Prerequisites: MN402 Overview of Operating Systems or equivalent
Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 20 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 5 (Lecture = 2 hours, Lab = 2 hours, PBL=1 hour )
  Personal Study Hours/week: 7


This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking. This unit addresses the GDNet and MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in local and wide area networks and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as router, switch and server. For further course information ref MIT website http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/graduate-diploma-networking, http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking.

This unit provides students with in depth knowledge and advanced professional skills to manage and maintain network servers. They learn to manage resources, including server performance. They also gain capabilities for providing access to reliable information and services in a networked server environment. This unit also develops skills to be able to identify and diagnose possible problems and troubleshoot computer network administration systems using both Windows and Linux operating systems.

This practical "hands-on" unit will teach the essential skills of installing, using, and supporting operating systems and its administrative features. This unit provides students with the necessary training to ensure proficiency in client-server systems installation, utilization, and troubleshooting.

Unit topics:

  1. Operating system administration
  2. OS installation, configuration, and maintenance
  3. OS updates and patches
  4. Server technologies and infrastructure
  5. Server services and client services
  6. Server administration
  7. Server configuration and maintenance
  8. Server and operating system performance issues
  9. User and group management
  10. Auditing, reporting
  11. Backup, disaster recovery and Data Integrity
  12. Administrative domains
  13. Emerging trends
  14. Case studies


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate and manage a server operating system
  2. Analyse and compare various server management software such as Windows Server 2008, Unix, and Linux.
  3. Manage devices, data storage and disaster discovery procedures
  4. Configure and troubleshoot server features such as Active directory, forest and accounts.
  5. Apply standard and emerging tools and techniques for system management.
  6. Develop and configure server architecture with the view of constantly changing modern industry requirements.
  7. Manage servers and resources to support enterprise information systems
  8. Install, configure, monitor, test, troubleshoot and manage various servers for an organisation.


MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit is as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding Extent covered
                                The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard