Securing Windows Server 2016 (20744) (Exam 70-744)


Duration: 5 days

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 ensure that administrators can perform only the tasks that they need to when they need to.

This course also details how you can mitigate malware threats, identify security issues by using auditing and the Advanced Threat Analysis feature in Windows Server 2016, secure your virtualization platform, and use new 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.

This course is for IT professionals who need to administer Windows Server 2016 networks securely. 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.
  • Secure application development and a server workload infrastructure.
  • Manage security baselines.
  • Configure and manage just enough and just-in-time (JIT) administration.
  • Manage data security.
  • Configure Windows Firewall and a software-defined distributed firewall.
  • Secure network traffic.
  • Secure your virtualization infrastructure.
  • Manage malware and threats.
  • Configure advanced auditing.
  • Manage software updates.
  • Manage threats by using Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) and Microsoft
  • Operations Management Suite (OMS).


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.

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Module 1: Attacks, breach detection, and Sysinternals tools
In this module, students will learn about breach detection, attack types and vectors, cybercrime, and how you can analyze your system’s activity by using the Sysinternals tool suite.


Understanding attacks
Detecting breaches
Examining activity with the Sysinternals tool

Lab: Basic Breach Detection and incident response strategies

Identifying attack types
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
Privileged-Access Workstations and jump servers
Local administrator-password solution

Lab: Implementing 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 and configuring LAPs
Deploying and testing 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 the administrator right with Just Enough Administration
This module explains how to deploy and configure Just Enough Administration (JEA).


Understanding JEA
Verifying and deploying JEA

Labs: Limiting administrative 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.


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:

Understand ESAE forests.
Understand MIM.
Understand JIT administration and PAM.

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
Restricting software
Configuring and using Device Guard feature
Deploying and using the EMET

Lab: Securing applications by using AppLocker, Windows Defender, Device Guard Rules, and the EMET.

Configuring Windows Defender
Configuring AppLocker
Configuring Device Guard
Deploying and using EMET

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Configure and manage Windows Defender.
Restrict software.
Configure and use the Device Guard feature.
Use and deploy the EMET.

Module 6: Analyzing activity with advanced auditing and log analytics
This module explains how to use advanced auditing and Windows PowerShell transcripts.


Overview of auditing
Advanced auditing
Windows PowerShell auditing and logging

Lab: Configuring advanced auditing

Configuring 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:

Understanding auditing.
Understand advanced auditing.
Audit and log Windows PowerShell.

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), and details how you can use them to monitor and analyze the security of a Windows Server deployment.


Deploying and configuring ATA
Deploying and configuring Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Lab: Deploying ATA and Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Preparing and deploying ATA
Preparing and deploying Microsoft Operations Management Suite

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Deploy and configure ATA.
Deploy and configure Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

Module 8: Secure Virtualization Infrastructure
This module explains how to configure Guarded Fabric virtual machines (VMs), including the requirements for shielded and encryption-supported VMs.


Guarded Fabric
Shielded and encryption-supported virtual machines

Lab: Guarded Fabric with administrator-trusted attestation and shielded VMs

Deploying a guarded fabric 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 the Nano Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Windows Server Containers.


Using SCM
Introduction to Nano Server
Understanding containers

Lab: Using SCM

Configuring a security baseline for Windows Server 2016
Deploying a security baseline for Windows Server 2016

Lab: Deploying and Configuring Nano Server

Deploying, managing, and securing Nano Server
Deploying, managing, and securing Windows container

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand SCM.
Describe the Nano Server.
Understand containers.

Module 10: Planning and protecting data
This module explains how to configure the Encrypting File System (EFS) and BitLocker drive encryption to protect data at rest.


Planning and implementing encryption
Planning and Implementing BitLocker

Lab: Protecting data by using encryption 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: Optimizing and securing file services
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).


File Server Resource Manager
Implementing classification management and file-management tasks
Dynamic Access Control

Lab: Quotas and file screening

Configuring File Server Resource Manager quotas
Configuring file screening and storage reports

Lab: Implementing Dynamic Access Control

Preparing for implementing Dynamic Access Control
Implementing Dynamic Access Control
Validating and remediating Dynamic Access Control

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand File Server Resource Manager.
Implement classification management and file-management tasks.
Understand Dynamic Access Control

Module 12: Securing network traffic with firewalls and encryption
This module explains the firewalls that are present on Windows Server.


Understanding network-related security threats
Understanding Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Configuring IPsec
Datacenter Firewall

Lab: Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Creating and testing inbound rules
Creating and testing outbound rules
Creating and testing connection security rules

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand network-related security threats.
Understand the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
Configure IPsec.
Understand the Datacenter Firewall.

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 analyzing SMB traffic

Lab: Securing DNS

Configuring and testing DNSSEC
Configuring DNS policies and RRL

Lab: Microsoft Message Analyzer and SMB encryption

Installing and using Message Analyzer
Configuring and verifying SMB encryption on SMB shares

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Configure advanced DNS settings.
Examine network traffic with the 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Understand WSUS.
Deploy updates with WSUS.