Microsoft Course 6421 - Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure — A 5 day course

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Course Synopsis

The Microsoft M6421 course provides students with the knowledge and skills to configure and troubleshoot Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 Network Infrastructures. It will cover networking technologies most commonly used with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 such as DNS, DHCP, IPv4 and IPv6 network addressing, Network Policy server and Network Access Protection and configuring secure network access. It also covers fault tolerant storage technologies, Network Storage and routing and remote access, monitoring and compliance updates as well as other relevant technologies.

This course maps directly to the 70-642:TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring exam objective domain and is part of the MCTS prerequisites for the MCITP: Server Administrator credential. As such people looking to take the 70-642 exam or obtain the MCITP: Server Administrator credential would also benefit from attending this course.

Course Objectives

On completion of the Microsoft M6421 training course, delegates should be able to:

Suitable For

The Microsoft MS6421 course will be of interest and benefit to attendees with different back grounds and career aspirations. It will be of interest to Network Administrators who currently are, or will be, working with Windows Server 2008 servers. It will also be of interest and benefit to Active Directory technology specialists who aspire to be Enterprise Administrators (Tier 4 day-to-day network operations) or experienced Server Administrators who aspire to be Enterprise Administrators.

Storage Area Network Administrators who need to understand this information to deploy or extend their current storage infrastructure and Operations Managers who need this information to support troubleshooting efforts and business decisions would also benefit from this course.


Before attending the Microsoft 6421 course, students should have the following skills:

An intermediate understanding of Windows Server operating systems such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 and Windows client operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7

Client operating system knowledge equivalent to the below certifications would be of benefit:

Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuration or Exam 70-620: TS: Windows Vista, Configuring

Understand how TCP/IP functions and have a basic understanding of addressing, name resolution (Domain Name System [DNS]/Windows Internet Name Service [WINS]), connection methods (wired, wireless, virtual private network [VPN])

An awareness of security best practices such as understanding file system permissions, authentication methods, workstation, and server hardening methods, and so forth

Basic knowledge of Active Directory would also be of benefit The minimum level of knowledge required in the above bullet points, excluding the client experience, can be covered by having knowledge equivalent to the course 6420: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008.

Publicly scheduled dates, locations, and prices

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Planning and Configuring IPv4

Configuring and Troubleshooting DHCP

Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv6 TCP/IP

Configuring and Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access

Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role Service

Implementing Network Access Protection

Increasing Security for Windows Servers

Increasing Security for Network Communication

Configuring and Troubleshooting Network File and Print Services

Optimizing Data Access for Branch Offices

Controlling and Monitoring Network Storage

Recovering Network Data and Servers

Monitoring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers