Microsoft is offering a free online course on IT Support: Networking Essentials. The course begins by explaining the purpose of networking and then examines how networks are configured in homes, offices, between offices, and around the world with the Internet.
In this four week course, applicants will learn the essentials of networks from basic network components to how the Internet connects all over the world. You can apply for this course at your own pace.
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Course At A Glance
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Institution: Microsoft and edx
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: At your own pace
We live in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. Computing is ubiquitous, and experiences span devices and exhibit ambient intelligence. Billions of sensors, screens, and devices – in conference rooms, living rooms, cities, cars, phones, PCs – are forming a vast network and streams of data that simply disappear into the background of our lives.
About This Course
IT Support: Networking Essentials is designed to introduce the core networking concepts to learners who are new to IT Support. The course begins by explaining the purpose of networking and then examines how networks are configured in homes, offices, between offices, and around the world with the Internet.
Why Take This Course?
This includes a review of network topologies, physical networking, and network protocols. The course concludes with an introduction to network troubleshooting, including how to troubleshoot common networking issues.
- Understanding networking topologies
- Understanding LANs, WANs, and the Internet
- Understanding wireless and wired networks
- Understanding network protocols
- Understanding TCP / IP
- Troubleshooting networking using built-in networking tools
Pam Glazier holds a Bachelor’s degree in In British and American Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and has been involved in technology, narrative deconstruction, and adult pedagogy for more than 15 years.
James Seymour has a background in training and consulting with more than 20 years of IT industry experience focused primarily on infrastructure and messaging.
Tony Frink is a 35 year veteran of the IT industry, with a background in ERP technologies, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft Office.
Windows client training as part of the Microsoft Professional Program – IT Support.
How To Join This Course
- Go to the course website link
- Create an edX account to SignUp
- Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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