Specific cases are given during the conference. The case will be an analysis of a computing environment situation and recommendation for a network solution that addresses the issues provided.
Network Design is a ‘Collaborative Object Test and Role Play Event’. These events consist of two parts: an objective test and an interactive role play.
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Two 4″ by 6″ not cards will be provided to each competitor and may be used during event preparation and performance. Information may be written on both sides of the note cards. Note cards will be collected after the presentation.
No Additional Reference Materials Allowed
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Performance Time: 7 minutes
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key functions and subsystems of the network.
2. Define the types of network architecture: work group (e.g., peer to peer) and server based (e.g., domain controlled) and explain how to determine what to use.
3. Identify services delivered by a server, such as application server, communication server, domain/directory server, fax server, file and print server, mail server, and Web server.
4. Gather data to identify customer requirements.
5. Identify and analyze system and network requirements.
6. Identify time, technology, and resource constraints.
7. Identify physical requirements for system implementation.
8. Research product and vendor architecture and equipment specifications/limitations.
9. Prepare cost/benefit/risk analysis.
10. Develop testing strategy.
11. Prepare overall plan for integrating new processes, protocols, and equipment.
12. Analyze facilities’ bandwidth requirements and capacity planning (e.g., power cable/wire conduit).
13. Revise processes/structure based on testing and certification.
14. Identify hardware/software selection criteria.
15. Select and install a LAN/WAN technology that meet defined set of requirements.
16. Assess user needs to determine which network operating systems (OS) to use.
17. Set up/configure workstation-network connections and test network connectivity using a network analyzer.
18. Set up/configure network components (e.g., interface cards, routers, switches).
19. Plan, configure, and optimize a TCP/IP physical and logical network.
20. Install network cabling with proper termination according to appropriate standards.
21. Set up a network-wide printing strategy to meet the needs of users.
22. Identify major considerations faced when installing a network operating system (OS).
23. Install a server operating system.
24. Identify and upgrade desktop and server computer hardware and peripherals.
25. Determine methods for segmenting and balancing the network load including number of servers needed.
26. Describe and give examples of application-specific servers.
27. Identify software licensing requirements and categories.
28. Configure and manage file systems and desktop settings and customize.
29. Evaluate the correctness and effectiveness of implementing the network system.
30. Design security for computers, accounts, and authentication.
31. Determine threats and analyze risks to network perimeters.
32. Design an audit policy and incident response procedures.
33. Basic network topologies.
34. IEEE/Network standards.