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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

SSSO - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VSOO - Visio
IT professionals are constantly working with a variety of diagrams from basic flowcharts to floor plans and Network diagrams. This Introduction to Microsoft Visio course is designed for students who are new to Visio and who will be using Microsoft Visio to create basic workflows and perform end-to-end flowcharting and diagrams. Students will learn about the tools and features of Visio and apply the skills to create a variety of diagrams on a scale from the basic organizational charts and flowcharts to the more complex workflow diagrams and network diagrams.
WNDX - Configuring a Windows Client Operating System
This course covering Windows 10 is the first step in pursuing Microsoft’s premiere certifications. In addition, skills learned in this course will give students a foundation to build on in Windows Server courses. Topics include installing Windows 10, performing post-installation configuration, implementing Windows in an enterprise environment, configuring networking, storage, data access, implementing applications, configuring updates, monitoring and remote management, configuring system recovery, authorization and authentication. The course aligns to the certification objectives of Microsoft’s MCSA exam 70-698.
W410O - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
The Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 is the first of the MCSA courses that covers the installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, Active Directory, and basic networking services. Other topics including configuring local storage, configuring print and document services, configure servers for remote management, configuring Hyper-V, IPv4/IPv6 addressing, DHCP, DNS, and group policies. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-410 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
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.
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.
PWSO - PowerShell
In this course, students will learn to use PowerShell scripting to automate the common tasks and administrative jobs that can be applied on the client or server version of Windows. The course starts with an introduction to the PowerShell language and scripting environment and then proceeds to a thorough explanation of creating functional scripts that can be used for performing common tasks that involve working with files, Internet-connected scripts, user interaction, and solving tasks in systems and enterprise management deployments such as working with Active Directory and the file system.
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.
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.
W411O - Administering Windows Server 2012
Administering Windows Server 2012 is the second of the MCSA courses. This course covers the administering Windows Server 2012. It covers deploying, managing, and maintaining servers including configuring file and print services, configuring network services and access, configuring a network policy server infrastructure, configuring and managing Active Directory, and configuring and managing Group Policy. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-411 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
W412O - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012
The Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 is the third of the MCSA courses that covers the installation, administering, and configuring Windows Server 2012. It continues with the material learned in the previous two courses, by configuring and managing high availability, configuring file and storage solutions, configuring network services, configuring the Active Directory infrastructure, and configuring identity and access solutions. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-412 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
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.
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.
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