The security configuration wizard allows you to create a security policy on your server for shutting down ports and services that the server is not running, thus enhancing security. This is a good opportunity to test and document open ports on your server. I recommend running a port scan with Nmap on your server both before and after applying a security policy created with the security configuration wizard.
Lab Assignment – Run the Security Configuration Wizard on your Exchange Server
Run the security configuration wizard on your server but be careful to either 1) save, but do not apply the configuration or, 2) if you would like to try applying the configuration, be aware that you have the option of reversing the configuration in the event that it closes too many ports and services and causes your server to stop working correctly. For instance if you are connected to your server through remote desktop it is very easy to accidentally close that service and port and disconnect yourself from the server. It is difficult to know all of the services that you will want to allow or disallow, therefore you will want to thoroughly review the wizard and be prepared to back out of the configuration.
Installing Exchange Overview
You will need to install Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 so you can configure, test, and troubleshoot while you learn on an actual mail server. You will need to install Windows Server and Exchange Server on a computer in your home lab.
By default the latest manifestation of Exchange Server, 2010 is 64 bit, although you can install 2007 in 32bit for a non-production test environment. Here are my recommendations of what could work for you in the lab or at home:
• Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 (64 bit)
• Server 2008 and Exchange Server2007 (64 bit)
• Server 2003 (64 bit) and Exchange Server 2007 (64bit)
• Server 2003 (32 bit) and Exchange Server 2007 (32bit) – If you can only run 32 bit
Install Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010
Install Windows Server 2008R2 and Exchange Server 2007/2010 in the Computer Networking Lab or at home so you can do hands-on projects and apply what you learn about Active Directory and Windows Server 2008. One of the difficulties in installing is figuring out which options will work together.
To successfully install Server 2008 and Exchange Server you will need the following things:
- Download ISO files for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 and document the server licenses, (You will do this through a Microsoft Imagine account. See below)
- Burn the ISO files to bootable discs
- Install Windows Server 2008 R2 to a computer/server
- Install Active Directory and DNS
- Promote the server to a Domain Controller (dcpromo) and Global Catalog Server
- Install the Microsoft IIS + World Wide Web Services role
- Install Exchange Server 2010
The purpose of this class is to prepare you to install, configure and run Microsoft Exchange Server. This class maps to the 70-236 MCSE elective exam. Passing a Microsoft certification exam is a step towards becoming MCSA, MCSE, or the newest certification, MCITP certified. In this class you will be working with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010.
Class Materials and Software
The curriculum in this class maps to Microsoft’s Configuring Exchange Server 2007 (70-236) exam. The class materials are software based and include online interactive tutorials, videos, simulations and tests. You will need to purchase Testout’s “70-236 Configuring Exchange Server 2007” LabSim curriculum. You can purchase the software directly from TestOut at their website http://www.testout.com. Go to www.testout.com and click on Purchasing > Student Purchasing. Then enter the promotion code at the right hand side of the page and click apply. You should now see a page with a list of the TestOut products at the student discount price of approximately $89. You can get the promotional code from the Networking Lab at Sheridan College or email me and I will reply with the promotional code. The easiest way to purchase is online, directly through TestOut with a credit card. If you want to purchase through the bookstore, contact our college bookstore and tell them the title and the ISBN# and they can order it for you, but they will add their additional cost to the order. To get the ISBN# numbers on the TestOut website go to Purchasing > For non-college students, any student with a “.edu” email address can qualify for student pricing with TestOut directly.
Additional reading materials, tutorial videos, and all of the class assignments will be given on a weekly basis at this website. During the course I will be providing you with online video tutorials at http://youtube.com/danscourses . In addition, we will utilize the internet for a lot of our computer maintenance research.
In addition to doing LabSim simulated labs, you will be required to install and run Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 and a Windows 7 client computer. I will be providing you with a Microsoft MSDN Alliance account enabling you to receive activation licenses and downloads files for Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows 7.
- Install Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows 7 in the Sheridan College networking lab
- Install Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows 7 on computers in your personal home computers and network
- Install Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Windows 7 as virtual machines on a personal laptop or desktop computer.
- I can also set up a remote VPN connection to the lab so an online student can remotely manage and configure a Windows 2008 R2 server, an Exchange Server 2010 and a Windows 7 client within the lab. This option is subject to the limitations of how many machines I have at my disposal.