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About the Course

Microsoft Windows has been at the forefront of enterprise computing for several decades. What most office workers see is the desktop side – such as Windows 7, 8 or 10. This course explores what it takes to design and build the server side of Windows in an enterprise environment. This course will explore everything from Windows Server installation to configuring users, to hardening the server operating system itself. This course is the second course in the System Management and Security Specialization focusing on enterprise system management. The first week of this course provides an overview of how Windows operates in an enterprise environment and what it may look like in the real world. Week 2 of the course will show you how Windows users interact with the system. At the end of Week 2, you will be able to demonstrate how Windows authentication works at the end of Week 2. Week 3 will explore authorization in a Windows environment. At the end of Week 3, you will be able to differentiate between different authorization mechanisms and use different technologies to secure data within the environment. Week 4 explores built in security features of Windows and demonstrates how to use each technology effectively and in what circumstances you would use what technology for what purpose. At the end of week 4, you will be able to determine which technology is the best technology to use to secure certain portions of the Windows operating system....

Top reviews


Oct 27, 2018

It was a great experience doing this course and i learnt much as it was explained in a perfect way. Professor Greg has a good mindset and way of explaining things.. he makes it easy and fun to learn.


Feb 16, 2021

Excellent course covering the fundamentals of Windows Server Management and Security. The instructor is very knowledgeable and has a teaching style that is conducive to learning.

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By Jafed E G

Jul 6, 2019

I enjoy the lectures. The professor has a good speaking and teaching style which keeps me interested. Lots of concrete math examples which make it easier to understand. Very good slides which are well formulated and easy to understand


Apr 20, 2018

This course is so good, it made understand the importance o kerberos, i have heard about this protocol, but i did not know how important is , and did not how how it realy worked either. thanks for this course.

By Sizolwethu D

Nov 22, 2018

Very informative and comprehensive! Would recommend to anyone interested in broadening or refreshing their knowledge of Windows Sever Security management.

By Abiola O O

Oct 28, 2019

I applied for this course using financial aid, coursera has really been helpful all through, although the peer graded assignment takes a while though but it's all worth it in the end..I'm so happy I did this course

By welcome b

Nov 8, 2018

I'm very happy to finish this course. It was amazing to Manage the server through the tools kerberos for the strong security and Authentication. Thanks Coursera community.

By Joel A

Feb 20, 2018

Great course for those who need to learn about the role of key management and security elements found in Windows Server operating systems, or for those who need to validate what they know from experience.

By Armaan N

Oct 28, 2018

It was a great experience doing this course and i learnt much as it was explained in a perfect way. Professor Greg has a good mindset and way of explaining things.. he makes it easy and fun to learn.

By Gabriel G

May 5, 2020

A bit disappointed by this course... The order of the video does not seems appropriate. A lot of tools are being demonstrated, and the explanation of why they are used for only come afterwards... A lot of details are being explained but ,to me, the lecture fails to convey a global picture. It is rather a collection of interesting material, not really a course. The final assignment and the part on Kerberos were clear, and some of the videos are as well.

By Taher

Jan 25, 2021

I don't recommend this course to beginners or individuals who have no knowledge in Windows Servers and Networks, because you have to do your own research for most of the content inside this course.

If you are knowledgeable and have worked with servers and networks before then you wont have any difficulties.

By Douglas F

Oct 12, 2022

I hate to give this 2 stars. The content is really good. The instructor is solid and easy to understand. It does rely a bit too much on outside reading. The real killer is the peer review at the end. I waited almost 48 hours for my class to get reviewed... I do like to power through classes, because then you can get them for free. Forcing the classes to take nearly 48 hours longer than it took me to complete just to get someone to review my final little project isn't a morally acceptable business model. I'm nearly done with the final phase of this full course, but I will absolutely be canceling the subscription prior to 7 days if all I'm doing is waiting for someone to review it. I'd say it's 100% worth the $40... but the principle is ugly.

By Felipe D

Jan 4, 2021

Excellent Course the quizzes in the middle of the lecture will force you to pay attention and focus on the subject, the material cover is extent and well prepare reading the material after video lecture takes time but is part of the complement for the subject. The course exceed my expectations willing to take the next few classes with the same professor well explain and fun Thank You.

By Jonathan W U

Apr 5, 2021

This was a great course on Kerberos. Overall I learned a lot. I knew of Kerberos prior to taking the class but didn't know exactly what the reason behind it was or how it worked fully. This made the understanding of Kerberos easy to understand. I also learned a few additional things that will greatly help in my day-to-day duties.


Jul 14, 2020

Before, I have been trying to teach my self windows server configuration by use of free online rsources but stills difficulties existed due to sorrow guidance.

Now I have light has been given to me Mr.Greg Williams, I seen where am heading, no more blind movement in my caeer.

By Enrique A M

Oct 1, 2020

Estos Curso estan cambiando mi vida, y me dan esperanzas de tener algo mejor en un tiempo, agradezco mucho a Coursera por esta oportunidad unica de sacarnos adelante a muchos estudiantes y darnos una luz en este futuro incierto. Mil gracias Coursera.

By Pablo E G V

May 22, 2021

Excelente curso. Los contenidos son claros, breves y completos a la vez. Me ha servido mucho este curso para aprender mejoras en las configuraciones de seguridad de windows que no sabía se pudieran realizar.

By Douglas H

Feb 17, 2021

Excellent course covering the fundamentals of Windows Server Management and Security. The instructor is very knowledgeable and has a teaching style that is conducive to learning.

By Rubem C

Jul 26, 2023

I learned a lot with the course. Great material, great teacher, 100%. I'll complete the four courses of this project, and I'll continue learning with Coursera.

By Imants G

Jul 5, 2020

Useful course, good teaching style of the lecturer. Although I had learned most of it in the past, this course also gave me several new things. Thanks!

By Dil B R

Sep 11, 2023

Awesome! love to have the helpful Windows Server Management and Security course which will benefit me and society.

By Suzette C

May 15, 2020

Great course keep mr on my toes and made me want to kearn motre of the world of server security and management.

By Ronald B

Dec 11, 2020

Thorough review of best security management practices for your Windows server environment. Excellent!

By Tsamo D C V

Jul 22, 2019

Interesting and amazing course, i've learned and acquired some knowledges.

Thank you very much

By Randy M

Oct 31, 2020

They should improve the system where the final project tasks need to be corrected faster


Apr 26, 2020

Excellent course, very well explained about the authentication process and it's security

By Karthikrajasekar G

May 14, 2020

This course, I have learned some good stuffs about windows server.. Thanks coursera