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A+ Operating Systems
for Technicians 2004


by Todd Meadors & Cheryl A. Schmidt
 

ISBN 1-57676-106-1

 

Meadors and Schmidt cover the fundamentals of operating systems concepts. This book will comprise of approximately 40% theory and 60% hands-on labs. The intent of Meadors and Schmidt is to offer theory and labs from a range of operating systems so the instructor has a choice as to the topics to teach.

The major emphasis of the book will include the following topics from both a theory and hands-on lab approach:

  • The Operating System Environment

  • Basic Operating System Theory

  • DOS and DOS Command Line

  • Windows 98

  • Windows NT

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows XP

  • Unix/Linux

  • Networking

Theoretical concepts and step-by-step labs in the body of each chapter.

Each chapter ends with

  • Review Questions (20 to 25)

  • Projects (from 5 to 10; at least one Challenge project)

  • Internet Discovery

  • Help Desk

  • Critical Thinking

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Operating System Environment
1.1 Understanding Software
1.2 Understanding Hardware
1.3 Understanding Types of Users
1.4 Understanding the Operating System
1.5 Understanding Classifications of Operating Systems

Chapter 2: Basic Operating System Theory
2.1 Understanding the User Interface
2.2 Understanding Application Management
2.3 Understanding File System Management
2.4 Understanding Hardware Management
2.5 Understanding the Operating System Kernel

Chapter 3: DOS and DOS Command Line
3.1 Understanding DOS and the DOS Command Prompt in Windows
3.2 Understanding the DOS Tree Structure
3.3 Understanding the Types of DOS Commands
3.4 Understanding Drive Related Commands
3.5 Learning about Wildcard Characters
3.6 Learning about Redirection and Filtering
3.7 Learning about Batch Files
3.8 Learning about Additional Commands

Chapter 4: Windows 98
4.1 Understanding Windows 98
4.2 Managing Files and Folders
4.3 Understanding the Windows 98 Registry
4.4 Understanding the Pre-installation Steps of Windows 98
4.5 Understanding How to Install and Upgrade Windows 98
4.6 Troubleshooting the Windows 98 Installation
4.7 Understanding How to Dual-Boot Windows 98 and NT
4.8 Understanding How to Dual-Boot Windows 98 and 2000 Professional
4.9 Configuring Windows 98
4.10 Understanding the Boot Process
4.11 Troubleshooting Application Problems
4.12 Understanding Shutdown Problems

Chapter 5: Windows NT
5.1 Understanding Microsoft Windows NT
5.2 Manag
ing Files and Folders
5.3 Understand
ing NTFS Compression
5.4 Understand
ing the Windows NT Registry
5.5 Understand
ing the Pre-installation Steps of Windows NT
5.6 Understand
ing How to Install and Upgrade Windows NT Workstation
5.7 Troubleshoot
ing the Windows NT Installation
5.8 Configur
ing Windows NT Workstation
5.9 Understand
ing the Boot Process
5.10 Understand
ing Task Manager, Event Viewer, and Windows NT Diagnostics
5.11 Troubleshoot
ing a Service That Does Not Start
5.12 Monitor
ing System Performance

Chapter 6: Windows 2000
6.1 Understanding Windows 2000 Professional
6.2 Manag
ing Files and Folders on Windows 2000
6.3 Understand
ing Compression and Encryption on Windows 2000 Professional
6.4 Understand
ing the Windows 2000 Registry
6.5 Understand
ing the Pre-installation Steps of Windows 2000
6.6 Understand
ing How to Install and Upgrade Windows 2000 Professional
6.7 Troubleshoot
ing the Windows 2000 Professional Installation
6.8 Understand
ing How to Dual-Boot Windows 2000 Professional and Windows NT
6.9 Configur
ing Windwos 2000 Professional
6.10 Understand
ing the Windows 2000 Professional Boot Process
6.11 Troubleshoot
ing a Service That Does Not Start
6.12 Monitor
ing System Performance

Chapter 7: Windows XP
7.1 Understanding Microsoft Windows XP
7.2 Understanding the Pre-Installation Steps of Windows XP
7.3 Understanding How to Install and Upgrade Windows XP
7.4 Troubleshooting the Windows XP Installation
7.5 Understanding How to Dual-boot Windows XP
7.6 Backing up and Restoring the Windows XP Registry
7.7 Configuring Windows XP
7.8 Understanding Microsoft Management Console
7.9 Understanding the Boot Process
7.10 Understanding Task Manager, Dr. Watson and Event Viewer
7.11 Monitoring System Performance

Chapter 8: Introduction to UNIX/Linux
8.1 Understanding the Linux Operating System
8.2 Learning about the Linux Hierarchy
8.3 Understanding the Types of Commands
8.4 Navigating the Tree Structure
8.5 Creating and Removing Directories
8.6 Managing Files
8.7 Learning Additional Commands
8.8 Learning about Pattern Matching (Wildcard Characters)
8.9 Learning about Redirection and Filtering
8.10 Learning to Write Shell Script Programs

Chapter 9: Introduction to Networking
9.1 Understanding Networking
9.2 Understanding Network Topologies
9.3 Understanding Network Cabling
9.4 Understanding Access Methods
9.5 Understanding Network Standards
9.6 Understanding the OSI Model
9.7 Understanding Network Protocols
9.8 Configuring Networking
9.9 Troubleshooting Networks
9.10 Configuring a Networked Printer
9.11 Understanding Dial-up Networking (DUN)
9.12 Learning about Internet Software

Appendix I: Number Conversions

A+ Operating Systems Concepts for Technicians
by Todd Meadors and Cheryl A. Schmidt
ISBN 1-57676-106-1

    

 

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