Week 1- Welcome to Windows 7 & 8 Client

Introduction

The purpose of this class is to prepare you to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in a Windows Client Operating System (ie. Windows 7 or 8). Passing a Microsoft certification exam is a step towards becoming MCSA, MCSE, or the newest certification, MCITP certified. In this class, you will be working with the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.

Class Materials and Software

The curriculum in this class maps to Microsoft’s Configuring Windows 7 (70-680) and Configuring Windows 8 (70-687) MCITP exams. The class materials are software based and include online interactive tutorials, videos, simulations and tests. You will need to purchase Testout’s "Windows Client Pro" LabSim curriculum. You can purchase the software directly from TestOut at their website http://www.testout.com. Go to www.testout.com and click on Purchasing > Student Purchasing. Then enter the promotion code at the right hand side of the page and click apply. You should now see a page with a list of the LabSim products at the student discount price of approximately $89. You can get the promotional code from the Networking Lab at Sheridan College or email me and I will reply with the promotional code. If you have a .edu email account from another college or educational institution you can contact TestOut directly to request student pricing. The easiest way to purchase is online, directly through LabSim with a credit card. If you want to purchase through the bookstore, contact our college bookstore and tell them the title and the ISBN# and they can order it for you, but they will add an additional markup cost to the order. To get the ISBN# numbers on the TestOut website go to Purchasing > Labsim ISBNs. When you set up your LabSim account make sure you list your college as Sheridan College, the instructor name is "Dan Alberghetti". For non-Sheridan College students, any student with a ".edu" email address can qualify for student pricing by contacting TestOut directly.

Additional reading materials, tutorial videos, and all of the class assignments will be given on a weekly basis at this website. During the course I will be providing you with online video tutorials at http://youtube.com/danscourses . In addition, we will utilize the internet for a lot of our computer maintenance research.

In addition to doing LabSim simulated labs, during the course of this class you will be required to install and run a Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8 Pro clients. I will be providing you with a Microsoft MSDN Alliance account enabling you to receive activation licenses and downloads files for Windows 7 and 8. Even if you are already using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you still may need to install a professional version of Windows that allows you to connect to domains and allows room for experimentation. You will be receiving this information through your Sheridan College email accounts or the email account you provided. Both SDL students and Online will have the choice to either:

  1. Install Windows 7 & 8 in the Sheridan College networking lab
  2. Install Windows 7 & 8 on computers in your personal home computers and network
  3. Install Windows 7 & 8 as virtual machines on a personal laptop or desktop computer.
  4. I can also set up a remote VPN connection to the lab so an online student can remotely manage and configure a Windows 7 & 8 client within the lab. This option is subject to the limitations of how many machines I have at my disposal.

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Class Schedule and Policies

This class is offered either as Self Directed Learning-SDL, or Online. SDL students are required to be in the Lab – GMB133, a minimum of 2.5 hours per week you will log your hours in the lab. Here are some important questions you will want answered:

  • When can I come to the Lab?
    I am in the GMB133 class/lab over 30 hours per week, for my exact lab times click on Lab/Classroom Hours.
  • Can I work in the Lab when you are not there?
    Yes, if the door is open you are welcome to come in and work. If the door is locked try coming into the lab through GMB130 the Flex Lab. The Flex Lab opens Mon-Sat at 9am and is open late Tuesday until 9pm.
  • Can I work with LabSim in the college lab?.
    Yes you can, but the only thing you need to work with LabSim is a computer with an internet connection in order to login to the TestOut.com website.
  • Can I work with Windows 7/8 in the lab?
    Yes, you will be able to install and work with Windows 7 in the lab or at home. I will be providing you with an MSDN Alliance account through which you will be able to download and receive a license for Windows 7 & 8.
  • What if I am an online student, and I can’t work in the Sheridan College Networking Lab?
    If you are an online student you will need to work with LabSim at home using your home computer and you will need a computer that you can use to install Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8 Pro.
  • When should I come to class (SDL students only)?
    As soon as you can you should stop by the Lab in GMB133 and introduce yourself. Remember SDL students are required to be working in the lab 2.5 hours per week. It is up to you to decide exactly what your schedule will be.
  • How can I assure that I will be successful?
    The students that show up regularly, week by week, both online by logging in to DansCourses and in person by coming to the lab are the ones that will be successful. The class will not be finished unless you sit down and create a schedule of times that you will work on the class and its assignments.

  • Is there a syllabus?
    The syllabus outlines the course, please download it and save it for your records: To be posted …
  • How will I turn in assignments?
    All assignments will be turned in as email attachments todan.alberghetti@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
    • How will I be graded?
      I grade on a point system. Every week you will have the opportunity to earn points for two types of assignments: A LabSim Assignment and Non-LabSim Assignment.
      The LabSim Assignments – Every week I will assign a chapter or portion of the LabSim Curriculum for you to accomplish. For you to earn the points you will need to:
      • Watch the videos and demonstrations – I can tell if you have only watched the video for 30 seconds and clicked away. LabSim records the amount of time and how many visits you spend on the different sections. As your instructor I will have access to your user interaction and scores within the curriculum. LabSim has a button that allows to print a transcript of the videos this is very useful for review, studying, and to save for your records!
      • Read the Lesson Documents – LabSim will provide you with documents. Read them and print them out for your records (You only have access to this product for a limited time … one year I believe)
      • Accomplish the Interactive Lab Simulations – You can take and retake the simulations as many times as necessary. It often takes more than one attempt to complete a lab successfully. You will not be graded down for retaking!
      • Pass the Chapter Exams – Some of the chapters will have a multiple choice end of chapter exam for you to take and pass. You can take and retake the chapter exams as many times as necessary. It often takes more than one attempt to pass a chapter exam. You will not be graded down for retaking the exams!

      As you make your way through the LabSim curriculum your progress is recorded. I will give you credit (points) for passing through the different chapters. If I see that you spent little to no time, or skipped a particular section, I will take away points.
      The Non LabSim Assignments – Every week I will try and give an assignment that is drawn from either the internet, my own experiences, or other alternative sources and texts. To earn the full points you will need to follow my instructions and accomplish the task. The task may require you to do some research and write a short 1 page paper, or it may require you to do some research and post a comment on this website, or it may require that you execute some computer tasks and post your experience to the DansCourses Forum. If you can do this in a complete, legible, comprehendable and "follows the instructions" manner then you will receive full points!
      Your final grade is based on scale of total points earned to total points possible. 

Week 1 Overview

Your main goal this week should be to successfully purchase the 70-680, 70-687 LabSim Windows Client Pro curriculum from LabSim Testout. You will access the curriculum by logging into the TestOut.com website.  

Week 1 LabSim Assignment

Complete the first half of Section 1.0, Course Introduction in your LabSim course material. This should include:

  • 1.1 Course Introduction,
  • 1.2 Windows as a Client,
  • 1.3 Windows 7 User Interface Overview

The LabSim curriculum will consist of materials to read, videos demonstrations to watch, and interactive simulations to accomplish. At the end of some of the chapter subsections there are multiple choice exams. All of these tasks to be accomplished can be retaken and you will find yourself redoing some of them more than once or even twice. This is not a bad thing. I will be able to chart your progress through TestOut. 

Week 1 Non-LabSim Assignment – Introduce yourself by posting a comment

Create a user account on this website, make your user name somewhat like your real name so I know who you are for grading purposes. After you have created your account, you can "log in" which will enable you to post a comment about yourself and any questions you may have about the class or the college at the bottom of this page.