Microsoft Designing a Windows Active Directory Infrastructure

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 201

       Course Name: Microsoft Designing a Windows Active Directory Infrastructure

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

CNS 120 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design Active Directory forests, domain infrastructure, sites and replication, administrative structures, group policies, and Public Key Infrastructures for a Microsoft Windows Server environment. Emphasis is on how to design for security, high availability, disaster recovery, and migrations. Focus is on the most recent release of Microsoft Windows which prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess and determine desktop deployment options
  2. Plan an image management strategy
  3. Implement desktop security
  4. Capture and manage a desktop operating system image
  5. Plan and implement User State Migration
  6. Plan and deploy desktops by using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  7. Plan and deploying desktops by using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  8. Plan and implement a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure
  9. Manage user state virtualization for enterprise desktops
  10. Plan and implement an updates infrastructure to support enterprise desktops
  11. Protect enterprise desktops from malware and data loss
  12. Monitoring the performance and health of the desktop infrastructure.

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

  1. Assess and determine desktop deployment options
  2. Plan an image management strategy
  3. Implement desktop security
  4. Capture and manage a desktop operating system image
  5. Plan and implement User State Migration
  6. Plan and deploy desktops by using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  7. Plan and deploying desktops by using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  8. Plan and  implement a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure
  9. Manage user state virtualization for enterprise desktops
  10. Plan and implement an updates infrastructure to support enterprise desktops
  11. Protect enterprise desktops from malware and data loss
  12. Monitoring the performance and health of the desktop infrastructure

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lectures, class exercises, 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.
  • Complete LAN projects.
  • Course may be taught as face-to-face, 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: Official Microsoft Learning Products (OMLP)
  • Current Self-Test Software (optional)
  • Software manuals

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.

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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.