This course will teach you how to keep Windows Server 2019 and 2016 running reliably, securely, and smoothly by using the new Windows Admin Center to manage servers, infrastructure, storage, security, and virtual machines from your browser.
Server administrators never had an easy job, but COVID-era remote-work requirements make it even harder. In this course, Managing Networks with Windows Admin Center, you’ll learn to keep your servers running reliably, securely, and smoothly with the browser-based tool. First, you’ll explore how Windows Admin Center (WAC) interoperates with traditional consoles and how you can set it up on a gateway server or a local system. Next, you’ll discover methods for administering servers much as you would do with Server Manager, using extensions such as Active Directory and DNS. Finally, you’ll learn how to manage storage systems with WAC, connect to local and cloud-based virtual machines, and explore advanced WAC capabilities such as resource forecasting and packet monitoring. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of server maintenance and monitoring needed to ensure that your network infrastructure just works, day in and day out, as long as you have access to a browser.
Glenn is President of Independent Software Inc., a Denver IT consultancy. He has been teaching advanced computer seminars around the world since 1988. He developed official Server 2008 courseware for Microsoft. Glenn has written 18 commercial books for McGraw-Hill, Wiley, IDG and Sybex. He is also a sought-after expert witness.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Glenn Weadock, and welcome to my course, Managing Networks with Windows Admin Center. I'm a consultant and seminar leader at Independent Software, Inc. in Colorado and an author of 18 books on Windows networking and certification, plus many Pluralsight videos on Windows Server and Windows 10. To all novice Windows Server administrators, as well as to those of you who already use Server Manager, there is a new tool in town for managing servers, infrastructure, storage, security, and virtual machines from your browser window, and this course introduces Windows Admin Center, which is destined to replace Server Manager and become an essential tool in your toolbox. Some of the major topics that we will cover include how Windows Admin Center differs from Server Manager, the two ways of deploying Windows Admin Center, registering WAC with Azure to manage backups and files, monitoring server performance from your browser, and creating and modifying virtual machines in your office or in the cloud. Now, by the end of this course, you'll know how to set up WAC on a workstation or on a gateway server, how to administer server roles with extensions, such as Active Directory and DNS, the nuts and bolts of connecting to virtual machines and managing them alongside physical machines, how to use hybrid Azure services for backups and synchronizing file share, and even using Windows Admin Center to plan for future resource usage and to migrate storage to the cloud. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the basics of Windows networking, but no advanced knowledge is required. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about how to keep your servers running reliably, securely, and smoothly with the Managing Networks with Windows Admin Center course at Pluralsight.