Allan Didier

Maintenance Independent Projects

Goal

The goal of the independent projects are for students to explore a variety computer maintenance topics.

Requirements

Since there are too many topics which will be covered, Mr. Didier does not have time to directly teach you the individual subjects. Thus, you are responsible for finding tutorials or videos to teach you about these topics. Mr. Didier can assist you in learning the topics as well as finding tutorials, but you are responsible for your own learning.

Topics

Since there are too many topics which will be covered, Mr. Didier does not have time to directly teach you the individual subjects. Thus, you are responsible for finding tutorials or videos to teach you about these topics. Mr. Didier can assist you in learning the topics as well as finding tutorials, but you are responsible for your own learning.

Topics

  • Review
    • If you feel you need more practice in any subject area from class, you can spend some time doing those projects. Good review subjects can include:
    • Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting
    • How do you diagnose and things when something goes wrong? Where do you begin? What do you look for and how do you analyze what the computer is telling you?
    • Learn how to understand the sounds and actions of the computer even without video.
    • Create and read flowcharts on what steps to take when troubleshooting.
    •  Hands-on projects require fixing computers that don’t work.
  • Hard Drive Partitioning and Formatting
    • Split your hard drive into multiple parts and format them for different purposes.
    • This is often done to separate the OS from your data. It is also used for imaging.
    • Make sure you know about these terms: Partition Table, GUID, FAT32, NTFS, HFS,  and exFAT.
    • See Chapter 10 of the book (Magnetic and Solid State storage devices) for more information.
  • Imaging and cloning
    • Make a backup of your OS. 
    • You need to know partitioning first. 
    • Use Clonezilla or a built in OS imaging tool.
  • Advanced imaging and cloning
    • Investigate network cloning, incremental backups and other advanced imaging topics.
  • Advanced hard drive configurations
    • Windows: Learn how to use Dynamic Disks to extend partitions and use simple RAID tools. 
    • RAID: Investigate how to set up RAID systems for fault protection and automatic backup of data.
    • These tools all require multiple hard drives.
    • Page 732-734 give a rough intro to RAID.
  • Other Operating Systems
    • Install Linux or MacOS on a computer.
  • Networking
    • Learn more about networks and how they work.
    • This will probably require a little books study, i.e. Chapters 19-23 of book.
    • Hands-on projects will require multiple devices, a hub/switch/router, and possibly a server.  
  • Servers
    • Set up a server, either Mac or Linux (we don’t have a copy of Windows Server).
    • Set up a DHCP, DNS, domain, users, file sharing, web hosting, and other server functions.
  • Users groups and permissions
    • Learn to set up users, groups, and permissions to control access to files, folders and systems.
  • Dos, Powershell and command prompts
    • Learn how to operate your computer from the command prompt instead of from Windows.
  • Mobile devices (phones, tablets)
    • Bring in an old phone or tablet for dissection to learn how to repair mobile devices.
  • Computer Security
    • Learn about computer security and encryption techniques.
    • Ask Mr. Didier for more details.
  • A+ Test Prep
    • Get a feel for the A+ Certification exam by studying more in-depth topics covered or not covered in class.
    • A+ test prep can be done using a A+ specific test prep book or using the textbook for this class. The textbook doesn’t go into quite as much detail as needed for the A+ test, but it goes into much more detail that we covered in class.
    • Topics would include any piece of hardware, Windows configuration, viruses, etc.
  • Research projects
  • Home computer repair
    • Bring in a computer from home that needs a little TLC.
  • Dissection projects
    • We have a few POS (Point of Sale) computers in our room that are dying to be dissected to see how they work.
  • Programming
    • Learn the behind the scenes action of how software works by learning and honing your programming skills.
  • Arduino/Galileo:
    • Learn about some different hardware, electronics, and programming using Arduino/Galileo boards.