10 Things I Learned Taking Applied Windows Server Administration at The University of Winnipeg – PACE
I’m halfway through my 16-month Network Security Diploma program at The University of Winnipeg – PACE. Recently, I completed the Applied Windows Server Administration course. In our digital era, cybersecurity is paramount. This course prepares students to safeguard operating systems, applications, and data in an ever-changing threat landscape.
Let’s explore the ten key lessons I gained from this course.
- Security is Paramount: The course emphasized that security should always be a top priority in Windows Server Administration. Understanding the latest threats and vulnerabilities is crucial.
- Building on Foundations: Applied Windows Server Administration builds upon the foundations laid in the Introduction to Windows Server Administration course, allowing students to explore advanced concepts.
- Hands-on Experience: Practical learning is key. We had the opportunity to work with real Windows Server environments, honing our skills through hands-on exercises.
- Windows Security Architecture: We delved into the intricacies of Windows security architecture, gaining insight into how it functions and how to configure it effectively.
- PowerShell Mastery: PowerShell Scripting for Server Administration was a significant part of the course, enabling us to automate tasks and streamline server management.
- User and Group Management: We learned how to manage user accounts and groups, granting appropriate permissions and ensuring a secure user environment.
- Group Policy Expertise: Group Policy management was a crucial skill taught, allowing us to control various aspects of Windows Server environments.
- Data Protection Strategies: Implementing backup and recovery strategies was emphasized, ensuring data integrity and business continuity.
- Networking Essentials: Networking components like DNS, DHCP, and VPN services were covered in detail, providing a comprehensive understanding of network administration.
- Monitoring and Response: We learned how to monitor server performance, detect security incidents, and respond effectively to mitigate risks.
Throughout my journey in the Applied Windows Server Administration course, one of the most memorable moments was when I successfully configured a group policy that streamlined user access control. It was a satisfying experience to see how a well-designed policy could enhance security and efficiency within a Windows Server environment. This hands-on achievement highlighted the practical skills and knowledge I gained during the course.
Although this course only lasted 8 classes, I feel that it gave me a lot of useful skills and ideas, which will help me move forward with testing on my own personal network lab, you can read why I purchased the equipment here “Investing in Knowledge: Why I Spent $1000 on Network Equipment for My Network Security Diploma“.
The Applied Windows Server Administration course at The University of Winnipeg – PACE offers a robust and comprehensive education in Windows Server management and cybersecurity. Armed with this knowledge, graduates are well-prepared to tackle the ever-evolving challenges of securing Windows Server environments, making them valuable assets in the field of IT.