CIS 290 Windows System Administration [back]
This course will provide a
comprehensive hands-on introduction to multi-user, multi-tasking server operating systems and networked operating systems. Topics include: active directory (AD) installation and configuration, server/domain promotion, group policy implementation and management, trusts, server security configuration, user and group management, server roles (domain naming system (DNS), certificate authority service (CAS), lightweight directory service (LDS), rights management service (RMS), federated service (FS) and read-only domain controller (RODC), troubleshooting and disaster recovery. Course maps to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam for server active directory.

 The class follows the requirements for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)  Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration (Exam 70-640) requirements. 

Students seeking certification should expect to spend extra time (outside of class studying for the exam). 

See the syllabus for specific topics covered.  See the required text information for ordering information.

Both Online and In-class versions of the course are offered.

This course is offered in two formats—Online and In-class. The two formats are tied together and taught using the exact same course requirements. This will permit students who start Online to attend the In-class sessions and the In-class students to move Online as required. If you find that the Online course is not for you and that you need the In-class environment to succeed or if you start the In-class course and find that your schedule has changed or life has intruded to the point that you cannot continue attending class at the specified time, you can move freely between the formats.

Not all students will succeed in an online class. Online classes are frequently more difficult to successfully complete since they lack the In-class course structure, student community and immediate access to an instructor to answer questions or help with lab procedures. As a result many online students become frustrated, fall behind in assignments and feel isolated.

Required Text

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Panek, William.  MCTS Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration Study Guide:  Exam 70-640, Second Edition.  ISBN:  9780470261675

70-640: MOAC Labs Online.  May 2011.  ISBN 978-0-470-46859-3

A copy of the text is on reserve in the Learning Resource Center.  Students may checkout the text for a three hour period, but the text must remain in the Learning Resource Center.

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 Lab Requirements

The MOAC lab environment is required.  For an explanation of the lab environment please view the video.

This course uses Windows Server 2008 software as its instructional software.  You can also obtain a fully functional copy of the software from the MSDNAA program.  For details visit

Class Requirements (See the course syllabus for greater detail).

This course uses multiple technologies to present class materials. You must be able to configure your computer to access these technologies.

o Moodle—course management system is used to organize the course, deliver materials, deliver exams, facilitate communication, submit labs, and record grades.
o MOAC Lab Environment—is used to provide a stable, online and in-class environment for students to complete lab assignments without endangering their home or the lab computers.

Lectures—are actually discussions.  I will conduct a short overview of what we will be studying each week along with some demonstrations.  The remainder of the lecture time period will be a discussion of the topic, text and outside readings.  Students must come to class prepared to discuss the material.

Labs—are assigned weekly.

Weekly Quizzes—there are weekly quizzes on the materials covered that week. The quizzes are timed written quiz covering topics covered in the text and lecture. 

Final Exam—the Final Exam is a practical application exam where the student will be required to configure a computer based on information they receive from a scenario developed by the instructor.  The scenario will be similar to unguided practices included in lab exercises.