Hands On Microsoft Window Server 2016 (Case Project 2-2: Server Roles)

This week you will work with Gym Masters, a company that makes equipment for fitness centers and gyms. Gym Masters make treadmills, stair steppers, cross trainers, exercise bikes, free weights, and stationary exercise devises. They supply fitness and recreation centers throughout the US and Canada. Gym Masters has 2 locations, one in Chicago and One in Toronto. Both Locations have computer centers currently filled with Windows Server 2008 servers. The Chicago location consists of an office building and a manufacturing building, both fully networked. The Toronto location has a single large building that houses offices and a manufacturing center. The Toronto building is also fully networked. All networks use IPv4 for communications.

The Chicago and Toronto locations have Windows 7 workstations. However, the Toronto location is to receive 24 new computers that will need to have Windows 10 installed.


In both locations, the servers are centralized in controlled computer center environment. The Gym Masters management wants to upgrade the 22 servers in the Chicago locations and 18 servers in Toronto to Windows Server 2016. A combination of Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Edition servers must be upgraded. Also, the company is planning to add 12 new servers in Chicago and 14 new in Toronto. As in common in many organizations, the information tech (IT) staff are overworked and under staffed. Gym Masters has hired you through Aspen Consulting to coordinate and assist with the transition to Windows Server 2016.

The committee has recently been discussing the functions of each server. They are not familiar with server roles, but they do know how specific servers are used. Some of the server functions they mention include:

– Providing a website

-supporting mobile devices for accessing the server over the network

-Offering shared files on large scale

-Managing Active Directory functions for the domain

-Offering VPN’s

-Coordinating printing

-Providing web-based applications to internal users

Create a short report for the committee that translates each of these functions into server roles offered through Windows Server 2016. Also, suggest some other roles that are likely necessary on the company’s networks ( Hint: Consider managing IP address assignments and translating computer names and IP addresses). Include a short explanation of each server role you mention.

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