Many people prefer to have hands-on experience installing and setting up servers in order to ensure that they understand the concepts. For this project you will download VMware Player, Virtual Box, or use Hyper-V to build a Windows Server 2016 virtual machine. You may also use Azure, Microsoft’s cloud solution. If you use Azure, please destroy the VM at the end of the project so you are not charged.
Company “Tech2You” recently experienced a network intrusion and, unfortunately, some of their data was stolen. There was also critical data that was destroyed and they were not able to recover it from backup. Company “Tech2You” was using a managed service provider to do their IT infrastructure. The executive committee has decided that they no longer want to use managed services and they will move forward with an in-house IT team. Your UMGC resume has landed you as one of the top three candidates for the position. However, the other two people in contention for this position are also UMGC alumni. The company wants to move forward with a network administrator who has knowledge of Windows Server 2016, Active Directory, PowerShell, and the Windows command line. They have set up a test environment where all three of you will be tested. They aren’t just looking for someone who can get the server and Active Directory installed correctly (although that is a critical component). They need someone who can go through the steps and explain what they’re doing so that way they will be able to help some of the junior staff. In this assignment you will follow the guidelines so you can show the “Tech2You” company that you are the most qualified candidate for the position. Good luck and I hope you land the job!
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Consider the following in completing this assignment (if you choose not to use Microsoft Azure):
You need administrative rights on your computer
You need sufficient disk space (at least 30 GB free)
You need a decent amount of memory (at least 8 GB of RAM)
In week 1, you were required to email your instructor and ask for access for VMware Workstation and Windows Server OnTheHub site. If you did not, you may still use:
Oracle Virtual Box (free)
VMware Player (free)
Hyper-V: available on Windows 8.1 and 10, but not Windows 7 (free)
Azure (If you use Azure, please destroy the VM at the end of the project so you are not charged.)
You can get an evaluation copy of Windows 2016 server here:
After the install is complete, name the computer YOURFIRSTNAME-PC, for example JOHN-PC and take a screenshot of the computer name.
Install Active Directory and name the domain yourname.com, for example: JOHN.COM.
As an option, you can install active directory through PowerShell. Just take screenshots and add sufficient descriptions and explanations. You should label each screenshot. For example, Figure 1.1 Installing Active Directory. Once installed, you should conduct appropriate post-installation tasks. These include:
Use PowerShell to demonstrate some commands (If you installed Active Directory using PowerShell, then you have already met the requirement for step 1).
Use the Windows Command Prompt to demonstrate some of the Windows commands, for example ‘net user.’
Install Internet Information Service (IIS) and set up a website that says your name on the page. Browse to 127.0.0.1 and demonstrate the successful connection to the YOURNAME site.
Install Chrome and Firefox on your Windows Server VM.
There are several details about Tech2You which will have an impact on your choices:
Tech2You will start with 105 employees, in the following departments:
Networking equipment is already in place for both sites. A secure tunnel (using IPSec) will be established between the two sites so that inter-site traffic will be securely tunneled over the Internet. You may make whatever other assumptions you wish about intra-and inter-site connectivity. Please be sure to state these assumptions.
Security mechanisms (e.g., firewalls, intrusion detection) will be handled separately, and there is no need to describe them.
Some departments will want their data to remain private from other departments (e.g., Finances personnel will not want Production staff to see the company’s financial details). You may make assumptions about how data should be shared or kept private, but they must be stated in your paper.
Assumptions can be made regarding any information not included here; all assumptions should be identified, however.
Once you’ve completed these tasks, write a report that documents and explains the steps you followed in installing the Windows Server, detailing which version you installed as well as the post-installation steps you completed. Provide screens shots for each command (more than 1 screenshot many be needed to demonstrate some of the commands). For screenshots, you can use the snipping tool in Windows. Be sure to include a comprehensive executive summary, at least 6 APA references, and a APA style cover page for your report.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn and have fun doing so!