Microsoft, Cisco, VMWare, CompTIA, and Technical Courses

Five Days - Instructor-led

Students will learn the skills and knowledge to help prepare them to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.


None; however, the certification exam is targeted for computer technicians with 18 to 24 months in the IT field. A+ certification or equivalent knowledge is also recommended.


Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of networking protocols and networking in general.
  • Identify features of various network operating systems and the clients used to access them.
  • Describe the OSI networking model and its relationship to networking components.
  • Describe the network components relating to the Physical layer of the OSI model.
  • Describe the function of the Data Link layer of the OSI model.
  • Explain how data is transmitted over a network.
  • Describe the function of the Network layer of the OSI model.
  • Describe the function of the Transport layer of the OSI model.
  • Describe the function of the Session layer of the OSI model.
  • Explain the fundamental concepts of the TCP/IP protocol suite.
  • Explain the use of TCP/IP addresses and subnets.
  • Access and use a TCP/IP network.
  • Describe the requirements for remote network access.
  • Explain the need for and ways to implement network security and fault tolerance.
  • Describe the types of information that need to be gathered prior to installing or updating a network operating system.
  • Explain ways to monitor and manage a network.
  • Describe a systematic approach for troubleshooting network problems.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Basic Network Knowledge

  • Network and Internetwork Concepts
  • Network Topologies
  • Networking Strategies

Lesson 2: Servers and Clients

  • Network Operating System Basics
  • Network Clients
  • Directory Services

Lesson 3: Introduction to the OSI Model

  • Introduction to the OSI Model
  • Families of Protocols

Lesson 4: The Physical Media

  • Data-transmission Media
  • Unbounded Media
  • Signaling
  • Signal Transmissions

Lesson 5: The Data Link Layer

  • Data Link Layer Considerations
  • Media Access Control (MAC) and Logical Link Control (LLC)
  • IEEE 802 Specifications

Lesson 6: Data Transmission

  • Introduction to Network Connection Devices
  • Network Adapters
  • Putting Data on the Cable
  • Network Topologies
  • Bridges

Lesson 7: The Network Layer

  • Addresses
  • Internetwork Connection Devices

Lesson 8: The Transport Layer

  • Transport Layer Addressing Issues
  • The Transport Layer Segmenting Process
  • Transport Layer Connection Services

Lesson 9: The Session Layer

  • Dialog Control Modes
  • Managing the Session

Lesson 10: TCP/IP Fundamentals

  • What is TCP/IP?
  • The TCP/IP Protocol Suite

Lesson 11: IP Addressing, Subnetting, and Supernetting

  • IP Addressing
  • Interior Gateway Protocols
  • Introduction to Subnetting
  • Supernetting

Lesson 12: Accessing and Using a TCP/IP Network

  • Configuring Clients for TCP/IP Networks
  • TCP/IP Suite Utilities
  • Using TCP/IP Suite Utilities to Check Network Connectivity

Lesson 13: Remote Access Protocols

  • Remote Access Protocols
  • Examining Remote Connection Options
  • Dial-up Networking

Lesson 14: Network Security and Fault Tolerance

  • Security Models
  • Password Security
  • Data Encryption
  • Firewalls and Proxy Servers
  • System Fault Tolerance
  • Backing Up Data

Lesson 15: Preparing for Network Installation

  • Planning and Gathering Information
  • Environmental Issues
  • Networking Components and Connectors
  • Compatibility Issues

Lesson 16: Maintaining the Network

  • Network Documentation
  • Backup Strategies
  • Virus Protection
  • Patches and other Software Updates

Lesson 17: Troubleshooting the Network

  • Exploring Troubleshooting Models
  • Identifying Troubleshooting Tools