October 7 Jump Start Content Published: Upgrading Your Company’s IT Infrastructure Using Windows Server 2012 R2

    Dear colleagues!

    Now on the Microsoft Virtual Academy portal, a course on Jump Start materials is available on October 7 : Modernizing the company's IT infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you will not only learn about the new interesting features of Windows Server 2012 R2, but also learn why you should start migrating from Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 now. Detailed description under the cut.

    July 14, 2015 will complete support for server operating systems Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2. Many companies using these operating systems are launching projects to modernize IT infrastructure and migrate to more modern systems. That is why it will be especially useful for IT professionals to take a look at the technological solutions embedded in the latest Windows Server family OS - Windows Server 2012 R2. As part of this course, improvements to the components used in almost any organization are considered: Active Directory services, storage building tools, and administrative tasks automation tools. In addition, you will be able to get acquainted with solutions for identity management in hybrid structures, in particular with the Azure Active Directory Premium service.
    The course consists of 4 modules:

    1. Modernization of infrastructure. Why is Windows Server 2012 R2?

    In this module, you will learn why you need to upgrade your current infrastructure and migrate it to Windows Server 2012 R2. You will learn about the main advantages of switching to the latest generation of Microsoft server operating systems, which include: the ability to use cloud services, the adaptation of new technologies to improve the functionality of data warehouses, system and user management tools, and much more.

    2. Enhancements to Active Directory

    Active Directory is one of the key components of a domain network. In this report, you will learn about the new possibilities for creating a domain controller and managing an already created domain that were introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, you will learn about the cloning and virtualization of domain controllers.

    3. Modernization of storage infrastructure

    The amount of data that users work with is constantly growing. Using Windows Server 2012 R2 provides new features that can help you reduce the cost of high-performance, scalable NAS. In this report, you will learn about tiered storage, new file server scalability, and other ways to improve storage performance.

    4. Automation with PowerShell

    The Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) can be used to create, run, and debug various commands and scripts. Windows PowerShell ISE automates and accelerates daily tasks. In this talk, you'll learn about innovations in Windows PowerShell ISE that simplify and speed up the process of writing and executing scripts.

    Just in case, once again I will leave here a link to the course.


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