CIS131 Windows Server Administration I
Janelle C. Arruda, Professor CIS
Spring 2017
Course Policies
Professor's Schedule - includes Office Hours
Supplemental Materials


SI Information

SI Hours:  Eric Botelho will be available from 2 to 4 on Monday's in K102.   Please take advantage of this time if you need help with anything related to this course.  Eric's email address:

CIS131 SI Forum:  Eric has setup a CIS131 forum.  He will be monitoring it for questions.   Feel free to use it to communicate with him or other CIS131 students.   CIS131 Forum

Advisement For Fall 2017 - click here to READ

Final Exam Information: --
Monday, May 15th, 10:30 to 12:30  in K102 
The exam STARTS at 10:30 -- please be on time.
The final exam is a approximately 85 multiple choice questions. 
It is cumulative and does include all topics covered this semester.  It is open-book, open-note, open computer.   There is an enforced 2 hour maximum time limit.  Please be ON TIME.

Online Students:    If you took this class on-line, please contact me ASAP regarding taking the final exam.

Homework Submissions

  • The absolute last date that any homework  will be accepted is Thursday May 11th  at midnight - no exceptions.    This applies only to work that is still within the acceptable late period; do not send anything that's more than 2 weeks late unless you've received permission from me.  
  • If you owe me a lot of work, please do not send more than one assignment per email and please do not send them all at once; send them as you complete them.


Next Semester......

Schedule change!   There was a schedule conflict with CIS134 and CIS231 for the Fall 2017 semester.  That conflict has been fixed; if you tried registering for both and couldn't because of the conflict, please try again.

Please remember, if you plan on taking CIS231 REGISTER EARLY!!!   If enrollment is low the college will cancel the class therefore, to avoid the risk of having a class be cancelled because of low enrollment,  please do not wait until the last minute to register.  Register Early - bills are not due until August. 

5/1/2017 During class on 5/1 I covered folder redirection and logon scripts.  (note:  there's a note added to the recordings page which explains what went wrong in class with the EnableLinkedConnections registry key.   Please refer to it when doing the homework.)

The last homework was assigned.

Next week I will not lecture, I will hold open-labs for all my classes.
I will be available for students who need help in the K-building computer labs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of next week.   Please consider taking advantage of this time to wrap up homework.    The times and locations that I will be available are:

Monday 5/8
      11:00 to 1:30   K102

 Tuesday  5/9:
      8:00 to 9:30  K103
      9:30 to 11:00 K101
     11:00 to 1:30  K104

Thursday  5/11:
     9:30 to 11:00 K101 




During class on 4/24 I finished the topic of file system security and assigned the homework for that topic.

I also covered Audit Policies and File System Auditing.  A homework on these topics was also assigned.

Next week I will cover folder redirection and logon scripts.  The last homework will be assigned at that time.

4/20/2017 During class on 4/20 I covered file system security (chapter 15); shares and ntfs security.

I did not finish the topic therefore the homework was not yet assigned.  I will finish that topic next week.


4/10/2017 During class on 4/10 I covered Profiles: local, roaming, mandatory and domain wide.  A homework was assigned.

Next week:  Please remember that this class will meet on Thursday (4/20)  next week; Monday is a holiday and the college will be following Monday's schedule on Thursday.

The SI Hours for the week of 4/10 have been switched to Tuesday.   Eric will be available in K103 from 2 to 4 on Tuesday, 4/18.



During class on 4/3 I covered DS commands.

Two homework assignments were assigned.  One includes Password Settings Objects -- it should have been assigned last week; the other is DS commands.

Next week I will cover profiles; local, roaming, mandatory and domain wide.


 3/27 /2017 During class on 3/27 I covered Groups; global, domain local, built in groups, local security policies  and Password Settings Objects. 

One homework including topics on groups and account policies was assigned.    PSOs will be included in next week homework.

Online Students; Please remember to check-in weekly. 

Just a quick reminder regarding this course.... CIS131 is only offered in the Spring semester.  It is a prerequisite to CIS231.  If you are a Networking or Security major you are required to take both courses.  If you do not successfully complete CIS131 this semester you will not be able to take CIS231 next semester; you will have to take CIS131 in the spring 2018 semester and CIS231 in the Fall 2018 semester.  If you intended on graduating by Spring 2018, this will not be possible.

PLEASE take this into consideration and do you best to catch up with the work in the course.

Week of



During class on 3/6 I covered user account management via Active Directory Users & Computers (ADUC).   I covered template objects, home folders and account policies.   A homework on user accounts was assigned.  

Homework:  Please remember that homework is a large percentage of your final grade.  Some students have not yet submitted the first assignment.  There's still time to catch up!  Please consider trying to catch up during Spring Break!

BCC's Spring Break is the week of March 13th.   
No homework is due during that week.  

I will be out of the country from March 8th to March 20th.  I will have limited access to email.  I will do my best to periodically check my email to see if anyone has any questions but I will not be correcting any papers.  If you email me a question during this time, please be patient in waiting for a response.   If I can't get to your question while I'm away, I will respond when I return.  I will correct any homework submitted when I return. 

Online Students; Please remember to check-in weekly. 

After Spring Break
The Monday after Spring Break:   I will NOT be in on 3/20/2017.  Eric Botelho will hold an SI session during the regularly scheduled class time; he will be in K102 from 11 to 1:40 for anyone who needs  help. 
Tuesday After Spring Break:    Tuesday, 3/21 I am holding open labs in two of my classes.  Feel free to stop by and work on homework during either of the sessions.  Times and locations:   K103 8 to 9:15,   K104  11 to 1:30

Week 5


During class on 2/27 I covered topics from chapters 24 & 25.  The next homework was assigned.  I also started the topic of creating user accounts (chapter 30)

As always, the videos are posted on the eLearning site.

A quick note regarding homework... do not wait until the assignment is due to work on the assignment.  A lot more homework will be assigned and when we come closer to the end of the semester  there may not be a lot of time between one assignment's due date and the next.   Try working on it as soon as it's assigned.  If you don't, you will find yourself in serious crunch time at the end of the semester.

Week 4


During class on 2/21 I finished chapter 5 and chapter 7.  Two new homework assignments were assigned.  

Next week I will lecture from chapters 24 & 25.

If anyone is still having problems connecting to the vmware server PLEASE let me know


Week 3


During class on 2/13 I finished chapter 4 and started but did not finish chapter 5.  I will wrap-up that chapter next week.  The chapter 4 homework was officially assigned today.

Online Students:  MUST send me a check-in email weekly!

Next week:  Please remember that this class will meet on Tuesday next week; Monday is a holiday and the college will be following Monday's schedule on Tuesday.

Week 2


During class this week I covered topics from chapter 4 related to control panel and administrative tools.

I posted but have not officially assigned the chapter 4 homework.  I will finish chapter 4 next week and begin chapter 5.

Online Students:  MUST send me a check-in email weekly!

Laptop Users Update:  If you're using a laptop at home and using the same laptop on campus, please click here to read more about the client setup.

Week 1

During class on 1/30 I provided an overview of the course, went over the course syllabus and course policies.  I also went over the process of connecting to the vmware server using both the web client, the desktop client and the terminal server method. In addition, I went over the difference between local and domain accounts and demonstrated the process of logging in at all clients as well as on the server.    Lastly, I went over how to change the resolution and power options on the server, windows 7 and windows 10.

I will lecture from chapter 4 next week.

The lecture  recordings are posted on the eLearning site.  Use your AccessBCC credentials to login.

OnLine students:  Students who have opted to take the course online and have not yet emailed me to inform me of this must do so ASAP. 

Homework:  Before next week all students should make sure they are able to login to their VMware server and both clients from home.    If you are not able to connect or login, please contact me ASAP so that I can help resolve the problem.   You should also make sure that you're able to login as the domain administrator at the server and login as both the local and domain administrator at each client.  



Please refer to the Course Syllabus for textbook  requirements for the course.   In addition, look over the course policies available at the top of this page.

BCC classes begin on Tuesday, January 24th. Since this course meets on a Monday and there are no classes on Monday during the first week of classes, we will meet for the first time on Monday, January 30th.    

On-Line Students
This course is offered as a student option course; this means students can opt to take it on line or face-to-face.  For those who intend on taking it on line: please note I intend on keeping the on-line students in sync with the face-to-face students.  I will  update the class website weekly but will do so only AFTER I've completed the in-class lecture.  The posting will identify what we did that week and what I hope to accomplish the following week.  Any homework assigned will also be posted at that time.   I also intend to record (desktop and voice) the class lecture and will post it on the elearning site.   Since the face-to-face class meets for the first time on Monday January 30th the first update won't happen until after that date.  If you haven't already informed me, you MUST email me to let me know if you plan on taking the class online.   

All materials for the course, for both in-class and on-line students, will be available on this site and the eLearning site.;no hard copies will be provided in class.

If you have questions about this site at any time and/or you have questions about the course, please do not hesitate to ask in class, email me, stop by during an office hour, or make an appointment to see me.  My office is in K-217, my email address is and my office hours are listed within my schedule.  


SI -- I have an SI for this course this semester.  His name is Eric Botelho.  He will attend class and will hold SI sessions outside of class.  The day and hours that he's available will be dependent on the results of this survey:    Please CLICK HERE to fill out the availability survey.