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Welcome to
CIS 527

Enterprise Systems Administration

Instructor: Russell Feldhausen

Email is definitely the best method!

Technical Advisor:

Teaching Assistant:

Icebreaker Activity:

  1. Find a partner
  2. Learn a little about your partner (name, hometown, interests, hobbies, etc.)
  3. Be prepared to introduce your partner to the class
  4. Come up with a couple of questions to ask the instructor to learn more about him

Syllabus: Read these topics later

Course Structure:


Letter Grades:

My philosophy: do your work completely, turn it in on time, and you should have no issues getting a 'B'.

Late work: 5% of the possible points will be deducted for each day it is late.
Make arrangements with the instructor if extenuating circumstances arise.

(He really is a nice guy and will help you out if needed!)

Recommended Textbooks: Purchase a subscription to Safari Books Online. It should cost around $20 per month ($100 for the semester). We will use lots of material from that site.

Subject to Change
This is the 2nd semester of this class
Things may change quickly

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Lab 1 - Secure Workstations

CIS 225 Review

Lab 2 - Configuration Management

Lab 1 redone using Puppet

Lab 3 - Core Networking Services

CIS 525 Material with Sysadmin Twist

Lab 4 - Directory Services & SSO

Single Sign-on Infrastructures

Lab 5 - File Servers & Sharing

Enterprise File Sharing

Lab 6 - Web & Application Servers

Backbone of Online Companies

Lab 7 - Backups & Monitoring

99.99% Uptime

Final Presentation

A system administrator is a professional practitioner of IT Administration, which is concerned mainly with the design, construction, and maintenance of computer systems and networks.

Similar titles for the same position include IT systems administrator, systems administrator, or sysadmin. - Wikipedia

The Basics:

Communication Skills:

IT Management:

Cool Stuff:

* Optional, but you'll have the requisite skills

Improve your technical skills

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Hone your communication skills

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Computers are EVERYWHERE

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Learn to MAXIMIZE your effectiveness

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Database Administrator

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IT Manager

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Network Administrator

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Computer Systems Analyst

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Lecture Material

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Lab Activities

Documentation & Communication

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Online Resources