M&IS 34045 Small Systems Technology

Spring 2004

Room: BSA 206

Tuesday: 7:00 9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Steve Sinkovich

Office: A427

Telephone: 330.672.1144


Web Site: http://ctx.bsa.kent.edu

Office Hours: Before and after class and by appointment

Overview of the Course

This course will introduce you to Microsoft Windows 2000 Server through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on labs. You will perform an attended installation of Windows 2000 Server, and you will learn about the various file systems supported by Windows 2000. You will learn about Active Directory services and how to manage Active Directory objects. You will use Microsoft Management Console to monitor system performance, to administer Internet Information Services, and to administer user accounts, group accounts, and group policies. You will learn how to administer print services. You will learn how to install and administer network protocols and services such as virtual private networking, DHCP, WINS, and DNS. You will learn how to back up data, implement disaster protection, and recover from a disaster.

We will also explore and discuss current issues in the I.T. industry through regular readings outside of the textbook. These readings are meant to tie into the chapter readings in a general fashion, by illustrating some of the business implications of decisions made within the Information Technology field. You will be required to come to class prepared to discuss the article and how it relates to the current chapter in the book.

Course Description

An examination of the role of small computer systems within an organization's information systems environment.

NOTE 1: Registration in any 30000 or 40000-level Management and Information Systems course is restricted to the following groups: 1) Officially declared advanced business administration majors. 2) Officially declared nonbusiness majors with a minimum 60 semester hours completed and a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA. Registration priority is extended to those majors that specifically require 30000 and 40000-level Management and Information Systems courses. 3) Officially declared premajor (with a minimum 60 semester hours completed and a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA) registering for advanced business courses.

NOTE 2: Admission to all 30000 or 40000-level courses requires completion of all prerequisites and appropriate academic status.

Prerequisites or Corequisites

Coursework: M&IS 24060, 24070.

You should have the following knowledge and skills prior to starting the course. In some cases it may be possible to acquire this knowledge and these skills through additional study during the course:

         Ability to navigate the Windows operating system interface (preferably the Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, or Windows 2000 interface)

         Previous training or knowledge of Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT (preferably Windows NT)

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to

         Prepare for the installation of Windows 2000 Server. Perform an attended installation of Windows 2000 Server.

         Identify the various types of Windows 2000 file systems and their components, and perform common disk management tasks.

         Configure NTFS security and configure security for shared folders. Create Dfs roots and links.

         Configure a Windows 2000 Server computer as a domain controller. Install and configure Active Directory services, and administer Active Directory objects.

         Create and administer various types of user accounts and group accounts. Administer group policies, and manage group policy objects.

         Implement and administer network printing, manage documents, and administer printers from a Web browser.

         Identify network protocols and services supported by Windows 2000 Server. Configure TCP/IP, DHCP, WINS, and DNS.

         Identify the various components of Windows 2000 security, and analyze security on a computer running Windows 2000 Server. Configure Certificate Services and file encryption.

         Manage hardware devices and their drivers. Configure UPS. Back up and restore data, implement disk disaster protection, and recover from a disaster.

         Monitor and optimize the performance of your hard disk. Monitor system performance. Install the SNMP service.

         Administer Internet Information Services. Configure Telnet services. Install and configure Terminal Services and Terminal Services licensing.

BSA Laboratory Availability

Please check for Holiday hours with the lab office!

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. 11 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 12 - 6 p.m.

Some of the assigned labs will be in class, any can be individual tasks and/or team based.


Required Texts

ALS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server textbook and ALS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Lab Manual (Microsoft Press, 2000).

Online Articles: These are assigned reading and will be part of the class discussion as listed below in the syllabus. Articles are used as part of the quiz and exam question resources.


Final grades are determined through a weighted average of midterm and final examinations, quizzes, laboratory assignments, homework assignments, class participation, and attendance. Your final grade in the course will be based on the following:

Laboratory / Homework assignments 30%

Quizzes 20%

Midterm examination 25%

Final examination 25%


There may be opportunities for extra credit. These will be announced in class as they arise.

After your numerical grade has been calculated, your letter grade will be determined as follows:

A 90100% of the total points possible

B 8089% of the total points possible

C 7079% of the total points possible

D 6069% of the total points possible

F Less than 60% of the total points possible

Class Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the course. The instructor reserves the right to make schedule changes based on the needs of the students in the class.

Check WebCT for times and dates for exams, quizzes, homework and labs.



Class Topics/Readings

Jan 12


Week 1

Access Course Content on WebCT.

Introduction to course

Introduction to WebCT
Chapter 1, Lessons 13

Week 2

Microsoft Scholarships!

Chapter 1, Lessons 13

Online Article- Windows Application Monopoly in Jeopardy?

Chapter 2, Lessons 14


Week 3


Chapter 2, Lessons 14


Online Article- Multiple boot options

Online Article- Linux Gets Govt. Approval

Chapter 3, Lessons 13

Week 4


Chapter 4, Lessons 14

Linux vs. Microsoft

Review of Chapters 13

Week 5

Lab Instructions!


Quiz 1 on Chapters 13: Closed book, no notes! In the BSA labs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Class will start at 7:35.

Chapter 5, Lesson 12

Week 6


Chapter 6, Lessons 14

Chapter 7, Lessons 13


Week 7


Chapter 7, Lesson 4

Review of Chapters 46

Week 8


Quiz 2 on Chapters 46

Chapter 8, Lesson 15
Review of Chapters 17

Week 9


Midterm examination of Chapters 17

Week 10


Chapter 9, Lessons 15

TCP/IP Schematic

Chapter 10, Lessons 15

Week 11

Spring Break



Week 12


Chapter 10, Lessons 15 (cont.)
Review of Chapters 89

Chapter 11, Lessons 15

Microsoft Technet Security




Week 13


Quiz 3 on Chapters 89

Chapter 12, Lesson 14


Week 14


Chapter 13, Lessons 15

Online Article- Windows Security Issues

Week 15

Lab in class


Quiz 4 on Chapters 1012

Chapter 14, Lessons 1-4

Review of Chapters 114

Windows 2003

Week 16


Final examination: Per University Requirements. The exam will be available in the BSA computer Lab. The Final will be on WebCT.


The Following Policies Apply to All Students in this Course


A.     Students attending the course who do not have the proper prerequisite risk being deregistered from the class.


B.    Students have responsibility to ensure they are properly enrolled in classes. You are advised to review your official class schedule (using Web for Students) during the first two weeks of the semester to ensure you are properly enrolled in this class and section. Should you find an error in your class schedule, you have until Saturday, January 24th, 2004 to correct the error with your advising office. If registration errors are not corrected by this date and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester for any class in which you are not properly registered.


C.    Academic Honesty: Cheating means to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of your academic work (e.g., tests, papers, projects, assignments) so as to get undeserved credit. The use of the intellectual property of others without giving them appropriate credit is a serious academic offense. It is the University's policy that cheating or plagiarism result in receiving a failing grade for the work or course. Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University.


D.    For Spring 2004, the course withdrawal deadline is Saturday, January 24th, 2004. Withdrawal before the deadline results in a "W" on the official transcript; after the deadline a grade must be calculated and reported.


E.     Students with disabilities: In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required. Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in the Michael Schwartz Service Center (672-3391).