Module Outline

Active Directory for Windows Server 2008

Program Outcomes:


Students who successfully complete the Network Administration program at Oulton College will leave the course with the ability to successfully build and deploy computer systems in a networked environment.  Students will become well-versed in the deployment and configuration of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  Students will learn how to setup a computer network and provide the services necessary to maximize the user experience.  Students will possess the troubleshooting skills necessary to identify system and network failures and remedy them.  Focus will also be given to taking the proper steps necessary to secure a computer system and a computer network.


Module Description:


This course teaches students, through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, textbook exercises, and classroom labs, the skills and knowledge which form the foundation of preparation necessary for administering an Active Directory Domain Services implementation on Windows Server 2008.


The course begins by examining planning an Active Directory deployment including advanced concepts in DNS deployment. Subsequent topics are devoted to managing relationships with other networks, user and group administration, physical considerations when deploying Active Directory and group policy deployment.


This module is four weeks in duration and is equivalent to 120 class hours.


Module Website:      


Instructor:                   James Jackson (


Required Texts:             MOAC 70-640 Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

                                    MOAC 70-640 Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration Lab Manual                                     

The final mark will be comprised of:


Tests & Quizzes:                                   30%

Labs:                                                      30%

Assignments & Projects:                    10%

Final Examination:                            30%




-      Tests are prescheduled evaluations of a student’s progress, students will be given at least 24 hours notice of an upcoming test.  Students will receive a tentative schedule of tests on the first day of the module.  Tests may be rescheduled at the instructor’s discretion.

-      Quizzes are unscheduled evaluations of a student’s progress; students will be given no warning of an upcoming quiz.


Lab Activities:           


-      Lab activities are assigned to reinforce the concepts covered during lecture and to allow students to learn the practical application to the material taught.  Lab activities may contain written components which are evaluated and/or physical tasks that must be demonstrated for evaluation.




-      Assignments are given to allow students to have extra time, outside of class, to work with and better understand the material covered.  Throughout the module, students will receive various assignments.  Unless otherwise instructed, assignments are to be done outside of class time. 

-      Assignments are due before the first period of instruction on the day specified by the instructor.  Any assignment that is not in the instructors possession at the start of the first period on the date specified will not be eligible for full credit.  The instructor will deduct 10% from the assignment per day the assignment is late.  After three days, no credit will be given for the assignment.


Final Examination:  


-      The final examination will be scheduled for the last day of the module.  The final examination will contain material from the entire module.  The final examination is currently scheduled for February 12, 2009.


Possible Topics:


o       Installing Active Directory Domain Services

o       Trust Relationships

o       User, group and computer administration

o       Maintaining the Active Directory data store

o       Sites, subnets and site link objects

o       Command-line administrative tools

o       Global Catalog servers

o       Domains, trees and forests

o       FSMO Roles

o       Controlling security using Active Directory

o       Read-Only Domain Controllers

o       Understanding Active Directory replication

o       Organizational Units

o       Group Policy Objects

o       Installing and Configuring DNS for Active Directory

o       Using GPOs to distribute software




-      Class hours will be as follows for this module (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday):

o        Period 1:  8:50 – 9:50

o        Period 2:  10:00 – 11:00

o        Period 3:  11:10 – 12:10

o        Period 4:  1:00 – 2:00

o        Period 5:  2:10 – 3:10

o        Period 6:  3:20 – 4:20

-      Wednesdays, the schedule will be modified to:

o        Period 1:  8:20 – 9:30

o        Period 2:  9:40 – 10:50

o        Period 3:  11:00 – 12:10

o        Period 4:  1:00 – 2:00

o        Period 5:  2:10 – 3:10

o        Period 6:  3:20 – 4:20

-      Every Friday, there are no classes at Oulton College.  Students are invited to use this day for extra help.  Instructors will be available for extra help sessions between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  From time to time, at the discretion of the instructor, students may be required to attend extra help sessions and/or evaluations on Friday mornings.


Tentative Schedule:

***This is a tentative outline, and will change as needed


Monday, January 19                                          Chapter 1 “Introduction to Active Directory”

Tuesday, January 20                                          Chapter 1 “Introduction to Active Directory”

Wednesday, January 21                                    Test #1

Chapter 2 “Implementing Active Directory”

Thursday, January 22                                        Chapter 5Active Directory Administration


Monday, January 26                                          Chapter 5 “Active Directory Administration”

Tuesday, January 27                                          Chapter 5 “ Active Directory Administration”

Wednesday, January 28                                    Test #2

Chapter 6 “ Security Planning and Delegation”

Thursday, January 28                                        Chapters 7 & 10 “Group Policy”


Monday, February 2                                           Test #3

Chapter 8 “User and Computer Environment”

Tuesday, February 3                                           Chapter 9  “Software Distribution”

Wednesday, February 4                                     Test #4

Chapter 3  “Sites”

Thursday, February 7                                         Chapter 4  “The Global Catalog and the FSMO Roles”

                                                                                Chapter 11 “Maintaining the Active Directory Data Store”


Monday, February 9                                           Test #5

Chapter 12  “Domain Name System”

Tuesday, February 10                                        Chapter 12  “Domain Name System”

Wednesday, February 11                                   Review/Finish Labs

Thursday, February 12                                       Final Examination