Course Syllabus

Network Operating Systems II

Class Name, Number

    Network Operating Systems II, IT-3153, 2429

Instructor Name, Phone Number, E-Mail and Office Number

Cliff Layton, 918-343-7665,, (Office) HH 253, Office Hours:MT, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM in HH 253 or the RSU Business and Technology Advising Center; T, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253; W, 8:00 to 10:30 AM in HH 253; R,7:30 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253.

Course Prerequisite

Network Operating Systems I

Course Description

 This course is a continuation of Network Operating Systems I, extending local operating systems
concepts such as Active Directory to organization or enterprise network operating systems scope,
and stressing consideration of network operating systems services such as DNS, DHCP, web services,
and printing services for enterprise use.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 will be extensively focused in the course, but Fedora (Linux) server
will also be considered at some length.

Required Text(s) and Materials

The Complete Guide to iWindows Server 2008, by John Savill, Addison Wesley, 2008, ISBN 0-321-50272-8

Fedora Unleashed 2008 Edition, Hudson and Hudson, Sams, 2008, ISBN 0-672-32977-8


Special Hardware and Software Required in the Course

It is assumed in this course (and in most other online RSU networking courses in your future) that you will have access to VMWare Workstation 7 (or later) for Windows, on your usual Internet workstation which has Windows XP Pro (or beyond) as a host operating system.


In Network Operating Systems II, this will require that your usual workstation have at least 2 GB of memory (approximately) and at least 24 GB of hard disk space (approximately) over and above what is needed for your usual Internet workstation functioning.Other online RSU networking courses, in your future, may require slightly more or less memory and disk space.


A free copy of VMWare Workstation 7 is available for course use if requested from me, either on an RSU Networking Lab computer or for use on your own computer.Use of an RSU Networking Lab will only be possible if your schedule and mine can be appropriately arranged so that I can supervise such use.LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, PREFERABLY BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS, IF YOU NEED FOR ME TO MAKE A COPY OF VMWare WORKSTATION AVAILABLE TO YOU; THIS WILL REQUIRE THAT I SET UP A DOWNLOAD POSSIBILITY FOR YOU FROM A WEB SITE (WHICH WILL TAKE TIME).


Please see the Web site indicated below, or a paper copy of a VMWare Workstation 7 manual, or other VMWare information sources, for more exact details on specification per the workstation you should plan to use in this course (or other courses).†† VMWare Workstation Manual information is available at the below.



NOTE 1:If your schedule and mine can be arranged so that you can appropriately come to the RSU Claremore Campus, it may be possible for you to use RSU Claremore hardware and software in doing the course.


NOTE 2:Copies of Windows XP Pro (or other MS operating systems) and Windows Server 2008 can be loaned to you by RSU for course purposes, based on you completing the form at the below and sending the completed form to me. (The Linux distribution to be used in the course comes free of charge with your Fedora text book.)


NOTE 3:In doing course assignments, you will be required to verify some course work done on your computer by taking screen shots.One (free) software tool that is recommended for this is MWSnap, available at the below.


Other screen recording tools may also be used in the course, as the course progresses.

Course Objective(s)

1.  You will exercise network operating systems concepts, and Windows 2008 architecture concepts.

2.  You will install Windows 2008 server on networking hardware, under VMWare Workstation.

3.  You will exercise Windows 2008 domains and Active Directory, including implementation and
management on lab networking hardware.

4.  You will explore and exercise the Windows 2008 Registry.

5.  You will consider, install and configure a TCP/IP protocol stack.

6.  You will consider and explore Windows 2008 Server DHCP.

7.  You will consider and exercise Windows 2008 printing.

8.  You will consider and exercise Windows 2008 Domain Name Service.

9.  You will consider and exercise Internet Information Server (web services).

10.  You will consider, install (under VMWare Workstation), and exercise services similar to those mentioned
above, with respect to the Fedora (Linux) server network operating system, including mail, FTP, Apache
web server, and possibly Samba.

Teaching Methods (Student-Instructor Interaction)

The primary modes of Teacher/Student interaction in the course will be face-to-face, e-mail
and e-file transfer; possibly supplemented by threaded discussion.

In addition to possible face-to-face communication, you should communicate with me, and send files to me
through e-mail and e-mail attachment or DropBoxes, regarding your questions, assignments, etc. I will
communicate with you similarly.  Screen grabbing of assignment related screen may be required.

Multiple files should be sent in one attachment, where appropriate, by zipping the files together prior
to sending the result; and I may send several files to you zipped together, with unzipping required at
your location.

Threaded discussion topics, appropriate to several of those involved in the course at one time, may
be posted and added to a threaded discussion area, which should be checked frequently (if used).

Excepting holidays, sometimes weekends, and cases in which I am on trips away from e-mail, I will
respond to e-mail and e-file-transfers daily. I hope you will do likewise.

Other forms of Teacher/Student interaction such as phone, FAX, online-conferencing, etc. may also be
used in the course.

Evaluation Techniques

 Evaluation will be based on totaling scoring of a portfolio of weekly projects, and on PROCTORED
Mid-Term and Final Exams.†† This is detailed in the General Topic Outline and Agenda.


Missed exams may only be made up with the permission and timing of the instructor.

Grading System

 The course grading system is keyed to the Evaluation Techniques indicated above and on the
General Topic Outline and Agenda below, according to the following scale.

90% -- 100% A

78% -- 89% B

64% -- 77% C

50% -- 63% D

0% -- 49% F

Attendance Policies

This course is an online course in which attendance corresponds to contact between student and
instructor at least twice per week. Attendance and late arrivals are not directly factored into grading
in the course, but it is highly likely that students in the course not having contact with the instructor
at least twice per week will generally do well in the course. Also, students MUST participate in
Threaded Discussions within the weeks in which they are assigned, in order to receive credit for the
assignments, unless exceptions are negotiated.

Late Assignments and Make-up Work Policy

An assignment must be turned in within the week in which it is due in order to count, subject to
student/professor negotiation on very rare occasions.  The end of a week is considered to be Monday
immediately following the week at 11 PM of that.

General Topic Outline and Agenda

For a Summer course, please map the work in weeks 1 and 2 (below) to week 1 (in Summer), the work in
weeks 3 and 4 to week 2, etc., so that the course will become an 8-week course in Summer with the coverage
indicated below.



Chapters or Other Info. to be Studied

Assignment or Test Due at Week End











Chapter 1, Savill
VMWare Manual

Assignment 1 (Summarize Chapt. 1, and Install VMWare Workstation)





Chapters 3, Savill
VMWare Manual

Assignment 2 (Windows 2008 Server , Active Directory (and DNS) Installation Under VMWare)





RSU Online Lecture

Assignment 3 (Win. XP Pro Install, and Client-Server Interoperation Under VMWare)





Chapter 17, Savill, p. 1185-92

Assignment 4 (Win. Server 2008 Registry)





Chapter 6, Savill

Assignment 5 (TCP/IP)





Chapter 24, Savill

Assignment 6 (FTP Install and Use)





Chapter 24, Savill

Assignment 7 (IIS Install and Use)





Chapter 7, Savill

Assignment 8 (DHCP Install and Use)





Work Covered in First Eight Wks

Mid-Term Exam





Chapt. 21, Savill

Assignment 9 (Group Policies)





Chapter 3, Fedora

Assignment 10 (Linux Install and Use)





Chapter 36, Fedora

Assignment 11 (Common Linux Command Line Commands)





Chapter 15, Fedora

Assignment 12 (Bourne Again Shell Scripting)






Assignment 13 (Linux Services)





Chapter 21, Fedora

Assignment 14 (Apache Web Server and Linux DNS)





Chapter 23, Fedora

Assignment 15 (Introduction to Samba)





Review and Final

Comprehensive Final



The end of a week (unit) will be considered to be Monday t midnight at the end of the week.

Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institutionís Student Code of
Responsibilities and Conduct.  In accordance with Title 12 of The Student Code (page 11), instances
of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12.  As a
general rule, Faculty at Rogers State University has the responsibility of enforcing the academic code. 
Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected, I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct
to the Office of Student Affairs.

Non-academic Misconduct

In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with
The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student
to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or immediately following the first class attended.  Before any educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for services through Student Affairs.

Students needing more information about Student Disability Services should contact the Director of Student Development in the Office of Student Affairs at Rogers State University, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017 (918) 343-7707.


In the normal course of activities student input will be gathered concerning many aspects of the class.  Student perception, performance and satisfaction may be solicited, systematically gathered and studied to improvement of the class and our programs.  These assessments will be in the context of the learning objectives of the class as well as the mission of the Department, the School and the University.



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The schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.