CIS231 Windows Server Administration II
Janelle C. Arruda, Professor CIS
Fall 2016
Course Policies
Professor's Schedule - includes Office Hours
Supplemental Materials
Homework and In-Class Labs

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Advisement For Spring 2017

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Homework Submission and Final Exam Information

  • The absolute last date that any homework will be accepted is Thursday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. - no exceptions.  Do NOT submit anything after the 15th.

  • The final exam is on Tuesday, December 20th  at 10:30 in K102  - Online students should email me ASAP regarding taking the final exam.

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

    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.  

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Week of 12/5/2016 During class on 12/6/2016 I covered Remote Desktop Services and Password Recovery.

Next Week - open lab:
During class next week I will not lecture; I will be available for students who need help.  Please take the opportunity to use this time to work on homework.    I will also give lab time during some of my other classes.  The times and locations that I will be available are:

Monday 12/12:
     9:30 to 10:30   K102
   11:00 to 1:30     K105
     4:00 to 6:30     K205
Tuesday 12/13:
     9:30 to 10:45   K101
   11:00 to 1:30     K102



Week 12


During class on 11/29 I covered DNS, Operations Masters and making windows 2012R2 a domain controller in a 2008 domain.

The last two homework assignments were assigned.

Next week (12/6) I will lecture on password recovery and terminal services
The last week of class (12/13) will be open lab.

Week 10


During class on 11/15 I covered Software Deployment and PStools.  One assignment including both topics was assigned.

Next Week - open lab:
During class next week I will not lecture; I will be available for students who need help.  Please take the opportunity to use this time to work on homework.    I will also give lab time during my 9:30 class on Monday as well as my 11 o'clock class on Monday.  The times and locations that I will be available are:

Monday 11/21:
     9:30 to 10:30   K102
   11:00 to 1:30     K105
Tuesday 11/22:
   11:00 to 1:30     K102


Week 9


During class on 11/8 I finished the topic of printing.  The second printing assignment was assigned.

I also went over the process of  moving DHCP services off your Domain Controller and onto a  member server; a homework requiring that you do the same was assigned.

Lastly, I covered the topic of active directory delegation.  This topic will be added to a future assignment. 

Next week I will cover Software Deployment and PStools.

Windows 2012 R2 -- I forgot to mention in class.... in the next few weeks you will be assigned an assignment which will require that you add a Windows 2012 R2 server to your domain as a domain controller.   I will go over the process in class however, in the mean time, you need to get the product key from Dream Spark (Microsoft Image)   Get the key for:  Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard 64-bit English Microsoft Image.    Complete the installation and get all the updates.

Week 8


During class on 11/1 I covered printer deployment (3 methods), point and print functionality, print management custom views and printer security.   The first of 2 printing homeworks was assigned.


  • The first 2 assignments are no longer being accepted
  • During the next few days I will be deleting all CIS131 client machines from the system.  I will leave the server.
  • Vmware Issues.   A few students commented in class today that they were not able to use the web client from home any longer and that this had been an issue for a few days.  IF YOU DON'T TELL ME, I DON'T KNOW.   As noted in the past, you can use the terminal server method to connect to the machines if necessary (week 3 below).   But please email me when you're having problems connection; I do need to know if connection problems are occurring so that I can let the IT department know. 
Week 7


I had self-inflicted technical problems in class today....long story.

I did not get through printer deployment.  I will cover that topic next week.  Unfortunately this means that you may get the two printer homework assignments during the same week. 

No new homework was assigned this week.

ASSIGNMENT DEADLINE:  Just a Heads Up.  The first assignment (scripts, folder redirection & auditing) and the review assignment due dates have past.   The ABSOLUTE last date that I will accept either of these assignments is Monday, October 31st.  On November 1st I will be deleting most of the virtual machines from CIS131.

Lab Time
I will be available for lab time on
MONDAY October 31st as follows:
  9:30 to 10:30   K102
11:00 to 1:30     K105

Week 6


During class on 10/18 I covered NAT and started the topic of printing.    The NAT homework was assigned.

Next week I will continue with printing; the topic of printing is in chapters 26 & 27 in the textbook.   This will take 2 weeks to complete and there will be two printing assignments.

VMWare machines:


Week 5


During class on 10/4 I covered DHCP.  A homework on the topic was assigned.

Please remember that next Tuesday BCC will follow Monday's schedule therefore we will not meet next week.

During our next class (on 10/18 I will cover NAT and I will start the topic of printing)

VMWare Space Issues:  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.  We need the space.

As always, the recorded lectures are posted on eLearning.

Online students - please remember to send a 'check-in' message during a week where no homework is submitted.


Week 4



During class on 9/27 all students worked on 5 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 three weeks.  \

Windows 7 - Remote Server Admin Tools -- If when trying to install Remote Server Admin Tools you are told they are already installed, you'll still need to 'enable' AD tools.  To do that, follow the instructions on this video:
AD Tools on Windows 7

Receive Full Credit for the 5 labs assigned during the 9/27 class by submitting the following by 10/4

  •  AWord Document containing a screenshot of Active Directory Users and Computers running on each of the 5 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 Space Issues:  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.  We need the space.

Next week I will cover the topic of DHCP (chapter 22 in the textbook).

Week 3


VMWARE issues
It seems like we're having issues again with 'seeing' virtual machines from within the WebClient.  A reboot of the server resolves the problem but it seems like the reboot is not lasting a full 24 hours.   PLEASE let me know if you're not able to see your machines when connecting with the Web Client.  Email me!!       I can't test this because I don't have a student account so I need all of you  to keep me informed. 
I'm waiting to hear back from IT to see if they'll setup a VDI option but I'm not sure if they'll approve it.   In the meantime, here are some alternate access methods:

Terminal Server Instructions

Using Web Client - search

During class this week I went over a some things that students need to complete BEFORE next week's 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 and Windows 10 - clone them.  Next week you will do a SysPrep lab on each of these machines and if things are not done properly you could lose access to the machine.  The clone will be a backup :)

This week's lecture was on Logon Scripts.  The first homework was officially assigned.   The assignment MUST be completed on your CIS131 domains.

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



Week 2


During class this week all students should have successfully installed Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.    If you need electronic copies of the installation instructions they are available on the Homework page.

Here's what needs to be done BEFORE class on 9/27: 
Note:  Something I forgot to mention during class.... all the required downloads for each OS are available on the supplemental materials page.

  • Windows 2008 R2 server installed, all important/critical updates installed, Product key activated, VMware tools installed. 
  • Windows XP; clone your CIS131 XP client and store the clone in your 231 folder.  Download Admin Pak Admin Tools for XP and Windows XP Support Tools (don't  install).  Power off the clone.  (A how to clone video has been added to the recorded lectures page on eLearning)
  • Windows 7- installed, all important/critical  updates installed, product key NOT activated, local administrator enabled, VMWare tools installed, all items specified on the last page of the Windows 7 Install lab downloaded.   Login as the local administrator and complete all tasks listed on the last page of the in-class lab.  
  • Windows 8.1 - installed, all important updates installed, product key activated, local administrator enabled, VMWare tools installed, download Remote Server Administration  tools for Windows 8.1 (not installed).
  • Windows 10 - installed, all important updates installed, product key activated, local administrator enabled, VMWare tools installed, download Remote Server Administration tools for Windows 10 and ADK (not installed)

Here's what needs to be submitted:

  • For Each Operating System (excluding XP), include the following screenshots.  Create ONE document PER Operating System.  Use the Operating System name as the document name. They don't all have to be submitted together.  To receive full credit for this 'assignment' you must submit all before 9/27  (25 points per operating system)
    Control Panel / System and Security / Windows Update - confirming all updates are installed
    System Properties - the bottom of the page - confirming the status of the product key activation
    Output of the following command to confirm the Administrator's account is enabled: :    net user administrator
    Dir listing OR  windows explorer image of downloads folder - confirming all required files were downloaded
    Control Panel / Programs / Programs & Features

Next week I'll spend some time going over some of what we did this week and then I'll lecture on logon scripts.

VMware Reboot:    FYI - The IT department reboots the VMware server at 5:00 AM every day.   Please keep this in mind  -- especially if that's the time of day you do homework!


Week 1


During the first week of class I provided an overview of the course,  and lectured on File System Auditing and Folder Redirection.      There will be one assignment that includes 3 topics: File System Auditing, folder redirection and logon scripts.  I have not covered logon scripts yet.  I have posted the assignment for those who wish to get a start on the two topics that are in the assignment.  The due date won't be posted until I lecture on logon scripts.

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.

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 classes:  September 13th and September 27th.   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.

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 Tuesday.   (Preferably by Friday -   Please do not wait until Monday night to test this. )  All students must attend!!!!

Dream Spark 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 MONDAY TO TEST THIS!!!

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1 64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine
Windows 8.1 Professional with Update 32/64 bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine
Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32/64-bit (English) -Microsoft Imagine
Windows 10 Multiple Editions 32/64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine


Login to Vmware from home; make sure you're able to access your machines from last year and your folder for this year.  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 Dream Spark, 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 then we'll jump right into some of the topics that I didn't cover last semester; file system auditing, folder redirection and logon scripts.  All supplemental materials from the CIS131 class are available in Supplemental Materials link at the top of this page.  

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 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, NAT, Terminal Services....

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.