Windows Server Administration/Application Servers

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This lesson covers application servers, including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Forefront Threat Management Gateway. Activities include reviewing application server documentation, researching application server licensing costs, and downloading and experimenting with pre-built application server virtual hard drives.

Objectives and Skills[edit]

Objectives and skills for the Understanding Server Roles portion of Windows Server Administration Fundamentals certification include:[1]

  • Identify application servers: mail servers; database servers; collaboration servers; monitoring servers; threat management

Readings[edit]

  1. Wikipedia: Application server
  2. Wikipedia: Microsoft Exchange Server
  3. Wikipedia: Microsoft SQL Server
  4. Wikipedia: Microsoft SharePoint
  5. Wikipedia: System Center Operations Manager
  6. Wikipedia: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway

Multimedia[edit]

  1. YouTube: Microsoft Exchange Overview
  2. YouTube: What Is SQL Server 2012?
  3. YouTube: What is SharePoint? - lynda.com overview
  4. YouTube: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 Overview

Activities[edit]

  1. Review Exchange Server Archictecture. Summarize the architecture of Exchange and describe the different roles.
  2. Review What is Microsoft SQL Server 2016. Using your preferred software vendor, identify costs for Microsoft SQL Server server and client licenses.
  3. Review Get started with SharePoint. Review the things that can be done in SharePoint. Using your preferred software vendor, identify costs for Microsoft SharePoint server and client licenses.
  4. Review Operations Manager. Using your preferred software vendor, identify costs for Microsoft System Center Operation Manager server and client licenses.
  5. Review Is there still Life in Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010. Review and summarize the different capabilities of this product.
  6. Review Exchange Server 2010 SP1 VHD. Download the virtual hard drive and add it as a Hyper-V virtual machine. Follow the instructions to experiment with Exchange Server 2010.


Lesson Summary[edit]

  • An application server can be either a software framework that provides a generalized approach to creating an application-server implementation or the server portion of a specific implementation instance.[2]
  • The Windows Application Server role includes Internet Information Services (IIS) to provide web server support, the .NET Framework to provide application support, ASP.NET to provide server side scripting, COM+ for application component communication, Message Queuing for multithreaded processing, and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) for application communication.[3]
  • Microsoft Exchange Server is a mail server, calendaring software and contact manager.[4]
  • Exchange Server supports SMTP for sending mail, POP3 and IMAP4 for accessing mail, and an HTTP/HTTPS interface known as Outlook Web Access for reading mail.[5]
  • Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system used to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications.[6]
  • SQL Server's primary query languages are T-SQL and ANSI SQL.[7]
  • Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform for web-based content and document collaboration and management.[8]
  • SharePoint uses Microsoft SQL Server for its data storage.[9]
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a cross-platform data center management system for operating systems and hypervisors. It uses a single interface that shows state, health and performance information of computer systems and may generate alerts based on availability, performance, configuration or security situations.[10]
  • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, formerly known as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), is a network router, firewall, antivirus program, VPN server and web cache that inspects and manages all network traffic that passes through it.[11]

Key Terms[edit]

software framework
A universal, reusable software platform to develop applications, products and solutions.[12]

Review Questions[edit]

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  1. An application server can be either _____ or _____.
    An application server can be either a software framework that provides a generalized approach to creating an application-server implementation or the server portion of a specific implementation instance.
  2. The Windows Application Server role includes _____ to provide web server support, _____ to provide application support, _____ to provide server side scripting, _____ for application component communication, _____ for multithreaded processing, and _____ for application communication.
    The Windows Application Server role includes Internet Information Services (IIS) to provide web server support, the .NET Framework to provide application support, ASP.NET to provide server side scripting, COM+ for application component communication, Message Queuing for multithreaded processing, and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) for application communication.
  3. Microsoft Exchange Server is a _____ server, _____ software and _____ manager.
    Microsoft Exchange Server is a mail server, calendaring software and contact manager.
  4. Exchange Server supports _____ for sending mail, _____ and _____ for accessing mail, and _____ known as Outlook Web Access for reading mail.
    Exchange Server supports SMTP for sending mail, POP3 and IMAP4 for accessing mail, and an HTTP/HTTPS interface known as Outlook Web Access for reading mail.
  5. Microsoft SQL Server is a _____ used to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications.
    Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system used to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications.
  6. SQL Server's primary query languages are _____ and _____.
    SQL Server's primary query languages are T-SQL and ANSI SQL.
  7. Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform for _____.
    Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform for web-based content and document collaboration and management.
  8. SharePoint uses _____ for its data storage.
    SharePoint uses Microsoft SQL Server for its data storage.
  9. Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a _____. It uses a single interface that shows _____ of computer systems and may generate alerts based on _____.
    Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a cross-platform data center management system for operating systems and hypervisors. It uses a single interface that shows state, health and performance information of computer systems and may generate alerts based on availability, performance, configuration or security situations.
  10. Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, formerly known as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), is a _____ that inspects and manages all network traffic that passes through it.
    Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, formerly known as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server), is a network router, firewall, antivirus program, VPN server and web cache that inspects and manages all network traffic that passes through it.

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