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Network Specialist

To become a Network Specialist, you need the right education. But employers don’t necessarily look for Degree-level qualifications anymore. Most employers prefer a technical certification as it’s direct proof of your knowledge and suitability to do the job you’re applying for.

Career specific training here is key. Yes, employers will expect to see your knowledge of LANs, WANs and other networking systems alongside your expertise with routers and switches. They’ll also look for personal attributes too - if you have the ability to analyse and problem solve, have good communication skills and can describe technical terms in non-technical ways, you’ll stand in good stead.

What Does It Mean to Be a Network Specialist?

As a Network Specialist, you’re the main port of call when it comes to the integrity and security of a company’s network and the systems connected to it. Your knowledge of network connectivity, network security devices, network types and common OSs will be second-to-none.

Your role will see you responsible for troubleshooting, diagnosing and actioning repairs and identifying ways of streamlining processes. As your career progresses, you could see yourself responsible for monitoring security threats and network access. 

That’s the benefit of a career as a Network Specialist – you’re indulging your passion for tech with a clearly defined career. Your earning potential is incredible - we’re talking an average starting salary being £20k, with advanced roles anywhere up to £46k.
 

How Do I Qualify as a Network Specialist?

There’s no simple fix for becoming a Network Specialist – you’ll need to put in the work to build up your knowledge. There’s no point spending time and money getting a certificate that’s of no benefit to your career. You’ll need to get a professional certification that’s geared towards your career path – think of qualifications for specific vendors that will boost your career like Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco.

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Network Specialist Course

As part of this unit, you’ll build an understanding of network infrastructures, network hardware and protocols & services. 

Units:

  1. Understanding Local Area Networking
  2. Defining Networks with the OSI Mode
  3. Understanding the Wired and Wireless Network
  4. Understanding Internet Protocol
  5. Implementing TCP/IP in the Command Line
  6. Working with Networking Services
  7. Understanding Wide Area Networks
  8. Defining Network Infrastructures and Network Security
  

Gain thorough knowledge of an introduction to networks, networking topologies, connectors and wiring standards, IP addressing and IP subnetting, wide area networks.

Units:

  1. Network Theory: Networking Overview, Network Standards and the OSI Model Network Types, Identify Network Configurations, Data Transmission Methods
  2. Bounded Network Media: Copper Media Fiber Optic Media, Bounded Network Media Installation, Noise Control
  3. Unbounded Network Media: Wireless Networking, Wireless Network Devices And Components, Install a Wireless Network
  4. Network Implementations: Physical Network Topologies, Logical Network Topologies, Ethernet Networks, Network Devices VLANS
  5. TCP/IP Addressing and Data Delivery: The TCP/IP Protocol Suite, IPV4 Addressing, Default IP Addressing Schemes, Create Custom IP Addressing
    Schemes, IPV6 Address Implementation, Delivery Techniques
  6. Routing: Enable Static Routing, Implement Dynamic IP Routing
  7. TCP/IP Services: Assign IP Addresses, Domain Naming Services, TCP/IP Commands, Common TCP/IP Protocols
  8. WAN Infrastructure: WAN Basics, WAN Connectivity Methods, WAN Transmission Technologies, Unified CommunicationTechnologies
  9. Cloud and Virtualization Technologies: Virtualizations and Implementations, Cloud Computing
  10. Network Security Basics: Introduction to Network Security Vulnerabilities, Threats And Attacks, Authentication Methods, Encryption Methods
  11. Preventing Security Breaches: Physical Security Controls, Network Access Controls, Install and Configure Firewalls, Harden Networks, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Educate Users
  12. Responding To Security Incidents: Incident Management and Response, Basic Forensic Concepts
  13. Remote Networking: Remote Network Architectures, Remote Access Networking Implementations, Virtual Private Networking, VPN Protocols
  14. Network Management: Network Monitoring Configuration Management, Documentation Network Performance Optimization
  15. Troubleshooting Network Issues: Network Troubleshooting Models, Network Troubleshooting Utilities, Hardware Troubleshooting Tools, Common  Connectivity Issues, Troubleshoot Security Configuration Issues, Troubleshoot Security Issues
  16. Appendix: Appendix A: Mapping Course Content To The Comptia Network+ Exam, Appendix B: Network Fault Tolerance And Disaster Recovery, Appendix C: Planning And Implementing a Soho Network, Appendix D: Legend For Icons Used In Network+ Figures

Develop your understanding of building networks, network device management, network security, troubleshooting connectivity wide-area networks and implementing EIGRP based solutions. 

Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 1Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 1 Units:

  1. Building a Simple Network​: Exploring the Functions of Networking, Understanding the Host-To-Host Communication, Introducing Lans Operating Cisco IOS Software, Starting a Switch, Understanding Ethernet and Switch Troubleshooting, Common Switch Media
  2. Establishing Internet Connectivity: Understanding the TCP/IP Internet Addressing and Subnets, Understanding The TCP/IP Transport, Exploring the Functions of Routing, Configuring a Cisco Router, Exploring the Packet-Delivery Process, Enabling Static Routing, Managing Traffic Using ACLS, Enabling  Internet Connectivity
  3. Managing Network Device Security: Securing Administrative Access, Implementing Device Hardening, Implementing Traffic Filtering
  4. Building a Medium-Sized Network: Implementing VLANS and Trunks, Routing Between Vlans Using a Cisco Network Device, Introducing WAN  Technologies, Introducing Dynamic Routing Protocol, Implementing OSPF
  5. Introducing IPV6: Introducing Basic IPV6, Understanding IPV6, Configuring IPV6 Routing

Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 1Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 2 Units:

  1. Implementing Scalable Medium-Sized Network: Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity, Building Redundant Switched Topology, Improving Redundant Switched Topology, Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy
  2. Troubleshooting Basic Connectivity: Troubleshooting IPV4 Network, Troubleshooting IPV6 Network, Implementing an Eigrp-Based Solution
  3. Implementing an EIGRP: Troubleshooting EIGRP, Implementing EIGRP For IPV6
  4. Implementing A Scalable, Multi-area Network: OSPF Overview, Multiarea OSPF IPV4 Implementation, Troubleshooting Multiarea OSPF, Examining OSPFV3
  5. Wide-Area Networks: Understanding WAN Technologies, Configuring Serial Encapsulation, Establishing a WAN Connection, Introducing VPN Solutions, Configuring GRE Tunnels
  6. Network Device Management: Configuring Network Support Devices, Managing Cisco Devices Licensing

Course Comparison

Units

  Standard  
  Premium  
Microsoft Networking Fundamentals MTA
CompTIA Network+
Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
Administering Windows Server 2012 R2
Configuring Windows Server 2012

Premium Network Specialist Course

As part of this unit, you’ll build an understanding of network infrastructures, network hardware and protocols & services. 

Units:

  1. Understanding Local Area Networking
  2. Defining Networks with the OSI Mode
  3. Understanding the Wired and Wireless Network
  4. Understanding Internet Protocol
  5. Implementing TCP/IP in the Command Line
  6. Working with Networking Services
  7. Understanding Wide Area Networks
  8. Defining Network Infrastructures and Network Security

Gain thorough knowledge of an introduction to networks, networking topologies, connectors and wiring standards, IP addressing and IP subnetting, wide area networks.

Units:

  1. Network Theory: Networking Overview, Network Standards and the OSI Model Network Types, Identify Network Configurations, Data Transmission Methods
  2. Bounded Network Media: Copper Media Fiber Optic Media, Bounded Network Media Installation, Noise Control
  3. Unbounded Network Media: Wireless Networking, Wireless Network Devices And Components, Install a Wireless Network
  4. Network Implementations: Physical Network Topologies, Logical Network Topologies, Ethernet Networks, Network Devices VLANS
  5. TCP/IP Addressing and Data Delivery: The TCP/IP Protocol Suite, IPV4 Addressing, Default IP Addressing Schemes, Create Custom IP Addressing
    Schemes, IPV6 Address Implementation, Delivery Techniques
  6. Routing: Enable Static Routing, Implement Dynamic IP Routing
  7. TCP/IP Services: Assign IP Addresses, Domain Naming Services, TCP/IP Commands, Common TCP/IP Protocols
  8. WAN Infrastructure: WAN Basics, WAN Connectivity Methods, WAN Transmission Technologies, Unified CommunicationTechnologies
  9. Cloud and Virtualization Technologies: Virtualizations and Implementations, Cloud Computing
  10. Network Security Basics: Introduction to Network Security Vulnerabilities, Threats And Attacks, Authentication Methods, Encryption Methods
  11. Preventing Security Breaches: Physical Security Controls, Network Access Controls, Install and Configure Firewalls, Harden Networks, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Educate Users
  12. Responding To Security Incidents: Incident Management and Response, Basic Forensic Concepts
  13. Remote Networking: Remote Network Architectures, Remote Access Networking Implementations, Virtual Private Networking, VPN Protocols
  14. Network Management: Network Monitoring Configuration Management, Documentation Network Performance Optimization
  15. Troubleshooting Network Issues: Network Troubleshooting Models, Network Troubleshooting Utilities, Hardware Troubleshooting Tools, Common  Connectivity Issues, Troubleshoot Security Configuration Issues, Troubleshoot Security Issues
  16. Appendix: Appendix A: Mapping Course Content To The Comptia Network+ Exam, Appendix B: Network Fault Tolerance And Disaster Recovery, Appendix C: Planning And Implementing a Soho Network, Appendix D: Legend For Icons Used In Network+ Figures

Develop your understanding of building networks, network device management, network security, troubleshooting connectivity wide-area networks and implementing EIGRP based solutions. 

Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 1Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 1 Units:

  1. Building a Simple Network​: Exploring the Functions of Networking, Understanding the Host-To-Host Communication, Introducing Lans Operating Cisco IOS Software, Starting a Switch, Understanding Ethernet and Switch Troubleshooting, Common Switch Media
  2. Establishing Internet Connectivity: Understanding the TCP/IP Internet Addressing and Subnets, Understanding The TCP/IP Transport, Exploring the Functions of Routing, Configuring a Cisco Router, Exploring the Packet-Delivery Process, Enabling Static Routing, Managing Traffic Using ACLS, Enabling  Internet Connectivity
  3. Managing Network Device Security: Securing Administrative Access, Implementing Device Hardening, Implementing Traffic Filtering
  4. Building a Medium-Sized Network: Implementing VLANS and Trunks, Routing Between Vlans Using a Cisco Network Device, Introducing WAN  Technologies, Introducing Dynamic Routing Protocol, Implementing OSPF
  5. Introducing IPV6: Introducing Basic IPV6, Understanding IPV6, Configuring IPV6 Routing

Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 1Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching - ICND 2 Units:

  1. Implementing Scalable Medium-Sized Network: Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity, Building Redundant Switched Topology, Improving Redundant Switched Topology, Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy
  2. Troubleshooting Basic Connectivity: Troubleshooting IPV4 Network, Troubleshooting IPV6 Network, Implementing an Eigrp-Based Solution
  3. Implementing an EIGRP: Troubleshooting EIGRP, Implementing EIGRP For IPV6
  4. Implementing A Scalable, Multi-area Network: OSPF Overview, Multiarea OSPF IPV4 Implementation, Troubleshooting Multiarea OSPF, Examining OSPFV3
  5. Wide-Area Networks: Understanding WAN Technologies, Configuring Serial Encapsulation, Establishing a WAN Connection, Introducing VPN Solutions, Configuring GRE Tunnels
  6. Network Device Management: Configuring Network Support Devices, Managing Cisco Devices Licensing
Chapter 1: Install Windows Server 2012 R2
  •  
  • Features and Advantages of Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2
  • Planning the Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
  • Understanding Features On Demand
  • Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 2: Configure Network Services
  • Introducing DNS
  • Introducing DNS Database Zones
  • Advantages of DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Introducing DNS Record Types
  • Configuring DNS
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS
  • Overview of DHCP
  • Installing and Authorizing DHCP
  • Creating and Managing DHCP Scopes
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 3: Plan and Install Active Directory
  • Verifying the File system
  • Verifying Network Connectivity
  • Understanding Domain and Forest Functionality
  • Planning the Domain Structure
  • Installing Active Directory
  • Verifying Active Directory Installation
  • Creating and Configuring Application Data Partitions
  • Configuring DNS Integration with Active Directory
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 4: Configure Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Understanding File Servers
  • Configuring File Servers
  • Configuring Disk Quotas
  • Configuring Print Services
  • Configuring Remote Management
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 5: Administer Active Directory
  • An Overview of OUs
  • Planning the OU Structure
  • Creating OUs
  • Managing OUs
  • Troubleshooting OUs
  • Creating and Managing Active Directory Objects
  • Publishing Active Directory Objects
  • Using the Command Prompt for Active Directory Configuration
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 6: Manage GPOs
  • Introducing Group Policy
  • Planning a Group Policy Strategy
  • Implementing Group Policy
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Deploying Software Through a GPO
  • Implementing Software Deployment
  • Configuring Software Deployment Settings
  • Troubleshooting Group Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 7: Manage Security
  • Managing Security
  • Implementing an Audit Policy
  • Configuring Windows Firewall Options
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 8: Configure TCP/IP
  • Understanding TCP/IP
  • Understanding IP Addressing
  • Subnetting a Network
  • Understanding IPv6
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 9: Use Virtualization in Windows Server 2012
  • Hyper-V Overview
  • Hyper-V Installation and Configuration
  • Configuring Virtual Machines
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Chapter 10: Appendix A
 
Configure and Manage High Availability
  • Configure Network Load Balancing (NLB)
    • Install NLB nodes; configure NLB prerequisites; configure affinity; configure port rules; configure cluster operation mode; upgrade an NLB cluster
  • Configure failover clustering
    • Configure Quorum; configure cluster networking; restore single node or cluster configuration; configure cluster storage; implement Cluster Aware Updating; upgrade a cluster; configure and optimis e clustered shared volumes; configure clusters without network names; configure storage spaces
  • Manage failover clustering roles
    • Configure role-specific settings including continuously available shares; configure VM monitoring; configure failover and preference settings; configure guest clustering
  • Manage Virtual Machine (VM) movement
    • Perform Live Migration; perform quick migration; perform storage migration; import, export, and copy VMs; configure Virtual Machine network health protection; configure drain on shutdown
Configure File and Storage Solutions
  • Configure advanced file services
    • Configure NFS data store; configure BranchCache; configure File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) using File Server Resource Manager (FSRM); configure file access auditing
  • Implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
    • Configure user and device claim types; implement policy changes and staging; perform access-denied remediation; configure file classification; create and configure Central Access rules and policies; create and configure resource properties and lists
  • Configure and optimise storage
    • Configure iSCSI Target and Initiator; configure Internet Storage Name server (iSNS); implement thin provisioning and trim; manage server free space using Features on Demand; configure tiered storage
Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Configure and manage backups
    • Configure Windows Server backups; configure Windows Azure backups; configure role-specific backups; manage VSS settings using VSSAdmin
  • Recover servers
    • Restore from backups; perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR); recover servers using Windows Recovery Environment (Win RE) and safe mode; configure the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store
  • Configure site-level fault tolerance
    • Configure Hyper-V Replica including Hyper-V Replica Broker and VMs; configure multi-site clustering including network settings, Quorum, and failover settings; configure Hyper-V Replica extended replication; configure Global Update Manager; recover a multi-site failover cluster
Configure Network Services
  • Implement an advanced Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solution
    • Create and configure superscopes and multicast scopes; implement DHCPv6; configure high availability for DHCP including DHCP failover and split scopes; configure DHCP Name Protection; configure DNS registration
  • Implement an advanced DNS solution
    • Configure security for DNS including DNSSEC, DNS Socket Pool, and cache locking; configure DNS logging; configure delegated administration; configure recursion; configure netmask ordering; configure a GlobalNames zone; analyse zone level statistics
  • Deploy and manage IPAM
    • Provision IPAM manually or by using Group Policy; configure server discovery; create and manage IP blocks and ranges; monitor utilis ation of IP address space; migrate to IPAM; delegate IPAM administration; manage IPAM collections; configure IPAM database storage
Configure Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Configure a forest or a domain
    • Implement multi-domain and multi-forest Active Directory environments including interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; upgrade existing domains and forests including environment preparation and functional levels; configure multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes
  • Configure trusts
    • Configure external, forest, shortcut and realm trusts; configure trust authentication; configure SID filtering; configure name suffix routing
  • Configure sites
    • Configure sites and subnets; create and configure site links; manage site coverage; manage registration of SRV records; move domain controllers between sites
  • Manage Active Directory and SYSVOL replication
    • Configure replication to Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs); configure Password Replication Policy (PRP) for RODCs; monitor and manage replication; upgrade SYSVOL replication to Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
Configure Access and Information Protection Solutions
  • Implement Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
    • Install AD FS; implement claims-based authentication including Relying Party Trusts; configure authentication policies; configure multi-factor authentication
  • Install and configure Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
    • Install an Enterprise Certificate Authority (CA); configure CRL distribution points; install and configure Online Responder; implement administrative role separation; configure CA backup and recovery
  • Manage certificates
    • Manage certificate templates; implement and manage certificate deployment, validation, and revocation; manage certificate renewal; manage certificate enrolment and renewal to computers and users using Group Policies; configure and manage key archival and recovery
  • Install and configure Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
    • Install a licensing or certificate AD RMS server; manage AD RMS Service Connection Point (SCP); manage RMS templates; configure Exclusion Policies, back up and restore AD RMS

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Get started in your new career as a Network Specialist in as little as 3 months and find flexibility with online learning. Learn at your own pace, with access to full tutor support throughout your course.

Graduate with certificates in Microsoft Networking MTA, CompTIA Network+ and Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching. Plus, if you choose to upgrade your learning to our Premium Network Specialist course, benefit from addition certificates in Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

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