Course info
Feb 25, 2016
1h 20m

This course covers the Networking objectives, domain 5.0, for the CompTIA Server+ exam. You'll learn about logical and physical network interface configuration, common ports and protocols, and network cabling and management.

About the author
About the author

Mike Pfeiffer is a twenty year IT industry veteran, published author, and international conference speaker.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Logical Network Interface Configuration
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. My name's Mike Pfeiffer. I'll be your instructor for this course on Networking for the CompTIA Server+ exam. In this first module, we're going to take a look at logical network interface configuration, but we're going to start off with some higher level networking concepts so you know exactly what we're setting on the network interface configuration when we're setting up our servers. First, we'll do a quick comparison of IP version 4 versus IP version 6. IP version 4 has been around for a really long time now, and it's widely used. But more and more people are using IP version 6 on their networks, so you need to understand what the differences are there. We'll move on to talking about CIDR notation and subnetting, how to set up your networks and how to identify hosts on those networks using CIDR notation. We'll talk about the difference between public and private IP addresses and how you can determine which one is which. We'll talk about sharing IP addresses with NAT and PAT, or Network Address Translation and Port Address Translation. And then we'll wrap up the actual logical configuration on your network interface on your servers using either static or dynamic IP addresses.

Physical Network Interface Configuration
In this module, we're going to take a look at physical network interface configuration for your servers and the devices on your network. We only have a few items to cover in this module, but these concepts are going to be very important when it comes to getting the best speed, reliability, and redundancy out of your network interfaces. So, first, we'll cover the concept of MAC addresses. And we've already talked about IP addresses. And MAC addresses are the actual physical hardware address that goes on your network adapter. We'll talk about setting up NIC teaming that'll give you great performance and redundancy at the network level. And then we'll cover the important concept of duplexing and NIC speeds.

Common Network Ports and Protocols
In this module, we'll take a look at common network ports and protocols. And we have a lot to cover, so let's dive right into the module overview. Before we dive into the details, we'll first discuss the difference between TCP and UDP. We'll talk about the ports and protocols involved in retrieving content from web servers using HTTP and HTTPS. We'll look at communicating with mail servers with SMTP, POP, and IMAP. And we'll look at this from a server-to-server perspective and also a client-to-server perspective. We'll get into resolving and retrieving IPs with DNS and DHCP. We'll talk about querying directory servers via LDAP, remotely managing servers with SSH and RDP, performing file transfers with FTP and SCP, and we'll wrap up with monitoring servers with SNMP.

Network Cabling and Management
In the last and final module in this course, we're going to take a look at network cabling and management. And we'll start off by talking about Ethernet cabling. So we'll talk about category 5 or CAT5 cabling, CAT5e cabling, and CAT6 cabling. We'll discuss fiber optic cabling and two specific types that you need to be aware of for the exam. We're going to cover all the connectors used with Ethernet and fiber optic cabling. And then, finally, we'll wrap up with the important concept of routing and organizing cabling in your server racks in your datacenters.