Microsoft - Windows Server 2008 Upgrade



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24/6/2024 (Monday)


Microsoft Windows Server 2008 will help you to increase the flexibility of your server infrastructure while saving time and reducing costs. Powerful new management tools and security enhancements allow you to have more control over your servers while providing advanced protection so you can spend less time on everyday tasks and more time bringing greater value to your organisation.

This course is intended for those students who are currently MCSE 2003 and wish to upgrade their qualifications to Windows Server 2008. Professionals with a 2003 MCSE need to pass one exam to become MCTS on 2008. This one pass will provide the student with three distinct MCTS qualifications, i.e. Active Directory Configuration, Network Infrastructure Configuration and Application Platform Configuration.

Course Objectives

The primary objective is for students to achieve three Windows 2008 MCTS certifications. Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to :

  • Take advantage of new features in Windows Server 2008
  • Describe and configure server roles with ADS in Windows Server 2008
  • Install, manage and configure the server core role as a domain controller
  • Set up and manage read-only domain controllers
  • Describe and manage windows deployment services
  • Describe and use network policies and network access protection
  • Use Windows Server 2008 with new server roles
  • Use new features in IIS 7.0 application server
  • Configure and manage Windows SharePoint services 3.0

Windows Server skills transition for MCSE

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Become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in Active Directory Configuration, Application Platform Configuration and Network Infrastructure Configuration

Windows Server skills transition for MCSA

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Become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in Active Directory Configuration and Network Infrastructure Configuration


For HR managers, certification is particularly important because it allows them to more easily identify the skills that an individual possesses. When a company has employees that possess certain skills, it can garner a competitive advantage when seeking to attract customers. Certification can also contribute to increased productivity.


  • Overwhelmingly, individuals with Microsoft certifications have an advanced level of knowledge, expertise and skill, and command more professional credibility
  • Individual students may receive college credits to utilize tuition reimbursement programs for their IT training or to complete college coursework

Human Resources

  • Employer-funded training and certification programs are a key to retaining skilled staff. Career development and advancement opportunities are shown to significantly reduce rates of employee turnover
  • Certification Training Programs provide benchmarks for hiring and promotion decisions by accurately assessing technical skills
  • For-certification training programs maximize educational investments through immediate validation of skills

Microsoft certification affords special membership benefits

  • Technical information, product information and exclusive discounts on products and services through a secured section of the Microsoft website
  • Microsoft logos and certificate for your personal promotion to clients or potential employers
  • Invitations to Microsoft conferences and other educational opportunities

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study


  • Active Directory Improvements
  • Planning for ADDS deployment
  • Upgrade considerations
  • Server Core Domain Controllers
  • What's new in AD DS
  • Manageability and reliability
  • AD Federation services
  • AD Lightweight directory services
  • AD Rights management services
  • Read-only Domain Controllers
  • Auditing Features
  • AD Certificate services
  • Server manager roles
  • Networking with Server 2008
  • DNS improvements
  • Introduction to server core
  • Configuring and managing server core
  • Backup Infrastructure
  • Restore utilities
  • Network policies Access protection
  • Enforcement options
  • Network Access Protection scenarios
  • Windows Deployment services
  • WDS components
  • Windows server virtualization
  • Configuring virtualization
  • Failover clustering
  • Network Load balancing
  • Windows reliability and performance monitor
  • Windows system resource manager
  • Application server roles
  • Application server features
  • IIS 7.0 configuration
  • Improvements in IIS 7.0
  • Managing IIS 7.0
  • Using hierarchical configuration settings
  • Delegating configuration
  • 70-649 Exam

Exam Track

This course prepares you for the Microsoft the 70-648 or the 70-649 exam depending on your background. Upgrading your MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist exam.

On the last day of the course students coming from an MCSA background can elect to take the 70-648 exam, whilst students coming from an MCSE background can elect to take the 70-649 exam.

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


To successfully sit and pass this exam students must be experienced MCSA 2003 or MCSE 2003 certified professionals and an understanding of Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Share Point would be advantageous.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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