Network Systems and Administration


What am I required to do in this assignment?
This assessment is an individual portfolio consisting of a report (50%) and software solution (50%) for a case study
covering the development, implementation, configuration, and maintenance of a network solution based on an
industry standard network operating system. A final report of up to 5000 words will be submitted where you are
required to fully justify your design, implementation and configuration, provide a detailed testing strategy to test
your configured services, create a maintenance plan as appropriate to the case, and critically evaluate your work.
Scenario:
AcmeAccounting is a small business running from a small office in Luton. The company owner has been reliant on
using Microsoft Office applications for her work. However, due to the increase in clients, she wants to set up a Linux
client-server network infrastructure running the essential network services to allow her install and run a MySQL
database application along with other business applications. You have been hired to use an industry Linux
distribution that you must install from scratch (no pre-built VM is to be used – 20 marks deduction if this is done) on
VirtualBox (preferred) or VMWare Player, to create a client-server network (i.e. 2 VMs). The network is expected t
have more clients added to connect to the server.
You are then required to demonstrate four network services that should be installed, configured, tested based on a
clear testing strategy, and fully reported with configuration details and full justifications for all actions done including
commands details and their parameters. Your report should also cover a maintenance plan and a short (500 words)
critical evaluation of your work. The network services that you can use are:
HTTP, FTP, SMTP, SSH, DNS, DHCP, LDAP

 

Submission Deadline Marks and Feedback
Before 10am on:
16/05/2022
20 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)
15 working days after deadline (L6)
10 working days after deadline (block delivery)
13/06/2022

 

Unit title & code Network Systems and Administration CIS114-6 (Block 4)
Assignment number and title Assignment 1 – Portfolio
Assessment type CW-Port (Coursework Portfolio – Individual)
Weighting of assessment 100%
Unit learning outcomes 1. Demonstrate deep and systematic understanding of system and networking
concepts, including principles, technologies, and emerging trends.
2. Scientifically and critically analyse, implement and evaluate networking
techniques, technologies, strategies and methodologies used in industry. Apply
analytical and problem-solving skills in order to select and implement
networking solutions appropriate to multiple organisational and environmental
contexts.

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Wireshark must be used to explain the traffic at packet level from client to server.
When the Linux is installed, you MUST use a user that has the name of your
student ID followed by your initials all
preceded by
c (for client) or s (for server) account, e.g. s12345678JS for student John Smith server account. This
should appear in the prompt of the client and server. Failure to follow these instructions or not show them on all
your screenshots will attract a 20 marks deduction.
Screenshots of all actions must be clearly shown in the report ensuring that the commands and their results are
shown in these screenshots.
You VMs should be kept until end of Block 5 in case they are required for further checks.
ASSESSMENT DELIVERABLES:
1. Submit your single report saved in the following format: StudentID.docx. No compressed file is supposed to be
submitted and will receive a 10 marks deduction if done.
2. Your submission is to be uploaded to the BREO link for the Assessment under ‘
Assessment and Feedback’.
Is there a size limit?
Up to 5000 word report including front page, table of contents and references.
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
Identify a suitable solution for the given scenario
Install, configure, and operate the network solution in an industry-standard multiuser system.
Justify your choice of network solution (contextually, technically, and in terms of meeting current organizational
norms and trends and satisfying the business context).
Develop a testing strategy and test your solution.
Critically evaluate the behaviour of the system.
Reference your work according to academic standards.
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
By addressing all the assessment requirements and threshold expectations stated above and following the comments
in the
Marks & Feedback section below.
How does assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
An individual portfolio consisting of a report (50%) and software solution (50%) for a case study covering the
development, implementation, configuration, and maintenance of a network solution based on an industry standard
network operating system. You are required to show your progress in the form of completed tasks for marking during
the practical sessions for the whole duration of the assessment. At these sessions, you will be questioned on your
knowledge and technical skills based on the presented work and content covered in the lectures and practical
sessions. A final report of up to 5000 words will be submitted where you are required to fully justify your design,
implementation and configuration, provide a detailed testing strategy to test your configured services, create a
maintenance plan as appropriate to the case, and critically evaluate your work.

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How will my assignment be marked?
Your assignment be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.
You can use them to evaluate your own work and estimate your grade before you submit.

 

0-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70%+
Installation
20%
No or poor
installation of the 4
services (some
services may be
missed)
No or poor
justifications of the
installation process
Basic installation of
the 4 services
Basic or very
limited
justifications of the
installation process
Satisfactory
installation of the 4
services
Satisfactory
justifications of the
installation process
Good installation of
the 4 services
Good justifications of
the installation
process
Excellent/Flawless
installation of the 4
services
Excellent/Flawless
justifications of the
installation process
Configuration
20%
No or poor
configuration of the
4 services (some
services may be
missed)
No or poor
justifications of the
configuration
process
The configuration
covers the basics
and needs
significant
improvements
Basic justifications
of the configuration
process
The configuration is
satisfactory, but
rather brief.
Satisfactory
justifications of the
configuration
process
The configuration
contains good/clear
details, with some
errors
Good justifications of
the configuration
process
Excellent/Flawless
configuration is
fully done, with
relevant source and
clear structure
Excellent/Flawless
justifications of the
configuration
process
Testing Plan
and Testing
30%
No or poor testing
plan created and
followed.
No or poor working
demonstration of a
running system
No or Poor
justifications
provided
Basic testing plan
created and
followed with
significant work
needed on it.
Basic
demonstration of
the system (some
non-working
features) and/or
showing very basic
level of
understanding
Basic justifications
provided
Satisfactory testing
plan created and
followed. Some
missing elements
found.
Satisfactory
demonstration of
the system
operation and level
of understanding
Satisfactory
justifications
provided
Satisfactory testing
plan created and
followed. Minor
issues found.
Good demonstration
of system operation
and shows good
understanding of
subject matter
Good justifications
provided
Excellent/Flawless
testing plan created
and followed.
Excellent/Flawless
demonstration of
system operation
and high level of
understanding with
clear initiative
shown in the
implementation of
the solution
Excellent detailed
justifications
provided
Maintenance
Plan 10%
No or Poor
maintenance plan
included.
Basic and brief
maintenance plan
included.
Satisfactory less
detailed
maintenance plan
included.
Good well written
maintenance plan
included.
Excellent/Flawless
detailed
maintenance plan
included.

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Reflection
and Report
writing 20%
No or poor
reflection.
No or poor use of
Harvard referencing.
No or poor
references used
No or Poor
screenshots failing
to show clear details
and presented in a
poor way
Basic reflection.
Basic set of
references/Some
issues in using
Harvard
referencing
Basic screenshots
showing basic
details and
presented in a basic
way
Satisfactory
reflection.
Satisfactory set of
references and use
of Harvard
referencing
Satisfactory
screenshots
showing some
details and
presented in an
acceptable way
Good reflection.
Good quality of
references/Clear
demonstration in
using Harvard
referencing
Good screenshots
showing most of
details and
presented in a good
way
Excellent reflection.
Excellent quality of
references/Faultless
demonstration in
using Harvard
referencing
Excellent
screenshots
showing all relevant
details and
presented in an
excellent way

 

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