This unit provides students with the knowledge of server administration, including database and operating system administration.

Content includes: database (DB) administration; operating system (OS) administration; system administration: network connection, data backup, software administration; TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) configuration; creating DNS (Domain Name Servers), firewalls, IPSec protocols.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the fundamental principles of database, operating systems, and server administration to recommend functional solutions suitable in a range of small-scale operations;  
  2. Develop basic server administration and maintenance skills to effectively manage a stable, small-scale networked environment; and  
  3. Configure the functionality of simple, multi-component real-life network infrastructures to achieve effective communications in a variety of contexts.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Weekly Lab Assessments (10% each) 30%
Presentation Presentation 20%
Test Mid-semester and Final tests 50%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Labs and Practical Knowledge Test (1 hour) 25%
Test Written Test 25%
Examination Final Written Examination (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

Hands-On Microsoft Windows Server 2016 2nd
Palmer, M. (2018)
Cengage Learning

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