Welcome to Windows Server 2008


The purpose of this class is to prepare you to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in a Windows Network Operating System (ie. Windows Server). 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 Server 2008 network operating system.

Class Materials and Software

The curriculum in this class maps to Microsoft’s 70-640 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory MCITP exam. The class materials are software based and include online interactive tutorials, videos, simulations and tests. You will need to purchase Testout’s “70-640 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory” 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. 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 their additional 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 and instructor. For non-college students, any student with a “.edu” email address can qualify for student pricing with TestOut directly.

For this course I have online video tutorials at http://youtube.com/danscourses .

Week 1 Overview

Your main goal this week should be to successfully purchase the 70-640 Windows Server curriculum from Testout.com and install Windows Server and Client.

Week 1 Lab Assignment

In addition to doing TestOut simulated labs, you should install and run both a Windows Server 2008 R2 server and a Windows 7 client computer. You will need to set up Microsoft Imagine account enabling you to receive activation licenses and downloads .iso files for Windows Server and Windows client operating systems.

  1. Install Server 2008 and Windows 7 in your home lab
  2. Install Server 2008 and Windows 7 as virtual machines on a personal laptop or desktop computer.

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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