Defining and Building Network

Target Organization Selection

The first step will be to select a scenario organization as the target for your network implementation plan. This scenario organization will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course, and should conform to the following guidelines:

Nontrivial: The selected organization should be large enough to allow reasonable exercise of the networking principles in the course assignments.
Domain knowledge: You should be familiar enough with the organization to allow focus on the assignment tasks without significant time required for domain education.
Accessibility: You should have good access to the people and other information related to the organization because this will be an important part of the process.
Select a scenario organization that fits these requirements, and submit your proposal to your instructor before proceeding further with the assignments in the course. Approval should be sought within the first several days of the course. Your instructor will tell you how to submit this proposal and what notification will be given for approval.

Assignment Guidelines:

For the assignments in this course, you will be developing a comprehensive Network Implementation Plan document. Your first task in this process will be to select an organization to use as the basis of your plan. You will also create the shell document for the final project deliverable that you will be working on during each unit. As you proceed through each project week, you will add content to each section of the final document to gradually complete the final project delivery. Appropriate research should be conducted to support your work, and assumptions may be made when necessary.

As part of your weekly tasks, you will be reviewing and answering some questions based on what you learned going through LabSim for Network Pro (also covers Network+) Certification Training modules. This will help you to compile a toolkit to reference should you decide to take this exam. The topics you will be going through in LabSim will be spread out over a series of Networking courses, however should you choose to go through all of the materials on your own, and this will prepare you to take the certification exam at sponsored locations. The modules under LabSim for CompTIA – Network+ include:

Videos: 141 (18:44:06)
Demonstrations: 81 (10:47:01)
Simulations: 92
Fact Sheets: 142
Exams: 101
The following are the project deliverables:

Submit your target organization selection to the instructor for approval.
Network Implementation Plan document shell
Use MS Word
Title page
Course number and name
Project name
Student name
Date
Table of contents
Use autogenerated TOC
Separate page
Maximum of 3 levels deep
Update fields of TOC so it is up-to-date before submitting project
Section headings (create each heading on a new page with TBD as content, except for sections listed under “New content” below)
Target Organization
Proposed Network Solution
Network Design
Installation and Configuration
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Remote Access
Network Pro Prep Toolkit
Add the following new content:
Target Organization
Give a brief description of the organization.
Include the organization’s size, number of locations, and other information that is necessary to describe its networking needs as they relate to this project.
Material can be taken from the approved proposal that you submitted to the instructor.
Be sure that this organization is approved by the instructor.
Proposed Network Solution
Describe the network configuration that will address the needs of the organization.
Topic coverage should include DNS, DHCP, network protocols, WINS, IP Routing, and Certificate Services.
Include justification of the selected configuration and why it suits this organization well.
Network Pro Prep Toolkit
Take or review the following Network Pro lab lessons:
0.0 Course Introduction
0.1 Using the Simulator
1.1 Networking Overview
1.2 Network Topologies
For each completed lesson include a screenshot of the completed lab and exam as applicable.
Name the document yourname_IT326_IP1.doc.

Defining and Building Network

Reminder: Initial Discussion Board posts due by Thursday, responses due by Saturday

Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Thursday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Saturday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

The discussion assignment for this week will be about the fundamental design of a network and the problems associated with requirements definition for networks. One of the most difficult challenges in any system development project is defining the requirements.

Conduct research using the library and Internet to find information about network requirements elicitation and analysis. Then, answer the following:

What are some of the key factors to consider when gathering requirements for a network?
What difficulties might you encounter in this process, and how might you mitigate the problems?
Discuss some methods you might use to ensure that the requirements are acceptable before moving on to the design stage of the network implementation process.

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