Microsoft Implementing and Maintaining Windows Network Infrastructure

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 116

       Course Name: Microsoft Implementing and Maintaining Windows Network Infrastructure

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CNS 114 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents part three in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2016 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on how to deploy and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in a distributed environment, implement Group Policy, perform backup and restore, monitor and troubleshoot AD-related issues with Windows Server 2016, and to deploy AD server roles such as Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS). Course maps to Microsoft Identity with Windows Server 2016.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  1. Install and configure domain controllers.
  2. Manage objects in AD DS by using graphical tools and Windows PowerShell.
  3. Implement AD DS in complex environments.
  4. Implement AD DS sites, and configure and manage replication.
  5. Implement and manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  6. Manage user settings by using GPOs.
  7. Implement and manage a certificate authority (CA) hierarchy with AD CS.
  8. Deploy and manage certificates.
  9. Implement and administer AD FS.
  10. Implement and administer Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).
  11. Implement synchronization between AD DS and Azure AD.
  12. Troubleshoot, and establish business continuity for AD DS services

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 and configuring domain controllers
  • Module 2: Managing objects in AD DS
  • Module 3: Advanced AD DS infrastructure management
  • Module 4: Implementing and administering AD DS sites and replication
  • Module 5: Implementing Group Policy
  • Module 6: Managing user settings with Group Policy
  • Module 7: Securing Active Directory Domain Services
  • Module 8: Deploying and managing AD CS
  • Module 9: Deploying and managing certificates
  • Module 10: Implementing and administering AD FS
  • Module 11: Implementing and administering AD RMS
  • Module 12: Implementing AD DS synchronization with Microsoft Azure AD
  • Module 13: Monitoring, managing, and recovering AD DS

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.
  • 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 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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

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.