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IT Infrastructure & Security - Fall/Winter 2017

Notes:

(9/12) Quiz #1 on Computers has been slipped back to the 21st.

(9/12) IBM's Master the Mainframe is underway for 2017. If you're interested in network management or app development this can help launch a career on a high trajectory. IBM anticipates 80,000+ contestants this year up from 30,000 a couple years back...

(8/24, 9/10) We'll be using MS Visio for the LAN project soon. Get if from MSDNAA! This might be when you start with Virtualization! Get Visio early and try some tutes on-line, especially connection points and connectors! Get help from the Net Techs!

(8/6) Final Grades and Feedback from the summer are posted for review. There were 115 points for the semester, so the total points at BB are divided by 115. It was a pleasure seeing all As and Bs and some thoroughly pro stuff on projects from the A Team.

Current Topics:

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

Computers:

(8/24) Platforms: Hardware, Software, Dependence, Independence, Cross, Scalability; VARs, Vertical Markets, CPUs; Operating Systems: FOSS & Proprietary; 7 Modern OS Functions; Range of Hardware Platforms: Embedded through Super (Study Questions Updated 9/12)

LAN Project:

Not ready for Fall '17 yet 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.

Networks:

Being edited for Fall '17: Internet Infrastructure & Regulation, Management; Data Centers & IX; LANs; Security; Visualizing Traffic: Internet, LAN, WiFi, Firewall Logs; Watch this spot...

Tech Market Brief & Hands on Linux:

Working server-side with linux command line and the vi editor. Develop an outline for a brief on an approved topic about the IT marketplace, suitable for a blog or portfolio at LinkedIn. Publish the brief as a mobile-friendly website, responsive, standards-compliant, a clear example of semantic markup that fits the outline.

Storage:

Not ready for Fall '17 yet 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.

Data Centers, Transaction Logging/Backup, &c...

Not ready for Fall '17 yet Data Center Fundamentals, backup, 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.

Prior Topics:

Introductory:

(8/24) Syllabus, Provost's Policies, Classroom Behavior &c, No Wandering Out and Back Into Class, Quiz & Makeup Policy...

First Three Topics:

(8/24) Info Tech Infrastructure, in recent tradition, is roughly divided into three major technologies: Computers, Networks, and Storage. The course starts with these major topics. For a few decades, we've seen these as separate boxes built by companies like IBM, Cisco, or Seagate. In 2017 we're seeing these technologies virtualized and hyperconverged...


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Dept of Information Systems
VCU School of Business

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