Networking II Lesson Plan Week 7 Addendum

Windows Server 2003 Editions

Web Edition

  1. Since the Web Edition was meant to compete with the Linux operating system, you may want to speak briefly about Linux. Introduce the Linux operating system for those who may not have heard or dealt with it. If you have experience administering a Linux network as well as a Windows network, describe your experiences with each citing the possible advantages and disadvantages of each type of network.

  2. Give students a simple administrative task that one may encounter when administering a network. Tell them to research how to handle such a task using both Windows and Linux. Students should find out that administering the Windows server is simpler than the Linux version or, at the very least, different.

  3. Make sure that students understand that they cannot purchase this lower-cost version of the server software and expect all of the features of any of the higher-cost editions. Make sure they understand that this software is meant as a Web server only and cannot be used for such things as a domain controller.

  4. Go through the list of services and features that are and are not supported by this edition.

Standard Edition

  1. Go over the features that are present in this edition of the network operating system that were not present in the Web Edition. Point out that this edition can be used as a domain controller whereas the Web Edition could not.

  2. Note that this edition is the most popular for use as a departmental file, print, or application server. Point out that this edition is probably ideal for most situations involving any application or setting outside that required or located within a large corporation.

Enterprise Edition

  1. Make sure it is clear that this edition is geared for larger corporations and enterprises that demand and require more features than those available in the Standard Edition.

  2. The text does not offer much information to explain what the edition offers to larger corporations that the other editions do not. Perhaps you could have the students do a little research and determine exactly what is so special about the Enterprise Edition with respect to the Standard Edition. This is similar to Activity 1-2 except that the activity excludes students comparing those features found with the Standard Edition.

Activity 1-1: Installing Windows 2003 Server

  1. The purpose of this activity is merely to give the student experience installing Windows Server 2003 in the classroom before having to do it in the real world.  See page 5 in the text for instructions.

Teaching Tip

Instead of assigning this project to each student individually, you may wish to perform the installation together as a class. This will ensure that students can ask questions and fully understand the installation process.

Activity 1-2: Determine the Currently Installed Version of

Windows Server 2003

  1. This activity involves determining which edition of Windows Server 2003 is currently installed on a computer system. Remind the students that different editions have different features and may have different requirements for servicing. Therefore, this is an important activity. Network administrators should always check what version of an operating system a computer is running before attempting to service it.

  2. See page 7 in the text for instructions.

Activity 1-3: Discover the Features of Windows Server 2003

Enterprise Edition

  1. In this activity, students will be looking for the features available in Windows Server 2003.

  2. See page 8 in the text for instructions.

Activity 1-4: Viewing Available Protocols

  1. In this activity, students should check out the available protocols in Windows Server 2003. If an installed system is not available for students to check out, then documentation from Microsoft should be able to provide the same answers.

  2. See page10 in the text for instructions.

Quick Quiz

  1. How many editions of Windows Server 2003 cannot be obtained as retail software?

Answer: One

  1. The Internet is an example of what type of network?

Answer: Wide area network

  1. What is IPv4 commonly referred to as?

Answer: TCP/IP


  1. This specification was created by Microsoft and 3Com.

  2. Its purpose is to speed the development of network drivers and enhance network capabilities. It is important to not only teach what something is but why it was created in the first place. Knowing what motivated the interface’s development may help students understand it better.

  3. The interface resides between protocols and the adapter model. This means that once the information has passed the transport layer and is converted into packets by the protocol, it is under the control of the NDIS.

  4. The important point is that, once NDIS was created, protocol authors and network card driver authors, only had to write code that could communicate with the NDIS. The two processes could be done separately and, therefore, much more simply and efficiently.


  1. This interface resides between clients and protocols and between services and protocols. Ensure that students see Figure 1.2 for clarification of this issue.

  2. The purpose of this interface is to provide clients and services with access to network resources. The TDI layer acts as an intermediary between the applications and the protocol. Information passes from software through the TDI. The TDI passes the information to the protocols which pass the information to the NDIS.

  3. An important part of TDI is the fact that it emulates two different network access methods: NetBIOS and WinSock.

  4. Try to show similarities between the NDIS and the TDI. Both are interfaces that simplify the lives of programmers. In the case of TDI, application and protocol authors both write software that is capable of communication with the TDI.

  5. NetBIOS and WinSock are both covered very quickly and in little detail in the text. Have students do a little research on each to find out more information.

Teaching Tip

Make sure students fully understand the concept of interfaces such as TDI and why they are desirable. The concept of an interface used to simplify development is an issue students are sure to see in future classes and industry.

Activity 1-5: Research Networking Architecture

  1. This activity involves using the Help and Support feature of Windows to try to find out more information about TDI and NDIS. The activity should be fairly self explanatory.

  1. .Common Network Services - See page 13 in the text for instructions.

  1. This section provides an extensive list of network services available with Windows Server 2003 along with a short description of each.

  2. Review the services most likely to be heard of by the students first so as to try to not confuse them. Relatively well known services include: DHCP, DNS, and WINS. Be careful, it would be easy to confuse or frustrate students with too many acronyms and services if introduced too quickly.

  3. The description of each service is brief. You could try picking a few of these services to explain in more detail or have the students research the topics themselves.

Activity 1-6: Viewing the Status of Services Installed on a

Windows Server 2003 Computer - See page 16 in the text for instructions.

  1. This activity involves having students check out what services are running on an installed and operational version of Windows Server 2003.

  2. The only foreseeable problem that students may have when doing this activity is accurately determining which services are network services and which are not. If in doubt, instruct students to search for the service on the Internet to obtain more information about the service in question.

Activity 1-7: View Networking Services Available for Installation - See page 17 in the text for instructions.

  1. This activity should be relatively straight forward and involves students looking into the networking services that are available for installation on a Windows Server 2003 system.

Quick Quiz

  1. What does DHCP stand for?

Answer: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

  1. Is ICS meant for large or small networks?

Answer: Small networks

  1. Service application developers must write software to communicate with which interface?

Answer: TDI

Additional Project

  1. Research how to activate the web service of the Windows Server 2003 operating system. Also, have students learn how to activate the service and create a webpage for access. This project will demonstrate how to activate commonly used services and show the care that Microsoft has taken to ensure common tasks can be performed with extreme simplicity.

Solutions to Additional Projects

  1. Windows provides simple interfaces for performing what were once difficult activities. The student performing this project should come to realize that one only needs to activate the web service through the software’s administrative tools and place the appropriate HTML file in the correct directory.