Ascom/Windows Server 2012 R2 Generic

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 Ascom "Microsoft Server 2012 R2 & Webserver"

One-week course


Day Content
Monday 29. February

Welcome - an introduction to the course!
Theme: Server2012 Installation & Virtualization - Create a TestLab!

  • Lessons
    • PreTest to determine students starting point and how to combine student groups - login here!
    • Repetition of TCP/IP networking with clients, servers, services and ressources - click here!
    • Introduction to Microsoft Server 2012 R2, the editions and what's new!
    • Introduction to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 - ESXi (For virtualization in workshop)
    • Introduction to Server 2012 R2 installation and basic configurations (Official PowerPoint)
  • Case tasks in workshop
Tuesday 1. March

Theme: Server2012 R2 roles and features - Build a 'company'!

  • Lessons
    • Introduction to DNS and NetBIOS in an Active Directory Environment
    • Introduction to Microsoft's Active Directory - Directory Services
    • Best practices for structuring Organizational Units
    • Introduction to Active Directory user –and computer accounts
    • NTFS/Share walkthrough and demonstration - check this example network!
    • Active Directory Groups and Access Management best practices
  • Case tasks in workshop
    • Installing and configuring AD DS and DNS services - download a tasks list here!
    • Configuring 'company' OU structure, users and computers
    • Configuring security groups and assigning user rights
    • Create 'company' file shares and configure share and NTFS permissions
Wednesday 2. March

Theme: Internet Information Services, IIS 8.5 - Create a web-hosting center!

  • Lessons
    • Basic introduction to Internet Information Services 8.5
      - check the chosen book for IIS here!
    • Introduction to terms like API, .NET, Services, logging, bindings ...
    • How to manage websites
    • How to manage application pools
    • Troubleshooting tips:
      • How to start, stop and restart web services etc.
      • How to configure web server network adapters & bindings
    • Best practices
  • Case tasks and workshop
    • Install IIS 8.5 and configure several websites
    • Configure DNS records for your new sites
    • Configure bindings for your sites
    • Configure integrated authentication
    • Configure host header redirction
    • Add an extra network adapter - and make it work!
Thursday 3. March

Theme: Services, certificates and Ascom Ward application install!

  • Lessons
    • Introduction to Windows Services
      • Functionality of services regarding web servers & applications
      • API running as a service?
      • Services and Ascom Applications - best practice?
    • Introduction to Microsoft Certificate Services
      • What's a certificate, and what's the idea?
      • Different types of certificates and their function
      • Introduction to certificates mmc.exe, handeling and best practice
      • Introduction to certificates role on IIS 8.5
      • Afternoon:
        • Morten Riis from Ascom Denmark will join us today
        • Introduction to the installation procedure of Ascom Ward application
  • Case tasks and workshop
    • Aquire certificates for your sites and install them
    • Work with certificates through mmc.exe
    • Plan your 'company's way to handle certificates after best practice
    • Installation of Ascom Ward application on group servers!
Friday 4. March

Theme: Ascom Applications workshop day!

  • Lessons
    • Morten Riis will join us again today
      • Introduction to Ascom Ward Agent application
      • Introduction to Ascom hardware to implement in TestLab
      • Introduction to Ascom Application implementation in your TestLab!
  • Case tasks and workshop
    • Continue the installation of the Ascom Ward Agent in your TestLab
    • Troubleshoot generic TCP/IP and Ascom Ward Agent scenarios
  • Completion of course
    • Lunch at 11.45 (canteen closes at 12.30 this friday]
    • PreTest at 12.30 to evaluate effect of the course - login here!
    • Course feedback after test
    • At 13.30 hours - officially goodbye, and thanks for joining us!


Microsoft Server2012 R2 links:

VMware virtualization software links:

Web related links:


Book index'es for reference reading during course

Index of MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2:

Index of MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

Index of Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches:

Index of Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches


Main course tasks list

Exercise with Cisco Packet Tracer

Cisco Packet Tracer - download the network virtualization tool here!

Create the following network in packet tracer:

  • Router: 1841
  • Swithc: 2960
PT Assignment

All the end devices should be able to ping each other.


Introduction to TCP/IP, network and server troubleshooting

Packet Tracer troubleshooting exercises