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Network Systems Engineer

If you have a knack for technology and want to enter the rapidly growing IT sector, the Network Systems Engineer program at CDI College in Ontario will prepare you to succeed on the job.

As a student in this program, you’ll hone the skills to install, test, and evaluate computer networks in a business setting. You’ll also learn to use a systematized approach to problem solving and troubleshoot glitches related to local area (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).

Along with Linux, internetworking, and various Cisco network devices, you’ll also cover various Windows Server essentials including active directory configuration, network infrastructure configuration, administration, and application infrastructure. Other topics include SharePoint administration and server virtualization.

With curriculum developed around essential industry certifications by Microsoft, CompTIA, and Cisco, you’ll be prepared to challenge several certification exams upon graduation.

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.
ITC4 - Introduction to Computers
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 2013 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications
PC14 - 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 will 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.
PC24 - 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.
CWDO - Configuring Windows Devices
This course will provide the students with skills necessary to deploy, configure and support Windows apps, resources and devices. Students will learn how to support the Windows Store and Cloud Apps, Mobility options and devices using Microsoft Intune. The course will explore the configuration of settings to support data storage and security, remote connections, resources, desktop apps, updates and mobility options with Azure RemoteApp. Finally, students will be able to configure system recovery and file recovery settings and manage system updates. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-697 MCSA certification exam.
W740 - Installation Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016
Installation Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016 is the first of the MCSA courses. This course covers the installation and configuration of Windows Server 2016 and its services. Students will learn to configure disks and volumes, implement server storage, create, manage and maintain server images for deployment and configure virtualization with Hyper-V. The course will also explore the deployment of Windows containers and the implementation of failover clustering and high availability disaster recovery options. Students will learn to implement Network Load Balancing and monitor server installations. The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-740 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.
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.
INN8 - 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.
W741 - Networking with Windows Server 2016
Networking with Windows Server 2016 is the second of the MCSA courses. This course covers the implementation and configuration of networking services under Windows server 2016. The course will cover the implementation of IPv4 and IPv6 addressing as well as the installation of the various networking services and servers such as DNS, DHCP and IPAM. Students will learn to implement Virtual Private Networks and DirectAccess solutions as well as the implementation of Network Policy Server (NPS) and authentication. The course will explore the implementation of Distributed File System and Branch Office solutions.  This course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-741 MCSA and MCSE certification exam.

W742 - Identity with Windows Server 2016
Identity with Windows Server 2016 is the third of the MCSA courses that covers the administering and configuring of Active Directory infrastructure under Windows Server 2016. The course will cover the installation and configuration of domain controllers followed by the creation and management of active directory users, computers, groups and organizational units. Students will learn to configure Service Authentication and account policies, group policies and objects and settings. Students will also explore the installation and configuration of Active Directory Certificate services and Active Directory Federation services.   The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-742 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.
MB-W744 - Securing Windows Server 2016
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to secure a Windows Server 2016 implementation. The course will explore the configuration of disk and file encryption, the implementation of malware protection, Windows Firewall and security baselines. The course will cover the securing of network traffic, the implementation of Privilege Access Management and administration as well as advanced audit policies and services. After installing and configuring Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, students will learn to work with the Operations Management Suite to determine threat detection solutions. Students will also learn to secure an Application Development Server workload and implement a secure files services infrastructure with dynamic access control.  The course is intended to align with the objectives of the Microsoft 70-744 MCSE certification exam.
SHPO - SharePoint Administration
Students will learn to use Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 as a collaborative tool that allows them to share and organize documents, contacts and calendars; create polls; moderate the content of lists; and share libraries. Students will learn to install, configure, and deploy Windows SharePoint and build and configure SharePoint Services Topology. Finally, students will learn to administer, monitor, and implement SharePoint security.
WRL6 - Wireless

This course covers WLAN fundamentals, including technologies, standards, topologies, security, and deployment considerations. Students will explore the installation of the basic Cisco wireless LANs, including architectural components, configuration, modes, discovery/association, roaming, and verification. The course will then explore the installation of wireless clients, including client WLAN configuration, common wireless supplicants such as Macintosh, Intel Wireless Pro, Windows, iOS, and Android, and the basic AnyConnect configuration parameters, and CCX capabilities. 

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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