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IT Infrastructure & Security - Spring 2017


(3/23) As we're discussing Internet media, new technology that promises to increase the bandwidth on transaceanic and coastal cables to 32 Terabits per fiber. Nokia & Facebook are working together in a couple of projects to prove it works. Some fibers already in place can have their capacity more than doubled using the new technology...

(3/16) Sorry a note about MSDANAA wasn't posted before, and thanks to Mr Klimowski for pointing it out: I'll delay demo of tracing walls, connection points and connectors, drawing network drops between patch panel and wall jacks, jumpers on the rack diagram, &c until next Tuesday. Meanwhile, please read the memo with a highlighter and notepad and get questions ready. Finding a supplier that can source almost everything you need is a good idea, fewer POs is better than more. To the list already posted add walmart.com and newegg.com, as mentioned in classes today, and PLMK if you find others you like.

Get Visio Pro on your notebook computer asap, please. Activate your MSDNAA-Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance account by going to www.isy.vcu.edu, and clicking on the Software link in the Department Resources section on the left side of the page. Click the link to Login to the MSDNAA Site and use the Reset Password link to set your password each semester. Your Username is the first part of your vcu.edu email address, without the @vcu.edu. Go past the warning about the SSL certificate -- the site is secured with a self-issued certificate. Click on Visio Pro 2016 and follow the prompts for download. Mac users can get Windoze 7 or 8 to load on your virtualized Mac.

If there are any problems with password, installation, or virtualization of a Mac to run Windows and Visio get in touch with the network techs asap. Their office is just West of the network room at the West end of the 4th floor hallway, hours are 1:00 through early evening, or contact them via their email. We'll be starting with the LAN project and Visio on Thursday the 25th.

(3/14) Thanks to Mr. Gore, who sent along a shot of the VOIP phone on his desk. The phone plugs into the ethernet and a desktop PC or small switch can plug into the phone. Note the Made in China tag where we've got a good supply of reasonably priced phones after Lucent and Alcatel proved unable to compete in this market...

Prior notes have been moved to Prior Announcements


Topics are arranged in approximate order of presentation, are dated as they're covered in class...


(1/17) Syllabus, Provost's Policies, Classroom Behavior &c, No Wandering Out and Back Into Class, Quiz & Makeup Policy...

Quiz #1 Topics:

(1/19) Operating Systems, CPU Architectures, Platforms, Legacy Providers and Emerging Tech, Recent Market History, FOSS, Software Wars, Mobile, 7 OS Functions, Range of Platforms...

Quiz #2 Topics:

(2/9...) Storage, Internet Infrastructure, Data Centers, Data, Hardware, RAM, CPUs, History, Backup & Transaction Logging...

LAN Project:

(3/14) Memo From the Boss, Visio demo, Intro to Networking, DMZ Firewall, Rack Diagram, Office Floorplan with Network Drops, Read and Follow Directions, Prep Purchase Orders & Summaries of up-front purchases and recurring costs. Printed copy and pdf are due at the beginning of class on Tuesday April 11th Thursday April 6th.

Tech Market Brief & Hands on Linux:

Working server-side with linux command line and the vi editor. A well-researched brief on an approved subject about the IT marketplace. Publish the brief as a mobile-friendly website, standards-compliant, a clear example of semantic markup that fits the outline.

Quiz #3 Topics:

Visualizing network traffic; security & professional standards and best practices; packet sniffing; firewall scripting; spectrum analysis; generations of programming languages, version control, data structures and algorithms.

G Saunders,
Dept of Information Systems
VCU School of Business

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