that's pretty much it. With that in place it's time to go ahead and get started.
- Installing Windows Admin Center (WAC)
- Managing Windows with WAC and PowerShell
- Using PowerShell remoting
- Monitoring the health of Windows 2019 servers
- Capturing real-time performance data
- Protecting networks with Windows Defender ATP
- Windows updates on Server 2019
- Selecting updates to distribute