Course Title: Install and manage a server

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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
3.9 Configure update services to provide automatic updates for operating system and applications


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

Semester 1 

Week numberDate commencingTopicAssessment
9April 13thWindows Domain Controller (DC) install + client 
10April 20th Windows domain users and groups  
11April 27th DHCP, DNS, reverse DNS 
12May 4th DHCP, DNS, reverse DNS  
13 May 11th Windows domain controller setup and administration Server 1 due 
14 May 18th Windows group policy 
15 May 25th Windows group policy   
16 June 1st Windows group policy   
17 June 8th Windows ACLS 
18June 15thWindows File server Server 2 due 

Semester 2

Week numberDate commencingTopicAssessment
July 6th   
2July 13th   
July 20th Disk partitioning   
July 27th Networks, server and client relationships. Network tools. Linux servers  
Aug 3rd   
Aug 10th Networks, server and client relationships. Network tools. Linux servers Client-server 4 due
Aug 17th   
Aug 24th Windows File server   
 Aug 31stMidsemester break 
Sep 7th Scripting  
10 Sep 14th Scripting  Server 3 due  
11 Sep 21st   
12 Sep 28th Printing  
13 Oct 5th Printing   
14 Oct 12th   
15 Oct 19th  Server 4 due 
16 Oct 26th   
17Nov 2ndAssessment week  
18Nov 9thAssessment week  

The schedule may be subject to change.

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

Prac Server 1               
Prac Server 2                
Prac Server 3              
Prac Server 4
Prac Client-server 4     

All of the practical tasks form the portfolio of evidence.

All practical tasks will involve being assessed by observation and questioning.

Some practical tasks may involve a written technical report.

To be considered competent in this course, you need to achieve competency in all the practicals with opportunities for resubmission as required.

The following courses are linked with this competency:  ICANWK407A Install and configure client-server applications and services.

Assessment Matrix

ElementPractical Tasks/In Class/Work observationServer 1Server 2Server 3Server 4Client-server 4

Other Information

Access to an internet connected computer outside of class times – Internet connected computers are available in the School of Vocational Health and Sciences labs on levels 4, 6 or 8 of building 51, 81 Victoria Street, Melbourne.
Further lab access can be found in the student lab on level 3 (ground floor) of Building 8, in Swanston Street, Melbourne; as well as RMIT Libraries.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the RMIT website for more information on this policy.;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1

Late work
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Extension of Time for submission of assessable work
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web: at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Building 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration. Form available online at:
For missed assessments such as exams and tests, you (and your doctor, if you are ill) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate) prior to, or within 48 hours of the scheduled time of the exam or test.
If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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