20744C Securing Windows Server 2016


About this course

This five-day, instructor-led course teaches IT professionals how they can enhance the security of the IT infrastructure that they administer. This course begins by emphasizing the importance of assuming that network breaches have occurred already, and then teaches you how to protect administrative credentials and rights to help ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to, when they need to.

This course explains how you can use auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016 to identify security issues. You will also learn how to mitigate malware threats, secure your virtualization platform, and use deployment options such as Nano server and containers to enhance security. The course also explains how you can help protect access to files by using encryption and dynamic access control, and how you can enhance your network’s security.

Audience profile

This course is for IT professionals who need to securely administer Windows Server 2016 networks. These professionals typically work with networks that are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments, with managed access to the internet and cloud services.

Students who seek certification in the 70-744 Securing Windows server exam also will benefit from this course.

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Secure Windows Server.
  • Protect credentials and implement privileged access workstations.
  • Limit administrator rights with Just Enough Administration.
  • Manage privileged access.
  • Mitigate malware and threats.
  • Analyze activity with advanced auditing and log analytics.
  • Deploy and configure Advanced Threat Analytics and Microsoft Operations Management Suite.
  • Configure Guarded Fabric virtual machines (VMs).
  • Use the Security Compliance Toolkit (SCT) and containers to improve security.
  • Plan and protect data.
  • Optimize and secure file services.
  • Secure network traffic with firewalls and encryption.
  • Secure network traffic by using DNSSEC and Message Analyzer.

Detalii curs

  • Durata 5 zile
  • Nivel 300
  • Limba curs Engleza/Romana
  • Limba suport Engleza
  • Cursanti/grupa 10
  • Examen 70-744
  • Certificare -

Course Outline

Module 1: Breach detection and using the Sysinternals tools

In this module, students will learn about breach detection, attack types and vectors, cybercrime, and how you can analyse your system’s activity by using the Sysinternals tool suite.


Overview of breach detection
Using the Sysinternals tools to detect breaches
Lab : Basic breach detection and incident response strategies

Identifying attack types
Using incident-response strategies
Exploring the Sysinternals tools
After completing this course, students will be able to:

Describe breach detection.
Describe how to detect a breach by using the Sysinternals tools.
Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access

This module explains how you can configure user rights and security options, protect credentials by using credential guard, implement privileged-access workstations, and manage and deploy a local administrator-password solution so that you can manage passwords for local administrator accounts.


Understanding user rights
Computer and service accounts
Protecting credentials
Understanding privileged-access workstations and jump servers
Deploying a local administrator-password solution
Lab : User rights, security options, and group-managed service accounts

Configuring security options
Configuring restricted groups
Delegating privileges
Creating and managing group managed service accounts (MSAs)
Configuring the Credential Guard feature
Locating problematic accounts
Lab : Configuring and deploying LAPs

Installing local administrator password solution (LAPs)
Configuring LAPs
Deploying LAPs
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand user rights.
Describe computer and service accounts.
Help protect credentials.
Understand privileged-access workstations and jump servers.
Understand how to use a local administrator-password solution.
Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration

This module explains how to deploy and configure Just Enough Administration (JEA).


Understanding JEA
Configuring and deploying JEA
Lab : Limiting administrator privileges by using JEA

Creating a role-capability file
Creating a session-configuration file
Creating a JEA endpoint
Connecting to a JEA endpoint
Deploying JEA by using Desire State Configuration (DSC)
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand JEA.
Configure and deploy JEA.
Module 4: Privileged Access Management and administrative forests

This module explains the concepts of Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) forests, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), and Just In Time (JIT) Administration, or Privileged Access Management.


Understanding ESAE forests
Overview of MIM
Implementing JIT and Privileged Access Management by using MIM
Lab : Limiting administrator privileges by using Privileged Access Management

Using a layered approach to security
Exploring MIM
Configuring a MIM web portal
Configuring the Privileged Access feature
Requesting privileged access
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand enhanced security administrative environment forests.
Understand MIM.
Understand how to implement JIT and Privileged Access Management by using MIM.
Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats

This module explains how to configure the Windows Defender, AppLocker, and Device Guard features.


Configuring and managing Windows Defender
Using software restricting policies (SRPs) and AppLocker
Configuring and using Device Guard
Using and deploying the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
Lab : Securing applications by using AppLocker, Windows Defender, Device Guard Rules, and the EMET.

Configuring Windows Defender
Configuring AppLocker
Configuring and deploying Device Guard
Deploying and using EMET
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Configure and manage Windows Defender.
Use Software Restricting Policies and AppLocker.
Configure and use Device Guard.
Use and deploy the EMET.
Module 6: Analysing activity by using advanced auditing and log analytics

This module explains how to use advanced auditing and Windows PowerShell transcripts.


Overview of auditing
Understanding advanced auditing
Configuring Windows PowerShell auditing and logging
Lab : Configuring encryption and advanced auditing

Configuring auditing of file-system access
Auditing domain logons
Managing the configuration of advanced audit policies
Windows PowerShell logging and auditing
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understanding auditing.
Understand advanced auditing.
Audit and log Windows PowerShell.
Module 7: Analysing activity with Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics feature and Operations Management Suite

This module explains the Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics tool and the Microsoft Operations Management suite (OMS), and details how you can use them to monitor and analyse the security of a Windows Server deployment.


Overview of Advanced Threat Analytics
Understanding OMS
Lab : Advanced Threat Analytics and Operations Management Suite

Using ATA and OMS
Preparing and deploying ATA
Preparing and deploying OMS
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand Advanced Threat Analytics.
Understand OMS.
Module 8: Securing your virtualization an infrastructure

This module explains how to configure Guarded Fabric virtual machines (VMs), including the requirements for shielded and encryption-supported VMs.


Overview of Guarded Fabric VMs
Understanding shielded and encryption-supported VMs
Lab : Deploying and using Guarded Fabric with administrator-trusted attestation and shielded VMs

Deploying Guarded Fabric VMs with administrator-trusted attestation
Deploying a shielded VM
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand Guarded Fabric VMs.
Understand shielded and encryption-supported VMs.
Module 9: Securing application development and server-workload infrastructure

This module details the Security Compliance Manager, including how you can use it to configure, manage, and deploy baselines. Additionally, students will learn how to deploy and configure Nano Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows Server Containers.


Using Security Compliance Manager
Introduction to Nano Server
Understanding containers
Lab : Using Security Compliance Manager

Configuring a security baseline for Windows Server 2016
Deploying a security baseline for Windows Server 2016
Lab : Deploying and Configuring Nano Server and containers

Deploying, managing, and securing Nano Server
Deploying, managing, and securing Windows Server containers
Deploying, managing, and securing Hyper-V containers
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand Security Compliance Manager.
Describe Nano Server.
Understand containers.
Module 10: Protecting data with encryption

This module explains how to configure Encrypting File System (EFS) and BitLocker drive encryption to protect data at rest.


Planning and implementing encryption
Planning and implementing BitLocker
Lab : Configuring EFS and BitLocker

Encrypting and recovering access to encrypted files
Using BitLocker to protect data
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Plan and implement encryption.
Plan and implement BitLocker.
Module 11: Limiting access to file and folders

This module explains how to optimize file services by configuring File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and Distributed File System (DFS). Students will learn how to protect a device’s data by using encryption or BitLocker. Students also will learn how to manage access to shared files by configuring Dynamic Access Control (DAC).


Introduction to FSRM
Implementing classification management and file-management tasks
Understanding Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
Lab : Configuring quotas and file screening

Configuring FSRM quotas
Configuring file screening
Lab : Implementing DAC

Preparing DAC
Implementing DAC
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand FSRM.
Implement classification management and file-management tasks.
Understand DAC.
Module 12: Using firewalls to control network traffic flow

This module explains the firewalls that are present on Windows Server.


Understanding Windows Firewall
Software-defined distributed firewalls
Lab : Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Creating and testing inbound rules
Creating and testing outbound rules
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe Windows Firewall.
Understand software-defined distributed firewalls.
Module 13: Securing network traffic

This module explains how to secure network traffic and how to use Microsoft Message Analyzer, Server Message Block (SMB) encryption, and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC).


Network-related security threats and connection-security rules
Configuring advanced DNS settings
Examining network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer
Securing SMB traffic, and analysing SMB traffic
Lab : Connection security rules and securing DNS

Creating and testing connection security rules
Configuring and testing DNSSEC
Lab : Microsoft Message Analyzer and SMB encryption

Using Microsoft Message Analyzer
Configuring and verifying SMB encryption on SMB shares
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand network-related security threats and connection security rules.
Configure advanced DNS settings.
Examine network traffic with Microsoft Message Analyzer.
Secure SMB traffic, and analyze SMB traffic.
Module 14: Updating Windows Server

This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows Servers and clients.


Overview of WSUS
Deploying updates by using WSUS
Lab : Implementing update management

Implementing the WSUS server role
Configuring update settings
Approving and deploying an update by using WSUS
Deploying Windows Defender definition updates by using WSUS
After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand WSUS.
Deploy updates with WSUS.