Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4
Hours: 3 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)
Advisory: Basic computer skills and knowledge of Macintosh or Windows operating systems; familiarity using web browsers, email, bookmarking, searching and downloading.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Install a Windows Server
  • Configure network service protocols
  • Configure network service protocols
  • Install a Windows Server


Introductory course covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows server infrastructure, setup and administration. Topics include managing file systems (including Active Directory Domain Services [AD DS]), networking services, Hyper-V configuration, devices, user accounts, backups, and basic security.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Install a Windows server
B. Configure network service protocols
C. Configure and manage data storage and printers
D. Configure and manage server resources

Course Content

A. Server concepts
1. Server vs. desktop computers
2. Purpose of server
3. Server configurations
4. Server operating systems
5. Hardware and devices
B. Installing and configuring a Windows server
1. Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services
2. Implementing networking services
3. Implementing local storage
4. Implementing file and print services
C. Configure an Active Directory and manage server storage systems
1. Managing Active Directory Domain Services objects
2. Automating Active Directory Domain Services administration
3. Organizing with forests, domains and sites
4. Raising domain and forest functional levels
5. Locating Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles
D. Configure server peripheral devices
E. Control and monitor server access
F. Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
1. Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V
2. Implementing session-based desktop deployment
3. Configuring web access for RemoteApp programs
4. Pooled vs. personalized desktop collections
G. Deploying group policies for central management
1. Contrasting computer/user policies and preferences
2. Locking down the desktop with administrative templates

Lab Content

A. Windows Server Operating System Lab
B. Server Hardware Configuration Lab
C. Active Directory System Lab
D. Configure Server Peripheral Lab
E. Control Access Lab
F. Remote and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Lab
G. Group Policies Lab

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. When offered on/off campus: Lecture room equipped with overhead projector, white/black board, and a demonstration computer connected online. Computer laboratories equipped with online PCs and Macintosh computers, network server access, and printers.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access on the Internet: Students must have currently existing email accounts/email address and ongoing access to computers with email software, GUI web browsing capability, FTP program, and access to the World Wide Web.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Completed written homework assignments and lab reports
B. Class performance with demonstrations
C. Quizzes
D. Final exam

Method(s) of Instruction

During periods of instruction the student will be:
A. Actively taking notes during lectures and demonstrations
B. Actively engaged in self-paced learning practices
C. Conducting online research
D. Completing lab work
E. Meeting with other students in one-on-one sessions or small group instruction

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Carpenter, Tom. Microsoft Windows Server Administration: Essentials. Sybex, 2011. Print.

Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Reading assignments: Weekly reading assignments from the text, online curriculum, instructor's chapter notes, PowerPoint, and outside sources, 20-40 pages weekly.



Computer Service Technology, Instructional Design/Technology