Join Scott M Burrell for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Windows Server 2012 R2: Configure Identity and Access Solutions.
- [Voiceover] Before we get started, there are a few things that you should know. This is a fairly advanced course, and we'll be taking advantage of some features in active directory that not everyone is familiar with. And to do that, we'll be using several tools that are accessed from the server manager. Tools that become available once services are installed. Tools like: Active Directory Federation Services, Active Directory Certificate Authority, and Rights Management Services. We will also be adding snap-ins to the Microsoft Management Console. It's anticipated that you're somewhat familiar with how to find these types of tools, as we start the course.
If you feel less comfortable accessing these tools, it's worth your time to browse around, and get yourself into a little trouble once in a while. The second thing that you should know, is that all of the servers and workstations that you will see in this course were created as virtual machines, hosted in Microsoft's Hypervisor, or Hyper-V, on a Windows 10 professional workstation. Virtualization is a great way to bring up a lab environment for learning, or for testing, without putting any of your production servers at risk. As you go through this course, I recommend that you enable Hyper-V on your Windows server, or professional workstation.
Or, that you install an alternative virtualization environment, like VirtualBox, if Hyper-V is not available. And as you progress through the course, you will install and configure a handful of different services on servers that are members of an active directory domain. Some of these chapters will have as many as four to five virtual machines running at the same time. So, replicating this environment will take a bit of horsepower. I recommend using a computer with at least 12 cores of processing power and at least 64 gig of RAM.
That way, you can create the virtual machines you need with 8 gig of RAM for each server, and 4 gig of RAM for each workstation. With that, let's get started.
Note: The topics covered here map to the Configure Identity and Access Solutions domain for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Exam 70-412, Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. Use these tutorials to study for the exam.
- Implementing Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
- Configuring AD FS authentication policies
- Configuring multifactor authentication
- Installing and configuring Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
- Creating certificate templates
- Configuring certificate authority backup and recovery
- Managing certificates, including templates and renewal
- Installing and configuring Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)