Week 1 discussions;Networking in Society (graded);Explain ways that networking has changed society in the past 10 years. Do you feel that computer networking has impacted your life? Please explain..;Peer-to-Peer and Client-Server Environments (graded);What kind of network does your current or former workplace have: peer to peer or client-server? What problems does it have? What are some ideas to improve it? If you don't know which, explain what you think would have worked best and describe the circumstances.;Week 2 discussion;Transmission Basics (graded);The lecture covers several standards. Which ones are most common? Which ones are more or less obsolete? What can you find out about the future of transmission and media types? What is happening with 10 Gbps? What about 100 Gbps?;Networking Hardware and Topologies (graded);Let's figure out what kind of networking equipment an organization would need to buy. You can make assumptions on size and budget. What do we need to purchase? Why do we need to purchase it? That is, what will it do for us? How do we hook them together? That is, how do we cable them (or not cable them) together? Why is there such a big difference in price with the brands? How do network topologies figure into our selections and designs?;Week 3 discussion;TCP/IP (graded);There is an alphabet soup of protocols in TCP/IP: HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, TCP, UDP, IP, ARP, ICMP, and others. What are the characteristics of these protocols? What are they used for? Has there been an evolution in any of these protocols? Are there any weaknesses or disadvantages?;Network Servers (graded);Search the Internet for Windows servers by Dell, IBM, HP, and others. What are the features and prices? Which ones do you think would be appropriate for the various Windows Server 2008 editions? It is okay not to understand all of the specifications. When you find something you don't know, ask the class.;week 4 discussion;Understanding and Applying Active Directory (graded);Active Directory (AD) is arguably the most critical component of Windows Server 2008, certainly for larger organizations. It enables corporations to manage and secure their resources from a single directory service and with a common interface?a very powerful tool. Because it is so powerful and offers so many features and capabilities, it sometimes can be complex to those looking at it for the first time. This week, we are going to learn about AD in detail, starting with the fundamentals. As we progress during the week, you will begin to see it?s not that intimidating after all. First, though, let?s get the fundamentals down. What exactly is a directory service and what are some examples in industry? Next, let?s get the definition of Active Directory down?what exactly is it and what benefits does it provide? After this, we?ll look at the details on how it is implemented in the business environment.;Linux Versus Windows Administration (graded);In what ways do you think administering Linux is better than Windows? In what ways is Windows better than Linux? This can be with regard to having to manage a single server or multiple servers.
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