CompTIA Network+                                                                                   ®



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To my beautiful wife, Tanya, who continues to show amazing patience and support.
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About the Author


               Glen E. Clarke, MCSE/MCSD/MCDBA/MCT/CEH/SCNP/Security+/
               Network+/A+, is a...
Contents At A GLAnCe



        1   Basic Network Concepts     .................................         1

        2   Ne...
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           Acknowledgments       .................................                                         xvi...
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    Network Architectures   ...................................                                      ...
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               3     networking Components                             . . . ...
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    TCP/IP Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      ...
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                     Understanding Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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    FTP     .................................................                                          ...
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                     Certification Summary       ................................
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   Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          ...
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                    Certification Summary       .................................
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                        Training and Awareness                ...................
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    Other Symptoms and Causes of Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 ...
ACKnoWLeDGMents




 I       would like to thank the wonderful people at McGraw-Hill Professional, especially Timothy
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PreFACe




 T          he objective of this study guide is to prepare you for the Network+ certification exam
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In every Chapter
                  We’ve created a set of chapter components t...
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some Pointers
         Once you’ve finished reading this book, set aside some time to do a thorough review...
IntroDuCtIon




 I      f you are new to certifications, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news
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           to create a pool of certification questions that not only test the knowledge of the
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                 The Network+ exam is known as a form test, and this is the t...
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true/False
We are all familiar with True/False questions, but because of the inherent 50 percent
chan...
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Knowledge-based and Performance-based Questions
             CompTIA Certifi...
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          A. Configure the backup program to back up the user files and operating system
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             candidate sees a simulation of the actual software that looks ...
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  We have said that the emphasis of CompTIA certification is job performance,
and that there are ve...
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                 than your ability to administer networks. Be sure to get in...
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exam readiness Checklist




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  1. 1. CompTIA Network+ ® Certification Study Guide, Fourth Edition Glen E. Clarke McGraw-Hill is an independent entity from CompTIA®. This publication and CD may be used in assisting students to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ Exam. Neither CompTIA nor McGraw-Hill warrants that use of this publication and CD will ensure passing any exam. CompTIA and CompTIA Network+ are registered trademarks of CompTIA in the United States and/or other countries. New York Chicago San Francisco Lisbon London Madrid Mexico City Milan New Delhi San Juan Seoul Singapore Sydney Toronto
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  3. 3. To my beautiful wife, Tanya, who continues to show amazing patience and support. You are a true inspiration!
  4. 4. About the Author Glen E. Clarke, MCSE/MCSD/MCDBA/MCT/CEH/SCNP/Security+/ Network+/A+, is an independent trainer and consultant, focusing on network security and security auditing services. Glen spends most of his time delivering certified courses on Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Visual Basic .NET, and ASP.NET. Glen also teaches a number of security-related courses covering topics such as ethical hacking, vulnerability testing, firewall design, and packet analysis topics. Glen is an experienced author and technical editor whose published work has been nominated for a referenceware excellence award in 2003 and 2004. Glen has worked on a number of certification titles, including topics on A+ certification, Windows 2000/2003 certification, and Network+ and Security+ certification. When he’s not working, Glen loves to spend quality time with his wife, Tanya, and their four children, Sara, Brendon, Ashlyn, and Rebecca. He is an active member of High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). You can visit Glen online at www.gleneclarke.com, or contact him at glenclarke@accesswave.ca. About the technical editor Dan Lachance is a Certified Novell Instructor (CNI), a Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), a Certified Linux Professional (CLP), an IBM Certified Instructor for Lotus Notes, and a Convergent Technology Professional (CTP). Dan also holds the A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications and is a technical trainer for Nexient Learning. About LearnKey LearnKey provides self-paced learning content and multimedia delivery solutions to enhance personal skills and business productivity. LearnKey claims the largest library of rich streaming-media training content that engages learners in dynamic media-rich instruction complete with video clips, audio, full-motion graphics, and animated illustrations. LearnKey can be found on the web at www.LearnKey.com. iv
  5. 5. Contents At A GLAnCe 1 Basic Network Concepts ................................. 1 2 Network Protocols and Standards .......................... 71 3 Networking Components ................................ 115 4 TCP/IP Fundamentals ................................... 169 5 Subnetting and Routing ................................. 229 6 TCP/IP Utilities ....................................... 267 7 Wireless Networking .................................... 351 8 Remote Connectivity ................................... 387 9 Wide Area Network Technologies .......................... 437 10 Implementing a Network ................................ 469 11 Maintaining and Supporting a Network ...................... 533 12 Network Security ...................................... 597 13 Troubleshooting the Network ............................. 685 A About the CD ........................................ 743 Index ............................................... 747 v
  6. 6. Contents Acknowledgments ................................. xviii Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxii 1 basic network Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identifying Characteristics of a Network ...................... 2 Servers, Workstations, and Hosts ..................... 2 WANs, LANs, and MANs .......................... 3 Types of Networks ................................ 3 Internet, Intranet, and Extranet ...................... 8 Identifying Network Topologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Bus Topologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Star Topologies .................................. 12 Mesh Topologies ................................. 13 Ring Topologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Hybrid Topologies ................................ 15 Wireless Topologies ............................... 15 Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint ................ 18 Segments and Backbones ........................... 19 Network Media and Connectors ............................ 20 Coaxial Cable ................................... 21 Twisted-Pair Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 exercise 1-1: Crimping a Category 5 Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Fiber-Optic Cable ................................ 31 Connector Types ................................. 34 Access Methods ........................................ 37 CSMA/CD ..................................... 37 CSMA/CA ..................................... 38 Token Passing ................................... 39 vi
  7. 7. Contents vii Network Architectures ................................... 39 Broadband and Baseband ........................... 40 Ethernet ....................................... 40 Token Ring ..................................... 44 FDDI ......................................... 46 Network Operating Systems ............................... 46 Windows Servers ................................. 48 Novell NetWare ................................. 50 UNIX/Linux .................................... 53 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Q&A Self Test ....................................... 59 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 2 Network Protocols and Standards ............... 71 Network Protocols ...................................... 72 NetBEUI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 What Is NetBIOS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 IPX/SPX ....................................... 74 AppleTalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 TCP/IP ........................................ 77 Routable vs. Nonroutable Protocols ................... 78 The OSI Model ........................................ 79 Layer 7: The Application Layer ...................... 81 Layer 6: The Presentation Layer ...................... 82 Layer 5: The Session Layer .......................... 82 Layer 4: The Transport Layer ........................ 83 Layer 3: The Network Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Layer 2: The Data Link Layer ........................ 85 Layer 1: The Physical Layer ......................... 86 Protocols and the OSI Layers ........................ 86 Exercise 2-4: Viewing Protocol Information with Network Monitor .............................. 90 802 Project Standards .................................... 100 IEEE 802 Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Certification Summary ................................... 105 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Q&A Self Test ....................................... 108 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
  8. 8. viii Network+ Certification Study Guide 3 networking Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Network Interface Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Transceivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 MAC Address ................................... 124 exercise 3-2: Determining Your Local Machine’s MAC Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Troubleshooting Network Cards ...................... 127 Hubs, MAUs, and Repeaters ............................... 131 Hubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Multistation Access Units .......................... 135 Repeaters ...................................... 135 Bridges and Switches .................................... 137 Bridges ........................................ 137 Switches ....................................... 138 Routers and Brouters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Routers ........................................ 145 Brouters ....................................... 146 Gateways and Security Devices ............................. 147 Gateways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Firewalls ....................................... 148 Intrusion Detection Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Other Networking Devices ................................ 149 Wireless Access Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Modems ....................................... 150 CSU/DSU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 ISDN ......................................... 151 Wiring Distribution ............................... 151 Certification Summary ................................... 153 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 4 tCP/IP Fundamentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 TCP/IP Protocol Suite ................................... 170 The TCP/IP Model ............................... 170 Application-Layer Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 TCP/IP Fundamentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 TCP/IP Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
  9. 9. Contents ix TCP/IP Addressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Understanding Binary ............................. 183 Address Classes .................................. 184 Loopback Address ................................ 186 Private Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Addressing Schemes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 IPv6 .......................................... 188 TCP/IP Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Exercise 4-5: Viewing TCP/IP Port Values ............ 191 TCP/IP Configuration Concepts ............................ 192 Manual Configuration ............................. 192 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) .......... 194 APIPA ........................................ 196 Boot Protocol ................................... 196 Domain Name System ............................. 197 Windows Internet Naming Service .................... 201 Configuring a Linux Machine for TCP/IP ............... 203 Network Services ....................................... 206 DHCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 DNS .......................................... 207 WINS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 NAT/PAT/SNAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 ICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 SMB .......................................... 212 NFS .......................................... 212 AFP .......................................... 213 Samba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 ZeroConfig ..................................... 215 Certification Summary ................................... 215 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 5 Subnetting and Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Understanding Subnetting ................................ 230 Exercise 5-1: Subnetting a Class A Address ........... 238 Classful vs. Classless Addressing ............................ 245 CIDR ......................................... 245 Supernetting .................................... 246
  10. 10. x Network+ Certification Study Guide Understanding Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Cisco Routers ................................... 247 Windows Routers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 Dynamic Routing Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Distance Vector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Link State ...................................... 259 Hybrid ........................................ 260 Certification Summary ................................... 260 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 6 tCP/IP utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 ARP ................................................ 268 How ARP Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 ARP Cache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 exercise 6-1: Using ARP to See Your Local ARP Cache . . . . 273 RARP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279 Telnet ............................................... 280 How Telnet Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280 Using Telnet .................................... 280 Troubleshooting with Telnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282 NBTSTAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 How NetBIOS over TCP/IP Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284 Using NBTSTAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285 exercise 6-3: Using NBTSTAT to View NetBIOS Name Tables .................................. 288 Tracert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291 Using Tracert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292 Netstat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295 How Netstat Works ............................... 296 Netstat Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297 Troubleshooting with Netstat ........................ 299 IPCONFIG and WINIPCFG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301 IPCONFIG ..................................... 301 WINIPCFG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 IFCONFIG ..................................... 305
  11. 11. Contents xi FTP ................................................. 307 How FTP Works ................................. 307 Configuring FTP ................................. 309 Troubleshooting with FTP .......................... 310 TFTP ......................................... 311 Ping and Hping2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 How Ping Works ................................. 311 Ping Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 Troubleshooting with Ping .......................... 313 Hping2 ........................................ 314 NSLOOKUP and DIG ................................... 315 How NSLOOKUP Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316 NSLOOKUP Options ............................. 316 DIG .......................................... 319 Other TCP/IP Utilities ................................... 320 Hostname and Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320 MTR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321 Route ......................................... 322 Arping ........................................ 322 Troubleshooting with TCP/IP Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323 Connectivity Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324 Name Resolution Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 Certification Summary ................................... 332 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 7 Wireless networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351 Wireless Basics ......................................... 352 Standards ...................................... 354 Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356 Authentication and Encryption ...................... 356 Securing Wireless ....................................... 359 Implementing a Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364 Configuring the Access Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364 Configuring the Client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374 Infrared and Bluetooth ................................... 378 Infrared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378 Bluetooth ...................................... 378
  12. 12. xii Network+ Certification Study Guide Certification Summary ................................... 379 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 380 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 382 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385 8 Remote Connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387 Remote Connectivity Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 388 Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) ............ 389 Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) ............. 392 Remote Access Service (RAS) ............................. 398 Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399 Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) ....................... 401 Dial-Up Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 406 Modem Configuration Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407 Unimodem ..................................... 409 Telephony API .................................. 411 Requirements for a Remote Connection ................ 411 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) ........................... 413 VPN Overview .................................. 413 VPN Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414 Exercise 8-3: Setting Up Windows XP as a PPTP Client . . . 417 Terminal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421 Advantages of Terminal Services ..................... 421 Disadvantages of Terminal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 422 Remote Desktop ................................. 422 Certification Summary ................................... 425 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 428 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433 9 Wide Area Network Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437 Packet-Switched vs. Circuit-Switched Networks ................ 438 Packet Switching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 438 Circuit Switching ................................ 440 Exercise 9-1: Packet-Switching Network Exercise ....... 441 Asynchronous Transfer Mode .............................. 443 Synchronous Optical Network/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy ...... 444 Optical Carrier Level-X .................................. 446 X.25 and Frame Relay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 447 X.25 .......................................... 447 Frame Relay .................................... 448
  13. 13. Contents xiii Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 449 Tx/Ex-Carriers ......................................... 452 CSU/DSU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 453 Internet Access Technologies .............................. 454 ADSL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454 Cable Modem ................................... 456 High Speed Through Satellite ....................... 457 Other Methods of Internet Access .................... 457 Certification Summary ................................... 458 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 459 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 461 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465 10 Implementing a network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469 Installing a Network ..................................... 470 Networking Options .............................. 470 Network Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 475 Installing a Network Server ......................... 477 Creating User Accounts .................................. 485 Built-in Accounts ................................ 485 Creating User Accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 485 Password Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 492 Managing Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 494 Built-in Groups .................................. 494 Creating Groups ................................. 496 Securing Files and Folders ................................. 499 Securing Files in Windows .......................... 499 exercise 10-6: Configuring Permissions in Windows 2003 ... 502 Connecting to a Shared Folder ....................... 505 Securing Files in Linux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 508 Installing Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 508 Creating a Print Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 510 Changing Printer Permissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 511 Configuring a Print Client .......................... 512 Working with Network Hardware ........................... 513 Environmental Factors That Affect Computer Networks .... 514 Common Peripheral Ports and Network Components ...... 516 Compatibility and Cabling Issues ..................... 522
  14. 14. xiv Network+ Certification Study Guide Certification Summary ................................... 523 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 524 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 530 11 Maintaining and supporting a network . . . . . . . . . . . 533 Network Upgrades ...................................... 534 Software Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534 Hardware Upgrades ............................... 535 Installing Patches and Updates ............................. 538 exercise 11-1: Patching a System with Windows Update .... 539 Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) .............. 545 Antivirus and Antispyware Software ......................... 550 Antivirus Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 550 Antispyware/Adware .............................. 552 Backing Up Network Data ................................ 554 Tape Drives ..................................... 554 Tape Rotation ................................... 556 Full, Incremental, and Differential Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 557 Scheduling Backups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560 Backup Plan Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560 exercise 11-4: Backing Up and Restoring Data on a Windows Server ............................... 562 Providing Fault Tolerance ................................. 566 RAID Level 0 ................................... 566 RAID Level 1 ................................... 571 RAID 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 574 Network Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578 Wiring Schematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578 Physical Network Diagram .......................... 578 Logical Network Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578 Baselines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 579 Policies and Procedures ............................ 579 Maintaining Logs ....................................... 581 Certification Summary ................................... 582 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 585 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 588 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 593
  15. 15. Contents xv 12 network security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597 Understanding Attack Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 598 Social Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 598 Network-Based Attacks ............................ 600 Understanding System Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601 Authentication .................................. 601 Authorization ................................... 604 Windows Security Subsystem ........................ 605 User-Level Security ............................... 612 Share-Level Security .............................. 613 Securing the Registry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614 exercise 12-1: Setting Permissions on Registry Keys ..... 617 Configuring User Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 620 Configuring Auditing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 621 Firewalls and Proxy Servers ................................ 627 Firewall Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 627 Firewall Types ................................... 630 Other Firewall Features ............................ 632 exercise 12-4: Enabling a Windows XP/Windows Server 2003 Firewall ............................ 634 Securing Communication ................................. 638 Defining Data Encryption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 638 Encryption Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640 Encryption Standards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 642 Methods of Securing Traffic ......................... 643 exercise 12-6: Configuring IPsec to Secure Network Traffic . . . 644 Disaster Recovery and Fault Tolerance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 653 Fault Tolerance .................................. 653 Disaster Recovery ................................ 654 Guidelines to Protect the Network .......................... 656 Physical Security ................................. 657 Firewalls ....................................... 657 Intrusion Detection Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 658 Product Updates and Service Packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659 exercise 12-7: Understanding the Importance of Patching a Server .............................. 660 Hardening Devices and Systems ...................... 662 Data Encryption ................................. 663 Vulnerability Testing .............................. 664
  16. 16. xvi Network+ Certification Study Guide Training and Awareness ............................ 665 Network Security Audit Checklist .................... 666 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 672 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 676 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 681 13 troubleshooting the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 685 Managing Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686 Does the Problem Exist Across the Network? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 686 Workstation, Workgroup, LAN, or WAN Problem? ........ 687 Is the Problem Consistent and Replicable? .............. 688 Standard Troubleshooting Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 689 Troubleshooting Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 690 Identify the Symptoms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692 Identify the Affected Areas ......................... 693 Establish What Has Changed ........................ 695 Select the Most Probable Cause ...................... 695 Implement a Solution ............................. 696 Test the Result . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 696 Recognize the Potential Effects of the Solution ........... 696 Documenting the Solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 697 Sample Troubleshooting Situations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 697 System or Operator Problems .............................. 698 Checking Physical and Logical Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 699 Link Lights ..................................... 699 Collision Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700 Power Lights .................................... 700 Error Displays ................................... 700 Error Logs and Displays ............................ 701 exercise 13-2: Checking Event Logs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 702 Performance Issues and Optimization .................. 703 Physical and Logical Issues .......................... 710 Network Troubleshooting Resources ......................... 712 TechNet ....................................... 713 Manufacturer Web Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713 Resource Kits and Knowledgebase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 714 Trade Publications and White Papers .................. 714 Telephone Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 714 Vendor CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715
  17. 17. Contents xvii Other Symptoms and Causes of Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 715 Recognizing Abnormal Physical Conditions ............. 717 Isolating and Correcting Problems in the Physical Media .... 718 Checking the Status of Servers ....................... 719 Checking for Configuration Problems .................. 720 Checking for Viruses .............................. 722 Checking the Validity of the Account Name and Password .. 723 Rechecking Operator Logon Procedures ................ 723 Selecting and Running Appropriate Diagnostics .......... 724 Network Tools ......................................... 725 Cable Crimper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 725 Cable Tester .................................... 726 Crossover Cables ................................. 726 Hardware Loopback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 727 Tone Generators ................................. 727 Time Domain Reflectometers ........................ 727 Oscilloscopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 728 Certification Summary ................................... 728 3 Two-Minute Drill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 729 Q&A Self Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732 Self Test Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 737 A About the CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 743 System Requirements .................................... 744 Installing and Running MasterExam ......................... 744 MasterExam .................................... 744 Electronic Book ........................................ 744 CertCam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 745 Lab Files ....................................... 745 Lab Book Exercises ............................... 745 Help ................................................ 745 Removing Installation(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 745 Technical Support ...................................... 746 LearnKey Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 746 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 747
  18. 18. ACKnoWLeDGMents I would like to thank the wonderful people at McGraw-Hill Professional, especially Timothy Green and Meghan Riley for their extreme patience and support—you guys are a great team to work with! I thank Timothy Green for giving me the opportunity to work with him once again and for this project—it has been a phenomenal experience! Thank you to a close friend and former coworker, Dan Lachance, for great feedback and encouraging ideas as the technical editor. A special thank you to my wife, Tanya, who has been extremely supportive and loving through the many hours of writing this book. I would also like to thank my four children, Sara, Brendon, Ashlyn, and Rebecca for helping Daddy enjoy the simple things—playing hockey, skating on the rink, dancing in the living room, and chilling out during movie night! I love the time I spend with all four of you! Thank you to my Mom and Dad for buying my first computer so that I could learn about computers and excel with my studies—it was a huge help. Thanks!
  19. 19. PreFACe T he objective of this study guide is to prepare you for the Network+ certification exam by familiarizing you with the technology or body of knowledge tested on the exam. Because the primary focus of the book is to help you pass the test, we don’t always cover every aspect of the related technology. Some aspects of the technology are only covered to the extent necessary to help you understand what you need to know to pass the exam, but we hope this book will serve you as a valuable professional resource after your exam. In this book This book is organized in such a way as to serve as an in-depth review for the Network+ certification exam for both experienced network professionals and newcomers to the world of network technologies. Each chapter covers a major aspect of the exam, with an emphasis on the “why” as well as the “how to” of working with and supporting networking environments. on the CD For more information on the CD-ROM, please see the Appendix, “About the CD,” at the back of the book. exam readiness Checklist At the end of the Introduction you will find an Exam Readiness Checklist. This table has been constructed to allow you to cross-reference the official exam objectives with the objectives as they are presented and covered in this book. The checklist also allows you to gauge your level of expertise on each objective at the outset of your studies. This should allow you to check your progress and make sure you spend the time you need on more difficult or unfamiliar sections. References have been provided for the objective exactly as the vendor presents it, the section of the study guide that covers that objective, and a chapter and page reference. xix
  20. 20. xx Network+ Certification Study Guide In every Chapter We’ve created a set of chapter components that call your attention to important items, reinforce important points, and provide helpful exam-taking hints. Take a look at what you’ll find in every chapter: n Every chapter begins with Certification Objectives—what you need to know in order to pass the section on the exam dealing with the chapter topic. The Objective headings identify the objectives within the chapter, so you’ll always know an objective when you see it! n Exam Watch notes call attention to information about, and potential pitfalls in, the exam. These helpful hints are written by authors who have taken the exams and received their certification—who better to tell you what to worry about? They know what you’re about to go through! n Step-by-Step Exercises are interspersed throughout the chapters and included on the CD-ROM in LabBook.pdf. These are designed as hands-on CertCam 1–1 exercises that give you a feel for the real-world experience you need to pass the exam. They help you master skills that are likely to be an area of focus on the exam. Don’t just read through the exercises; learning by doing is an ON THE CD effective way to increase your competence. n On the Job notes describe the issues that come up most often in real-world settings. They provide a valuable perspective on certification- and product- related topics. They point out common mistakes, and address questions that have arisen from on-the-job discussions and experience. n Inside the Exam sidebars highlight some of the most common and confusing problems that students encounter when taking a live exam. Designed to anticipate what the exam will emphasize, they help ensure you know what you need to know to pass the exam. You can get a leg up on how to respond to those difficult-to-understand questions by paying extra attention to these sidebars. n The Certification Summary is a succinct review of the chapter and a restatement of salient points regarding the exam. n The Two-Minute Drill at the end of every chapter is a checklist of the main 3 points of the chapter. It can be used for last-minute review. Q&A n The Self Test offers questions similar to those found on the certification exams. The answers to these questions, as well as explanations of the answers, can be found at the end of each chapter. By taking the Self Test after completing each chapter, you’ll reinforce what you’ve learned from that chapter, while becoming familiar with the structure of the exam questions.
  21. 21. Preface xxi some Pointers Once you’ve finished reading this book, set aside some time to do a thorough review. You might want to return to the book several times and make use of all the methods it offers for reviewing the material: 1. Re-read all the Two-Minute Drills, or have someone quiz you. You can also use the drills as a way to do a quick cram before the exam. You might want to make some flash cards out of 3 × 5 index cards that have the Two-Minute Drill material on them. 2. Re-read all the Exam Watch notes and Inside the Exam elements. Remember that these notes are written by authors who have taken the exam and passed. They know what you should expect—and what you should be on the lookout for. 3. Re-take the Self Tests. Taking the tests right after you’ve read the chapter is a good idea, because the questions help reinforce what you’ve just learned. However, it’s an even better idea to go back later and do all the questions in the book in one sitting. Pretend that you’re taking the live exam. When you go through the questions the first time, you should mark your answers on a separate piece of paper. That way, you can run through the questions as many times as you need to until you feel comfortable with the material. 4. Complete the Exercises. Did you do the exercises when you read through each chapter? If not, do them! These exercises are designed to cover exam topics, and there’s no better way to get to know this material than by practicing. Be sure you understand why you are performing each step in each exercise. If there is something you are not clear on, re-read that section in the chapter.
  22. 22. IntroDuCtIon I f you are new to certifications, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that a computer industry certification is one of the most valuable credentials you can earn. It sets you apart from the crowd and marks you as a valuable asset to your employer. You will gain the respect of your peers, and certification can have a wonderful effect on your income. The bad news is that certification tests are not easy. You may think you will read through some study material, memorize a few facts, and pass the examinations. After all, these certification exams are just computer-based, multiple-choice tests, so they must be easy. If you believe this, you are wrong. Unlike many “multiple-guess” tests you have been exposed to in school, the questions on certification examinations go beyond simple factual knowledge. The purpose of this introduction is to teach you how to take a computer certification examination. To be successful, you need to know something about the purpose and structure of these tests. We will also look at the latest innovations in computerized testing. Using simulations and adaptive testing, the computer industry is enhancing both the validity and security of the certification process. These factors have some important effects on how you should prepare for an exam, as well as your approach to each question during the test. We will begin by looking at the purpose, focus, and structure of certification tests, and we will examine the effect these factors have on the kinds of questions you will face on your certification exams. We will define the structure of examination questions and investigate some common formats. Next, we will present a strategy for answering these questions. Finally, we will give some specific guidelines on what you should do on the day of your test. the Value of Certification The CompTIA Network+ certification program, like the certification programs from Microsoft, Lotus, Novell, Oracle, and other software vendors, is maintained for the ultimate purpose of increasing the corporation’s profits through the creation of skilled workers. A successful certification program accomplishes this goal by helping
  23. 23. Introduction xxiii to create a pool of certification questions that not only test the knowledge of the candidate but also test that candidate’s skills. Vendor certification has become increasingly popular over the years because it helps employers find qualified workers, and it helps software vendors such as Microsoft sell products. Many employers are looking for professionals who hold IT certifications, and a number of individuals without the required certification are overlooked. A marked characteristic of the computer certification program is an emphasis on performing specific job tasks rather than merely gathering knowledge. It may come as a shock, but most potential employers do not care how much you know about the theory of operating systems, networking, or database design. As one IT manager put it, “I don’t really care what my employees know about the theory of our network. We don’t need someone to sit at a desk and think about it. We need people who can actually do something to make it work better.” CompTIA’s Network+ certification program will test you on current network implementations in wide use today, including network-related hardware and software. The job task orientation of certification is almost as obvious, but testing real-world job skills using a computer-based test is not easy. In Network+, CompTIA have created a great certification exam that ensures a candidate knows the basics of networking. test structure and specifications The 2009 version of the Network+ Certification exam is exam number N10-004 and is titled the CompTIA Network+ (2009 Edition) Exam. You can book your exam online at www.2test.com. The Network+ exam cost is approximately $240 U.S., but the price may be different in your country. The exam is approximately 85 questions, and you have 90 minutes to complete the exam. The topics that you are tested on are divided into domains. The following table lists the different domains and what percentage of the questions are based on each domain. Domain % of examination 1.0 Network Technologies 20% 2.0 Network Media and Topologies 20% 3.0 Network Devices 17% 4.0 Network Management 20% 5.0 Network Tools 12% 6.0 Network Security 11% Total 100%
  24. 24. xxiv Network+ Certification Study Guide The Network+ exam is known as a form test, and this is the type of test that we are most familiar with. A form test is made up of a number of multiple-choice questions, and you can go back to previous questions at any point. For the CompTIA certification, a form consists of 85 questions and allows for 90 minutes to complete. The CompTIA Network+ exam is a form-based test where each correct answer gives you the same amount of points. The score is on a scale from 100 to 900, and a score of 554 must be obtained in order to pass. An interesting and useful characteristic of a form test is that you can mark a question you have doubts about as you take the test. Assuming you have time left when you finish all the questions, you can return and spend more time on the questions you have marked as doubtful. CompTIA, like Microsoft, may soon implement adaptive testing for the Network+ exam. To develop this interactive technique, a form test is first created and administered to several thousand certification candidates. The statistics generated are used to assign a weight, or difficulty level, for each question. For example, the questions in a form might be divided into levels one through five, with level-one questions being the easiest and level-five the hardest. When an adaptive test begins, the candidate is first given a level-three question. If he answers it correctly, he is given a question from the next higher level; if he answers it incorrectly, he is given a question from the next lower level. When 15–20 questions have been answered in this manner, the scoring algorithm is able to predict, with a high degree of statistical certainty, whether the candidate would pass or fail if all the questions in the form were answered. When the required degree of certainty is attained, the test ends and the candidate receives a pass/fail grade. Adaptive testing has some definite advantages for everyone involved in the certification process. Adaptive tests enable the test center to deliver more tests with the same resources, because certification candidates often are in and out in 30 minutes or less. For CompTIA, adaptive testing means that fewer test questions are exposed to each candidate, which enhances the security, and therefore the validity, of certification tests. One possible problem you may have with adaptive testing is that you are not allowed to mark and revisit questions. Because the adaptive algorithm is interactive, and all questions but the first are selected on the basis of your response to the previous question, it is not possible to skip a particular question or change an answer. Question types Computerized test questions can be presented in a number of ways. Some of the possible formats for questions are listed here, and you may find any of the following types of questions on your Network+ certification exam.
  25. 25. Introduction xxv true/False We are all familiar with True/False questions, but because of the inherent 50 percent chance of choosing the correct answer, you will most likely not see true/false questions on your Network+ certification exam. Multiple Choice The majority of Network+ certification questions are in the multiple-choice format, with either a single correct answer or multiple correct answers that need to be selected. One interesting variation on multiple-choice questions with multiple correct answers is whether or not the candidate is told how many answers are correct—you might be told to select all that apply. Graphical Questions One or more graphical elements are sometimes used as exhibits to help present or clarify an exam question. These elements may take the form of a network diagram or pictures of networking components on which you are being tested. It is often easier to present the concepts required for a complex performance-based scenario with a graphic than it is with words. Expect to see some graphical questions on your Network+ exam. Test questions known as hotspots actually incorporate graphics as part of the answer. These questions ask the certification candidate to click a location or graphical element to answer the question. As an example, you might be shown the diagram of a network and asked to click an appropriate location for a router. The answer is correct if the candidate clicks within the hotspot that defines the correct location. The Network+ exam has a few of these graphical hotspot questions, and most are asking you to identify network types, such as a bus or star network. As with the graphical questions, expect only a couple of hotspot questions during your exam. Free response Questions Another kind of question you sometimes see on certification examinations requires a free response or type-in answer. This type of question might present a TCP/IP network scenario and ask the candidate to calculate and enter the correct subnet mask in dotted decimal notation. However, the CompTIA Network+ exam most likely will not contain any free response questions.
  26. 26. xxvi Network+ Certification Study Guide Knowledge-based and Performance-based Questions CompTIA Certification develops a blueprint for each certification examination with input from subject matter experts. This blueprint defines the content areas and objectives for each test, and each test question is created to test a specific objective. The basic information from the examination blueprint can be found on CompTIA’s Web site at http://certification.comptia.org/network/default.aspx. Psychometricians (psychologists who specialize in designing and analyzing tests) categorize test questions as knowledge-based or performance-based. As the names imply, knowledge-based questions are designed to test knowledge, and performance- based questions are designed to test performance. Some objectives demand a knowledge-based question. For example, objectives that use verbs such as list and identify tend to test only what you know, not what you can do. For example: Objective: Explain the following Transport Layer concepts. Knowledge-based question: Which two protocols are connectionless-oriented network protocols? (Choose two.) A. FTP B. TCP C. TFTP D. UDP C and D are correct. The Network+ exam consists of mostly knowledge-based multiple-choice questions that can be answered fairly quickly if you know your stuff. These questions are very straightforward, lacking a complex situation to confuse you. Other objectives use action verbs such as install, configure, and troubleshoot to define job tasks. These objectives can often be tested with either a knowledge- based question or a performance-based question. CompTIA are focusing their exam questions to performance-based questions where you will need to know how to perform a task instead of just the theory behind it. For example: Performance-based question: You want to ensure you have a reliable tape backup scheme that is not susceptible to fire and water hazards. You are backing up three Windows servers and would like to completely back up the entire systems. Which of the following is the most reliable backup method?
  27. 27. Introduction xxvii A. Configure the backup program to back up the user files and operating system files; complete a test restore of the backup; and store the backup tapes offsite in a fireproof vault. B. Configure the backup program to back up the entire hard drive of each server and store the backup tapes offsite in a fireproof vault. C. Copy the user files to another server; configure the backup program to back up the operating system files; and store the backup tapes offsite in a fireproof vault. D. Configure the backup program to back up the user files and operating system files and store the backup tapes offsite in fireproof vault. A is correct. Even in this simple example, the superiority of the performance-based question is obvious. Whereas the knowledge-based question asks for a single fact, the performance-based question presents a real-life situation and requires that you make a decision based on this scenario. Thus, performance-based questions give more bang (validity) for the test author’s buck (individual question). testing Job Performance We have said that CompTIA certification focuses on timeliness and the ability to perform job tasks. We have also introduced the concept of performance-based questions, but even performance-based multiple-choice questions do not really measure performance. Another strategy is needed to test job skills. Given unlimited resources, it is not difficult to test job skills. In an ideal world, CompTIA would fly Network+ candidates to a test facility; place them in a controlled environment with a team of experts; and ask them to plan, install, maintain, and troubleshoot a network. In a few days at most, the experts could reach a valid decision as to whether each candidate should or should not be granted Network+ status. Needless to say, this is not likely to happen. Closer to reality, another way to test performance is to use the actual software and create a testing program to present tasks and automatically grade a candidate’s performance when the tasks are completed. This cooperative approach would be practical in some testing situations, but the same test that is presented to Network+ candidates in Boston must also be available in Bahrain and Botswana. Many testing locations around the world cannot run 32-bit applications, much less provide the complex networked solutions required by cooperative testing applications. The most workable solution for measuring performance in today’s testing environment is a simulation program. When the program is launched during a test, the
  28. 28. xxviii Network+ Certification Study Guide candidate sees a simulation of the actual software that looks and behaves just like the real thing. When the testing software presents a task, the simulation program is launched and the candidate performs the required task. The testing software then grades the candidate’s performance on the required task and moves to the next question. Simulation questions provide many advantages over other testing methodologies, and simulations are expected to become increasingly important in the computer certification programs. For example, studies have shown that there is a very high correlation betwe