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Mar 14, 2014
1h 45m

For large, complex environments, keeping an IT infrastructure humming is a full time job. In this course, you'll explore the technologies available to you when you design the patching, updating, and monitoring of your Windows Server 2012 deployment. You'll consider how to design for automation of these key systems, plan an administrative strategy for that environment, and plan an auditing strategy to ensure your systems are being used securely.

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Mike Hammond is a seasoned technical trainer with 15 years of experience delivering technical content

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Hi and welcome to TrainSignal. I'm Mike Hammond, infrastructure design is going to be our subject matter as we move forward. Turning our attention to the ways in which we ensure that we've got our whole environment set up to work the way that it works best for our organization that serves our overall business needs. We want to make decisions about who's administering our environment, how do we keep track of who has made changes to that environment with auditing technologies. We'll look at opportunities to monitor our environment to make sure that it's running the way that we expect it is. And to be able to be alerted in a case where it's not. We'll look at patching technologies including WSUS to make sure that our systems are up to date with all the latest and greatest patches. We'll tie that idea in with the use of the system center configuration manager tool and it's even yet richer ability to keep our systems up to date and patched using what has been called desired configuration management. And increasing is called compliance management inside of the SCCM architecture. So a lot of exciting topics to look forward to as we move forward. As we explore the topics ahead of us, you'll see I'll be demonstrating from the equipment belonging to a fictional company called Globomantics. Globomantics is an imaginary company we made them up here, but they serve as a good representative example of an ordinary company that has kind of the same business needs that you do. In fact, you know they do the same kind of work that you do in the industry, they're just not quite as good as it as you are, but don't worry about it, they don't take it personally. So hopefully you'll be able to learn by their example and see what they go through and be able to leverage their best practices to be able to put their lessons to work in your organization. So with that by way of intro, let's go ahead and get started.

Administrative Model Design
Hi and welcome to TrainSignal. This is the Windows Server 2012 Implementing an Advanced Services Infrastructure class. And we're continuing with our discussion of administrative model design. When I've got dozens, hundreds, thousands of servers to manage, having a plan for who's managing what is going to be a vitally important part of making sure that our IT environment runs smoothly. So in this lesson we're going to focus on a couple of different ideas following that basic theme. Who's administering your servers and how and why.

Designing Server Auditing
Hi and welcome to TrainSignal. We're continuing the course called Windows Server 2012 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure. And an important part of making sure that your infrastructure is running smoothly, is being able to audit what's happening in that environment. Auditing gives us an after the fact analysis of what has gone on in a Windows server. It's an important part of security because we know that our security strategy, no matter how good it is, may well have vulnerabilities that we're not aware of. And in the event of a compromise of our system, in the event of a penetration of our system that compromises our environment, we want to be able to have a good analysis available to us of exactly what happened. Who did what, under what credentials, accessing what resources, in what order, under what credentials, and why. So server auditing is a vitally important part of that.

Designing Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager
Hi welcome to TrainSignal. Continuing the Windows Server 2012 Advanced Services Design course Exploring Infrastructure Ideas in Server 2012, with a discussion of system center operations manager. Kind of an intro to it. System center operations manager is designed to be a tool for analyzing the behavior of large number of mostly servers, but could be clients too, in your environment.

Designing a WSUS Updates Infrastructure
Hi and welcome to TrainSignal. The next piece of the Windows Server 2012 Designing an Advanced Services Infrastructure course focuses on something called WSUS, Windows server update services. The intent of WSUS is fairly straightforward, it is intended to manage updates, which is to say that Microsoft has yet to produce a perfectly perfect piece of software. I know that for some of you that's shocking, shocking news, but it's true. Microsoft produces software and then they realize later that it could have been better in certain ways. That there might be ways to improve the performance of it, that there might be little typographical errors in the GUI, there might be whole bugs that were doing things in a certain sequence that Microsoft hadn't anticipated upon breaks the behavior of the software in some way. So that software needs to be patched.

Designing Update Management with SCCM
Hi welcome to TrainSignal, our next stop Designing Update Management with SCCM. Now we've already talked a bit about managing Windows updates, we want to deploy new patches for applications, we want to patch security holes or performance problems and such with our operating systems and applications. So, we use our Windows update server on the web or we deploy our own local WSUS server, Windows server updated services, inside of our organization and push patches there. We're going to go one step further with this particular lesson. We're going to focus on a technology called SCCM. Now my goal is not to reteach the whole SCCM course here, TRAINSIGNAL has a fine SCCM course, actually a couple of them. You'll want to explore those and get to know SCCM, particularly for those of you that are heading towards MCSE certification. Microsoft increasingly is focusing on system center, the suite of tools, as a way to manage a large number of Windows servers. Now that being said, let's drill in specifically on a particular area of interest to us, this system center configuration manager utility.

Designing for Automated Remediation
Hi and welcome to TrainSignal. This lesson of Windows Server 2012 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure focuses on automation of remediation tasks. Remediation is the important job of making sure that our servers stay at a specific configuration to be able to support the overall needs of the organization. Whether it be some particular mission critical server that must always be available over the network, or that the particular settings of a particular application must always be configured properly. There might be a variety of ways in which I want to ensure that a particular computer is prepared to interact with my environment in a way that I've designed. To support that we need some strategy for being able to monitor each of those individual settings that we care about across what might be a long list of servers. Consider the daunting task involved in simply monitoring on a regular basis one setting of one server. You're in charge of making sure that a particular registry key setting stays at a particular preferred configuration. Well that's a lot of work just to be able to watch that one detail and make sure that it stays configured properly. Now scale that up to monitoring lots of different settings in that computer. And then scale that up again to monitoring that for lots of different computers. And suddenly there becomes an overwhelming amount of work. So how do we manage it?