The Moulton Company Seminar Capsule
Technology training for the 21st Century

Mastering & Supporting Windows Networks
featuring Windows Active Directory Server

Course Description:

This 4-day course provides the necessary skills for support personnel to install, maintain, and upgrade networks to Windows 7. The format is class lecture with hands-on lab exercises that are performed by the students with instructor supervision. This support training includes information on the proper installation of Windows Server including system requirements, optional hardware, and custom setup. Students will also learn user and group management procedures such as security fundamentals. Other important areas of instruction include managing the registry, printer set-up, and network administration.

In addition to these functions, this class includes instruction on such critical resources as the back-up utility and recovery tools, performance monitor, and Remote Access Server (RAS).

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for anyone charged with the responsibility for supporting Networks with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 PCs. Attendees do not need to have a formal technical background, however, they should be familiar with the standard operation of desktop personal computers running Microsoft Windows.

Duration & Cost:

Mastering & Supporting Windows Networks is a four-day seminar that accommodates a maximum of 24 students and is conducted by a primary instructor and one assistant instructor. The client provides all training facilities, including the computer lab. The client is provided with a master copy of the student manual that may be reproduced, at their cost, for each student in the class. Total cost for the four days is $8,416 for any location within a 150-mile radius of Baltimore, Maryland. Organizations located outside of this service area are also eligible to purchase this class, please call for a quote for your specific needs.

Comprehensive Course Outline:

Windows Active Directory has become the standard platform for Enterprise networks and Windows Server is the most popular active directory network operating system. Windows Server is a high-end operating environment geared towards Enterprise networking and security. It provides these features with the Windows and Windows GUI. This section provides a brief overview of Windows Operating Systems and compares them to the Windows Server Operating Systems.

     A.) Features and Benefits
     B.) Windows Servers and Workstation
     C.) Ancillary Windows Products
          1. Windows Structured Query Language Server
          2. Windows System Management Server
          3. Microsoft Exchange Server
     D.) XP Vs. Windows 7 Feature Comparison

Windows Server is easy to install provided you have the supported hardware. In this section we step you through the basic installation.

                  Installation Exercise

     A.) Preparing for Installation
     B.) System Requirements
     C.) Optional Hardware
     D.) Custom Setup
     E.) XP, Vista, and Win7

     A.) Preparations
     B.) Installation Process
     C.) Modification Process

                  User and Group Setup Exercise

     A.) Security Fundamentals
     B.) Logging into Windows Server
     C.) Introduction to Users and Groups
     D.) The Group Policy MMC (Microsoft Management Console)
     E.) Users
          1. Pre-defined Users: Admin. and Guest
          2. Creating User Accounts
          3. Managing Users
     F.) Groups
          1. Pre-defined groups
          2. Creating group Accounts
          3. Group Membership
          4. Managing Groups

Windows Server provides the security needed for corporate networks. This section discusses these security features and capabilities.

V. Windows Server Security
     A.) Security Overview
     B.) C-2 Level Security
     C.) System Wide Security
          1. Account Policies
          2. Standard Rights
          3. Auditing
     D.) Access Permissions
          1. File and Pirectory
          2. Clipbook
          3. Printer

Windows Server provides advanced hardware support features. It supports several file systems, and different disk partition types. There is also support for many multimedia and communications products.

                  Hardware Compatibility List Demo and Setup Exercise

     A.)  Memory and Virtual Memory
     B.)  Fixed Disk Management
     C.)  File System Support
          1.  FAT
          2.  HPFS
          3.  NTFS
     D.)  Disk Partition Support
          1.  Managing Partitions
          2.  Volume Sets
          3.  RAID
          4.  Stripe Sets

     A.)  Disk Controllers
     B.)  CD ROM
     C.)  Displays
     D.)  Network Adapters
     E.)  Tape Drives
     F.)  Serial Communications Ports
     G.)  UPS - Uninterruptable Power Supply

Windows Server is controlled via the registry and INI files. This section explores the registry structure and modifying the registry.

                  REGEDIT is Used to Walk Through the Registry

     A.)  Registry Organization
     B.)  Searching The Registry
     C.)  Keys, Values, and Data Types
     D.)  Editing the Registry
     E.)  Registry Recovery

Windows Server is an application development platform for distributed computing. This section examines applications under Windows Server. Installing standard office suite applications is discussed.

     A.)  Application Subsystems
     B.)  Multitasking and Multithreading
     C.)  Multiprocessor Support

     A.)  E-Mail
     B.)  Schedule+
     C.)  Static Data Exchange
     D.)  Data Linking
     E.)  Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
     F.)  Using the Clipbook

Windows Server supports many printers. Printer setup, operation and management are investigated here.

                  Setup and Print Queue Management Exercise

     A.)  True Type Fonts
     B.)  Managing True Type Fonts
     C.)  Printer Installation and Setup
     D.)  Printing from Within Applications
     E.)  Managing Printing
     F.)  Print Spooling

This section shows the strengths that Windows Server exhibits in networking. It explains the Domain concepts, TCP/IP setup and Enterprise networking strategies.

XII. Networking with Windows Server
     A.)  LAN Overview
     B.)  LAN Configurations
          1.  Peer-to-Peer
          2.  Client Server
          3.  Active Directory

XIII. Network Installation and Administration
     A.)  Active Directory Concepts
     B.)  Active Directory and Security
     C.)  Creating Active Directory Users and Groups

XIV. Windows Server Networking Architecture and Services
     A.)  Setting up Networking Features
          1.  Disk and CD-ROM Sharing
          2.  SQL Server
     B.)  Sharing Files and Directories
     C.)  Sharing the Clip Book
     D.)  Sharing Printers
     E.)  Permissions
     F.)  Tracking and Managing User Access

XV. Built in Network Support
                  TCP/IP Setup and DHCP Exercise

     A.)  Multiple Protocol Support
     B.)  NIC Support
     D.)  Internet Addressing and TCP/IP
     E.)  Viewing Network Connections
     F.)  Viewing Active Services and Bindings

XVI. Microsoft Active Directory
                  Active Directory Networking Exercises

     A.)  Simple Active Directory Network
     B.)  Network of Active Directory Servers
     C.)  Active Directory Exercises

XVII. Windows Server Remote Access Server (RAS)
                  Remote Access Server Exercise

     A.)  Workstation Vs. Server Differences
     B.)  Setup and Operation
     C.)  Protocol Support

Windows Server provides several backup and failure recovery features. In this section we explain these backup and failure recovery capabilities.

XVIII. Backups
     A.)  MS Backup Utility
     B.)  Scheduling Backups
     C.)  DOS Ghost Image Backups

XIX. Failure Recovery
     A.)  Recovery Tools
     B.)  System Errors
     C.)  Configuration Recovery Menu
     D.)  Boot Diskette
     E.)  Emergency Repair Diskette
     F.)  Using the Event Viewer

Windows Server performance and tuning strategies and techniques are presented and discussed. The performance monitor is used to examine network and standalone performance.

XX. Windows Server Performance
                  Performance Monitor Exercise

     A.)  Performance Monitor
     B.)  Locating Bottlenecks