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IT Infrastructure & Security - Fall/Winter 2017


(11/19) Don't lose points needlessly! Specs on the HOL page were updated 11/19. Please keep all the specs in mind as you work for HOL Part #3 and the References & Tech Market Brief, especially these:

(11/19) Points are posted for all HOL Part #2, scored from snapshots taken after the deadline. Timely LAN Projects are posted only for the 11:00 sections. Timely submits of HOL for the 3:30 and 5:30 sections may be posted late in the day Sunday or Monday. Late submits won't be scored until after next Tuesday. Grading is going very slowly as I adapt to new glasses and big screen in my office to lessen eye strain and soothe optic neuritis, which appears to be working slowly. Close work is still rationed, sorry for the delay...

(11/18, 19) HOL Part #2 was scored from these progress reports and snapshots of command line activity:

(11/10, 16) HOL Part #1 was scored from these snapshots:

(11/7, 9, 18) Quiz #2 was Thursday the 16th, as prior announced, for the 11:00 and 5:30 classes. The 3:30 class will take Quiz #2 Tuesday the 21st. Please read to the end of the Networks topic and check out the study questions. Get any questions you can't answer asked in class, not in email...

(11/3, 10/30) Due Dates for HOL and Tech Market Refs & Brief, updated 30th to include Points:

Prior notes have been moved to Prior Notes.

Current Topics:

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

Tech Market Brief & Hands on Linux:

(10/31) 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.


(10/16) Current Storage Tech: HDD, SSD, Flash, Hyperconverged, Cloud, &c; EDP History: Cards, Tape through SSD; HDD Geometry and Management: CHS vs. LBA, Slack Space, Fragmentation, &c; SSD & Flash vs. HDD; Attachment: DAS, NAS, SAN, NFS, The Cloud; Transaction Logging & Backup; ACID; Data Types & Representations; Number Systems: Binary, Decimal, Hex...

Security & Professional Standards and Certificates; Loose Ends:

Not ready for Fall '17 yet Security & Professional Standards and Best Practices; 4 or 5 Generations of Programming Languages; Types of Software: Version Control & Divers Others; Data Structures and Algorithms.

Data Centers, &c...

Not ready for Fall '17 yet Data Center Fundamentals, Data Structures and Algorithms.

Prior Topics:


(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...


(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:

(9/26) 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. (Due at the beginning of class Oct 24th 19th.)


(10/1) Definitions; Sketch Internet & Ethernet; Visualizing & Securing Network Traffic; Setup a LAMP Stack; Infrastructure & Regulation, Management; Data Centers & IX; LANs; Network Management and Security Tools; Visualizing Traffic: Internet, LAN, WiFi Analysis, RF Spectrum, Firewall & its Logs, Packet Sniffing, Port Scanning; Networks Surveyed by Name, Size, & Technology; PSTN, Ethernet, Internet, VPN, Real Private Networks; The Ground... (Study Questions are complete 10/30)

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Dept of Information Systems
VCU School of Business

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