Configuring and administering a network operating system


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From the official document: "This unit defines the competency required to create the network configuration required by a client and to set up and use administrative tools to manage the network."

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You can read more about this unit on the National Training Information Systems Official document for ICAS3120A.

This unit is part of the following qualifications:

Prerequisite units The following units are prerequisite for this competency:

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After learning and applying the skills required by this unit you'll be able to demonstrate your skills in:

1. Review network policies
  1. Review organisational policies for network use and administration arrangements
  2. Identify network administration tools both built into the network operating system and third-party tools that can be used to enforce organisational polices
  3. Determine and document settings and parameters that should be used in order to meet policies and procedures
  4. Make necessary recommendations to appropriate person for ways of overcoming weaknesses in administration tools
2. Create an interface with existing system
  1. Identify and document the current system and components and configuration through audits of hardware and software
  2. Identify and map system interaction by identifying what data is required by particular users and how often the data is accessed
  3. Examine existing applications and plan required upgrades/reconfigurations to new system or applications
  4. Test reconfiguration for successful interface with existing system
3. Set up and manage the network file system
  1. Evaluate the network requirements of the user and design an appropriate file and folder structure
  2. Create the designed file and folder structure using appropriate administration and system tools
  3. Set the security, access and sharing of file system to meet user requirements
  4. Identify and implement the virus protection requirements for the network in line with organisational procedures
  5. Test the file system to ensure that appropriate access is available to the user groups
  6. Document the created file system in accordance with organisational standards
4. Manage user services
  1. Evaluate the network requirements of the user and design an appropriate set of services that should be provided
  2. Implement the services required by using the appropriate administration and system tools
  3. Create users and groups as required to facilitate user security and network access in accordance with user authorisation
  4. Test successful access by users to authorised network data and resources and record outcomes
5. Monitor user accounts
  1. Modify default user settings to ensure that they match security policies
  2. Modify existing user settings for non-compliant security according to security and access policies
  3. Check that appropriate legal notices at log on are displayed
  4. Use appropriate utilities to check strength of passwords
  5. Review procedures and take action to ensure that users who leave the organisation or area have their accounts disabled or deleted
  6. Use information services to identify well-known and up-to-date security gaps and secure these with appropriate hardware and software
6. Provide and support back up security
  1. Scan and, if required, clean the network of viruses before back-up
  2. Review security requirements for users and data to be stored on network
  3. Determine risks to which data is exposed and provide appropriate prevention and recovery processes
  4. Implement systems to provide back-up and service restoration capability in the event of a disaster
  5. Document and disseminate the disaster recovery procedures
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