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CIS-2230-VO01 - System Administration

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Synonym: 208093
Location: Online
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-07-2021 to 12-20-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-27-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-08-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Michael Kanfer | View Faculty Credentials
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Course Description:

In this course, the student explores the basics of system management. The course provides the student with enough theory to understand how operating systems work and to interpret the output of various management tools. It also covers practical issues in system administration including process, memory, and file system monitoring and performance tuning. Computer security is also discussed. Prerequisite: CIS-1350 Desktop Operating Systems. Recommended Prior Learning: CIS-2150 Intro to Linux and CIS-2120 Concepts of Local Area Networks.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the minimum and optimum hardware requirements of recent Windows and Linux server-based operating systems, comparing and contrasting requirements and features.
2. Demonstrate the process of installing current operating systems.
3. Demonstrate the ability to perform daily system management tasks, such as creating and managing user and administrative user accounts, monitoring system logs, and performing backups of critical data.
4. Plan and discuss strategies for keeping a system up to date, including security patches, software upgrades, and the appropriate balance between system uptime, system reliability, and system security.
5. Plan and develop shell scripts and discuss the options for automating common tasks and processes using shell scripts and cron jobs.
6. Discuss file sharing and printer server options and associated user rights and permissions.
7. Implement and test the process of connecting clients and shared printers to the network and the server.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

In this course, we will use a virtual environment hosted locally on student computers and an online lab environment- PracticeLabs -to learn about the management of Windows and Linux environments.


  • Lecture notes posted each module for the module's topic.
  • Discussion question each module focusing on an aspect of the topic for the module.
  • Outside readings to highlight current aspects of the material.
  • A quiz and written assignment to reinforce the material.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation criteria include

  • Discussion forum responses- 10%
  • Final exam- 30%
  • Quizzes- 10%
  • Research paper- 20%
  • Weekly assignments- 30%


CIS-2230-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Michael Kanfer
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Theodore Pappadopoulos

Attendance Policy:

Since this is an online course, attendance and class participation will be measured differently. For attendance, you will need to post one note in our Canvas course each week- from Tuesday morning to Monday evening of the following week. Note that the participation requirement is different from the attendance requirement. See the syllabus for more information.


Module 1
  • Introductions.
  • Setup virtual environment on personal equipment.
  • Identify information needed for installing a virtual machine.
  • Review IP addressing.
Module 2
  • Windows server installation.
  • Network storage
Module 3
  • Linux server installation.
Module 4
  • Users and Groups.
Module 5
  • Windows file shares, rights, and permissions
Module 6
  • Linux file shares, rights, and permissions
Module 7
  • Websites and FTP- Apache
Module 8
  • Websites and FTP- Windows IIS
Module 9
  • Print services
Module 10
  • Scripts and task automation
Module 11
  • Remote desktop services
  • SSH
Module 12
  • Server Update
  • Server Security
Module 13
  • Active Directory

  • Incorporating Ubuntu in AD

  • DNS and DHCP

Module 14
  • Technology research project presentations.
Module 15
  • Final Exam
  • Research paper

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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