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20744 MOD: Securing Windows Server 2016 (On Demand)


About this On Demand Course

The Microsoft on-demand product is an integrated on-line training experience that includes video, labs, exercises, text and knowledge checks. Attendees experience all of this through an on-demand course player.


What’s included?

  • Access to the official Microsoft Video on Demand Course for 90 days from the point of first access, allowing you to start and stop when you need to.
  • Lab access for 3 months from start of access.
  • Mentoring Support (24/7 by chat, email or phone) for the duration of your subscription


The content is based on the same official courseware we use in our instructor-led training, and videos feature engaging experts hand-selected by Microsoft. Unlike other on-demand offerings that offer simulated labs, MOC On-Demand gives you a live, real-time environment for hands-on training.


About this course

This course teaches IT professionals how they can enhance the security of the IT infrastructure that they administer. This course begins by emphasizing the importance of assuming that network breaches have occurred already, and then teaches you how to protect administrative credentials and rights to ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to, when they need to.

This course also details how you can mitigate malware threats, identify security issues by using auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016, secure your virtualization platform, and use new deployment options, such as Nano server and containers to enhance security. The course also explains how you can help protect access to files by using encryption and dynamic access control, and how you can enhance your network’s security.



Students should have at least two years of experience in the IT field and should have:

  • Completed courses 740, 741, and 742, or the equivalent.

  • A solid, practical understanding of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS).

  • A solid, practical understanding of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles.

  • A solid, practical understanding of Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization fundamentals.

  • An understanding of Windows Server security principles.


Audience profile

This course is for IT professionals who need to administer Windows Server 2016 networks securely. These professionals typically work with networks that are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments, with managed access to the Internet and cloud services. Students who seek certification in the 70-744 Securing Windows server exam also will benefit from this course.


At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Secure Windows Server.

  • Secure application development and a server workload infrastructure.

  • Manage security baselines.

  • Configure and manage just enough and just-in-time (JIT) administration.

  • Manage data security.

  • Configure Windows Firewall and a software-defined distributed firewall.

  • Secure network traffic.

  • Secure your virtualization infrastructure.

  • Manage malware and threats.

  • Configure advanced auditing.

  • Manage software updates.

  • Manage threats by using Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).


Course Outline


Module 1: Breach detection and using the Sysinternals tools

In this module, students will learn about breach detection, attack types and vectors, cybercrime, and how you can analyse your system’s activity by using the Sysinternals tool suite.



Overview of breach detection

Using the Sysinternals tools to detect breaches


Lab: Basic breach detection and incident response strategies

Identifying attack types

Using incident-response strategies

Exploring the Sysinternals tools


Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access

This module explains how you can configure user rights and security options, protect credentials by using credential guard, implement privileged-access workstations, and manage and deploy a local administrator-password solution so that you can manage passwords for local administrator accounts.



Understanding user rights

Computer and service accounts

Protecting credentials

Understanding privileged-access workstations and jump servers

Deploying a local administrator-password solution


Lab: User rights, security options, and group-managed service accounts

Configuring security options

Configuring restricted groups

Delegating privileges

Creating and managing group managed service accounts (MSAs)

Configuring the Credential Guard feature

Locating problematic accounts

Lab: Configuring and deploying LAPs

Installing local administrator password solution (LAPs)

Configuring LAPs

Deploying LAPs


Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration

This module explains how to deploy and configure Just Enough Administration (JEA).



Understanding JEA

Configuring and deploying JEA


Lab: Limiting administrator privileges by using JEA

Creating a role-capability file

Creating a session-configuration file

Creating a JEA endpoint

Connecting to a JEA endpoint

Deploying JEA by using Desire State Configuration (DSC)


Module 4: Privileged Access Management and administrative forests

This module explains the concepts of Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) forests, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), and Just In Time (JIT) Administration, or Privileged Access Management.



Understanding ESAE forests

Overview of MIM

Implementing JIT and Privileged Access Management by using MIM


Lab: Limiting administrator privileges by using Privileged Access Management

Using a layered approach to security

Exploring MIM

Configuring a MIM web portal

Configuring the Privileged Access feature

Requesting privileged access


Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats

This module explains how to configure the Windows Defender, AppLocker, and Device Guard features.



Configuring and managing Windows Defender

Using software restricting policies (SRPs) and AppLocker

Configuring and using Device Guard

Using and deploying the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit


Lab: Securing applications by using AppLocker, Windows Defender, Device Guard Rules, and the EMET.

Configuring Windows Defender

Configuring AppLocker

Configuring and deploying Device Guard

Deploying and using EMET


Module 6: Analysing activity by using advanced auditing and log analytics

This module explains how to use advanced auditing and Windows PowerShell transcripts.



Overview of auditing

Understanding advanced auditing

Configuring Windows PowerShell auditing and logging


Lab: Configuring encryption and advanced auditing

Configuring auditing of file-system access

Auditing domain logons

Managing the configuration of advanced audit policies

Windows PowerShell logging and auditing


Module 7: Analysing activity with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics feature and Operations Management Suite

This module explains the Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics tool and the Microsoft Operations Management suite (OMS), and details how you can use them to monitor and analyse the security of a Windows Server deployment.



Overview of Advanced Threat Analytics

Understanding OMS


Lab: Advanced Threat Analytics and Operations Management Suite

Using ATA and OMS

Preparing and deploying ATA

Preparing and deploying OMS


Module 8: Securing your virtualization an infrastructure

This module explains how to configure Guarded Fabric virtual machines (VMs), including the requirements for shielded and encryption-supported VMs.



Overview of Guarded Fabric VMs

Understanding shielded and encryption-supported VMs


Lab: Deploying and using Guarded Fabric with administrator-trusted attestation and shielded VMs

Deploying Guarded Fabric VMs with administrator-trusted attestation

Deploying a shielded VM


Module 9: Securing application development and server-workload infrastructure

This module details the Security Compliance Manager, including how you can use it to configure, manage, and deploy baselines. Additionally, students will learn how to deploy and configure Nano Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows Server Containers.



Using Security Compliance Manager

Introduction to Nano Server

Understanding containers


Lab: Using Security Compliance Manager

Configuring a security baseline for Windows Server 2016

Deploying a security baseline for Windows Server 2016

Lab: Deploying and Configuring Nano Server and containers

Deploying, managing, and securing Nano Server

Deploying, managing, and securing Windows Server containers

Deploying, managing, and securing Hyper-V containers


Module 10: Protecting data with encryption

This module explains how to configure Encrypting File System (EFS) and BitLocker drive encryption to protect data at rest.



Planning and implementing encryption

Planning and implementing BitLocker


Lab: Configuring EFS and BitLocker

Encrypting and recovering access to encrypted files

Using BitLocker to protect data


Module 11: Limiting access to file and folders

This module explains how to optimize file services by configuring File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and Distributed File System (DFS). Students will learn how to protect a device’s data by using encryption or BitLocker. Students also will learn how to manage access to shared files by configuring Dynamic Access Control (DAC).



Introduction to FSRM

Implementing classification management and file-management tasks

Understanding Dynamic Access Control (DAC)


Lab: Configuring quotas and file screening

Configuring FSRM quotas

Configuring file screening

Lab: Implementing DAC

Preparing DAC

Implementing DAC


Module 12: Using firewalls to control network traffic flow

This module explains the firewalls that are present on Windows Server.



Understanding Windows Firewall

Software-defined distributed firewalls


Lab: Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Creating and testing inbound rules

Creating and testing outbound rules


Module 13: Securing network traffic

This module explains how to secure network traffic and how to use Microsoft Message Analyzer, Server Message Block (SMB) encryption, and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).



Network-related security threats and connection-security rules

Configuring advanced DNS settings

Examining network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer

Securing SMB traffic, and analysing SMB traffic


Lab: Connection security rules and securing DNS

Creating and testing connection security rules

Configuring and testing DNSSEC

Lab: Microsoft Message Analyzer and SMB encryption

Using Microsoft Message Analyzer

Configuring and verifying SMB encryption on SMB shares


Module 14: Updating Windows Server

This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows Servers and clients.



Overview of WSUS

Deploying updates by using WSUS


Lab: Implementing update management

Implementing the WSUS server role

Configuring update settings

Approving and deploying an update by using WSUS

Deploying Windows Defender definition updates by using WSUS