Course Title: Install and manage a server

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6090C

Course Title: Install and manage a server

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chelton Evans

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to install and manage a server. Server management includes initial configuration and testing as well as ongoing administration and troubleshooting.

Topics include
• Installing a window 2008 domain controller and windows 7 client
• Windows domain: Group policy, Organisational units, groups, GPO
• Associate a group with a login script
• Managing users in the domain
• Windows file server – includes testing for different file permissions and different groups
• Windows domain controller configuration and management. Setting up a DHCP server, setting and testings reverse DNS. Adding a PC to the domain and testing.
• Implementing group policy, Group policy modelling
• Windows Access Control Lists (ACL’s) and the Windows effective permissions inspector
• Printing
• Introduction to memory, processes and threads. Tools to view these in both Linux and Windows environments
• Linux server installation and services.
• Updating Windows and Linux servers

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICANWK401A Install and manage a server


Complete documentation and clean up work site

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Make and document server configuration and operational changes
5.2. Complete client report and notify of status of the server
5.3. Clean up and restore worksite to client’s satisfaction
5.4. Secure sign-off from appropriate person


Configure and administer the server

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Configure network directory service
3.2. Create and manage accounts to facilitate security and network access
3.3. Configure user environment using operating system policies and scripts
3.4. Create directory structure and quotas to meet client requirements
3.5. Configure and manage print services
3.6. Set the security, access and sharing of system resources to meet client requirements.
3.7. Implement security policy to prevent unauthorised access to the system
3.8. Implement backup and recovery methods to enable restoration capability in the event of a disaster.
3.9. Configure update services to provide automatic updates for operating system and applications


Install Server as required by the specification

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Create disk partitioning scheme
2.2. Create filesystems and virtual memory
2.3. Install network operating system
2.4. Install and configure server applications and network services
2.5. Reconnect and reconfigure relevant connectivity devices
2.6. Patch the operating system and applications to ensure maximum security and reliability
2.7. Restore local data to new server


Monitor and test the server

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Test server for benchmarking against client specification and requirements according to test plan, and record outcomes
4.2. Analyse the error report and make changes as required
4.3. Use troubleshooting tools and techniques to diagnose and correct server problems
4.4. Test required changes or additions
4.5. Validate changes or additions against specifications


Prepare to install a server

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Prepare for work in line with site specific safety requirements and enterprise occupational health and safety (OHS) processes and procedures
1.2. Obtain server applications and features from appropriate person
1.3. Choose the most suitable operating system features and network services with reference to required server solution and technical requirements
1.4. Review required installation options
1.5. Analyse data migration requirements
1.6. Backup local data in preparation for installation
1.7. Arrange access to site and advise client of deployment and potential down times

Learning Outcomes

Develope skills to manage servers.   Areas include server testing, configuration, profiling, monitoring and troubleshooting.

Details of Learning Activities

Considers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to install and manage a server. Server management includes initial configuration and testing as well as ongoing administration and troubleshooting. Server management includes initial configuration and testing, ongoing administration, software distribution and updates, profiling and monitoring servers and troubleshooting.

Class pracs, classroom discussion are part of the learning activities, as well as work-based experiences and activies.

Internet hyperlinks to technical documents and references including Youtube will be used as a learning tool and resource.

Learning activities may be modified during the semester to meet the needs of students in the current program and the needs of their workplace.

Teaching Schedule

WeeksTopicSoftware/ReadingPractical Exercises and Assessment
1Prepare to install a serverSee online resourcesPrac and work based assessment
2Install server as required by the specificationSee online resourcesPrac and work based assessment
3Configure and administer the serverSee online resourcesPrac and work based assessment
4Monitor and test the serverSee online resourcesPrac and work based assessment
5Complete documentation and clean up worksiteSee online resourcesPrac and work based assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent. Skill based assessment.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example
• direct questioning combined with a review of portfolios of evidence
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

Skills Based Assessments:
These assessments can be done either at RMIT or at the workplace providing appropriate equipment is available.
All pracs need to be satisfactorily completed to pass the course.

Assessment Matrix

ElementPractical TasksIn Class/Work observationIn Class TestingIndividual and Group discussions**


** small group discussion and problem solving on variety of issues at appropriate times during delivery of the course

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