• Distributed File Server
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    Distributed File Server

    In this section I will look a configuring the distributed file system or DFS. DFS provides a way to manage your file shares in your enterprise to make it easier for your end users to find data. In this video I will first look at what is DFS. DFS was first introduced in windows Server 2000 and since then Microsoft has continue to make improvements. Next I will look at how to install DFS. If you are using Windows Server 2008, there are some additional features you may want to look at. Next I will look at the options you can configure in DFS. Depending on how large your DFS…

  • WSUS
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    WSUS

    In this section I will look at WSUS. WSUS, or Windows Server Update Services provides updates to computers in your organization. Think of it as your own windows update server. Once you start using WSUS, you will find that it can be used on small networks and also scalable to an enterprise network. In this video I will first look at an overview of WSUS and how you can use it in your organization. Following this I will look at prerequisites required to install WSUS and also the hardware requirements of WSUS. Following this I will show you how to install and configure WSUS. A big part of the management…

  • DNS Server for Windows Server 2008
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    DNS Server for Windows Server 2008

    In this section I will look at domain name system or D N S. DNS is a system used to help users locate resources on the internet. In this video I will start with a bit of the background and history of DNS follow by the new features that Windows Server 2008 DNS server has to offer. Next I will cover the components that make up a complete DNS solution. To better understand DNS and how it can work inside your network, I will cover the DNS name space. This will help you understand how you can start creating your own DNS name spaces and what rules you will need…

  • Windows File Server
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    Windows File Server

    In this section I will look at how to configure a file server. Pretty much in any environment that you are using Windows serveR2008 in you are going to need a file server. This may be anything from basic file sharing to advanced enterprise wide solutions. Firstly I will look at NTFS file permissions. NTFS file permissions provide basic security for your files. They decide who has access and who does not. Windows offers a lot of features with file permissions including easy administration through the use of groups. Next I will look a file sharing permissions. File share permission determine what a user can and can’t do when they…

  • Windows Server 2008 Firewall
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    Windows Server 2008 Firewall

    In this section I will look at the windows firewall. The windows firewall was first introduced in windows XP via service pack 2. Since then it has continued to improve. In this video I will first look at why do you need a firewall. Once you have an understanding of why you need a firewall I will look at how firewalls work. The windows firewall has come a long way from being a simple packet filter and now has a lot of features. I will look at these features and how you can use them. Next I will look at firewall profiles. Firewall profiles help you configure the windows firewall…

  • DHCP for Windows Server 2008
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    DHCP for Windows Server 2008

    In this section I will look at Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is a service that let’s you automatically provide network configuration to clients on your network. In this video I will first look at what is dynamic Host configuration protocol or DHCP . Once you understand what DHCP is I will look at the new features that Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R 2 add to DHCP. Next I will provide an overview for how the features work in DHCP. After this I will look at how to install and configure DHCP on windows server 2008 R2 and also on look at installing DHCP…

  • MCITP 70-640: New Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Service Pack 1
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    MCITP 70-640: New Features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Service Pack 1

    Welcome back to your free Active Directory training course. In this video l will look at some of the new features in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2. In this training series and other free training series from us you will notice that we commonly refer to Windows Server 2008 even when the course is designed around windows Server 2008 R2. The reason for this is that if the feature exists in both operating systems we will simply state Windows Server 2008. If the feature only exists in R2 or with service pack 1 we will mention this. All the…

  • Configure Routing for Windows Server 2008
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    Configure Routing for Windows Server 2008

    In this section I will look at using Windows Server 2008 as a router. In most cases you will use a hardware router on a commercial network, but for the exam you need to know how to configure a router. If you ever use your server for remote access, it pays to understand how routing working inside windows server 2008. Routing is the process of selecting a path through a network for your data to travel. Consider this, a computer is connected to a switch. It can communicate directly with any other device connect to this switch. For example this printer, assuming the device has an ip address in that…

  • Configure Remote Access on Windows Server 2008 R2
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    Configure Remote Access on Windows Server 2008 R2

    In this section I will look at configuring remote access. Now days with more people working away from the office and even at home, remote access is an important topic to understand. In this video I will first look at the 3 stages that make up a remote connection. It is important to understand these steps to help you troubleshooting network problems. Next I will look at Nat. Nat is a technology that allows one public IP address to be used by many computers. On smaller networks and at home you may however want to consider using internet connection sharing. This is simpler to NAT but requires a dedicated computer…

  • Articles

    Domain Name Resolution

    In this section I will look at name resolution. Name resolution is used by computers on you network to find computers and services on your network. Names are easier for humans to remember than numbers and thus name resolutions is essential for networking. In this video I will first look at NetBios. NetBios is a network protocol that was developed back in the 1980’s. It has since then been superseded by TCP/IP. Even so, NetBios it is provided for backward compatibly with older applications. Next you have host names which is the DNS equivalent of NetBios names. Once you have an understanding of where NetBios name and host name come…