CIS 246 Week 4 iLab 4 Exploring Data Storage and Printers

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CIS 246 Week 4 iLab 4 Exploring Data Storage and Printers

iLab 4 of 7: Exploring Data Storage and Printers

Submit your assignment to the Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of this page.

(See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.)

Connect to the iLab here.


Scenario and Summary

  • Before beginning work, connect to your virtual lab platform (Skillsoft / Element K).
  • You will explore data storage and set up a printer.
Additional Resource
You may find this resource helpful as you prepare to complete the lab.

  • Printer and Data Storage Management


TASK 1: Explore Data Storage

STEP 1: Explore Properties of Drive C:

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  1. Log on to the server with a password of Password! (remember to end the password with an exclamation point).
  2. In Server Manager expand Storage.
  3. Click Disk Management.
  4. Right-click drive C: and click Properties.

Insert a screenshot into your lab report showing the properties for drive C: (#1).

  1. Click Cancel.

STEP 2: Use chkdsk

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  1. At the command prompt, type “chkdsk” and press Enter.
  2. When done, scroll up so the chkdsk command can be seen and you can see the warning that follows the line: “WARNING! F paramet not specified.”

Insert a screenshot into your lab report showing the warning (#2).

STEP 3: Windows Backup

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Although you saw Windows Server Backup above Disk Management in server manager, it was just a placeholder. We have to install this feature.


  1. In Server Manager right-click Features and click Add Features.
  2. Select Windows Server Backup Features. It will stay grayed out, because by default it does not install the command-line tools, which is okay.
  3. Click Next. Click Install. Click Close.
  4. Close Server Manager and then open it again. By doing this, you will make sure that the backup feature will display properly.
  5. In Server Manager under Storage, click Windows Server Backup. (If you don’t see the above window, close and reopen Server Manager.) Click Backup Once… in the right panel.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Leave the default at Full server (recommended) and click Next.
  8. Click Next.

Insert a screenshot into your lab report showing drive D: (#3).

  1. Click Cancel. (In most real-world installations, we use Hyper-V to install a virtual server and then simply copy the virtual server to a backup location.)

TASK 2: Share Printers

STEP 1: Share the Printer on the Server

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  1. In Server Manager, add the Print Services role. On the Select Role Services dialog box, leave the default of Print Server. As you did with the other roles, click Install and Close. Now you are going to install a printer.
  2. In the Control Panel double-click Printers.
  3. In the right panel double-click Add Printer.
  4. Click Add a local printer.
  5. Click the option for Create a new port, and select Standard TCP/IP Port and click Next.
  6. Change the Device type to TCP/IP Device. Obviously, we have no physical print device, so the IP address isn’t important. For the IP address, type “” Important: Uncheck Query the printer and automatically select the driver to install. If you don’t do this, you will be waiting a long time. In the real world, you wouldn’t uncheck it if you knew the drivers existed in the server.
  7. Click Next and wait until it errors out because it can’t find the printer.
  8. Because it can’t find the printer, it comes to a dialog box asking for the device type. Click Next.
  9. Select an HP Laserjet 8150 PS printer and click Next.
  10. For a printer name, put Room231 and click Next.
  11. Leave the default of Share the printer so that others on your network can find and use it. Click Next.
  12. Click Finish.

STEP 2: Allow Printer to Be Published and Allow Users to Browse for Printers

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You will allow Printer to be published in Active Directory and allow users to browse for printers. This will make it a lot easier for users to connect to printers.


  1. In Server Manager, expand Features -> Group Policy Management -> Forest:experimental.lab -> Domains -> experimental.lab.
  2. Right-click Default Domain Policy and click Edit. Expand Computer Configuration->Policies->Administrative Templates.
  3. Click printers. Notice in the right panel is “Allow printers to be published.”
  4. Double-click Allow printers to be published and click Enabled.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Double-click Printer Browsing, click Enabled, and then click OK. This will make it easier for clients to see the printers. Close the GroupPolicy Management Editor. Unfortunately, it can take time for the group policy to be updated, so we are going to force an update just in case.
  7. Click Start, then click Command Prompt.
  8. Type: gpupdate /force and press Enter.
  9. In order to make sure Server Manager is refreshed properly, close Server Manager and open it again. In Server Manager, expand Roles -> Print Services -> Print Management -> Print Servers -> srv-1 (local). Click Printers.
  10. Right-click Room231 and click Manage Sharing. Check the box next to List in the directory. Click OK.

STEP 3: Access Printer From Windows 7

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  1. Log on to Windows 7 as the user as Experimental\Administrator. As usual, the password is Password!. If it asks about the network location, click Work Network and click Close.
  2. Click the Start icon and then Devices and Printers in the right panel.
  3. Click Add Printer on the bar.
  4. Click Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.
  5. It automatically finds the printer shared on the server (to administrators and users alike, this is extremely useful). Click Next.
  6. The printer is installed. Click Next, then click Finish.

Insert a screenshot into your lab report of the window showing the new printer (#4).

STEP 4: Complete Lab Report

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Fill out the lab report for this week.

Submit your lab to the Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these step-by-step instructions or watch this Dropbox Tutorial.


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