COMP790 Special Topics

A Study of Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0


Instructor: Dr. Kenneth A. Williams


            web page:

            office: 114 Graham Hall

            office phone: 334-7245                  home phone: 674-0535

            Dr. Williams’ office hours:

          Tuesday & Thursday       9:15 to 11:00

Monday & Wednesday   8:00 to 10:00

Wednesday                     3:00 to 5:30

   other times by appointment

Text:    MCSE: NT Server 4 Study Guide, 2nd ed. by Matthew Strebe, Charles Perkins and James Chellis published by Sybex, March 1998, ISBN: 0782122221.  This book is available from the A&T bookstore for $39.00 and from many web based bookstores. 

            Additional material on Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft certification can be found on the Microsoft web page:


Description:  This course examines the Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system in detail. The goal of this class is to learn enough about the Microsoft Windows NT operating system to pass the Microsoft 70-067 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft® Windows NT Server 4.0 examination.

To qualify as a Microsoft Certified Product Specialist, students must pass a Microsoft examination.  The testing organization that administers the Microsoft examination charges $100 to take the exam.  This graduate class is offered by the Computer Science Department of North Carolina A&T State University and is not supported or endorsed by the Microsoft Corporation.

The class will meet twice a week to discuss the material. Students are expected to participate and contribute to class discussions.  Because the best way to learn about a system is to use it, there will be several lab exercises requiring the student to install or use the Windows NT operating system.


Grading :  A student’s grade in the class will be based on their performance on the exams and homework assignments.  All work will be graded on a numerical scale from 0 to 100.  Examinations will be very similar in structure and content to the Microsoft certification examinations.  All exams will be closed book with no notes allowed.  The final grade will be the weighted sum of all work using the following weights:

                                                Exam 1     25%                    Homework    15%

                                                Exam 2     25%                    Final              35%

The lowest homework grade will be discarded.  Homework must be turned in at the beginning of class on the assigned day for full credit, unless accompanied by a valid excuse.  Homework turned in within one day of the assigned time will penalized 10%.  Homework turned in within two days of the assigned time will be penalized 25%.  No homework will be accepted after two days.

Final letter grades will be based on the following scale:

                        A: 75 to 100     B: 65 to 75       C: 55 to 65       F: less than 55

In addition to the normal assignments which contribute to the final grade, there will be several optional “Challenge Problems”.  The “grade” for the challenge problems is not included in determining the final total score.  If a student’s final total score is close to a higher letter grade (e.g. a student has a final total score of 74.8), the student may be given the higher grade if they have properly completed a sufficient number of the challenge problems.

Students are to form study groups of two students (a group may have three students if necessary).  Homework and lab assignments are to be done by the group with only one copy of the group's answers being turned in for a grade.  All students in the group are responsible for the accuracy and completion of an assignment.  The grade for the assignment will be given to all students in the group.  Once your group is formed, any changes to the membership of the group must be approved by the instructor.  Before forming a group, it is recommended that you carefully consider all members schedules so that you will be able to meet together to work on the assignments.  Students will work individually on all exams.

Attendance: The class periods introduce and discuss the material.  Some material presented during the class periods is not covered by the text.  Students are responsible for all material covered or assigned during class periods.  While attendance is not absolutely mandatory, students are expected to attend all class periods. 

Cheating: Instances of cheating will be handled according to departmental policy.  Cheating covers any case in which a student has received unauthorized aid in his/her performance that contributes to a course grade or submits material contributing to a course grade with the intent to deceive the instructor or grader.  If the unauthorized aid includes help from another student, then that student is considered to have cheated as well.

If a student cheats on a homework assignment, then he/she will receive a grade of zero (a grade of F) for that assignment as will anyone assisting him/her in an unauthorized way.  If a student cheats on an exam or the final, he/she will receive a failing grade for the class.  All cases of cheating will be reported to the Director of Graduate Studies.  When a student cheats for the second or more time in any Computer Science class, he/she will receive an F in the class in which the most recent case occurred and will be referred to the University authorities for disciplinary action.


Students with special needs (e.g. hearing or vision difficulties) should inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester.


After taking this course, the student should be able to perform the following tasks:



Installation and Configuration

Managing Resources


Monitoring and Optimization

Monitor performance of various functions by using Performance Monitor. Functions include Processor, Memory, Disk, Network, Identify performance bottlenecks


Choose the appropriate course of action to take to resolve installation failures, boot failures, configuration errors, printer problems, RAS problems, connectivity problems, resource access problems and permission problems, fault-tolerance failures. Fault-tolerance methods include Tape backup, Mirroring, Stripe set with parity, Disk duplexing.


Class Schedule



Thursday, January 6


read chapter 1

Tuesday, January 11

Capacity planning

read chapters 2 & 3

Thursday, January 13

NT security models


Tuesday, January 18

Installing Windows NT

read chapter 4

Thursday, January 20

Installing Windows NT


Tuesday, January 25

Installing Windows NT


Thursday, January 27

Storage configuration

read chapter 5

Tuesday, February 1

Storage configuration

Thursday, February 3


read chapter 6

Tuesday, February 8



Thursday, February 10

First Exam


Tuesday, February 15

Configuring NT

read chapter 7

Thursday, February 17

Networking Services

read chapter 8

Tuesday, February 22


read chapter 9

Thursday, February 24



Tuesday, February 29

Server Management

read chapter 10

Thursday, March 2

Server Management


Tuesday, March 7

Spring Break  no class

Thursday, March 9

Spring Break  no class

Tuesday, March 14

Disaster Management


Thursday, March 16


read chapter 11

Tuesday, March 21



Thursday, March 23

Second Exam21


Tuesday, March 28

Internet Information Server

read chapter 12

Thursday, March 30


read chapter 13

Tuesday, April 4


read chapter 14

Thursday, April 6

Supporting Network Clients

read chapter 15

Tuesday, April 11

Performance Tuning

read chapter 16

Thursday, April 13

Performance Tuning


Tuesday, April 18


read chapter 17

Thursday, April 20



Tuesday, April 25

NT in the Enterprise

Thursday, April 27



Final exam on Monday, May 1 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm