Microsoft Planning, Implementing and Maintaining Windows Active Directory

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 120

       Course Name: Microsoft Planning, Implementing and Maintaining Windows Active Directory

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend: CNS 117 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents part two in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement a Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. This course covers the knowledge and skills to plan and implement a highly available, secure infrastructure with focus on Active Directory® Federation Service (AD FS), public key infrastructure (PKI), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). Students will also learn the skills needed to plan and deploy virtual machines including self-service and automation of virtual machine deployments as well as planning and implementing a monitoring strategy that includes Microsoft® System Center 2012 R2-Operations Manager. Course maps to Microsoft Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  1. Deploy a virtualized network and storage server infrastructure
  2. Configure virtual machines on Windows Hyper-V®
  3. Implement a server monitoring strategy
  4. Implement High Availability for File Services and Applications
  5. Implement a High Availability Infrastructure Using Failover Clustering
  6. Deploy a PKI deployment, and a certificate management solution
  7. Deploy an AD FS server deployment and claims aware application access
  8. Setup Dynamic Access Control, Workplace Join and Work Folders
  9. Deploy an AD RMS deployment, AD RMS templates and access, and external access to AD RMS 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: Overview of Management in an Enterprise Data Center
  • Module 2: Planning and Implementing a Server Virtualization Strategy
  • Module 3: Planning and Implementing Networks and Storage for Virtualization
  • Module 4: Planning and Deploying Virtual Machines
  • Module 5: Planning and Implementing a Virtualization Administration Solution
  • Module 6: Planning and Implementing a Server Monitoring Strategy
  • Module 7: Planning and Implementing High Availability for File Services and Applications
  • Module 8: Planning and Implementing a High Availability Infrastructure Using Failover Clustering
  • Module 9: Planning and Implementing a Business Continuity Strategy
  • Module 10: Planning and Implementing an Public Key Infrastructure
  • Module 11: Planning and Implementing an Identity Federation Infrastructure
  • Module 12: Planning and Implementing Data Access for Users and Devices
  • Module 13: Planning and Implementing an Information Rights Management Infrastructure

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 – textbook and current journals.
  • 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 curriculum textbook 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



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.