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Honours Diploma In Network Engineering (MS Windows Server Platform)

DIPLOMA SERIES / HONOURS DIPLOMA IN NETWORK ENGINEERING (MS WINDOWS SERVER PLATFORM)

INTRODUCTION
The number of IT networking jobs are growing year after year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that networking is the fastest growing occupation. The demand for computer networkers outstrips supply by 30%. As long as people need to communicate with each other using technology, there will be a demand for networkers. SQL Server and Windows Server from Microsoft are the most advanced Database and Server operating system used to power networks, applications and web services.


AWARDS OF NIIT COVERAGE PROGRAM END PROFILE

  • NIIT Certified IT Support Professional - compTIA A+ (2009) (Quarter 1)
  • Certificate in Database Design on MS SQL Server (Quarter 2)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate on Windows Server Platform (MCSA)(Quarter 3 to Quarter 5)
  • Honors Diploma in Network Engineering (Quarter 1 to Quarter 5)


HONOURS DIPLOMA IN NETWORK ENGINEERING IS MAPPED TO 5 INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS OF COMPTIA AND MICROSOFT.

 

INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAMS

This programme is mapped to 5 International Certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft, including MCSA.

  • CompTIA A+ certification exam
  • Exam 70–432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server - Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70-642: TS: Windows Server Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-646: Pro: Windows Server, Server Administrator

By clearing the 3 Exams - 70-640, 70-642 and 70-646 student will become Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Server Administrator.

 

COURSE CONTENTS/MODULES

NIIT Certified IT Support Professional (CompTIA A+ 2009)

  • General Knowledge and Terms
  • Recognize the roles of a computer service professional
  • Become familiar with the history of the computer
  • State the three stages of computing and identify associated devices
  • Recognize the difference between serial and parallel communication
  • Convert between binary, decimal and hexadecimal
  • Identify the ASCII value for a given character
  • Describe the function of the computer bus
  • Identify cables and connectors

Basic Electricity and Safety

  • Define common electricity terms
  • State Ohm's Law and its associated formula
  • Describe the difference between direct and alternating current
  • Demonstrate the proper use of a multimeter to test a computer power supply
  • Identify basic electronic components and their function
  • List several ways to avoid electro-static discharge
  • Recognize the importance of following proper safety procedures and list several safety precautions
  • Identify the common types of fire extinguishers
  • Motherboards and Processors
  • Recognize the function and styles of computer cases
  • Identify the components of the motherboard
  • List the functions of the motherboard and its associated components

Change CMOS settings

  • State the purpose of the POST test
  • State the function of and the difference between the computer bus and address bus
  • Identify the different types of processor mounts and socket types
  • Be familiar with the history of processors and cite the advancements – speed, data bus, address bus, cache, memory, etc.
  • State the procedure for installing a CPU
  • Determine the upgrade value for various CPUs

Memory

  • Define ROM and RAM
  • Calculate the amount of memory of a given DRAM chip
  • Recognize the relationship between processor speed and memory access time
  • Recognize the relationship between computer clock speed and RAM speed
  • Identify various memory chips and list the features of each
  • Identify various memory modules and list the features of each
  • Determine the number of SIMMs or DIMMs required to fill one memory bank of a 286, 486 and Pentium
  • Identify the memory configuration of a given computer
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for installing memory
  • Recognize memory problems and list options for repair
  • Compare logical, expanded and extended memory
  • List techniques to optimize memory

Power Supplies

  • Identify important issues to consider when replacing a power supply
  • List common types of power supplies
  • Estimate the amount of wattage necessary to power computer components
  • Identify connectors and their respective components to which they provide power
  • Demonstrate proper installation of P8 and P9 connectors to the motherboard
  • Identify cable colors and their respective wattage and tolerance
  • Identify molex and mini connectors and what components to which they provide power
  • List common types of power problems
  • Determine the best use of surge suppressors and uninterruptible power supply
  • Recognize the common symptoms of power problems

Storage Devices

  • List the disk capacities of 5 ¼ and 3 ½ inch floppy disks
  • State the basic procedure for installing storage devices floppy disk drive, hard drive and CD-ROM
  • Identify the proper techniques for maintaining and troubleshooting storage devices floppy disk drive, hard drive and CD-ROM
  • Recognize the physical layout of data on hard drive
  • Check CMOS settings for floppy drive configuration
  • Determine CHS values
  • Prepare a hard drive for installation
  • Partition a hard drive
  • Recognize the structure and value of SCSI drives
  • Identify the current standards for multimedia computers

Buses

  • Describe the function of expansion buses
  • List the common types of buses
  • Describe the development of the expansion bus
  • List the width and speed of various types of buses
  • Describe the importance of configuring expansion cards and addressing
  • Describe how cascading works
  • List the typical IRQ settings and causes of conflicts
  • List the function of DMA channels
  • List the settings for standard ports
  • Create a startup disk (with CD-ROM)
  • Identify system settings
  • Identify expansion bus
  • Disassembly, Reassembly, and Upgrading
  • Recognize the importance of preparation and documentation in the process of upgrading
  • Identify the components, use, and benefits of the tool kit
  • Demonstrate the proper and safe procedure for disassembly of a computer
  • Demonstrate the proper and safe procedure for re-assembly of a computer
  • List considerations regarding the installation of the following components: CPU, expansion card, IDE drive, and motherboard
  • List the proper procedure for installing the following components: CPU, expansion card, IDE drive, and motherboard 

Printers

  • Identify the attributes of dot matrix, ink jet, and laser printers
  • List the typical troubleshooting techniques for dot matrix, ink jet, and laser printers
  • List the function of the toner cartridge components
  • Describe the laser printing process
  • Describe the technology used to enhance printing resolution
  • Install a printer driver

Monitors

  • Define terminology related to computer monitors
  • Describe how the cathode ray tube operates
  • Describe the pros and cons of interlacing
  • Describe CRT sweeping
  • Calculate dots per inch given pitch measurement
  • Demonstrate the proper procedure for adjusting screen resolution
  • Calculate a monitor's viewable size given the horizontal and vertical resolution
  • Describe the four standard levels of operation
  • Demonstrate the proper procedure for adjusting the monitor
  • Identify three places to check when a monitor is not working
  • Recognize that internal servicing of a monitor is beyond the scope of A+ certified individuals
  • List ways to maintain a quality monitor image
  • List video display adapters and their basic features
  • Calculate the minimum memory requirement given resolution and color depth
  • List the types of memory available to use for video cards

Modems

  • Define basic terms related to modems
  • Describe how modems function
  • Describe how parity is used
  • Describe the steps to install a modem
  • Define common information transfer protocols
  • Recognize the importance of modem standards
  • List possible causes and solutions for troubleshooting modems

Portable Systems

  • Identify and list the attributes of laptops, notebooks, sub-notebooks, and personal digital assistants (PDA)
  • Describe the four PCMCIA types
  • Compare dual scan displays with active matrix displays
  • Identify the key portability issues with processors, memory and hard disk drives
  • Recognize the importance of voltage reduction and power management
  • Describe the trackball, trackpoint, and trackpad pointing devices
  • Describe and compare the current battery technology

Networking Concepts

  • Compare a Local Area Network (LAN) to a Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Describe the basic types of networks
  • Diagram network topology
  • Describe the procedure for installing a network interface card
  • Identify network cabling
  • Describe the primary access methods
  • Define network protocols
  • Describe the devices that can extend the limits of a LAN
  • List the probable causes for network problems
  • Define basic Internet terminology
  • Describe the fundamentals to getting Internet connectivity

Preventive Maintenance

  • Identify the components of a cleaning tool kit
  • List the procedures for cleaning computer components – monitor, hard disk drives, floppy disk drives, keyboard and mouse
  • Clean the keyboard and mouse
  • List the procedure for cleaning dot-matrix, ink-jet, and laser printers
  • Recognize the importance of establishing a preventive maintenance schedule
  • Identify the recyclable items that require special disposal

Introduction to Operating Systems

  • Compare operating system with application software
  • Describe the three components of operating systems – firmware, operating system
  • software and interface
  • Compare the command line interfaces with graphical user interface
  • Recognize the importance of DOS as the basis for today's operating systems
  • Identify real and protected mode
  • List the features of Windows operating systems
  • Working in a Command Line Prompt Environment
  • Define basic DOS terminology
  • List commonly used DOS commands and their function
  • View Help in DOS
  • List CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT commands and their function
  • Determine the source of common problems and issues associated with DOS
  • List features of Windows 3.x
  • Working in a GUI Environment
  • Compare DOS and Windows 3.x system with Windows 9x
  • List features of Windows 9x
  • Describe the process of installing Windows 9x
  • Review the Device Manager
  • Describe the Registry and how to make changes using the Control Panel
  • Use the Control Panel to adjust the display settings
  • Managing Files and Disks in Windows 9x
  • Manage Files and Folders using Explorer and My Computer
  • Customize desktop using Active Desktop

Manage Disks

  • Troubleshooting Windows 9x
  • Troubleshoot with System Monitor and Resource Meter
  • Use Backup, Disk Cleanup, and Drive Converter
  • Use Maintenance Wizard, ScanDisk, and Scheduled Tasks
  • Troubleshoot Printing Problems and Viruses

Windows Network OS

  • Become familiar with Windows NT File Services and Security
  • Install, Upgrade, and Uninstall Windows Network OS
  • Troubleshoot Windows NOS
  • Learn about Windows Administrative Tools
Windows Desktop OS
  • Become familiar with the features and benefits of Windows Desktop OS
  • Install Windows Desktop OS
  • Become familiar with Windows Desktop OS Administrative Tools

Networks

  • Become familiar with Network Operating Systems
  • Find out how to share resources over a network
  • Learn the OSI model
  • Learn about Internetworking
  • Staying on Top of Your Profession
  • Recognize the importance of staying current
  • List sources of support and information
  • List materials necessary to be prepared for troubleshooting
  • Describe troubleshooting techniques
  • Recognize the necessity of record keeping and documentation



Certificate in Database Design on MS SQL Server

Introduction to Relational Database Design

  • Define a Database Management System (DBMS).
  • Identify the components of a DBMS.
  • Define the architecture of a DBMS.
  • Identify the functional components of a DBMS.
  • Define database design life cycle and methodology.
  • Describe types of data models.
  • Create an entity-relationship model.
  • List the types of relationships between entities.
  • Define Relational Database Management System (RDBMS).
  • Define relational algebra.
  • Create logical database design.
  • Define normalization and denormalization.
  • Create physical database design.
  • Define Structured Query Language (SQL).
  • Implement relations using SQL.
  • Define views.
  • Explain the different data-integrity constraints imposed by SQL Server.
  • Define, commit, and rollback a transaction.
  • Identify the concurrency problems in multi-user processing.
  • Implement locking on databases.
  • Implement security in databases.

Implementing a Database Design on MS SQL Server

  • Query data.
  • Query data from multiple tables.
  • Manage databases and tables.
  • Manage data in tables.
  • Implement indexes, views, and full-text search.
  • Implement stored procedures and functions.
  • Implement triggers and transactions.
  • Implement managed code.
  • Implement HTTP endpoints.
  • Implement services for message-based communication.
  • Install and configure SQL Server.
  • Manage and secure a database.
  • Back up and restore data.
  • Monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot performance.
  • Maintain high availability.
  • Implement replication.
  • Import and export data.



Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) - MS Windows Server

Course 6424A: Fundamentals of Windows Server Active Directory

  • Describe the Active Directory server roles required for a variety of Active Directory deployment scenarios.
  • Describe the integration of AD DS with other Active Directory server roles.
  • Install the AD DS management tools on a Windows Vista computer.
  • Describe the AD DS logical components.
  • Describe the AD DS physical components
  • Configure AD LDS instances and application partitions.
  • Configure AD LDS access control.
  • Configure AD LDS replication.
  • Request certificates using Web enrollment.
  • Manage certificate requests.
  • Verify AD RMS functionality.
  • Customize the AD RMS configuration.
  • Describe how to implement the AD FS components.
  • Configure the AD FS resource partner organization.
  • Create and configure user accounts.
  • Create and configure computer accounts.
  • Create and configure group accounts.
  • Create and configure organizational units
  • Apply considerations when creating an OU design.
  • Plan a shared folder implementation.
  • Implement a secure shared folder implementation.
  • Evaluate the shared folder implementation.

Course 6425A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services

  • Install Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Deploy Read-Only Domain Controllers.
  • Configure AD DS Domain Controller Roles.
  • Describe Active Directory Domain Services and DNS integration.
  • Configure Active Directory Integrated Zones.
  • Configure read only DNS zones.
  • Configure Active Directory Objects.
  • Describe strategies for using groups.
  • Automate AD DS object management.
  • Delegate Administrative access to AD DS objects.
  • Configure AD DS trusts.
  • Describe AD DS replication.
  • Configure Active Directory Domain Services sites.
  • Configure and monitor AD DS replication.
  • Describe Group Policy.
  • Configure the scope of Group Policy objects.
  • Evaluate the application of Group Policy objects.
  • Manage Group Policy objects.
  • Delegate administrative control of Group Policies.
  • Configure Group Policy settings.
  • Configure scripts and folder redirection using Group Policy.
  • Configure administrative templates.
  • Describe Group Policy preferences.
  • Deploy software using Group Policy.
  • Configure security settings.
  • Implement fine-grained password policies.
  • Restrict group membership and access to software.
  • Manage security using security templates.
  • Monitor Active Directory Domain Services using Event Viewer.
  • Monitor Active Directory Domain servers using reliability and performance monitor.
  • Configure Active Directory Domain Services Auditing.
  • Maintain the AD DS Domain Controllers.
  • Back up the Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Restore the Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Troubleshoot Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Troubleshoot DNS integration with AD DS.
  • Troubleshoot AD DS replication.
  • Describe Group Policy troubleshooting.
  • Troubleshoot Group Policy application.
  • Troubleshoot Group Policy Settings.
  • Implement an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure.

Course 6426A:  Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server Active Directory

  • Describe IDA Management.
  • Identify Active Directory server roles in IDA Management.
  • Identify the key aspects of ILM 2007.
  • Deploy certificates by using AD CS.
  • Use autoenrollment to deploy certificates.
  • Revoke certificates.
  • Configure certificate templates.
  • Configure certificate recovery.
  • Install and configure AD LDS.
  • Configure AD LDS instances.
  • Configure AD LDS replication.
  • Configure AD LDS integration with AD DS.
  • Identify the key aspects of AD FS.
  • Explore AD FS deployment scenarios.
  • Deploy AD FS.
  • Implement AD FS claims.
  • Identify the key aspects of AD RMS.
  • Install and configure AD RMS server components.
  • Administer AD RMS.
  • Implement AD RMS Trust Policies.
  • Support AD CS.
  • Maintain AD LDS.
  • Maintain and Monitor AD FS.
  • Maintain AD RMS.
  • Troubleshoot AD CS.
  • Troubleshoot AD LDS.
  • Resolve AD FS issues.
  • Solve AD RMS issues.

Course 6421A: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server Network Infrastructure

  • Identify the system requirements and process for installing Windows Server.
  • Describe the difference between server roles and features.
  • Describe the benefits of and roles supported by a Server Core installation.
  • Install the DNS Server role.
  • Configure the DNS Server role to support various query types.
  • Configure DNS zones.
  • Configure DNS zone transfers.
  • Manage DNS zone records and troubleshoot DNS using various tools.
  • Install and configure the Windows Internet Name Service.
  • Manage WINS client records.
  • Configure and manage WINS replication.
  • Migrate a WINS infrastructure to DNS.
  • Describe how DHCP works.
  • Configure DHCP scopes and options.
  • Manage a DHCP database.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot DHCP.
  • Secure DHCP.
  • Describe the benefits and considerations of IPv6.
  • Describe how IPv6 can coexist with IPv4 environments.
  • Describe IPv6 tunneling technologies used to interoperate with IPv4 networks.
  • Describe the process used to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6.
  • Troubleshoot IPv6 connectivity.
  • Install and configure the Routing and Remote Access service.
  • Configure VPN access.
  • Configure network policies.
  • Configure a connection profile using the Connection Manager Administration Kit.
  • Troubleshoot Routing and Remote Access.
  • Install and configure the Network Policy Server role.
  • Configure a RADIUS client and server.
  • Describe NPS authentication methods.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot a Network Policy server.
  • Describe the benefits and uses of NAP.
  • Describe how NAP works in various access scenarios.
  • Configure NAP.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NAP.
  • Describe the benefits and uses of IPsec.
  • Configure Connection Security rules.
  • Configure IPsec NAP enforcement.
  • Monitor IPsec activity.
  • Troubleshoot IPsec.
  • Describe the Distributed File System.
  • Manage DFS namespaces.
  • Configure DFS replication.
  • Describe storage management solutions included in Windows Server.
  • Manage storage using File Server Resource Manager (FSRM).
  • Configure quota management using FSRM.
  • Implement file screening using FSRM.
  • Manage storage reports.
  • Back up data.
  • Configure shadow copies.
  • Provide server and service availability.
  • Secure a server role within a Windows infrastructure.
  • Secure servers using security templates.
  • Configure an audit policy.
  • Describe the use of Windows Server Update Services.
  • Manage updates using WSUS.

Course 6418B: Deploying Windows Server

  • Describe Windows Server setup improvements.
  • Describe the Windows Server Server Core installation option.
  • Automate server activation using Microsoft Volume Activation.
  • Configure Server Core.
  • Describe how to add roles to Server Core.
  • Perform an unattended Windows Server installation.
  • Perform an unattended domain controller installation.
  • Configure and use Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server.
  • Manage operating system images in the WIM image format.
  • Describe the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
  • Use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
  • Describe the Windows Server upgrade process.
  • Describe how to upgrade from previous Microsoft Windows Server Domain Controllers to latest Windows Server Domain Controllers.
  • Describe the Active Directory upgrade sequence.
  • Describe considerations for upgrading file and print servers.
  • Describe considerations for upgrading Web and application servers.
  • Describe considerations for upgrading remote infrastructure servers.
  • Describe Microsoft server virtualization solutions
  • Migrate workloads to Microsoft virtual machines
  • Describe hardware considerations for Windows Server performance.
  • Describe workload-specific tuning considerations.

Course 6420A: Fundamentals of Windows Server Network and Applications Infrastructure

  • Describe the purpose of network communication standards and the OSI model.
  • Describe the components of physical network infrastructure.
  • Describe the logical organization of networks.
  • Describe the characteristics of Active Directory components.
  • Describe server roles and how they are categorized.
  • Describe the IT professional roles.
  • Describe IT management and processes.
  • Describe options for the professional development of IT professionals.
  • Describe the TCP/IP protocol suite and the individual protocols that are part of it.
  • Describe the components of IPv4 addressing.
  • Describe NetBIOS and DNS name resolution.
  • Describe how IPv4 addresses can be assigned dynamically.
  • Describe tools that can be used to manage and monitor IPv4.
  • Describe the IPv4 communication process between computers.
  • Describe the concept of subnetting.
  • Create IPv4 networks by performing subnetting.
  • Describe the characteristics of IPv6.
  • Describe the characteristics of IPv6 unicast addresses.
  • Describe how IPv6 can be configured automatically and statically.
  • Describe common Windows Server Administrative Tools.
  • Describe how to monitor performance.
  • Describe how to monitor events.
  • Describe how to use Remote Desktop for administration.
  • Describe how to configure security for server administration.
  • Describe how Defense in Depth is used to secure computers.
  • Describe how to secure access to Web content.
  • Describe how to secure access to files.
  • Describe data encryption and how it is used to protect data on disk.
  • Describe public key infrastructure components and certificates.
  • Describe methods for securing network communication by using certificates.
  • Describe firewall and proxy server characteristics.
  • Describe Windows Firewall and how to perform basic administration.
  • Describe how to create Windows Firewall rules.
  • Describe how to monitor and troubleshoot Windows Firewall.
  • Describe the characteristics of remote access methods.
  • Describe how RADIUS is used.
  • Describe how to implement network policies on a Network Policy Server.
  • Describe how to troubleshoot remote access.
  • Describe routing protocols and routing tables.
  • Describe how to configure RRAS as a LAN router.
  • Describe Quality of Service (QoS) and how to implement it.
  • Describe server availability and scalability options.
  • Describe Windows Network Load Balancing.
  • Describe how to configure Windows Network Load Balancing.Describe the printing process.
  • Describe how to configure network printers.
  • Describe how to manage servers by using Print Management.
  • Describe how to manage printers by using Print Management.
  • Describe how to troubleshoot network printing.

Course 6430A: Planning and Administering Windows Server Servers

  • Explain the advantages of deploying Windows Server.
  • Identify Windows Server compatibility issues.
  • Develop a Windows Server deployment plan.
    Create a deployment plan for Windows Server.
  • Identify server decommissioning steps.
  • List Windows Server deployment and migration tools.
  • Identify hardware configuration options for Windows Server.
  • Identify performance implications when combining server roles.
  • List guidance for installing file servers.
  • Plan for Windows Server Server Core.
  • Design a change control process for implementing configuration changes.
  • Plan for configuration changes.
  • Evaluate the success of configuration changes.
  • Plan a defense-in-depth strategy for Windows Server security.
  • Implement host-level security for Windows Server.
  • Implement server security by using Group Policy.
  • Implement network security for Windows Server servers.
  • Determine the requirement for application servers.
  • Identify application server role components.
  • Plan for supporting the Microsoft .NET Framework.
  • Develop a plan for Network Load Balancing (NLB).
  • Describe the improved failover clustering support in Windows Server.
  • Plan for failover clustering in Windows Server.
  • Create a server management task schedule for Windows Server.
  • Plan for security update management plan by using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
  • List automated maintenance tools for Windows Server.
  • Identify services required for Distributed File System (DFS).
  • Explain DFS fault tolerance.
  • Identify DFS management tools.
  • Create a backup and recovery plan by using Windows Server Backup.
  • Develop a backup policy for using Windows Server Backup.
  • Create a server restore plan.
  • Create a plan for restoring Encrypting File System (EFS) files.
  • Verify the restore procedure.
  • Plan monitoring tasks.
  • Determine an appropriate server baseline.
  • Determine objects and counters to monitor based on server role.
  • Select the appropriate monitoring tools.
  • Identify appropriate notification methods.
  • Identify hardware issues.
  • Explain physical component failure.
  • Manage device driver failure.
  • Evaluate the effect of software problems.
  • Identify troubleshooting log files.
  • Identify core operating system components.
  • Evaluate software security issues.
  • Identify common types of network problems.
  • Resolve IP connectivity issues.
  • Resolve name resolution issues.



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