• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Almost everywhere you go, from large businesses to people's homes, networks are in place to facilitate the movement of data between computers and other devices, such as printers or the Internet. The network infrastructure services, ports, protocols, and cabling involved in networking can be complicated, which can make troubleshooting issues that arise complicated as well. It is important that server administrators are very familiar with server networking concepts. Also, without a well-thought-out plan in place, all the best equipment and well trained personnel in the world will be useless in the event of a disaster. Disasters can be man-made or natural, and both types can cause short delays or major business disruptions.

In this course, you will learn about IP addressing and network infrastructure services. This course also compares various ports and protocols, and covers how to install and implement proper cable management procedures. In addition, you will learn about backup strategies and procedures for restoring data. You'll also explore various types of backup, such as full, incremental, and differential, along with the common media used for backup such as hard disks and optical media. Finally, you'll explore disaster planning and the implementation of a disaster recovery plan. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that maps to CompTIA's Server+ exam, SK0-004, and covers the following exam objectives: 5.1 Given a scenario, configure servers to use IP addressing and network infrastructure services, 5.2 Compare and contrast various ports and protocols, 5.3 Given a scenario, install cables and implement proper cable management procedures, 6.1 Explain the importance of disaster recovery principles, and 6.2 Given a scenario, implement appropriate backup techniques.

Learning Objectives

IP Addressing and Network Infrastructure Services

  • start the course
  • describe the structure and usage of IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
  • describe the usage of a default gateway
  • describe CIDR notation and subnetting
  • compare public versus private IP addressing
  • compare static assignment versus DHCP
  • describe DNS
  • describe WINS
  • describe NetBIOS
  • compare NAT and PAT
  • describe the process and usage of MAC addresses
  • describe the usage and elements of a network interface card

Ports and Protocols

  • contrast TCP and UDP network services
  • match well-known ports and protocols
  • define registered ports and protocols

Cables and Cable Management Procedures

  • define the different copper cable types
  • define the different fiber cables types
  • define the different connector types
  • implement cable placement and routing
  • implement proper cable labeling, bend radius, and cable ties

Disaster Recovery Principles

  • define disaster recovery site types
  • define disaster recovery replication methods
  • describe the importance of a disaster recovery plan
  • describe the importance of a business continuity plan
  • describe the importance of a business impact analysis

Backup Techniques

  • describe the different methodologies associated with backup techniques
  • recognize the different types of backup media
  • recognize media and restore best practices
  • implement a media storage location

Practice: Networking

  • describe concepts related to networking and disaster recovery

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Network Services
  • Systems Administration
  • Technology R&D