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MOC 6423 - Implementing and Managing Windows Server 2008 Clustering

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Course duration

  • 3 Days

Course Outline

This Windows Server 2008 clustering training provides students with the knowledge and skills to implement, maintain, and troubleshoot clusters.

This course is intended for IT professional technical specialists responsible for implementing and maintaining high availability solutions utilizing clustering technologies.

  • Learn to implement, maintain, and troubleshoot clusters in their enterprise environment.
  • Experience with network load balancing
  • Basic knowledge of clustering theory
  • Experience in an enterprise environment managing applications and network topologies
  • Basic troubleshooting skills
  1. Introduction to Clusters
    1. Overview of Clusters
    2. Benefits of Using Clusters
    3. Overview of the Windows Server 2008 High Availability Solutions
    4. Lab: Identifying Windows Server 2008 High Availability Solutions
      1. Exercise 1: Identifying solutions for Web servers
      2. Exercise 2: Identifying solutions for database servers
      3. Exercise 3: Identifying complex solutions
  2. Introduction to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters
    1. Overview of Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters
    2. Key Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Features
    3. Overview of the Windows Server 2008 Quorum Models
    4. Lab: Identifying Windows Server 2008 Clustering Solutions
      1. Exercise 1: Identifying clustered scenarios
  3. Preparing to Install a Failover Cluster
    1. Overview of Requirements for Installing a Failover Cluster
    2. Planning the Failover Cluster Implementation
    3. Installing the Failover Cluster Feature and Validating the Cluster Configuration
    4. Installing the Failover Cluster on Windows Server 2008 Server Core
    5. Lab: Preparing for a Cluster Installation
      1. Exercise 1: Installing the failover cluster feature
      2. Exercise 2: Validating the failover cluster
  4. Overview of Failover Cluster Storage Requirements
    1. Overview of Storage Technologies
    2. Introduction to Storage Area Networks
    3. Planning a Storage Solution for Failover Clusters
    4. Configuring an iSCSI Storage Connection
    5. Lab: Identifying SAN Components
      1. Exercise 1: Identifying fibre channel SAN components
      2. Exercise 2: Identifying iSCSI SAN components
      3. Exercise 3: Configuring iSCSI storage connections
  5. Configuring a Failover Cluster
    1. Creating a New Failover Cluster
    2. Managing a Failover Cluster
    3. Verifying Failover Functionality
    4. Lab: Creating and Administering a Cluster
      1. Exercise 1: Creating a cluster
      2. Exercise 2: Managing a failover cluster
  6. Configuring Cluster Resources and Server Roles
    1. Configuring Cluster Resources
    2. Implementing Failover Clusters for Server Roles Using Failover Cluster Management
    3. Clustering Server Roles Using Windows Server Core
    4. Lab: Clustering Server Roles and Features
      1. Exercise 1: Configuring cluster resources
      2. Exercise 2: Clustering the print server role using failover cluster management
      3. Exercise 3: Clustering the file server role on Windows Server core
      4. Exercise 4: Testing cluster availability
  7. Maintaining Microsoft Failover Clusters
    1. Monitoring Failover Clusters
    2. Backing Up and Restoring Failover Clusters
    3. Troubleshooting Failover Clusters
    4. Lab: Maintaining Failover Clusters
      1. Exercise 1: Monitoring failover clusters
      2. Exercise 2: Backing up a failover cluster
      3. Exercise 3: Restoring a failover cluster
  8. Implementing Geographically Dispersed Clusters
    1. Overview of Geographically Dispersed Clusters
    2. Implementing Geographically Dispersed Clusters Using Windows Server 2008
  9. Implementing Network Load Balanced Clusters
    1. Overview of Network Load Balancing
    2. Configuring a Network Load Balanced Cluster
    3. Maintaining a Network Load Balanced Cluster
    4. Lab: Implementing an NLB cluster
      1. Exercise 1: Preparing the NLB cluster nodes
      2. Exercise 2: Configuring an NLB cluster

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