A real-life scenario and the lab environment your college could adopt
Having the proficient skillset to design, build, and test servers for a corporate network is an essential requirement if you are looking to enter the Networking and Infrastructure space in the IT industry.
To assist students to acquire these necessary skillsets, eduLAB has created the suitable lab environment for the unit ICTNWK540. Also, this lab environment is flexible to allow you to fully customise it to align with your college’s learning resources and assessment tools. Using the eduLAB environment for your practical IT units like this one, easily gives your students practise in designing and deploying servers in a complex network environment in class or at home.
For current IT professionals who are looking to upskill to further their careers in network or systems engineering roles, ICTNWK540 is applicable for building skills in designing and building network servers in a complex computing environment of medium-to-large organisations.
ICTNWK540 is relevant to the qualifications below:
- ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology
- ICT60220 – Advanced Diploma of Information Technology
- ICT50120 – Diploma of Information Technology (superseded by ICT50220)
- ICT60120 – Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (superseded by ICT60220)
eduLAB’s ready to go lab environment for ICTNWK540 is based on the scenario and the diagram below. Additionally, Suggested Activities are included to help you design your workbook and assessment tools. These activities are suitable for students to demonstrate their ability to implement and migrate network servers.
A small IT team within Maxmit College manages a corporate network. The college is facing the issues below and urgent attention is required to resolve the matter. The issues are:
- The existing server is installed with an end-of-life operating system which is susceptible to new vulnerabilities and associated attacks
- The Organisation does not have Active Directory implemented and the IT team is overwhelmed by managing users, policies, and software on computers manually
- Documents stored on computers are not backed up and can cause data loss if computers fail
- No dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) within the organisation network therefore, the IT team must configure network settings on staff computers manually, which is causing occasional IP conflicts
- Staff are exchanging documents via email with external parties, thereby causing document duplication and versioning problems
In order to resolve these urgent issues, the executive management has permitted their IT team to introduce new servers. The IT team must locate documents and applications in the old server and suitably plan the migration strategy, so that during the transition the day-to-day business operations will not be affected.
The lab environment on eduLAB – 4 virtual computers
eduLAB Virtual Labs Identifications
- Decommissioned Server: A production server is currently in use which is obsolete and requires data and application migration to the new server (Network Server)
- Network Server: Refers to a new production server where the learner will need to configure network services, install necessary applications, and migrate data from the decommissioned server
- Client PC: Refers to one of the staff computers where the learner can test the network services and permissions are correctly configured
- Firewall: This network component enables access to the internet and is responsible for filtering malicious and inappropriate content
Four virtual components on eduLAB
Possible activities – How the labs can be used in activities
Performance evidence required for the ICTNWK540 unit includes:
- Produce a design report for at least one server with complex user and network service requirements
- Prepare and install a network server
- Configure a wide range of server network and security services, including domain name systems (DNS), dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), web and proxy mail, file transfer protocol (FTP), and firewall
- Backup staff data and identify the file structure and installed software on the Decommissioned Server
- Install the Windows Server operating system, configure network settings, and apply the latest cumulative updates
- Integrate Active Directory (AD) roles and configure Group Policies for centralised management of staff computers and software
- Configure Network Time Protocol and check that devices have synchronised the time from the server
- Setup DNS and DHCP network services and test staff computers can resolve private and public domain names
- Install File Server role and create file structures for organisational data and user profiles
- Redirect staff profiles to the Network Server and test documents are located on the server
- Map network shared folders on the Client PC via Group Policies
- Install web servers (IIS, XAMPP) and upload the intranet website, and test that is accessible from the Client PC
- Install relational database server and configure a database for the intranet website
- Secure the intranet website with a self-signed certificate
- Install Certification Authority (CA) on the Network Server and sign the intranet website certificate with local CA
- Enable and configure the intrusion prevention system (IPS), web content filtering and mail antispam services on the firewall
- Implement cloud drives and collaboration tools for external parties
- Restore staff data to the Network Server and test documents are accessible, writable and readable from the Client PC
- Implement file backup software and configure for daily backup to the separate disk partition
- Implement disk-to-disk-to-cloud backup strategy
- Check that data backup set is healthy and demonstrate the restore
- Open MSConfig system utility on Client PC and check which non-Microsoft services are loaded on start-up
- Optimise the Start-up section in Task Manager
eduLAB provides virtual lab environments for courses requiring computer labs for practical activities such as Information Technology, Cyber Security and Engineering courses. With eduLAB, students experience practical lab environment in the comfort of their home and class. eduLAB assist colleges and RTO consultants in designing learning resources and assessment tools by providing virtual lab environments that meet performance evidence requirements.
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About the author
- eduLAB lab designer and the co-founder of eduLAB Pty Ltd
- Co-founder of Celox Group Pty Ltd
- 13 years of experience in system integration of small, medium and large corporations in Australia and in Europe.
- Accredited Integration Specialist for HP ProLiant ML/DL/SL servers
- Accredited Systems Engineer for HP BladeSystem
- Red Hat Certified Engineer
- Sophos Certified Engineer