Microsoft Windows Server Operating System

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 111

       Course Name: Microsoft Windows Server Operating System

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend: CNS 110 or CompTIA A+ or Network+ certifications; or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2016 in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on the necessary administrative responsibilities, such as implementing server images, planning and configuring storage solutions, and monitoring virtual machine installations.  Course maps to Microsoft Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Prepare and install Nano Server, a Server Core installation, and plan a server upgrade and migration strategy.
  2. Describe the various storage options, including partition table formats, basic and dynamic disks, file systems, virtual hard disks, and drive hardware, and explain how to manage disks and volumes.
  3. Describe enterprise storage solutions, and select the appropriate solution for a given situation.
  4. Implement and manage Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication.
  5. Install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V.
  6. Configure, and manage Windows and Hyper-V containers.
  7. Describe the high availability and disaster recovery technologies in Windows Server 2016.
  8. Plan, create, and manage a failover cluster.
  9. Implement failover clustering for Hyper-V virtual machines.
  10. Configure a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster, and plan for an NLB implementation.
  11. Create and manage deployment images.
  12. Manage, monitor, and maintain virtual machine installations.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Module 1: Installing, upgrading, and migrating servers and workloads
  • Module 2: Configuring local storage
  • Module 3: Implementing enterprise storage solutions
  • Module 4: Implementing Storage Spaces and Data Deduplication
  • Module 5: Installing and configuring Hyper-V and virtual machines
  • Module 6: Deploying and managing Windows and Hyper-V containers
  • Module 7: Overview of high availability and disaster recovery
  • Module 8: Implementing failover clustering
  • Module 9: Implementing failover clustering with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
  • Module 10: Implementing Network Load Balancing
  • Module 11: Creating and managing deployment images
  • Module 12: Managing, monitoring, and maintaining virtual machine installations

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lectures, class discussion, and hands-on lab exercises.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Read course materials – textbook and current journals.
  • Attend and participate in class lecture and lab.
  • Complete required assignments, exercises, quizzes, and exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  • Microsoft curriculum textbook for Windows
  • TestOut Server Pro
  • Microsoft Official Labs (optional)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes, examinations, completion of lab assignments and lab exercises.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.