CIS231 Windows Server Administration II
Janelle C. Arruda, Professor CIS
Fall 2018
Course Policies
Professor's Schedule - includes Office Hours
Supplemental Materials
Homework and In-Class Labs

Advisement & Registration  For Spring 2019
The advisement and registration period for Spring 2019 courses begins on November 7th.   Please be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor regarding Spring 2019 courses.
If you are a CIS major (or are thinking of becoming a CIS major), please be sure that you meet with a CIS advisor. If you've been assigned to the general advisement area in G-building or to a Professor who is not a CIS Professor, PLEASE meet with a CIS faculty member instead.  Depending on your major, please make an appointment with the following:
 Networking: Janelle
 Arruda (K217)
 or Computer Science: Igor Kholodov (K211)
 Security or Computer Science:
 Silvino Ferreira (K216)
 Multimedia and Internet: Rose Ferro (K218)
 All others: Priscilla Grocer (K112)
 Sign up sheets will be posted on their respective office doors by November 2nd

Please note that advisement appointments are available from November 7th to November 27th.   Please make a point of meeting with an advisor during that time period.  Sign up sheets will not include dates beyond 11/27.  (You can still stop by during an office hour)

Student Generated Withdrawal

If you've fallen drastically behind and feel you can still catch up PLEASE stop by my office so we can talk.   If you don't at all feel that you can catch up, please remember that the last date that students can withdraw from a course is November 15th.    Please refer to the syllabus regarding the college's withdrawal policy.


Homework Submission and Final Exam Information

  • The absolute last date that any homework will be accepted is Thursday, December 13th at 11:59 p.m. - no exceptions.  Do NOT submit anything after the 13th.

  • The final exam for this course will be administered online for ALL STUDENTS.  The exam will be available within eLearning from Friday, December 14th to Monday December 17th (11:59pm).  Please be sure to take it during that time frame. 

  • The final exam is a cumulative, 100  multiple choice question exam with a 2 hour limit. 

    Upon completion of the final you will be able to see your score but you will not be able to review the details of the final.  The final exam will not be available for review online

  • There are no makeups to the final; if you do not take the final during the scheduled time you will receive a final exam grade of zero.  

If you have not registered for Spring 2019 classes yet..... Please register soon!!


Week of


The topics covered this week include:  Operations Masters, Adding 2016 Domain Controller to existing domain, DHCP Failover scopes.

The last homework of the semester was assigned.

The last two weeks of the semester will be lab time for this class as well as some of my other classes.  Please take advantage of any of these times to stop by to work on homework.  More days and times may be added but at this time this is the plan:

Monday:  December 3rd & 10th:
                K102    9:30 to 10:45
                K105    11:00 to 1:30

Tuesday:  December 4th & 11th
               K105     11:00 to 1:30

Week of


This week's lecture is on DNS.

A homework on this topic was assigned.

Week of



During class on 11/13 I covered software deployment and pstools.  A homework including both topics was assigned.


Week 9


During class on 11/5 I covered the process of demoting a domain controller, the process of moving DHCP services from one machine to another, as well as Active Directory Delegation.

The next homework was assigned.

Next week Monday (11/12) is a holiday.  BCC will follow Monday's schedule on Tuesday.  This means this course will meet on Tuesday instead of Monday.

UnPaid Intern Opportunity:   Interested in putting in a few hours a week at a school department's IT department  (Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District)?     They are looking for some IT interns.   It unfortunately is unpaid but if you're looking to add some experience to your resume, this would be a great opportunity to do so.  If you're interested, let me know and I'll send you the contact information.


Week 7


During class on 10/22 I covered Printing.  Two homework assignments were assigned.

Next week (10/29)  I will not lecture but will hold open lab during our normally scheduled class.  I will do this for a few other classes as well

Lab Time Next Week: - I will be available in labs on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Please feel free to stop by if you have questions or just want to work on homework while having me there to ask questions:

Monday 10/29 & Tuesday 10/30
Monday:   9:30 to 10:30   K102
               11:00 to 1:30     K105

Tuesday  11:00 to 1:30   K105


Week 6


This week's lectures are on NAT and Powershell.   A  homework on NAT was assigned.

There will not be a powershell assignment for the course but it will likely be injected in different places in future work in the class.

As a student in this field you should definitely find time to learn/play with Powershell.  The virtual environment is a great place to do that.     This skill is in  high demand and will be a definite  plus to include on a resume.  I've included the .ps1 files that I used when demonstrating the commands on the supplemental materials page for your reference.

Week 5


During class on 10/18 I covered DHCP and assigned the DHCP Homework.

At this point everyone should have completed building their CIS231 domain.  If you have not and you need help PLEASE stop by!!

Week 4



Remember.... next Monday is a holiday, BCC will follow Monday's schedule on Wednesday, 10/10.  This means this class will meet on Wednesday instead of Monday. 

During class on 10/1   I did a quick pre-lab lecture and then students worked on 3 labs; when complete, each should have a fully functioning domain.   If you did not complete the labs during class, please be sure to complete them ASAP.  The Review assignment requires the use of this new domain.  The assignment has been posted on the Homework page and it is due in two weeks. 

Receive Full Credit for the 3 labs assigned during the 10/1  class by submitting the following by 10/8

  •  AWord Document containing a screenshot of Active Directory Users and Computers running on each of the 3 computers in your domain.  Please be sure that each screenshot includes the title bar of the virtual machine so that I can confirm the OS you're showing me.
  • A copy of the sysprep.xml file that you created for Windows 10.
  • Make sure you created a local Janelle user on Windows 7 and Windows 10 (Microsoft! password)  Do not login as that user. 

CIS231 Virtual Machines:  Please leave your server powered on but shutdown your clients.

VMWare :  Please do not unnecessarily clone your machines.  If you've cloned Windows 10 and Window 7 AND you've successfully run sysprep on those machines, please delete the clone. 

Next week I will cover the topic of DHCP.    It is covered in chapter 20 of Windows Server 2012 Inside Out. 


Week 3


During class this week I went over some of the issues from last week's installs.  In addition I covered password recovery

The password recovery homework was assigned.

Next week -- please be sure to complete all the requirements listed in the installation instructions from last week's (9/17) class.   Please remember that 100% credit for these installs will only be received if you've completed ALL requirements BEFORE next week's class. 

A few additional comments:  After you've finished Windows 7 - clone it.  Next week you will do a SysPrep on this machine and if things are not done properly you could lose access to the machine.  The clone will be a backup :)

During class next week you will install Active Directory on the server and add each of our clients as accounts in the domain. 



Week 2


During class on 9/17/2018 I did a short pre-install lecture (posted on elearning) and then all students worked on the install labs.   You should all have successfully installed Windows 2012 R2, Windows 7 and Windows 10.    If you need electronic copies of the installation instructions they are available on the Homework page.

Install Comments / Issues
When creating second hard drive on server:
  Some students were not able to successfully add the second hard drive.   They went through all the steps but in the end the settings weren't saved.  I will try to resolve this before next week.  If you have the same problem, skip that step and hopefully I'll have a solution for you before next week.   If you're doing the work on campus, try using remote console instead of web console; it consistently works with that interface but that interface is only available while on campus.
Installing VMware tools:  The ability to do this from within the vmware system (which are the steps in the installation instructions) is broken.  You definitely need to install the tools -- it's what will give you full mouse functionality -- but you'll have to go to the vmware website (from within the virtual OS) to download and install the tools.  A link to the vmware tools on their site is provided on the Supplemental Materials page.
Naming your Server:  the original set of instructions on the site (step 12 in the Install Windows 2012R2 page) have you use a name that's too long.  You'll receive a netbios error message.  I did inform in-class students to adjust the name and I did update the instructions but if you downloaded the instructions before I updated them,  be sure to use the adjusted name. 

Each of the three sets of instructions includes a list of screenshots that you need to send me to confirm you've successfully completed the labs.  Submit One word processing document for each OS with all the required screenshots for the OS appropriately labeled.  Preferably all in one email.  
To receive full credit for these labs you must send the 3 documents with the screenshots by 9/30.   Submissions received later will lose points.

Next week I will review file system security and I will cover password recovery.  A homework on password recovery will be assigned.


Week 1


During the first week of class I provided an overview of the course, I reminded students of the various methods of accessing VMware on and off campus.   I went over the process of getting product keys from Microsoft Imagine and I did some CIS131 reviewing.   Next week all students will complete installations of 3 operating systems.  

Please note that the recorded lectures for this week have been posted on CIS231 websie in eLearning.    Use your AccessBCC credentials to login.
You should still have access to the video lectures form CIS131 in eLearning.  If you don't, please let me know ASAP.

Please be sure you are ready for next week's class.  We will be doing installations and you will need  to do the following BEFORE Monday.   (Preferably by Friday -   Please do not wait until Sunday night to test this. ) 

Online Students  Students who have opted to take the course online MUST let me know that you plan on taking the course online and MUST attend two classesSeptember 17th and October 1st.   Please note that all other lectures will be recorded and I will post the videos each week either on Tuesday or Wednesday of that week.

Microsoft Imagine please be sure to get product keys for the following OSs.  Email me ASAP if you weren't able to register.  Remember.... you don't have to download the ISO but do need to 'purchase' the Operating Systems (they are free).  Once 'purchased', the product key will be available to you on the site.  PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SUNDAY TO TEST THIS!!!

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with Update 64-bit  (English)
Windows 10 (Multiple Editions), Version 1803 (updated March 2018) 64-bit (English)
I will email you a product key for windows 7.

Login to Vmware from home; make sure you're able to see the CIS231 folder assigned to you.  In addition, Right click on the folder and make sure that the 'New Virtual machine / New Virtual Machine" items are NOT gray-shaded.
If you have problems with either VMWare or Microsoft Imagine, please let me know ASAP.  Preferably by Friday so that I have time to resolve the problem(s).



Welcome Back!

This class is a continuation of CIS131.  I will begin the semester with an overview of the course and a review of some of the topics you'll need to complete the review assignment.

No new textbook is required for this course.   I'll be covering topics from last semester's textbook as well as additional topics for which I'll provide web resources.  The additional topics will include but are not limited to installation of Windows 20012R2, Windows 7, Windows 10 and Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, NAT, Password Recovery, Powershell,  Terminal Services and more.

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.