Jun 28th 2016

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Fundamentals: Storage (edX)

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Learn the basics of implementing Microsoft Windows Server disks and volumes and how to secure storage with BitLocker and Encrypted File System (EFS). One of the key components when you plan and deploy Microsoft Windows Server is storage. Most organizations require lots of storage because users and applications are constantly working with and creating data.

As a Microsoft Windows Server System Administrator you must be able to:

Identify and decide on the type of storage your organization needs

Manage disks, volumes, and file systems

Use BitLocker to secure volumes

Encrypt data with Encrypted File System (EFS)

Furthermore, optimizing Microsoft Windows Server storage is key to keeping pace with your organization’s ever increasing data needs. Once you have initially configured your Microsoft Windows Server storage you will want to take advantage of three key features: iSCSI Storage, Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication.

iSCSI is a protocol that supports remote access to SCSI-based storage devices over a TCP/IP network. It provides and easy to use alternative to Storage Area Networks (SANs) and can use existing infrastructure.

Storage Spaces lets you group physical disks together and present them as a single logical disk. This makes it easy to manage and dynamically allocate storage.

Data Deduplication is a service that identifies and removes duplications within data. The goal of Data Deduplication is to maximize the use of disk space.

Go beyond simple storage strategies and take control of your organization’s storage needs!

This self-paced interactive computer science course is the second in a series of courses where you’ll have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Windows Server 2012 operating system administrative tasks. Through video, practical exercises, and assessments, the task-focused material is designed to ensure you can confidently perform the relevant task.

What you'll learn:

- Configure disks and file systems

- Create and configure volumes

- Secure volumes with BitLocker

-Encrypt data using Encrypted File System (EFS)

- Access storage devices on the network using Microsoft Windows Server iSCSI infrastructure

- Implement Microsoft Windows Server Storage Spaces including storage layout, drive allocation and provisioning

- Use the Microsoft Windows Server Data Deduplication service to maximize the use of disk space


- Learners should have some general understanding of server and storage concepts. This course will only review fundamental information where necessary to illustrate how Microsoft implements a Windows Server feature.

- Learners should have a strong foundation in Server Manager, server roles, and server features.

- Windows PowerShell will be the tool of choice when implementing the features in this course. Learners should have a good foundation in accessing and using simple Windows PowerShell commands.

- There are many resources available for learning the skills necessary to be successful in this course, such as Microsoft Virtual Academy.