OPS535 Course Outline

Course Code: OPS535
Course Name: Open System Clustering - Advanced Network Admin.
Offered Date: Winter - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
In this course students will learn how to install and configure various open source servers including Unix/Linux server, Network File System Server (NFS), Network Information System Server (NIS), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Server (SMTP), Domain Name System Server (DNS), Post Office Protocol Mail Box Server (POP3), Internet Mail Access Protocol Mail Box Server (IMAP), Dynamic Host Control Protocol Server (DHCP), and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Server (LDAP). Practical knowledge and understanding in open network server administration will be developed. Further students will learn the concepts of authentication, encryption, and routing under the TCP/IP networking environment. This a a project-based course that will enable students to build computer clusters for parallel computing (Beowulf Cluster), High Availability (HA), and Load Balancing.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the CTY program.
Prerequisite: OPS335 and OPS435
Mode of Instruction: 4 hours lab time per week.
Learning Outcomes:
  •     Setup and configure load balancing clusters
  •     Setup, configure and maintain DHCP services
  •     Setup and configure high performance Linux clusters
  •     Setup, configure and maintain Internet Email services
  •     Setup, configure and maintain LDAP services
  •     Setup, configure and maintain DNS services
  •     Setup, configure and maintain NFS services
  •     Setup, configure and maintain Linux Terminal Servers
  •     Setup, configure and maintain Diskless workstations
  •     Setup, configure and maintain NIS services
  •     Setup, configure and maintain Unix/Linux routers
Employability Skills:
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.|Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.|Execute mathematical operations accurately.|Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.|Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.|Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.|Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.|Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.|Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.|Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.|
Topic Outline:

  •     Configuring TCP/IP networking
  •     Name Service and Resolver Configuration
  •     Remote Procedure Call
  •     The Network File System
  •     The Network Information System
  •     The Domain Name System and BIND
  •     Compression, encryption and Authentication
  •     Dynamic DNS and DHCP
  •     Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and Internet Email Server
  •     Internet Mail Box protocols: POP3 and IMAP
  •     DNS and Internet Mail
  •     Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and OpenLDAP
  •     Computer Clustering
  •     Diskless Workstations
  •     System Log Server rsyslog
Prescribed Text(s):
  • Linux Administration 7th Edition by Wale Soyinka; ISBN 9780071845366 published by McGraw Hill
Reference Material:
  • Linux Quick Fix Notebook by Peter Harrison (Prentice Hall) ISBN 0-13-186150-6
  • 250GB Hard Disk with removable drawer.
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Quizzes (minimum of 5) 10%
Mid-term Test 20%
Labs 10%
Assignments (2) 30%
Final Exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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