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Practical Training Networking

Computer forensics training and education issues. If you are looking for topic suggestions for your project, thesis or dissertation please post here rather than the general discussion forum.
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Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Feb 05, 07 21:40

Hey I'm currently in my 2nd year of computer forensics degree and understand all the theory side of computers fine. When applying for placement years lots of places are asking for practical network and hardware experience which the degree seems to lack and I cant afford more than 1 computer to experiment Razz

Can anyone suggest some courses that give hands on experience of setting up networks, managing network users etc where you actually get to do the practical side of it not just learning theory. Was looking at computeach and COMPTIA+ are these any good for that sort of thing?  

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Re: Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Feb 06, 07 02:51

You must have some very, very cheap courses. Surely you can afford a 4port kvm ($150), 1 or two cheap e-net hubs($35-50), and a couple of junker pc's(150-300). I have several old celerons and P3's just for testing and doing CF research! As a matter of fact my main workstations are (3) dual PIII's 866's with 2gig memory . Learn to love E-bay. I am planning on buying a dual-core E6600 in the near term with SATA drives.
Give a man a fish and he can eat today. Teach the man how to fish and he will be able to eat his whole life. 


Re: Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Feb 06, 07 03:56

I agree with az_gcfa, check with friends and family for old bits and you may find a local auction in your area that sells ex office equipment at a good price.

Doesn't your degree have any Cisco training modules that you can enroll in, because they will give you a bit of experience because of the nature of the courses.

I cant speak for COMPTIA+ but about 8 years ago I did the computeach course in C programming and it was the biggest waste of money I have ever spent, the help and guidance I received in the course would have been better delivered by a monkey. I didn't complete it and neither did my brother in law who went and tried even after I warned him, personally I would advise against them.

And just in case your thinking I probably gave up to easy I'm on my final year at Uni so I hopefully cant be that dumb :D.  


Re: Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Feb 07, 07 05:57

It's not just the money its lack of space too since I dont have dedicated room for computers. Currently I got my newer PC (which is a huge space hog) and my old computer I upgraded from for testing linux since I'm new to that and switch between the two using a 2 port kvm. But dont feel its enough if I get into placement job and am expected to know what to do with bigger networks. I dont think my course does any Cisco training at least not this year, but thanks for reponses.  


Re: Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Feb 08, 07 01:50

at least in the states, a lot of companies wont hire someone straight out of school without necessary hands on experience. My suggestion since you cant afford the money or the space for the hardware is to find an intern job to get some hands on experience in networking. Some colleges will also offer intern jobs to students. You could always get a job as computer support and then work your way up the ladder. If you dont have the money for the degree in networking, you could use something like brainbench self test center to test your knowledge in networking after you get some hands on experience. Proving you understand the concepts may be enough for most places.  


Re: Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Feb 13, 07 06:20

Another way to get experience is to get a PT job at your local PC repair shop-they often get jobs setting up small networks etc.
And pimp yourself out to your friends and family as the PC fixit/setup guy-you can get free beer for that kind of gig too.  


Re: Practical Training Networking

Post Posted: Apr 11, 07 13:40

just an idea that i became involved with for a msc network coursework ... that was creating 2 removal operating system hard disks one with xp as my main home computer and then windows 2k server as the swap ... this ensuring that my computer did not fall over with the dual boot.

set up a second old computer with windows 2k which was network connected to the server and then used a laptop for network acquisition and investigation work which was connected through the netgear 4 port hub.

worked fairly weel .. setting up the server network was coursework in itself.
just got to figure out how to do networkl acquisitions now.
michael bennett
digital evidence recovery 

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