Managing Windows Server 2016 Operating Systems using Microsoft Azure

  • Exercise 1: Environment Setup
  • Exercise 2: Becoming Familiar with Server Manager
  • Exercise 3: Windows Server Monitoring Tools
  • Exercise 4: Managing Server Roles & Features
  • Exercise 5: Configuring Storage
  • Exercise 6: Configuring and Managing Identities on Windows Server 2016
  • Exercise 7: Configuring Failover Clustering on Windows Server 2016

Lab Overview

In this lab, you will focus on several day-to-day administration tasks when running a Windows Server 2016 system, and to become familiar with its interface and common tools that allow monitoring and management.

Learning Objectives

  • Basic Windows Server configuration
  • Using built-in tools for monitoring and troubleshooting
  •  Add new features to Windows Server
  •  Configuring storage on Windows Server
  •  Adding servers to Active Directory
  • Applying Group Policy to servers in Active Directory
  •  Configuring Failover Clustering

Time Estimate

3 hours

Exercise 1: Environment Setup


In this exercise, you deploy your initial lab environment into Azure.

Time Estimate

10 minutes

Opsgility Real Time Labs

If you are using Real Time Labs, connect to your LabVM using Remote Desktop and skip to Task 2.

Task 1: Provision the lab environment from a template

In this task, you will use your Microsoft or Organization account to login to the Azure management portal to start the lab exercise.

1.    On your local computer download and extract the Lab Support Files.

2.    Login to the Azure management portal with your subscription credentials

3.    Click +New

4.    In the filter box type: Template Deployment and press enter.  Then click Template Deployment.

5.    Press Create and then on the Customer Deployment Blade click Edit.

6.    Click the Load File button.

7.    Locate and select the azure-deploy.json file from the extracted files.

8.    This will load the ARM template, click Save.  Complete the Settings with these values, click the I Agree and Purchase buttons.

a.    Subscription:  Choose your subscription.

b.    Resource Group: OPSLABRG

c.     Admin Username: demouser

d.    Admin Password:  demo@pass123

9.    Wait for the deployment to complete before continuing.

10. After the virtual machine is provisioned, note the public IP address of the virtual machine and connect to it using a remote desktop client such as mstsc.exe on Windows or the Microsoft Remote Desktop client for Mac


In this exercise, you have created a lab environment that will be used for the remaining exercises in this course.