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Windows Server 2016 Security Features

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Have you had a chance to explore the new and enhanced security functionalities in Windows Server 2016? In this new course authored by Orin Thomas - who literally wrote the book on Windows Server! - you'll get a guided tour and learn to better safeguard against security breaches.  

Windows Server 2016 provides layers of protection that help address both known and emerging threats. You'll learn how it actively contributes to securing your infrastructure. See how protections were built to mitigate an array of attack vectors and to deal with the overall threat of ongoing attacks inside the datacenter.

You'll begin with a look at the hardening of Windows Server 2016, including hardware requirements for Secure Boot and guidance on disabling system services. Explore ways to configure network security, including firewalls, and look at secure virtualization, like encryption-supported virtual machines. From there, you'll dive into secure virtualization, threat detection, privileged identity, Desired State Configuration, and more. See demos, participate in hands-on labs, and pass the final exam, as you shore up your skills for ongoing security management.

Release schedule:

This course will be released weekly. There are 4 modules in this course. Modules 0 and 1 are released when the course is live. The remaining modules will be released according to the following schedule:

  • Nov. 27: module 2
  • Dec. 4: module 3
  • Dec. 11: module 4 and final assessment

What you'll learn

  • The current nature of the security threat landscape
  • New security architecture and features of Windows Server 2016 that mitigate threats
  • Insights into the security services bundled with Windows Server 2016 latest edition
  • Knowledge of the supporting security external infrastructure
  • Understanding of the new security features of Hyper-V
  • Learn about Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Course Syllabus

  • Hardening of Windows Server 2016
    • Hardware requirements for Secure Boot
    • BitLocker
    • Credential Guard
    • Device Guard – Code Integrity -App Locker
    • Windows Defender Anti-malware
    • Patching/WSUS
    • Guidance on Disabling System Services on Windows Server 2016
  • Configuring Network Security
    • Host Firewall
    • Distributed Firewall
    • SMB Security with 3.1.1
  • Secure virtualization
    • Shielded VMs
    • Encryption supported VMs
    • Guarded Fabric
    • vTPM
  • Threat Detection
    • Group Policy
    • Enhanced Windows Logs
    • Advance Threat Analytics (ATA)
  • Privileged Identity
    • Privileged Access Management
    • JEA
    • Remote Credential Guard

Meet the instructors

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Philip E. Helsel

Senior Content Developer, Learning eXperiences Team


Philip Helsel is a Senior Content Developer with the Microsoft Learning team, where he is currently focused on building IT Professional courses for Windows 10, Hyper-V, and Configuration Manager. He is also the planner for a new Microsoft Virtual Academy Enterprise Security channel.

Before joining Microsoft, he was a Pre-Sales Engineer and trainer at Fast Search and Transfer, a Pre-Sales Engineer at Oracle Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. He also served as a Captain in U.S. Army.  

Phil has a BS degree in Mathematics & Physics, and a Masters in Computer Science. Mr. Helsel also has a number of certifications including his Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), MCITP in Server Virtualization, CCNA, VCP5, CISM, Security+, Network+, and others.

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Kimberly Rasmusson-Anderson

Senior Content Developer, Learning eXperiences Team


Kimberly is a Senior Content Developer with the Microsoft Learning team.

She is responsible for building IT Professional courses. She is also the project manager for a new Microsoft Virtual Academy Enterprise Security channel.

Prior to this, Kimberly was a technical lead in the Microsoft Customer Service and Support organization.

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Orin Thomas

Microsoft Cloud/Datacenter Specialist. Author. Microsoft MVP & Regional Director. Technical Raconteur.


Orin Thomas is an MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, an MCT, and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than 3 dozen books for Microsoft Press on topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, Azure, System Center, Exchange Server, Security, and SQL Server. He is an author at PluralSight and is a candidate in the Doctor of Information Technology program at Charles Sturt University.

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    10-20 hours in total