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CIT 215
Microsoft Networking V
Designing a Windows Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

Revised: August, 2009
Credits: 5
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: HTC 133
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
E-mail: due to increased spam my email address will be provided the first day of class
Class Web Page:
Textbook: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure by Wendy Corbin and Kurt Hudson, ISBN 0470068949, Microsoft Press. Search using the title, author, or ISBN for pricing at various discounters/used book dealers, or pay full price at the college bookstore.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Various topics in networking using Microsoft products aimed at the less common MCSE electives. Unlimited repeatability. (Formerly CIT 215, MCSE Elective) Prerequisite: CIT 213 or instructor's approval.

Welcome to CIT 215 Microsoft Networking V; Designing a Windows Active Directory and Network Infrastructure. This course is for students training to become a information technology (IT) professionals in system and network architect. This course will prepare you to analyze an organization and its technical requirements to create an appropriate Active Directory and networking services design within the context of the Windows Server environment. You will shown how to examine existing designs and recommend solutions to improve the availability, security, and performance of the a network. You will study and practice the process of analyzing Active Directory and network infrastructure design, including setup of domains and related objects, selecting appropriate IP subnets, establishing DHCP, DNS, and other services required by a fully functional network. You will also learn to evaluate security needs and how to implement them, including packet filtering, file encryption, and more. This class will conclude with a project in which each successful student will create a hypothetical organization's Active Directory and network infrastructure design using skills learned in class.

The weekly chapter readings, links to supplemental readings, and the most significant assignments are listed in the schedule below. Assignments are due the week after they have been assigned. Additional assignments may be given from time to time depending on class progress with due dates noted when the assignments are given. To complete assignments students may need to use the Remote Access Lab maintained by GBC's COT Dept.

As an Internet based class, there are no traditional lectures, discussions, or labs. However, I plan to produce several podcasts which will be linked to this online syllabus for you to download. These podcasts will be recorded in the MP3 format and can be listened to using any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer or with an MP3 player. Furthermore, you are expected to keep up with the weekly chapter reading assignments from the book. In lieu of lectures I will create various posts and link supplementary materials in the schedule below which you are also expected to review each week. Instead of classroom discussions you will be expected to post your own college quality written comments on one topic related to the class readings each week as well as respond to your fellow students' comments. To help you with ideas for posts you may consult the textbook, lab maual, or my posts on each week's material. I will read and assess your posts as well as comment on them if necessary for clarification purposes.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This class is sometimes taught live and at other times via the Internet using GBC's WebCampus system. You are expected to participate in the weekly discussions (whether live or on-line), the various assignments, the exams, and other class activities. (In the on-line version of this class, you are expected to post at least one original discussion and one response to other classmates' posts each week and your posts should relate to some aspect of the material we are covering during each lesson or some related networking issue. In the live version you are expect to be prepared for and participate in each class session.)

I can be reached via WebCampus and email, at the phone number listed above, via Skype or, you can make an appointment to see me. My office hours are posted on my office door and on my website. The schedule of readings, assignments, homework, and tests can be found below. Additional assignments will be given in the class discussions or through postings on this class's WebCampus site.


The primary objective of this class is to provide students with an advanced level understanding of desgining Active Directory and network infrastructure as applied to business systems. In doing so, we will cover network design issues of directory services, network security, group policies, DHCP, DNS and more. Some of the more significant topics to be covered in this class include:


The successful student in this class will be able to:

  1. complete an organizational network assessment;
  2. design an Active Directory infrastructure;
  3. design a network services infrastructure;
  4. design and integrate the logical components (group policies, security policy, etc.) of a network;
  5. determine organizationally appropriate configurations for DNS, DHCP, and WINS;
  6. specify suitable and secure remote access;
  7. compose a realizable implementation plan;
  8. design a physical network structure.
Learner Outcome Measurements
Measurement Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Labs 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
Quizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Project 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


The following are guidelines that may be used to create your final class project. You may create or remodel an actual network design of a real orgaization. Or, you may design network for a fictitious national or mutlinational corporation/organization. Additional information about the class project will be given as this class proceeds. However, to help get you started thinking about it, elements to consider in your design include but are not limited to:

  • Multiple locations with efficient topology
  • IP addresses and subnets
  • High speed intranet and Internet connections
  • PC and server hardware and software
  • Design location for hardware and software
  • Designing an Active Directory using appropriate Domains, OUs, Sites
  • Create a replication strategy and master operations
  • Create naming conventions and structures for Internet and intranet usage
  • Design NTFS and share permissions.
  • Services in use should include: Routing, DNS, DHCP, etc.
  • Backup routine
  • Account and Group Polices
  • Secure authentication
  • Secure remote access


GRADING POLICY: This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 30% on assignments, 20% on participation, 25% on mid-term exam, and 25% on final exam. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class unless otherwise indicated by the instructor when they are assigned.

EXAM & QUIZ PROCEDURES: All exams and quizzes will be objective, e.g. true/false, multiple choice, fill-in the blank, etc, and will be conducted using GBC's web based learning system.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor must agree in advance to any excused absences unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. Three (3) unexcused absences can result in a failing grade, in an on-line class an absence is one week when you do not participate in class or contact the instructor.

OTHER POLICIES: The student rights & responsibilities policy stated in the current GBC Catalog apply to this class. If you need special accommodations please contact GBC's ADA Officer at 775-753-2271 as soon as possible. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade. This syllabus is not a contract and is subject to reasonable changes as the class proceeds.


You should have read and be prepared to discuss each week's topics by the beginning of class. We will have significant hands on experiences with many lessons.

Readings, topics, major assignments, & quizzes/exams by week:
(Please note: the following schedule is subject to change based on class progress)
Week 1: Class introduction & Project considerations Project Proposal
Week 2: Chapter 1 Analyzing an existing IT infrastructure  
Week 3: Chapter 2 Designing the DNS structure Lab 2
Week 4: Chapter 3 WINS design considerations  
Week 5: Chapter 4 Designing network & routing infrastructure Lab 4
Week 6: Chapter 5 Designing forest & domain infrastructure  
Week 7: Chapter 5 (cont.) Forests & domains (cont.) Lab 5
Week 8: Chapter 5 (cont.) Forests & domains (cont.)  
Week 9: Chapter 6 AD sites & server placement Lab 6
Week 10: Chapter 7 Administrative security design Lab 7
Week 11: Chapter 8 Designing & securing Internet connectivity Lab 8
Week 12: Chapter 9 Network access strategy Lab 9
Week 13:   revise project proposal  
Week 14:   work on projects  
Week 15:   post your completed project!  
Week 16:   peer review with comments Required

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