Course Title: Install and manage a server

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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

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


1. Prepare to install a server

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Prepare for work, according to site-specific safety requirements and enterprise 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 Back up local data in preparation for installation
1.7 Arrange access to site and advise client of deployment and potential down time


2. Install Server as required by the specification

Performance Criteria:

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


3. 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


4. 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


5. 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 notification of server status
5.3 Clean up and restore worksite to client’s satisfaction
5.4 Secure sign-off from appropriate person

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


WeekCommencing Topics
Week 1-2Networks, server and client relationships. Network tools.
Week 3-4Linux servers
Week 5-10Windows domain controller setup and administration
Week 11-13Windows group policy
Week 13-14Windows File server
Week 15Printing
Week 16-17Backup

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

You are required to complete all assessments. You must successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1: Prac Server 1

Assessment 2: Prac Server 2

Assessment 3: Prac Server 3

Assessment 4: Prac Server 4

Assessment 5: Prac Scripting 2

Assessment 6: Prac Scripting 3

Assessment 7: Prac Client-server 4

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Marking Guide (competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

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