Certified Desktop and Network Specialist (CDNS)
This class is designed for the novice with no computer experience. Students will be introduced to computer hardware concepts and learn to build a Personal Computer (PC) from the ground up. Software concepts will be delivered via training on the newest versions of Microsoft Windows. Additionally, students will be given training and experience on the DOS operating system – an older operating system providing a venue to study concepts that still hold relevance, even in today’s advanced computing environments. The primary goal of this course is to give students a basic understanding of every aspect of hardware and software relating to the PC. However, the final portion of this course will introduce the student to basic networking concepts and network implementation using Microsoft Windows Operating System – a must for any individual planning to enter the IT field.
This program is also designed to provide students with the knowledge required for entry-level careers in computer networking, with an emphasis on Microsoft operating systems including Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Students will be guided through the features of the Microsoft operating systems will learn how implement,
manage and maintain both workstations and servers in a Microsoft Windows networking environment. Additional topics include network infrastructure services that are required to support a Windows network including Active Directory, Name Resolution, TCP/IP and IP assignment, Windows Security, Remote Access, and Microsoft Exchange 2007. This program will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to complete the CompTIA A+ and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification exams.