Microsoft Windows Command Line Administration

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 190

       Course Name: Microsoft Windows Command Line Administration

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend: CNS 111 or knowledge of the fundamentals of current networking technology, or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course concentrates on Command Line support for the character based interface used to manage Windows Server that boasts a vast range of functions, commands and applications, using intermediate and advanced tools.  Topics include knowledge and skills necessary to administer Microsoft Windows Server and Workstation in a variety of environments from the Command Line. Focus is on the most recent release of Windows. 

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the continuing importance of the command line;
  2. Customize and test the command window settings;
  3. Create and print from the command line;
  4. Create, save and run a batch program;
  5. Discuss optimizing page file storage;
  6. Display data backup;
  7. Implement, test, and monitor optimization scripts;
  8. Manage and test disks and drives;
  9. Modify and test compress and encryption scripts;
  10. Create and delete user accounts;
  11. Modify and deploy default account behavior;
  12. Design and maintain a network using commands;
  13. Analyze services essential for networking;
  14. Identify and view workstation components;
  15. Create and test remote system information by changing configurations;
  16. Install and test active directory, and
  17. Design and test security configuration and analysis

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.

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VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to the Command Line
  2. Managing Files
  3. Batch and Automation
  4. System Administration
  5. Disk and Data Management
  6. User Administration and Data Security
  7. Introduction to Networking
  8. Networking a Server
  9. Manipulating Network Resources
  10. Active Directory for Windows Domain
  11. Securing Active Directory
  12. Name Resolution Using DNS, WINS and DHCP

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will include Lecture and Lab.
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.

  • Textbook and Lab book: Microsoft Official Curriculum for Windows
  • Software manuals

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  • Quizzes and examinations. 
  • Completion of lab assignments and exercises.

XI.   Other Course Information


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