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Course Description

In this course, students will develop skills in implementing and supporting current mail servers used in business. Students will explore techniques to fulfill the messaging and collaborative needs of a networked environment; working with the Windows, Linux OS to provide email services, instant messaging services, data conferencing services, and more. Students will also become familiar with most features of email settings and protocols (SMTP, POP, IMAP).

Learning Objectives

By the end of the quarter the student will be able to do the following:

  • Utilize proper organization and documentation techniques necessary to integrate the most commonly used operating systems, mail clients, mail servers and dns servers into a network. Students will network their systems as evidenced by successful completion of laboratory and homework assignments and exams.
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of mail servers and protocols running on the most commonly used operating systems. This will include (but not be limited to:) Postfix, Sendmail, Microsoft Exchange Server, HTTP, DNS, POP, IMAP and SMTP. This will be evidenced by completion of lab assignments, out of class research exercises and exam questions as well as comparative analysis with software running on virtual machines.
  • Describe how mail servers and clients interoperate and choose the correct applications for various situations as evidenced by lab assignments, exam questions and homework assignments.
  • Select, install and configure secure open and closed sources http, dns and mail servers and clients. This will be demonstrated primarily using lab exercises using virtual machines, but also by exam questions.
  • Describe how firewalls and other security devices and software can affect the proper functioning of mail and messaging servers. This will be demonstrated using exam questions and lab exercises.
  • Operate as a member of a team. The students will demonstrate their ability by functioning as a team during the completion of laboratory exercises.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.