M10971: Storage and High Availability with Windows Server

4 Day Course
Hands On
Official Microsoft Curriculum
Code M10971

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Module 1: Disks and Volumes with Windows Server (8 topics)

  • Managing Disks in Windows Server
  • Managing Volumes in Windows Server
  • Securing Volumes and Drives
  • Lab: Managing Disks and Volumes in Windows Server 2012
  • Create and Manage Virtual Hard Disks by Using Windows PowerShell
  • Convert Virtual Hard Disks From a .vhd Format to a .vhdx Format
  • Resize a Volume
  • Enable BitLocker to Secure a Drive

Module 2: Fundamental Storage Technologies and Components (7 topics)

  • Storage Topology Options
  • Configuring Bus Technologies in Windows Server
  • Configuring Sharing in Windows Server
  • Lab: Planning and Configuring Storage Technologies and Components
  • Plan Storage Requirements
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configure and Manage Share Infrastructure

Module 3: Implementing Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication (9 topics)

  • Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Maintaining Storage Spaces
  • Implementing Data Deduplication
  • Lab: Implementing Storage Spaces
  • Create a Storage Space
  • Enable and Configure Storage Tiering
  • Lab: Implementing Data Deduplication
  • Install Data Deduplication
  • Configure Data Deduplication

Module 4: High Availability in Windows Server (7 topics)

  • Defining Levels of Availability
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions with Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • High Availability with Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012
  • Lab: Planning and Configuring High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions
  • Determine an Appropriate High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solution
  • Implement Storage Migration
  • Implement Hyper-V Replica

Module 5: Implementing Failover Clustering (8 topics)

  • Planning a Failover Cluster
  • Creating a New Failover Cluster
  • Lab: Creating and Administering a Cluster
  • Create a failover cluster
  • Verify Quorum settings and add a node
  • Evict a node and verify Quorum settings
  • Configure Quorum from Disk Witness to File Share Witness and Define Node Voting
  • Add Disk to and Remove Disks From the Cluster

Module 6: Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources (11 topics)

  • Configuring High Availability Applications and Services on a Failover Cluster
  • Managing and Maintaining a Failover Cluster
  • Troubleshooting a Failover Cluster
  • Implementing Site High Availability with Multi-site Failover Clustering
  • Lab: Managing Server Roles and Clustering Resources
  • Prepare For and Create a Failover Cluster by Using Windows PowerShell
  • Implement Storage Spaces with Failover Clustering
  • Add the General File Server Role and Create Data
  • Verify High Availability Functionality
  • Securing Cluster Shared Volumes with BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Configure Cluster Aware Updating

Module 7: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V (9 topics)

  • Overview of Integrating Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Managing and Maintaining Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters
  • Lab: Implementing Failover Clustering by Using Hyper-V
  • Create a Hyper-V Application Cluster
  • Create a SoFS Storage Guest Cluster with Shared Virtual Hard Disk
  • Migrate virtual Machine Virtual Hard Disks to SoFS Storage Guest Cluster
  • Validate Storage Guest Cluster Functionality
  • Perform Live Migration of Guest Clustered Virtual Machines

Module 8: Storage Infrastructure Management with Virtual Machine Manager (7 topics)

  • Overview of Virtual Machine Manager
  • Managing Storage Infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Provisioning Failover Cluster in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
  • Lab: Storage Infrastructure Management with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Configure and Provision Storage Infrastructure Components
  • Add Storage to Virtual Machine Manager
  • Create SoFS Storage Cluster

Module 9: Cloud Based Storage and High Availability (8 topics)

  • Microsoft Azure Storage Solutions and Infrastructure
  • Cloud Integrated Storage with StorSimple
  • Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V Recovery Manager
  • Lab: Cloud Based Storage and High Availability
  • Asses Options for A. Datum's Future Storage and Service Needs
  • Optional Exercise: Configure Azure Storage
  • Optional Exercise: Configure Azure Virtual Machines
  • Optional Exercise: Manage Azure Storage and Virtual Machines by Using Windows PowerShell

Module 10: Implementing Network Load Balancing Clusters (7 topics)

  • Overview of NLB
  • Configuring an NLB Cluster
  • Planning an NLB Implementation
  • Lab: Implementing a Network Load Balancing Cluster
  • Implementing an NLB Cluster
  • Configuring and Managing the NLB Cluster
  • Validating High Availability for the NLB Cluster


  • Knowledge and real world experience working day to day with Windows Server and Windows Client in an Enterprise environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with basic local storage concepts and technologies.
  • Experience working with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (this is beneficial but not essential).