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NET 120 - Installing, Configuring, and Administering a Windows Client
Instructor: Bill Bennett, MCSE, MCP, CCNA, CIW
Office: Room 608a (in Multimedia building) Hours
Office Phone: 951.639.5530
Assistant's Phone (Kaye): 951.639.5523
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Text: Configuring Windows Vista Client
MCTS Exam: 70-620
ISBN #: 0735623902
Author: Ian McLean and Orin Thomas
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Book Web Site

Course Description
This course is designed to validate the foundational skills that an operating systems professional needs in order to install, configure, and administer Microsoft client operating systems (Microsoft Windows XP and more recent versions). This course helps students prepare for the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Client Core examination (Client Workstation).
Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:

A. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of installation methods by relating to typical client installation scenarios.

B. Demonstrate the ability to combine concepts, principles, and generalizations about files, folders, printers, and file systems by designing a strategy for administration of client operating system resources.

C. Demonstrate the ability to implement, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot hardware devices and drivers by creating procedures to manage hard disks, removable media, power configuration, input/output devices, and multiprocessors.

D. Demonstrate the ability to monitor and optimize system performance and reliability by setting up memory, processor, disks, applications, scheduled tasks, mobile devices, and backup operations.

E. Demonstrate the ability to configure and trouble shoot the desktop environment to include user profiles, desktop settings, multiple-language support, and support for multiple locations.

F. Demonstrate the ability to make a judgment on the effectiveness of windows core services and protocols by appraising the implementation of TCP/IP, dialup-up networking, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Systems, Remote Desktop, and Internet Connection Firewall.

G. Demonstrate the ability to configure, manage, and troubleshoot security to include the File Encryption System, a local security policy, user and group accounts, and Internet Explorer security settings.

Reading Assignments, Tutorials, and Assessments to complete

Chapter #

Chapter Title






Introduction to Windows XP Professional

Submit 5 questions for chapter 1


Installing Windows XP Professional

Submit 5 questions for chapter 2


Deploying Windows XP Professional

Submit 5 questions for chapter 3


Modifying & Troubleshooting the Startup Process

Submit 5 questions for chapter 4


Configuring Windows XP Professional

Submit 5 questions for chapter 5


Installing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers

Submit 5 questions for chapter 6


Setting Up & Managing User Accounts

Submit 5 questions for chapter 7


Securing Resources with NTFS Permissions

Submit 5 questions for chapter 8


Administering Shared Folders

Submit 5 questions for chapter 9


Managing Data Storage

Submit 5 questions for chapter 10


Setting Up, Configuring, & Troubleshooting Printers

Submit 5 questions for chapter 11


Managing Printers & Documents

Submit 5 questions for chapter 12


Supporting TCP/IP

Submit 5 questions for chapter 13


Overview of Active Directory Service

Submit 5 questions for chapter 14


Configuring Network & Internet Connections

Submit 5 questions for chapter 15


Configuring Security Settings and Internet Settings

Submit 5 questions for chapter 16


Using Windows XP Tools

Submit 5 questions for chapter 18


Backing Up and Restoring Data

Submit 5 questions for chapter 20


Course Review


* Submission will be accepted in: ASCII text, RTF, MS Word, or HTML formats.

Course Grading
Midterm (45 questions)..................450 pts. Final (45 questions) ....................450 pts.
20 Assignments .................................1000 pts.  
Total possible points for this course = 1900 pts.
Grading Scale
= A) > 1709 pts. B) > 1519 pts. C) > 1329 pts. D) > 1139 pts. F) < 1140 pts.
The Midterm and the Final are timed and you only have ONE opportunity to take and complete them. So be sure you're ready before clicking to start an exam. The Midterm and the Final are found by clicking on Tests.

If you are unable to complete this class for any reason be sure to submit a withdrawl slip to Admissions. If you are on my roster by the end of the class you will be graded based on the total amount of points you've accumulated for completing quizzes and/or submitting assignments. It is not my responsibility to drop you from the course.

Classroom Etiquette:

Plagiarism, Cheating, and Stealing Policies (Academic Integrity)

  • Any student who plagiarizes the work of any other person will be given a zero on any and all assignments where plagiarism has been utilized.
  • Any student caught cheating on a quiz or final exam will receive a zero for quiz or final exam.
  • Any student caught removing items from the classroom including but not limited to: lab materials and tools, without authorization, will be dropped from the course and given an automatic "F".

For more details on plagiarism and cheating, please review the MSJC Student Conduct Web Resources page.

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Learning Environment

All students are entitled to an environment that encourages learning. If a student behaves in a manner that negatively affects other class members, he or she is guilty of disruptive behavior. Such behavior will be addressed in a manner consistent with school policy. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices MUST be turned off in class. Also, no food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Tape recording in class is prohibited unless specific permission is granted by instructor.

As a courtesy, please do not talk while the instructor is talking to the class or when a student is asking a question which pertains to the class. Please do not use classroom computers for personal use or other classwork—computers are to be used to follow in-class lectures, take tests, or as otherwise directed by your instructor. Refrain from “surfing” the Web, reading e-mail, or playing computer games during class. You are encouraged to work with other students to solve problems outside of class; however, you must complete your own work.

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Need Tutoring?

Check out the MSJC Learning Resource Centers! Academic Support is available for all students through the services provided in the Learning Resource Centers on each campus. Inquire at each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are available for courses through specific departments. Ask your instructor if specialized tutors are available for your individual course.

Tutoring for some Business & CIS classes including Microsoft Office applications tutoring will be available in the Business/CIS computer lab in Room 956. Lab/tutor schedules can be found at Tutors change each semester, please check with the Business/CIS computer lab to learn what subjects have available tutors for the current semester.

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Disability Statement

Mt. San Jacinto College abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a  Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) counselor as soon as possible.

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