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Network Systems Administrator

Network installation and management are two of the key responsibilities for every Information Technology specialists. Employers in every sector rely on their IT professionals to maintain and secure computer networks and support those who use them. If you’re looking to start a career in IT, CDI College’s Network Systems Administrator program is an ideal place to get started.

As a student in this program, you’ll discover the essentials of PC management, maintenance and networking. You’ll also learn to use and administer a network environment, plan a network installation or upgrade, as well as monitor, optimize and maintain computer networks. Find out how to establish and apply security measures to various network elements and troubleshoot problems related to local area and wide area networks, as well.

The curriculum of the Network Systems Administrator program is based on industry certification requirements determined by Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco. Graduates of this program will be prepared to write a range of essential certification exams, including A+, Net+, and Security+; Cisco CCNA; and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).

Program Courses

CESO - Career and Employment Strategies
This course will assist students in planning, preparation, and job search execution. Students will prepare personal marketing collateral and will practice a variety of interviewing techniques.
PSKO - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
WSAO - Windows Server 2008 Administration
The Server Administrator focuses on the planning for server deployment, server management and planning of application and data provisioning. In this course, students will learn to plan server installations and upgrades, automated server deployment strategies, infrastructure services, server roles, deployment of application servers and services, file and print server roles, administration and management of the servers, group policy strategy. Students will also learn to implement patch management strategies and monitor servers for performance evaluation and optimization. Finally students will be able to monitor and maintain security and policies as well as plan for applications, data storage, backup and recovery.
ADCO - Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
Active Directory is Microsoft’s directory service used on Microsoft Window networks that allows administrators to manage network resources (including users, computers and groups) and services. It is also essential for authentication and authorization, which is essential to network and data security. This course covers installing Active Directory, defining subnets and sites, managing operations masters and global catalogs, managing users, computers and groups, implementing group policies and implementing Active Directory Certificate Services.
ICNO - Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices
This course explores the configuration and administration of common Cisco Network devices. Students will learn about layered internetwork communication, protocols and standards and how to plan and design internetworked LANs and WANs. This course will allow the students to work with the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) in a simulated environment. Students will learn to implement and manage Cisco routers and switches.
INNO - Introduction to Internetworking
This course explores the fundamental concepts in internetworking. The focus of this course is TCP/IP. Students will explore the DOD and OSI reference models and learn to identify TCP/IP Protocol Suite components and implement IP addressing and Subnet Masks. Students will learn about name resolution and TCP/IP naming services and how to navigate the Cisco IOS interface and perform basic operations on Cisco routers and switches.
LX2O - Linux Server Administration
In this course, students will learn install and configure a Linux server. Students will learn to configure file and print sharing services, plan and implement LDAP, configure DNS, routing and VPNs on a Linux server. Students will be able to secure a Linux server and a Linux Network as well as monitor a Linux network and configure backups. By the end of the course students will be able to install, configure and manage an Apache server as well as an e-mail server.
LX1O - Linux Fundamentals
In this course, the student will learn to install and maintain a Linux system. The student will configure and use graphical user interfaces (GUIs), use Linux commands to manage files and file systems, and administer users, groups, permissions, and attributes. The student will learn to work with Linux scripts, services, processes, and schedule tasks. Students will be able to set up Linux client side networking and printing services as well as File Sharing services. Finally students will enable and administer Linux and Windows integration tools and learn to compile and install software on a Linux system.
SCPO - Security+
This course explores implications of and issues related to computer and network security. Students will learn to recognize security threats and ramifications, identify sources of security threats and major areas of vulnerability. The course will examine ways to detect and neutralize system and network security threats and implement security protection procedures and practices. Methods of security disaster recovery will also be explored in this course.
WS8O - Configuring a Windows Server Operating System
This course provides the student with an overview of the Windows Server 2008 Core. Students will install the Windows Server 2008 core components, and configure the various server roles and other components. Students will learn to create and manage users and user groups as well as user and group rights. The course will then explore the common server administration tasks and management of services.
WN7O - Configuring a Windows Client Operating System
This course explores the features and capabilities of a Windows operating system. Students will install and configure a Windows based operating system. Students will explore system requirements, user and system management and administration, networking and remote access services. The course will also explore how the operating system will interoperate with other operating systems. Students will learn the concepts of system security as they apply to the operating system as well as disaster protection, recovery and troubleshooting. The final part of this course will explore the operating system support for software applications as well as the optimization of the operating system.
PI1O - Phase 1 Integration Project
This course integrates all previous learning. Students will complete the set up and configuration of a PC and network hardware and software. They will also troubleshoot the PC and network environment.
NWPO - Network+
The Network+ course will provide students with an introduction to the theory of networks. Students will learn basic networking concepts relating to the types of networks, general networking components, specialized hardware and software associated with networks, and how to set up and configure networks. Students will also learn about network security, wireless networks, as well as Voice over IP network capabilities.
PC2O - Managing and Maintaining PCs (A+): Part 2
This course is the second of two consecutive courses that align to the CompTIA A+ certification requirements. This course focuses on the software installation, configuration and troubleshooting as well as system security. Students will gain an understanding of the various network models, standards and protocols. Students will install, configure and troubleshoot operating system software as well as application software packages. Finally the course will explore security issues involving software installations.
PC1O - Managing and Maintaining PCs (A+): Part 1
This course is the first of two courses that cover the general installation, maintenance and management of computer hardware and software resources. This first course focuses on the hardware resources that make up a computer system course align to the CompTIA A+ learning objectives. Students will learn about the operation of microcomputer systems, the various hardware components that makeup a computer system and how to troubleshoot common hardware problems.
ICAO - Introduction to Computer Applications
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail and antivirus software. The course is based on the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft office 2010 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications.
SSSO - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.