Course details

Microsoft Windows Desktop Systems

IW1 Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 5 credits

Current academic year

  • Introduction to administering Windows,
  • introduction to network technologies TCP/IP, IP addresses,
  • introduction to DNS, NetBIOS and DHCP services.
  • Administration of Windows: user accounts, file systems, user rights vs. permissions, shared resources and printing, user environment (profiles, Group Policy), disk quotas, hardware and device drivers, troubleshooting system issues and backup, software installation,
  • remote administration and Remote Desktop,
  • system security (passwords, EFS, domains, Windows Firewall), auditing, security policies and templates,
  • installation: unattended installation CD based, network-based, Service Packs, introduction to Windows Deployment Services, Windows Update,
  • administration tasks scripting.


Course coordinator

Language of instruction

Czech, English


Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 26 hrs pc labs

Assessment points

  • 55 pts final exam (40 pts written part, 15 pts oral part)
  • 25 pts mid-term test (written part)
  • 20 pts numeric exercises




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Ability to implement, manage, maintain and support Microsoft Windows desktop systems as well as troubleshoot common issues. General insight into problems of computer networks and their implementation.

Learning objectives

To obtain strong knowledge about administering, implementing and designing Microsoft Windows desktop systems and network technologies based on the technologies. The course will provide students with hands-on practice in the lab environment. The course will provide guidance for preparation for Microsoft certification exams for desktop systems.

Why is the course taught

This course is practically oriented. It is based on theoretical knowledge, which student should get in courses about operation systems, computer networks, computer security etc. You can get knowledge of how to set up computer networks in Windows environment, secure it, provide installation and setup, but also troubleshooting.

The successful student can obtain industry-recognized Microsoft certification.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Common user ability to work with Microsoft Windows.

Study literature

  • Tulloch, M., Northrup, T., Honeycutt, J., Wilson, E., The Windows 7 Team at Microsoft: Windows 7 Resource Kit, Microsoft Press, 2009
  • McLean, I., Thomas, O.: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Press, 2009
  • Bott, E., Siechert, C., Stinson, C.: Mistrovství v Microsoft Windows 7, Computer Press, 2010
  • Russinovich, M. E., Solomon, D. A., Ionescu, A.: Windows Internals, Fifth Edition, Microsoft Press, 2010
  • Regan, P.: MCTS 70-680 Exam Cram: Microsoft Windows 7, Configuring, Que, 2011
  • Windows 7 Technical Library:
  • Bettany, A., Warren, A.: Exam Ref 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices 2nd Edition
  • Windows 7 Technical Library:
  • Exam Ref 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10, 2nd Edition
  • Panek, W.: MCSA Microsoft Windows 10 Study Guide: Exam 70-697
  • Panek, W.: MCSA Microsoft Windows 10 Study Guide: Exam 70-698
  • Panek, W.: MCSA Microsoft Windows 10 Study Guide: Exam 70-698

Fundamental literature

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Installation and upgrade, user data migration.
  2. System image creation, virtual hard drive management.
  3. System image management and deployment.
  4. Network (IPv4 and IPv6 protocols, network management tools, wireless networks).
  5. Windows Firewall, remote management and application compatibility.
  6. Resource sharing and security (file and printer sharing, offline files, NTFS permissions, EFS, BitLocker).
  7. Mid-semester test.
  8. Authentication and authorization, user account control (UAC), application restriction.
  9. Device, disk and power management.
  10. Monitoring and performance, WMI.
  11. Backup and restore.
  12. BranchCache, DirectAccess and VPN connections.
  13. Windows Update and Internet Explorer.

Syllabus of computer exercises

  1. Windows installation, upgrade, migration.
  2. Windows deployment.
  3. Network, Windows Firewall, remote management.
  4. NTFS, EFS, sharing.
  5. UAC, application restriction, disk management.
  6. Monitoring and performance, Backup and restore.

Progress assessment

For entering the exam, students have to get at least 20 points from the semester.

Controlled instruction

Attendance in any form of education is optional. Exercises can be substituted in any other term while the same exercise topic is taught (but we can not guarantee free space in the classroom - priority is given to enrolled students).

Exam prerequisites

For entering the exam, students have to get at least 20 points from the semester.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
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