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CompTIA Server+ Program 

PROGRAM

CompTIA Server+ Certification Preparation Training (Online or Oncampus)

IT CATALOG

NEW EDUCARE INSTITUTE OF HEALTHCARE

PROGRAM DURATION

CompTIA Server +

5 to 7 Days

  • Install and upgrade server-class hardware.
  • Install and configure server NOS and applications software.
  • Configure RAID arrays.
  • Use management and monitoring tools.
  • Create disaster recovery plans.
  • Troubleshoot hardware, storage, networking, and software issues.

COURSE OUTCOME

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

CompTIA Server +

TOPICS

Module 1

Server Setup

Module 3

Server Applications

Module 5 Server Security

Module 2

Server Networking

Module 4

Server Maintenance

CompTIA Server+

Certification
Preparation Training


Program Duration: 5 to 7 Days


Program Description:  CompTIA Server+ course is aimed at job roles such as Server Support Technician, Server Administrator, Application Server Administrator, and Storage Administrator. This course prepares the student for the CompTIA SERVER+ IT certification exam.

COMPTIA SERVER+

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1
Server Setup


Unit 1.1 Topic:
Servers and Racks

  • Server Hardware and Software • Server Form Factors • Rack Systems • Rack Installation and Safety

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  • 1.1 Explain the purpose and function of server form factors
    Rack mount (Dimensions [1U, 2U, 4U], Cable management arms, Rail kits) • Tower • Blade technology (Blade enclosure [Backplane / Midplane, Power supply sockets, Network modules / switches, Management modules], Blade server)
  • 4.6 Given a scenario, implement proper environmental controls and techniques
    Safety (Proper lifting techniques, Rack stability, Floor load limitations, Sharp edges and pinch points)

Unit 1.2 Topic:
Storage Devices

  • Mass Storage Drives • The SCSI Interface • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) • The Serial ATA Interface • Solid State Drives (SSD)

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  • 3.1 Given a scenario, install and deploy primary storage devices based on given specifications and interfaces
    Disk specifications (RPM, Dimensions / form factor, Capacity, Bus width, IOPS, Seek time and latency, Hot-swap vs. non-hot-swap components) • Interfaces (SAS, SATA, SCSI, USB) • Hard drive vs. SSD

Unit 1.3 Topic:
RAID

  • Drive Arrays (RAID)
  • RAID Mirroring and Parity
  • Nested RAID
  • Hardware and Software RAID
  • Enterprise RAID Configurations

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Managing System Storage

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3.2 Given a scenario, configure RAID using best practices

  • RAID levels and performance considerations (0, 1, 5, 6, 10) • Software vs. hardware RAID (Performance considerations) • Configuration specifications (Capacity, Bus types, Drive RPM) • Hot-swap support and ramifications • Hot spare vs. cold spare • Array controller (Memory, Battery backed cache, Redundant controller)

Unit 1.4 Topic:
System Setup

  • BIOS and UEFI Configuration
  • Upgrading Firmware
  • MBR and GPT Partitions
  • File System Choices

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1.2 Given a scenario, install, configure and maintain server components

  • BIOS / UEFI (CMOS battery) • Firmware

2.1 Install and configure server operating systems

  • Update firmware • BIOS / UEFI configuration (Boot order) • Disk preparation (RAID setup, Partitioning, Formatting, File system type [ext 2, 3, 4, NTFS, FAT32, ReiserFS, UFS, VMFS, ZFS], Swap)

Unit 1.5 Topic:
Server Operating Systems

  • Server Pre-installation Planning • Network Operating Systems • Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) • Installation and Deployment Methods • Driver Installation • Virtual Memory

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Cloning and Deploying Disk Images • Remote and Unattended Installation of Windows OS

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2.1 Install and configure server operating systems

  • Determine server role / purpose • Configure host name • Local account setup • Connect to network • Install drivers • Performance baseline (Swap or pagefile optimization) • Unattended / remote installations (Deploying images and cloning, Scripted installs [PXE boot, TFTP])

Unit 1.6 Topic:
Troubleshooting Procedures

  • Troubleshooting Procedures • Identifying the Problem • Establishing a Probable Cause • Establishing a Plan of Action

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7.1 Explain troubleshooting theory and methodologies

  • Identify the problem and determine the scope (Question users / stakeholders and identify changes to the server / environment, Collect additional documentation / logs, If possible, replicate the problem as appropriate, If possible, perform backups before making changes) • Establish a theory of probable cause / question the obvious (Determine whether there is a common element of symptom causing multiple problems) • Test the theory to determine cause (Once theory is confirmed, determine next steps to resolve problem, If theory is not confirmed, establish new theory or escalate) • Establish a plan of action to resolve the problem and notify impacted users • Implement the solution or escalate as appropriate (Make one change at a time and test / confirm the change has resolved the problem, If the problem is not resolved, reverse the change if appropriate and implement new change) • Verify full system functionality and if applicable implement preventive measures • Perform a root cause analysis • Document findings, actions and outcomes throughout the process


Module 2
Server Networking
Unit 2.1 Topic:
Ethernet

  • Twisted Pair Cabling and Connectors • Installing Network Cables • Patch Cable Types • Fiber Optic Cabling and Connectors • Ethernet Standards • Network Adapter Cards • Troubleshooting Cabling

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5.1 Given a scenario, configure servers to use IP addressing and network infrastructure services

  • MAC addresses • Network Interface Card configuration (NIC teaming, Duplexing [Full, Half, Auto], Speeds [10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps, 10 Gbps])

5.3 Given a scenario, install cables and implement proper cable management procedures

  • Copper (Patch cables [Crossover, Straight through, Rollover], CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6) • Fiber (Single-mode, Multi-mode) • Connectors (ST, LC, SC, SFP, RJ-45, RJ-11) • Cable placement and routing (Cable channels, Cable management trays [Vertical, Horizontal]) • Labeling • Bend radius • Cable ties
    7.4 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods
    Causes of common problems (Component failure, Bad cables, Mis-configured NIC)

Unit 2.2 Topic:
Internet Protocol

  • The TCP/IP Suite • Internet Protocol and IP Addressing • Subnet Masks • Configuring IP • Classless Addressing • Troubleshooting IP • IP Version 6

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Configuring IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing

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5.1 Given a scenario, configure servers to use IP addressing and network infrastructure services

  • IPv4 vs. IPv6 • Default gateway • CIDR notation and subnetting • Public and private IP addressing • Static IP assignment vs. DHCP

7.4 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (DHCP server mis-configured, non-functional or unreachable, Destination host unreachable) • Causes of common problems (Improper IP configuration, IPv4 vs. IPv6 misconfigurations) • Networking tools (ping, ipconfig / ifconfig)

Unit 2.3 Topic: 

Routers and Firewalls

  • IP Routing Basics • Troubleshooting Routing Issues • TCP and UDP Ports • netstat • Zones and Access Control Lists (ACL) • Basic Firewalls • Host-based Firewalls • VLAN Configuration

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Understanding Common Ports and Protocols

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4.3 Explain basic network security systems and protocols

  • Firewall (Network-based, Host-based) • Router access list • VLAN • Security zones (DMZ, Public and private, Intranet and extranet)

5.1 Given a scenario, configure servers to use IP addressing and network infrastructure services

  • NAT / PAT

5.2 Compare and contrast various ports and protocols

  • TCP vs. UDP • SNMP - 161 • SMTP - 25 • FTP - 20 / 21 • SFTP - 22 • SSH - 22 • SCP - 22 • NTP - 123 • HTTP - 80 • HTTPS - 443 • TELNET - 23 • IMAP - 143 • POP3 - 110 • RDP - 3389 • FTPS - 989 / 990 • LDAP - 389/3268 • DNS - 53 • DHCP - 68

7.4 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (Internet connectivity failure, Default gateway mis-configured, Failure of service provider) • Causes of common problems (Improper IP configuration, VLAN configuration, Port security, Improper subnetting, Incorrect OS route tables, Firewall [mis-configuration, hardware failure, software failure], Routing / switch issues) • Networking tools (ping, tracert / traceroute, route, netstat)

Unit 2.4 Topic:
Network Services

  • Network Services Servers • Host Names and FQDNs • Domain Name System (DNS) • Configuring DNS Servers • nslookup and nbtstat • Configuring DHCP • NTP Server

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Installing Server Roles

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2.2 Compare and contrast server roles and requirements for each

  • Network services server (DHCP, DNS / WINS, NTP)

5.1 Given a scenario, configure servers to use IP addressing and network infrastructure services

  • DNS (FQDN, Default domain suffix / search domain) • WINS • NetBIOS

7.4 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (Unknown host, Cannot reach by host name / FQDN) • Causes of common problems (DNS and/or DHCP failure, Mis-configured hosts file) • Networking tools (nslookup, nbtstat, netstat)

Unit 2.5 Topic:
Virtualization Services

  • Virtualization Basics • Hypervisor • Resource Requirements • Virtual Networks • Purposes of Virtual Machines • Virtualization Best Practices and Risks • Labs • Installing a Linux VM

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Installing and Configuring Operating Systems

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2.6 Explain the purpose and operation of virtualization components

  • Hosts and guests • Management interface for virtual machines • Hypervisor (Type I, Type II, Hybrid) • Hardware compatibility list (BIOS / UEFI compatibility and support, CPU compatibility support, AMD-V / Intel VT) • Resource allocation between Guest and Host (CPU, Storage, Memory, Network connectivity [Direct Access (Bridging) vs. NAT, Virtual NICs, Virtual switches], Video)


Module 3
Server Applications
Unit 3.1 Topic:
Configuring Server Roles

  • Installing Roles and Applications • Database and Application Servers • Web Servers • File Transfer Services (FTP) • Email (SMTP / POP / IMAP) • Messaging Servers • Troubleshooting Services

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Installing a Database Server • Installing an Email Server

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2.1 Install and configure server operating systems

  • Enable services • Install features / roles / applications

2.2 Compare and contrast server roles and requirements for each

  • Web server • Application server • Database server • Messaging server • Mail server

7.4 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (User unable to logon, Email failure, Resource unavailable)

Unit 3.2 Topic:
Storage Services

  • DAS, NAS, and SAN • Fibre Channel • Tape Drives • Other Storage Media • Storage Capacity Planning

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Storage Technologies using iSCSI • Understanding File Compression Formats • Planning for Storage Capacity using Disk Quotas

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3.1 Given a scenario, install and deploy primary storage devices based on given specifications and interfaces

  • Interfaces (Fibre Channel)

3.3 Summarize hardware and features of various storage technologies

  • DAS • NAS (iSCSI, FCoE) • SAN (Fibre Channel, LUN & LUN masking, HBAs and fabric switches) • JBOD • Tape (Drive, Libraries) • Optical drive • Flash, Compact Flash and USB drive

3.4 Given a scenario, calculate appropriate storage capacity and plan for future growth

  • Base10 vs. Base2 disk size calculation (1000 vs. 1024) • Disk quotas • Compression • Capacity planning considerations (Operating system growth [Patches, Service packs, Log files], Temporary directories, Databases, Application servers, File servers, Archival)

Unit 3.3 Topic:
Volume Management

  • Disk Management Tool • Adding Arrays (Dynamic Storage) • Drive Status and Disk Tools • Managing Disks in Linux • Troubleshooting Storage • Troubleshooting RAID • Troubleshooting Disk Performance

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7.3 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot software problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (OS boot failure, Cannot mount drive) • Cause of common problems (Corrupted files, Lack of hard drive space, Fragmentation) • Software tools (Defragmentation tools, Disk property tools [Usage, Free space])

7.5 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot storage problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (Slow file access, OS not found, Data not available, Error lights, Unable to mount the device, Drive not available, Cannot access logical drive, Data corruption, Slow I/O performance, Cache failure, Multiple drive failure) • Causes of common problems (Media failure, Drive failure, Controller failure, HBA failure, Loose connectors, Cable problems, Mis-configuration, Improper termination, Corrupt boot sector, Corrupt file system table, Array rebuild, Improper disk partition, Bad sectors, Cache battery failure, Cache turned off, Insufficient space, Improper RAID configuration, Mis-matched drives, Backplane failure) • Storage tools (Partitioning tools, Disk management, RAID array management, Array management, System logs, Monitoring tools)

Unit 3.4 Topic:
Directory Services

  • Configuring Directory Services • Active Directory • Managing Users • Managing Group Accounts • Account Policy Enforcement

Topics for Self-study

Live Labs

  • Installing a Directory Server

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2.1 Install and configure server operating systems

  • Join domain / directory

2.2 Compare and contrast server roles and requirements for each

  • Directory server

4.3 Explain basic network security systems and protocols

  • Authentication protocols (LDAP)

4.4 Implement logical access control methods based on company policy

  • Access control lists (Users, Groups, Roles, Resources [Administrative rights, Distribution lists]) • Permissions (Superuser)

7.3 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot software problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Cause of common problems (User Account Control [UAC / sudo])

Unit 3.5 Topic:
File and Print Services

  • Configuring File Shares • NTFS File and Folder Permissions • Securing a Linux File System • Print Servers

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

  • Configuring a File Server • Configuring a Print Server

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2.2 Compare and contrast server roles and requirements for each

  • File server • Print server 

4.4 Implement logical access control methods based on company policy

  • Access control lists (Resources [File system, Network ACLs, Peripheral devices]) • Permissions (Read, Write / Modify, Execute, Delete, Full control, File vs. share)

7.3 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot software problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (User cannot access resources, Users cannot print) • Cause of common problems (Print server drivers / services, Print spooler) • Software tools (Disk property tools [Volume or drive mapping])

7.4 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose network problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Networking tools (net use / mount)

7.5 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot storage problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Storage tools (net use / mount command)

Unit 3.6 Topic: 

Troubleshooting Software

  • Server Monitoring • Measuring Performance in Windows • Measuring Performance in Linux • System Logs • Troubleshooting Software Problem

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Server Optimization • Troubleshooting Operating Systems Parts 1-3

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2.1 Install and configure server operating systems

  • Performance baseline (Server optimization)

2.4 Given a scenario, perform proper server maintenance techniques

  • Performance monitoring (CPU utilization, Memory utilization, Network utilization, Disk utilization [Disk IOPS, Storage capacity], Comparison against performance baseline, Processes and services monitoring, Log monitoring)

7.3 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot software problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (Memory leak, BSOD / stop, Driver issues, Runaway process, Cannot write to system log, Slow OS performance, Patch update failure, Service failure, Hangs no shut down) • Cause of common problems (Lack of system resources, Virtual memory [misconfigured, corrupt]) • Software tools (System logs, Monitoring tools [Resource Monitor, Performance Monitor])


Module 4
Server Maintenance

Unit 4.1 Topic:
Server Hardware

  • Motherboard Components • CPU Features • Packaging and Sockets and Models • CPU Upgrades • Memory • Dual-channel Motherboards • Other Memory Features • Expansion Cards

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Retrieving System Information

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1.2 Given a scenario, install, configure and maintain server components

  • CPU (Multiprocessor vs. multicore, Socket type, Cache levels: L1, L2, L3, Speeds [Core, Bus, Multiplier], CPU stepping, Architecture [x86, x64, ARM]) • RAM (ECC vs. non-ECC, DDR2, DDR3, Number of pins, Static vs. dynamic, Module placement, CAS latency, Timing , Memory pairing) • Bus types, bus channels and expansion slots (Height differences and bit rate differences, PCI, PCIe, PCI-X) • NICs • Hard drives • Riser cards • RAID controllers • USB interface / port • Hot-swap vs. non-hot-swap components

Unit 4.2 Topic: 

Environment and Maintenance

  • Developing a Server Management Plan • Server Chassis Features • Performing Shut Down • Server Cooling • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

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1.3 Compare and contrast power and cooling components

  • Cooling (Airflow, Thermal dissipation, Baffles / shrouds, Fans, Liquid cooling)

2.4 Given a scenario, perform proper server maintenance techniques

  • Hardware maintenance (Check system health indicators [LEDs, Error codes, Beep codes, LCD messages], Preventive maintenance [Clearing dust, Check proper airflow], Proper shut down procedures)

4.6 Given a scenario, implement proper environmental controls and techniques

  • HVAC (Room and rack temperature and humidity [Monitoring and alert notifications], Airflow [Rack filler / baffle / blanking panels], Hot aisle and cold aisle)

7.2 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot hardware problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Environmental issues (Dust, Humidity, Temperature) • Hardware tools (Compressed air)

Unit 4.3 Topic: 

Power Distribution

  • Power • Power Supply Unit • Connector Types and Voltages • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) • PDUs and Power Circuits

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1.3 Compare and contrast power and cooling components

  • Power (Voltage [110v vs. 220v vs. -48v, 208v vs. 440v / 460v / 480v], Wattage, Consumption, Redundancy, 1-phase vs. 3-phase power, Plug types [NEMA, Edison, Twist lock])

4.6 Given a scenario, implement proper environmental controls and techniques

  • Power concepts and best practices (UPS [Run time vs. capacity, Automated graceful shutdown of attached devices, Periodic testing of batteries, Maximum load, Bypass procedures, Remote management], PDU [Connect redundant rack PDUs to separate circuits], Capacity planning [PDU ratings, UPS ratings, Total potential power draw], Multiple circuits [Connect redundant power supplies to separate PDUs])

7.2 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot hardware problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Environmental issues (Power surge / failure)

Unit 4.4 Topic: 

Server Hardware Troubleshooting

  • Adding and Removing Components • Troubleshooting Power and POST Problems • Troubleshooting Processor, Memory, and I/O Failure • Performing a Memory Upgrade

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2.4 Given a scenario, perform proper server maintenance techniques

  • Hardware maintenance (Replace failed components [Fans, Hard drives, RAM, Backplanes, Batteries])

4.6 Given a scenario, implement proper environmental controls and techniques

  • Safety (ESD Procedures)

7.2 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot hardware problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (Failed POST, Overheating, Memory failure, Onboard component failure, Processor failure, Incorrect boot sequence, Expansion card failure, Operating system not found, Drive failure, Power supply failure, I/O failure) • Causes of common problems (Third party components or incompatible components, Incompatible or incorrect BIOS, Cooling failure, Mismatched components, Backplane failure) • Hardware tools (Power supply tester / multimeter, Hardware diagnostics, ESD equipment)

Unit 4.5 Topic: 

Server Management

  • Server Management Methods • Local Hardware Administration • OS Administration Tools • Network Hardware Administration Tools

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Network Based OS Administration

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2.3 Given a scenario, use access and control methods to administer a server

  • Local hardware administration (KVM, Serial, Virtual Administration console) • Network-based hardware administration (KVM over IP, ILO, iDRAC) • Network-based operating system administration (RDP, SSH, VNC, Command line / shell)

Unit 4.6 Topic: 

Configuration Management

  • Change and Configuration Management • Documentation • Procedures and Standards


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2.4 Given a scenario, perform proper server maintenance techniques

  • Change management • Outages & Service Level Agreements (Scheduled downtime, Unscheduled downtime, Impact analysis, Client notification, MTTR)

2.5 Explain the importance of asset management and documentation

  • Asset management (Licensing, Labeling, Warranty, Lifecycle management [Procurement, Usage, End of life, Disposal / recycling], Inventory [Make, Model, Serial number, Asset tag]) • Documentation (Service manuals, Network diagrams, Architecture diagrams, Dataflow diagrams, Recovery documentation, Baseline documentation, Change management policies, Service Level Agreement, Server configuration) • Secure storage of sensitive documentation


Module 5
Server Security
Unit 5.1 Topic:
Site Security

  • Authentication • Designing a Secure Site • Site Security Controls • Hardware Security • Data Encryption • Data Wiping and Disposal • Fire Prevention and Suppression

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4.1 Compare and contrast physical security methods and concepts

  • Multifactor Authentication (Something you have, Something you know, Something you are) • Security concepts (Mantrap, RFID chip, ID card, Biometric, Keypad, Access list, Security guard, Security camera, Keys & Locks [Cabinet, Rack mount, Server], Safe)

4.5 Implement data security methods and secure storage disposal techniques

  • Storage encryption (File level encryption, Disk encryption, Tape encryption) • Storage media (Soft wipe [File deletion], Hard wipe [Zero out all sectors], Physical destruction, Remote wipe)

4.6 Given a scenario, implement proper environmental controls and techniques

  • Safety (Fire suppression)

Unit 5.2 Topic: 

Remote Access Services

  • Digital Security • Remote Access Servers

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Routing and Remote Access Servers • Controlling VPN Access with RADIUS • Introduction to IPSec • Understanding Public Key Infrastructure

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2.2 Compare and contrast server roles and requirements for each

  • Routing and remote access server

4.3 Explain basic network security systems and protocols

  • Authentication protocols (RADIUS, TACACS, TACACS+) • PKI (Private key, Public key, Certificate authority, SSL / TLS) • VPN • IPSec

Unit 5.3 Topic: 

Server Hardening

  • Hardening Techniques • Firmware Security • Patch Management • Windows Update • Linux Patch Management • Application Patch Management

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Applying Operating System Updates

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2.1 Install and configure server operating systems

  • Address security concerns (Patching, OS hardening, Compliance to company procedures / standards)

2.4 Given a scenario, perform proper server maintenance techniques

  • Patch management (Operating System updates, Application updates, Security software updates, Firmware updates, Device drivers updates, Compatibility lists [Operating systems, Hardware, Applications], Testing and validation)

4.2 Given a scenario, apply server hardening techniques

  • OS hardening (Stopping unneeded services / closing unneeded ports, Install only required software, Install latest operating system patches) • Application hardening (Install latest patches, Disabling unneeded services / roles / features) • Endpoint security (HIDS, Anti-malware) • Remediate security issues based on a vulnerability scan • Hardware hardening (Disabling unneeded hardware and physical ports / devices, BIOS password, Disable WOL [Wake on LAN], Setup boot order, Chassis locks / intrusion detection)

Unit 5.4 Topic: 

Security Software

  • Anti-malware Software • Preventive Measures • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) • IDS Analysis Engine • Endpoint Security • Vulnerability Assessment

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Understanding Malware

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4.2 Given a scenario, apply server hardening techniques

  • Endpoint security (HIDS, Anti-malware) • Remediate security issues based on a vulnerability scan

4.3 Explain basic network security systems and protocols

  • Port security / 802.1x / NAC • NIDS

7.6 Given a scenario, effectively diagnose security issues, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (File integrity issue, Privilege escalation, Applications will not load, Can’t access network file / shares, Unable to open files, Excessive access, Excessive memory utilization) • Causes of common problems (Open ports, Active services, Inactive services, Intrusion detection configurations, Anti-malware configurations, Local / group policies, Firewall rules, Misconfigured permissions, Virus infection, Rogue processes / services) • Security tools (Port scanners, Sniffers, Cipher, Checksums, Telnet client, Anti-malware)

Unit 5.5 Topic: 

Disaster Recovery

  • Business Continuity Concepts • Disaster Recovery Planning • IT Contingency Planning • Clusters and Sites

Topics for Self-study
Live Labs

Introduction to Failover Clustering • Introduction to Network Load Balancing


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2.4 Given a scenario, perform proper server maintenance techniques

  • Fault tolerance and high availability techniques (Clustering [Active / active, Active / passive], Load balancing [Round robin, Heartbeat])

6.1 Explain the importance of disaster recovery principles

  • Site types (Hot site, Cold site, Warm site) • Replication methods (Disk to disk, Server to server, Site to site) • Continuity of Operations (Disaster recovery plan, Business continuity plan, Business impact analysis [Who is affected, What is affected, Severity of impact])

Unit 5.6 Topic: 

Backup

  • Backup Plans and Policies • Database and System Backups • Backup Execution and Frequency • Restoring Data and Verifying Backups

Topics for Self-study 

Live Labs

  • Understanding Server Backup and Restore

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6.2 Given a scenario, implement appropriate backup techniques

  • Methodology (Full / Normal [Copy], Incremental, Differential, Snapshot, Selective, Bare metal, Open file, Data vs. OS restore) • Backup media (Linear access [Tape], Random Access [Disk, Removable media, Optical media]) • Media and restore best practices (Labeling, Integrity verification, Test restorability, Tape rotation and retention) • Media storage location (Offsite, Onsite, Security considerations, Environmental considerations)

7.5 Given a scenario, effectively troubleshoot storage problems, selecting the appropriate tools and methods

  • Common problems (Restore failure, Unsuccessful backup)




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