Microsoft Managing a Windows Server Operating System

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 114

       Course Name: Microsoft Managing a Windows Server Operating System

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of the instructor, coordinator or program chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.  Course maps to Microsoft Administering Windows Server 2012.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  1. Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System
  2. Apply Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  3. Configure and manage User and Service Accounts
  4. Implement Group Policy Infrastructure
  5. Deploy and manage User Desktops using Group Policy
  6. Install, Configure and Troubleshoot Network Policy Server
  7. Implement Network Access Protection
  8. Implement Remote Access
  9. Configure DFS File Services
  10. Configure Encryption and Advanced Auditing
  11. Deploy and Maintain Server Images
  12. Implement Update Managements
  13. Describe the monitoring tools for Windows Server

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: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System
  • Module 2: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services
  • Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts
  • Module 4: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure
  • Module 5: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy
  • Module 6: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role
  • Module 7: Implementing Network Access Protection
  • Module 8: Implementing Remote Access
  • Module 9: Optimizing File Services
  • Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing
  • Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images
  • Module 12: Implementing Update Management
  • Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

VII.  Methods of Instruction

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


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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Read course materials.
Attend and participate in class lecture and lab.
Complete required assignments, exercises, quizzes, and exams.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  • Textbook and Lab book: Microsoft Official Curriculum for Windows
  • Current Self-Test Software (optional)
  • Software manuals

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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

XI.   Other Course Information



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Resources and support for
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  • victims of sexual misconduct
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