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Program Contacts

Dean Stacey Hilton (928) 717-7775
Instructional Assistant Jessee Porter (928) 776-2312

Quick Facts

About the Windows Server Administrator Certificate

The Windows Server Administrator certificate program is designed to prepare students to manage a Windows server and network infrastructure. Students acquire skills in directory services, server configuration, and network services. Students are prepared for server administrator and support positions. Prepares students for the MCITP: Server Administrator certification.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Windows Server Administrator Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Describe and configure the hardware and software used in a small- to medium-sized computer network. (CNT 100)
  2. Discuss the methods and operation of local and wide area networks. (CNT 115)
  3. Perform administrative and troubleshooting tasks on Windows server operating systems. (CNT 120)
  4. Manage and maintain a Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory environment. (CNT 122)
  5. Manage and support a Microsoft Windows Server network infrastructure. (CNT 123)
  6. Plan and manage a Windows server infrastructure in an enterprise environment. (CNT 220)

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
CNT100 Intro to Computer Networking

CNT 100. Introduction to Computer Networking Technology (3). Introduction to technologies, terminology, and skills used in the world of computer networking. Preparation for the Network+ Certification exam. Three lecture. One lab.

1. Computer network fundamentals
2. Network hardware essentials
3. Network topologies and technologies
4. Network media
5. Network protocols
6. Network models and standards

1. Identify computer and network components and describe network communication. (1)
2. Describe the function of common network hardware. (2)
3. Compare and contrast characteristics of the major network topologies and technologies. (3)
4. Describe network media characteristics and install network cabling. (4)
5. Configure and describe the operation of network protocols. (5)
6. Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models of networking. (6)

CNT115 Network+: Networking Tech Cert

CNT 115. Network+: Networking Technologies Certification (4). A broad range of networking technologies is examined. Topics include network media, topologies, protocols, operating systems, network management, and security. Preparation for the Network+ Certification exam. Prerequisite: CNT 100. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. OSI Model
2. IP addressing and subnetting
3. Advanced network hardware concepts
4. Networking operating system fundamentals
5. Server management and administration
6. Network security
7. Small business networking
8. Wide area networks
9. Troubleshooting and support

1. Describe the networking process according to the OSI Model. (1)
2. Develop an IP addressing scheme with subnetting. (2)
3. Configure and compare network infrastructure hardware. (3)
4. Install and configure a network operating system. (4)
5. Manage a network server. (5)
6. Employ network security features. (6)
7. Configure a small business network. (7)
8. Describe the major wide area network technologies. (8)
9. Troubleshoot and support a local area network. (9)

CNT120 Intro to Windows Server

CNT 120. Introduction to Windows Server (3). Introduction to the Windows Server line of network operating systems. Topics include installation, file systems, networking, directory services, file and printer sharing, and security. Extensive hands-on exercises with realistic scenarios to help students apply new concepts and sharpen problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: CNT 100 or CNT 110 or CNT 115. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. Windows Server products and requirements
2. Windows Server installation
3. Server environment
4. Directory services
5. Resource access
6. Printing
7. Data storage
8. Networking
9. Remote access
10. Security

1. Describe the Windows Server family of products and define system requirements for each. (1)
2. Install Windows Server and describe the options and requirements for installing Windows Server. (2)
3. Configure the server environment. (3)
4. Install and configure Windows directory services. (4)
5. Manage access to resources. (5)
6. Configure printing services. (6)
7. Manage and configure data storage. (7)
8. Configure and troubleshoot Windows network protocols and services. (8)
9. Configure remote access services. (9)
10. Configure security protocols. (10)

1. Cisco Academy on-line chapter exams and final exam. Cisco Academy skills final exam.

CNT122 Windows Server I

CNT 122. Windows Server I (4). Configuration of a Windows Server operating system. Topics include Active Directory services, group policy, DNS, and certificate services. Preparation for the Windows Server MCTS certification exam. Prerequisite: CNT 120. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. Windows Server overview
2. Windows Server installation
3. Windows Server configuration
4. Windows storage services
5. File and printer sharing
6. Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
7. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
8. Active Directory overview
9. Domain Name System (DNS)
10. Active Directory accounts
11. Group Policy
12. Virtualization
13. Virtual machines

1. Describe Windows Server and its core technologies. (1)
2. Install Windows Server. (2)
3. Configure Windows Server. (3)
4. Configure Windows storage. (4)
5. Create and configure Windows file and printer shares. (5)
6. Configure TCP/IP. (6)
7. Deploy DHCP. (7)
8. Install and configure domain controllers. (8)
9. Deploy DNS. (9)
10. Create and manage Active Directory accounts. (10)
11. Configure Group Policy. (11)
12. Install and configure Hyper-V virtualization. (12)
13. Configure virtual machines. (13)

CNT123 Windows Server II

CNT 123. Windows Server II (3). Administration of a Windows Server environment. Topics include server deployment, network services, and Active Directory management. Preparation for the Microsoft Administering Windows Server 2012 (70-411) certification exam. Prerequisite: CNT 122. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. Server deployment
2. Windows Update
3. Server management and monitoring
4. Domain Controller management
5. Active Directory account policies
6. Group Policy settings
7. Group Policy management
8. Domain Name System (DNS)
9. File and print services
10. Remote access
11. Network policies

1. Deploy and manage server images. (1)
2. Install and configure Windows Server Update Services. (2)
3. Monitor servers. (3)
4. Manage Domain Controllers. (4)
5. Configure account policies. (5)
6. Configure Group Policy settings. (6)
7. Manage Group Policy objects. (7)
8. Configure DNS zones and records. (8)
9. Configure Distributed File System and file server settings. (9)
10. Configure remote access settings. (10)
11. Define and configure network policies. (11)

CNT220 Windows Server III

CNT 220. Windows Server III (3). Configuring advanced Windows Server services. Emphasis on high availability, disaster recovery, and Active Directory infrastructure. Preparation for the Microsoft Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) certification exam. Prerequisite: CNT 123. Three lecture.

1. High availability
2. Advanced storage solutions
3. Business continuity
4. Advanced network services
5. Active Directory infrastructure
6. Identity and access solutions

1. Plan and manage a highly available server environment. (1)
2. Configure advanced storage solutions. (2)
3. Implement business continuity and disaster recovery. (3)
4. Configure advanced network services. (4)
5. Configure the Active Directory infrastructure. (5)
6. Implement identity and access solutions. (6)


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