Securing Windows Server 2016 - M20744 Course Outline

(5 Days) - Learning Credits Accepted


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

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.




Students should have at least two years of experience in the IT field and should have:



    • Completed courses 740, 741, and 742, or the equivalent.


    • A solid, practical understanding of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS).


    • A solid, practical understanding of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles.


    • A solid, practical understanding of Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization fundamentals.


    • An understanding of Windows Server security principles.


At Course Completion

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


Course Outline

Module 1: Attacks, breach detection, and Sysinternals tools


This module frames the course so that students are thinking about security in environments where the infrastructure’s basis is predominantly Microsoft products. The module begins with teaching students about the “assume breach” philosophy and getting them to understand the different types of attacks that can occur, including attack timelines and vectors. Additionally, it gets students thinking about key resources, how they respond when they detect an incident, and how an organization’s direct needs and legislative requirements dictate its security policy.





    • Understanding attacks


    • Detecting security breaches


    • Examining activity with the Sysinternals tools



Lab : Basic breach detection and incident response strategies



    • Identifying attack types


    • Exploring Sysinternals tools




    • After completing this module, students will be able to:




    • Describe the types of attacks that can occur.


    • Explain how to detect security breaches.


    • Explain how to examine activity by using the Sysinternals suite of tools.



Module 2: Protecting credentials and privileged access


This module covers user accounts and rights, computer and service accounts, credentials, Privileged Access Workstations, and the Local Administrator Password Solution. In this module, students will learn about configuring user rights and security options, protecting credentials by using Credential Guard, implementing Privileged Access Workstations, and managing and deploying Local Administrator Password Solution to manage local administrator account passwords.





    • Understanding user rights


    • Computer and service accounts


    • Protecting credentials


    • Privileged Access Workstations and jump servers


    • Local administrator password solution



Lab : Implementing user rights, security options, and group managed service accounts



    • Configuring user rights and account-security options


    • Delegating privileges


    • Creating group Managed Service Accounts


    • Locating problematic accounts



Lab : Configuring and deploying LAPs



    • Installing and configuring LAPs


    • Deploying and testing LAPs




    • After completing this module, students will be able to:




    • Configure user rights.


    • Implement computer and service accounts.


    • Protect credentials.


    • Describe how to configure Privileged Access Workstations and jump servers.


    • Configure the Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS).



Module 3: Limiting administrator rights with Just Enough Administration


This module explains how to deploy and configure Just Enough Administration (JEA), which is an administrative technology that allows students to apply role-based access control (RBAC) principles through Windows PowerShell remote sessions.





    • Understanding JEA


    • Verifying and deploying JEA



Lab : Limiting administrator privileges with JEA



    • Creating a role-capability file


    • Creating a session-configuration file


    • Creating a JEA endpoint


    • Connecting and testing a JEA endpoint


    • Deploying a JEA configuration to another computer




    • After completing this module, students will be able to:




    • Understand JEA.


    • Verify 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 (PAM).





    • ESAE forests


    • Overview of Microsoft Identity Manager


    • Overview of JIT administration and PAM



Lab : Limiting administrator privileges with PAM



    • Layered approach to security


    • Configuring trust relationships and shadow principals


    • Requesting privileged access


    • Managing PAM roles




    • After completing this module, students will be able to:




    • Describe ESAE forests.


    • Describe MIM.


    • Understand JIT administration and PAM.



Module 5: Mitigating malware and threats


This module explains how to use tools such as Windows Defender, Windows AppLocker, Microsoft Device Guard, Windows Defender Application Guard, and Windows Defender Exploit Guard.





    • Configuring and managing Windows Defender


    • Restricting software


    • Configuring and using the Device Guard feature



Lab : Securing applications with Windows Defender, AppLocker, and Device Guard Rules



    • Configuring Windows Defender


    • Configuring AppLocker


    • Configuring Device Guard




    • After completing this module, students will be able to:




    • Configure and manage Windows Defender.


    • Use software restriction policies and AppLocker.


    • Configure and use the Device Guard feature.



Module 6: Analyzing activity with advanced auditing and log analytics


This module provides an overview of auditing, and then goes into detail about how to configure advanced auditing and Windows PowerShell auditing and logging.





    • Overview of auditing


    • Advanced auditing


    • Windows PowerShell auditing and logging



Lab : Configuring advanced auditing



    • Configuring the auditing of file system access


    • Auditing domain sign-ins


    • Managing advanced audit policy configuration


    • Windows PowerShell logging and auditing




    • After completing this module, students will be able to:




    • Describe auditing.


    • Understand advanced auditing.


    • Configure Windows PowerShell auditing and logging.



Module 7: Deploying and configuring Advanced Threat Analytics and Microsoft Operations Management Suite


This module explains the Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics tool and the Microsoft Operations Management suite (OMS). It also explains how you can use them to monitor and analyse the security of a Windows Server deployment. You will also learn about Microsoft Azure Security Center, which allows you to manage and monitor the security configuration of workloads both on-premises and in the cloud.





  • Deploying and conf