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Course Code: CT22-505

Defining a server
Does your network need a server?
Server functions and benefits
Classes of servers

Server planning
Determining the business purpose
Server placement
Planning physical site readiness
Disaster planning

Motherboard architecture, processors, memory, and BIOS
Motherboard architecture

Server power and rack installation
Server power
The rack

Hard disk interfaces and RAID
Hard disks
The IDE interface
The SCSI interface
SCSI configuration
Fibre Channel and RAID

Server upgrades
Preparing for a server upgrade
Upgrading the processor and memory
Updating the BIOS, upgrading power supplies and adapters

Network topologies and protocols
Media access methods and equipment
Network cabling
Network adapters
Configuring a network operating system
General NOS configuration concepts
Novell NetWare
Windows NT Server
Windows 2000 and Server 2003

Services and applications
Other services
Application servers

Disaster planning
Backup hardware
Backup software and strategies
Server redundancy and other disaster precautions
Developing a disaster recovery plan

Performance monitoring and optimization
Monitoring the server
Establishing a baseline
Acceptable levels of performance

Troubleshooting and problem determination
Diagnostic tools
Working remotely
Troubleshooting viruses and FRUs
Troubleshooting tips and getting help
After completing this course, students will know how to:
  • Discuss the difference between peer-to-peer and client-server networking models; identify server functions and benefits; and identify three main types of servers.
  • Determine the most appropriate server solution for a given business purpose, plan for user demands on the server, and consider interoperability among operating systems; optimize server placement and diagram server plans; plan the server environment and physical site readiness; and implement sound physical server security practices.
  • Explain various motherboard buses and describe how clock frequency affects performance; identify common server processors and various types of memory; and configure the BIOS and identify common server configuration items.
  • Identify features of server power supply and correctly implement an uninterruptible power supply (UPS); and plan optimum placement of equipment in a server rack, configure a keyboard, video, mouse (KVM) console, and list tips for installing equipment in racks.basic physical hard disk components, compare physical and logical drives and describe their functionality, and identify major file systems; identify characteristics of the IDE interface and configure IDE cabling and connectors; identify characteristics of the SCSI interface; configure SCSI cabling and connectors; and become familiar with Fibre Channel technology and storage area networking, and identify and configure various types of RAID.
  • Prepare for a server upgrade, verify availability of system resources, and adequately test and pilot the server upgrade; upgrade the processor and memory; and upgrade the BIOS, power supply, UPS, and adapters.
  • Identify bus, ring, and star network topologies, and discuss NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP protocols; describe Token Ring and Ethernet media access methods, and specify the purpose of bridges, switches, hubs, and routers; list thinnet, shielded twisted-pair, unshielded twisted-pair, and fiber optic cable characteristics, and make straight-through and crossover cables; and describe network adapter teaming techniques and understand networking with a modem pool.
  • Discuss general network operating system (NOS) characteristics and versions, list NOS hardware requirements, and perform NOS installations and upgrades; and identify the major NOS characteristics and versions, list hardware requirements, perform an installation and a proper shutdown of each NOS.
  • Identify and understand major network operating system services; discuss other NOS services such as e-mail, Web, FTP, and fax; and discuss the different ways that servers run network applications and specify the functions of the server as a network device, router, and firewall.
  • Describe the primary types of hardware used to back up critical data; discuss the primary types of software used to back up critical data, and the strategies to their use; describe the need for high server availability/redundancy, and identify key areas for SNMP monitoring; and determine key server management and disaster recovery strategies for preserving system uptime.
  • Effectively use performance monitoring tools; establish a baseline; and recognize acceptable and unacceptable performance thresholds, and provide solutions to performance bottlenecks.
  • Utilize sound troubleshooting logic to determine and solve problems, document problems and solutions, and check for common causes of server failure; utilize network, connectivity, NOS, and hardware diagnostic tools; troubleshoot from a remote location; recognize and solve boot, virus, and hardware problems; and locate help from vendors and peers.
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