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ISTA 230 : Networking and Server Fundamentals

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Networking and Server Fundamentals
This course introduces the fundamentals of network server architectures using the installation and configuration processes of Windows Server as a framework. It provides an in-depth examination of server architectures, performance tuning, and resource access and allocation controls. Using online labs, projects and other activities derived from Microsoft Official Course 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server course, the student conducts a variety of server installation and configuration activities, while building the conceptual and practical knowledge and skills necessary for server and cloud administration. Required course materials include time-sensitive license vouchers that students must have to participate in the course. The course prepares students to take the associated Microsoft Certification exam, which is incorporated as the course Final Exam. Students must take this exam at a Microsoft-approved test proctor facility; see the Master Textbook List for further information.

This course is part one of a three-part series that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. ISTA 330, Advanced Windows Server Administration and Services, and ISTA 332, Designing and Implementing Server Infrastructures, are the next two courses in this series. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server environment. While there is some cross-over in skills and tasks across the courses, this course focuses on the initial implementation and configuration of core services, including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server configuration. The goal of the course is to provide the student with both the practical hands-on skills necessary to install and configure Windows Server systems, but also to understand the theory and best practice that relate to successful server implementations. Class projects guide students in achieving these goals. In addition, by preparing the student to succeed with the related Microsoft Certification exams, this course is an essential step on the way to earning relevant Microsoft professional certifications.

After completing this course, a student will be able to:1. Explain the fundamental concepts behind network servers, the services they provide, and the administration of these services and servers.2. Demonstrate the deployment and management of Windows Server systems and services3. Demonstrate the use of Active Directory in implementing and administering servers and networks.4. Implement various network services, such as IPv4, IPv6, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and Domain Name System services, within an enterprise network environment.5. Understand, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot user accounts, group policies and infrastructure as part of achieving organizational information security objectives.6. Show how organizational information security needs and policies are related to the implementation and use of Group Policy Objects.7. Demonstrate the fundamental concepts of virtualization, and how Hyper-V and other virtualization technologies can provide benefits and challenges in an enterprise IT environment.8. Understand and be able to articulate the role of group policies, file services, and remote access as they relates to providing secure and reliable information systems to meet the overall mission and objectives of the organization.9. Explain how organizational needs for information to support decision-making should be reflected in various aspects of network and server implementation, deployment and administration.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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