Quiz #1 Samples


Most questions for Quiz #1 will be chosen from these, and some may not be on this list.  The quiz will probably consist of a couple of essay questions and several requiring shorter answers.


Discuss 'Open Source' software, especially the Linux OS, and describe how it has affected server and desktop computer markets in the past few years.

Describe 'a computer' using the text's six components, or another valid breakdown.

What is a computer 'platform'?  Why is choice of platform an important, strategic decision for an organization?

Describe the range of computer platforms using the descriptions provided in class (network computer thru super computer) or another valid list.

Use these terms in a discussion of computer platforms: server, server farm, blade server, system backup & recovery, mid-range, mainframe.

What is a 'network'?  What is an 'internetwork'?  What is 'The Internet'?

Name three common LAN media.

Name three common WAN media.

Describe 'MAC/Hardware address' and 'IP address'.  Who regulates each?  How are they assigned to their devices?

What's the predominant networking protocol used on The Internet?

Compare 'hubs' and 'switches'. 

What is a 'managed switch' and why are they usually worth the extra cost?

What's the difference between a switch and a router? 

What makes up 'the internet backbone'?  Who owns it? 

Discuss higher capacity digital media for WAN or Internet connectivity: T-1, T-3, OC-3.

Compare and contrast 'Private WAN' and VPN.

What are  ICANN, ARIN, IEEE?  What do they do?  What kinds of 'addresses' do they assign and regulate?

What is the 'World Wide Web'?  How is it different than 'The Internet'?

Discuss the technology and organizations of 'the World Wide Web'.  Explain each of these terms in your discussion: web presence, ISP, web server, web browser, IP address, domain registrar, URL, DNS, search engines.

Discuss how WANs are changing as The Internet evolves.  Explain each of these in your discussion: Private WAN, servers, The Internet, VPN, security, vulnerabilities, crackers & script kiddies, firewalls, vigilance.

Describe steps that should be taken to secure any desktop PC that is 'attached to The Internet'.

Compare these server operating systems in terms of efficiency & security:  Linux & Windows.  What benefits and disadvantages of each for their owners?

Name two 'desktop operating systems' and two 'server operating systems'.

We looked at & discussed the reports provided by the 'Internet Storm Center' in class.  What valuable information does this organization provide the users of its website?

We looked at & discussed the website for 'Insecure.org' in class.  What does this organization provide users of its website?

We looked at & used nmap software in class.  What kind of software is it?  What information does it provide its users?

We looked at & discussed the output of WireShark (actually the 'text only' version called TShark) in class.  What kind of software is it?  What use can 'crackers' make of it?

Compare 'Real Private Networks', 'Value Added Networks' used since the '70s and 'The Internet' & 'Virtual Private Networks' as used since the '90s.  What are the benefits & costs of each?

Compare and contrast these network operating systems: Windows, Unix, Linux.
Discuss 'scalability' of web servers.  What options are available for organizations as their web services grow? 
Describe a 'web server'.  What protocols support web browsers and email?  What software is likely to provide these services in Linux/Unix and Windows environments?
Describe 'static' and 'dynamic' web pages.  What's the minimum required to serve each?
Name two languages used to provide dynamic content for web pages.


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