Strata IT Fundamentals

Price: 
$285.00
Audience: 
  • Computer hardware professionals
  • Network and system administrators
  • Computer hardware sales engineers, account managers and business development managers
Overview: 

This course is based on the topics covered by the CompTIA Strata IT Certification and ensures the knowledge of PC hardware components, functionality and compatibilities.

It covers the explanation of technology and computer hardware basics, compatibility issues and common errors, software installation and functions, security risks and prevention. Other topics such as Green IT and preventative maintenance of computers are also covered.

Topics: 

Session 1

Introduction

  • Strata Overview
  • Certificate Details
  • Certificate vs. Certification
  • Technology and Hardware Basics
  • Compatibility Issues/Installation
  • Security
  • Preventative Maintenance

The Visible PC and How It Works

  • Types of Computers
  • Three-Stage Process of Computing
  • The CPU
  • The System Unit
  • Standard Peripherals
  • Connecting the Monitor
  • USB and FireWire
  • Network Connections
  • Audio Connections
  • Additional Connections
  • Legacy Connectors
  • VGA Connectors

Inside the System Unit

  • Working in the System Unit
  • Understanding ESD
  • CPU and RAM
  • Motherboard
  • Power Supply and Connections
  • Drives
  • Cooling the System
  • System Unit Tips

The CPU and RAM

  • CPU Overview
  • CPU History - Intel
  • CPU History - AMD
  • Intel® Information
  • Multiple Cores Concept
  • AMD Information
  • Dual-Core Families
  • Phenom™ CPUs
  • Core™ i7 and i5
  • Transistors and Capacitors
  • Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM)
  • RAMBUS
  • DDR
  • DDR2 and DDR3
  • Upgrading RAM

Understanding Storage Options

  • Storage Types
  • Hard Drives
  • Drive Speed/Capacity
  • Disk Cache
  • Drive Types
  • Removable Media
  • Optical Media
  • Remote Storage

Alternative Storage Options

  • Network Attached Storage
  • Storage Area Network
  • RAID Benefits
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • Complex RAID Arrays
  • RAID Technologies

Session 2

The Operating System

  • Beyond the Hardware
  • Getting the Software
  • Installing and Maintaining Software
  • Understanding Operating Systems

Managing User Accounts

  • User Account Benefits
  • Account Types
  • Managing Users
  • Standard User Options
  • Managing Accounts
  • Computer Management
  • Disable/Delete Accounts

Windows Basic Training

  • Date and Time
  • Power Settings
  • Colors and Themes
  • Icons
  • Screen Resolution
  • Organizing Data
  • Adding Folders
  • Renaming Folders
  • Moving Folders

Software Installation

  • Installing Windows 7
  • Clean Install
  • Easy Transfer
  • Upgrading
  • Updating the System
  • Update Settings
  • Installing an Update
  • Proper Documentation
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Perform a Clean Uninstall

Performing System Maintenance

  • Performance Tools
  • Performance Rating
  • Device Manager
  • Disk Cleanup
  • Backup Tools
  • Backup Considerations
  • Backup Types
  • Perform Backup
  • Restore Points
  • Operating System Vulnerability
  • Updates and Action Center

Printers

  • Dot Matrix
  • Ink-Jet
  • Laser
  • Toner
  • Laser Printer Diagram
  • Thermal and Solid Ink Printers
  • Parallel Cables and Ports
  • Port Modes
  • USB Printers and Cables
  • Network Printer Connections

Session 3

Video

  • Video Cards
  • CRT Monitors
  • Refresh Rates
  • Pixel Aspect Ratio
  • Safety Considerations
  • Degaussing
  • Carrying a CRT
  • LCD Monitors
  • Polarity of Light
  • How an LCD Works
  • LCD Pixels
  • CCFL
  • Brightness/Contrast

Multimedia

  • Sound Waves/Compression
  • MIDI/FM Synthesis
  • Codecs/Player Association
  • SC Standards/Initial Outputs
  • Surround 5.1
  • Additional Outputs
  • S/PDIF
  • Video/Compression
  • Video Capture Devices
  • Windows Media Center
  • Personal Video Recorders
  • Web Cams
  • Multimedia Installation Processes
  • Sound Card Drivers
  • Port Assignment within Device Manager
  • Sound Settings
  • Headsets
  • Front Panel Connectors
  • Individual Application Considerations
  • Volume Control

Wireless

  • Radio Frequency
  • Bluetooth
  • Understanding 802.11
  • 802.11 Standards
  • Wireless Settings
  • Wireless Issues

Networking

  • Cat Levels
  • RJ Connectors
  • Standard vs. Crossover Cables
  • ISDN
  • DSL
  • Cable Modem
  • DOCSIS
  • Satellite
  • TCP/IP
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • HTTP and HTTPS
  • SSL/TLS
  • E-mail
  • File Transfer Protocol

Accessing the Internet

  • Customization
  • Font Settings
  • Color Settings
  • Phishing
  • ActiveX and Java
  • Cookies
  • Plug-ins
  • VoIP

Security

  • Viruses and Worms
  • Trojans, Spyware, and Malware
  • avast! Software
  • Spam Filtering
  • Pop-Up Blocking
  • Personal Firewalls
  • Encryption Cracking
  • WEP
  • WEP Key Problems
  • User Education
  • Physical Security

Green IT

  • Preserving Power
  • Maintaining Systems
  • Working in the Cloud
  • Power Saving Tips
  • Proper Disposal

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