Install Windows and Gather System Information

IT 3315 Hardware and Operating Systems

Unit 1 Assignment

Install Windows and Gather System Information

Preparation

By now you should have completed the practice labs for this unit andpasted the screenshots into a Word document called “Unit 1 Screenshots” for submission with this assignment.

Instructions

Do the following in a Word document titled “Unit 1 Assignment”:

Explain when it is appropriate to do a “clean” install versus an upgrade when updating to a newer OS version. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Explain the usefulness of the System Information tool in Windows system. How might you use it as an IT support professional?

IT 3315 Hardware and Operating Systems

Unit 2 Assignment

File and Print Management

Preparation

By now you should have completed the practice labs for this unit and pasted the screenshots into a word document called “Unit 2 Screenshots” for submission with this assignment.

Instructions

In this assignment, you need to do the following in a Word document titled “Unit 2 Assignment”:

Compare the purpose, functionality, and hardware characteristics of inkjet, laser, thermal, impact, and multi-function printers.

Compare virtual printing environments to traditional printing environments. Consider processes, hardware, software, and outputs in your comparison.

Describe some of the similarities of working with printer and file related command lines in Windows, MacOS, and Linux based systems.

Describe considerations or precautions for users when working with OS command line tools versus GUIs.

IT 3315 Hardware and Operating Systems

Unit 3 Assignment

TCP/IP and Network Troubleshooting

Preparation

By now you should have completed the practice labs for this unit and pasted the screenshots into a word document called “Unit 3 Screenshots” for submission with this assignment.

Instructions

In this assignment, do the following in a Word document titled “Unit 3 Assignment:”

Compare common LAN network cables and connectors. Describe the pros and cons of each as well as their likely applications.

Describe two commonly used native Linux troubleshooting commands. For example, the “ls” command can be used by itself or with additional options such as “ls -I” that will list directories or files types, size, and other pertinent information. Identify a troubleshooting issue for which each command might be appropriately applied and why?

Technical IT support professionals often encounter network issues such as loss of connectivity and slow response time. Imagine you (an IT support tech) receive a complain on network sluggishness from one of your network users. What three or four questions would you ask during your initial troubleshooting? Describe your reasoning.

IT 3315 Hardware and Operating Systems

Unit 4 Assignment

Computer Virtualization, Storage, and Cloud-Based Application and Storage

Preparation

By now you should have completed the practice labs for this unit and pasted the screenshots into a word document called “Unit 4 Screenshots” for submission with this assignment.

Instructions

In this assignment, you need to do the following in a Word document titled “Unit 4 Assignment:”

Imagine that you are tasked with storing digital files for a feature length movie that is in production. Suggest and defend a solution that meets the needs of large data files (500 T) that can be easily accessed for editing and stored safely.

Compare the architectures of virtual machine-based and container-based virtualization. Be sure to provide insights on the host operating system, storage and software deployment issues of both technologies, and the relationship between Linux container services and Windows platforms.

IT 3315 Hardware and Operating Systems

Unit 5 Assignment

Gaming Computer Design

In this assignment, you are asked to design a state-of-the-art gaming computer equipped to handle modern 3D gaming titles.

Instructions

Create a document that specifies the hardware and software components of the computer and justify reasons for the choice of each component. State any assumptions that you need to make to create a viable computer. Use diagrams as necessary to explain your design in detail. Your design should identify an OS as well as specify and explain all required hardware (no peripherals) including the following components:

Cases and form factor.

CPU.

Power supply.

Motherboard and buses.

Memory.

Video Cards.

Audio.

Cooling.

Make sure to address the following using clear headers to separate sections:

Specify the OS and reasons that you chose it.

Specify the hardware components and why you chose them.

Explain which computer components are most important for driving the ultimate design of the computer.

Explain how the motherboard form factor governs the choice of dependent hardware.

Discuss the standards that determine CPU and motherboard compatibility.