Network +

Network+ teaches students the fundamentals of networking. Through hands-on training, students learn the vendor-independent networking skills and concepts that affect all aspects of networking, such as installing and configuring the TCP/IP client. The course also helps to prepare students for the current CompTIA Network+ exam as well as the NEW 2002 Network+ exam. This course can be combined with A+ to serve as an elective for the NEW Microsoft MCSA certification.

Target Audience

Networking professionals employed at corporations, government organizations, and information technology companies.

Job Responsibilities

Implementing the installation of a network; maintaining and supporting the network; and troubleshooting the network.


Students should have A+ certification or equivalent experience.

5 days/30 hours


Introduction to Networking

Networking Evolution
Client/Server Model
Web-based Networking
Networking Categories
Network Topologies
Network Operating Systems
Novell NetWare, Microsoft Windows NT, and UNIX

Networking Protocols

OSI Reference Model
Application, Transport and Network Protocols
Major Networking Protocols
TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI, AppleTalk, Data Link Control (DLC), Systems Network Architecture (SNA)
Choosing and Combining Protocols
Directory Services

Network Devices

Local Area Networks (LAN)
Wide Area Networks (WAN)
Network Access Points (NAP)
Common Network Componentry
Common Peripheral Ports
Transmission Media
Environmental Factors

Connecting Your Network

Transmission Types
IEEE LAN Standards
Additional LAN Standards
Configuring Network Interface Cards
Interrupt Requests (IRQ), I/O Address, and DMA
WAN Methods
T-Carrier Services

TCP/IP Architecture

TCP/IP and Interoperability
The Internet Architecture
Requests for Comments (RFCs)
Internet Protocols
Port Numbers

Internet Addressing

Address Classes, IP Addressing Rules, and Reserved IP Addressing
Subnetworks & Custom Subnet Masks
IP Address Conservation
Classless Interdomain Routing (CIDR) & Supernetting
Normal TCP/IP Configuration Parameters


Routing Process Static vs. Dynamic Routing
Routing and Packets
Routing Protocols
Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP)
Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
Classless Interdomain Routing (CIDR)

TCP/IP Utilities

Useful Network Files
Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
General Network Commands
Name and Address Commands

Internetworking Servers

File and Print Servers
HTTP Server Essentials
Proxy, Mail, Mailing List, Media, DNS, FTP, News, Certificate, Directory, Catalog, and Transaction Servers
Daemon: inetd
Choosing the Ideal Server
Company Needs/Abilities
Product Advantages and Disadvantages
Popular Server Products

Name Resolution

Hosts File
Domain Name System (DNS)
DNS Server Types and DNS Records
Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND)
Implementing DNS
Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)

Address and Parameter Allocation for TCP/IP Hosts

Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP)
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
DHCP Implementation

Remote Connectivity

Remote Access Servers
Dial-up Protocols
Common Methods for Accessing a Remote Access Server
Remote Access Server Software
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

User Management

Security Models and Authentication
Peer-level and User-level Access
Creating User Accounts
Permissions and Universal Permissions
Windows NT, UNIX and Novell Permissions
Additional Login Account Terms
Administrative Privilege
Standard Password Practices
Network Policies
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Network Printing

Flow of a Print Task
Configuring a Network Printer
Client Configuration
Using Forms, Separator Pages, and Printing Pools
Printer Administration

Data Protection

Establishing a Baseline
Fault Tolerance
Other Types of Data Protection
Planning a Backup Strategy
Disaster Recovery

Network Security Essentials

Defining Security and Assets
Security Threats and Types of Attacks
The Robert Morris Internet Worm
The Hacker Process
Defeating Attacks
Security Standards and Key Security Organizations
Auditing Phases
Securing a Server

Enterprise Network Security—Encryption and Firewalls

Encryption and Applied Encryption
Network-level Protocols and Encryption
Creating an SSL Session
Firewalls and Packet Filters
Proxy Servers

Firewall Topology

Maintaining Your Network

Version Control
Moving or Changing Equipment
Patches and Fixes
Supporting Your Network

Troubleshooting the Network and Diagnostic Tools

Analyzing the Scope of the Problem
Applying Troubleshooting Methods
Troubleshooting Name Resolution
Using Troubleshooting Indicators
Using Troubleshooting Tools


   Scheduled Upon Request

Course Outlines

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