This is a practical assessment and will enhance and test your practical skills related to the subject topic.
Students are required to set up a network consisting of PCs, routers, switches, and servers. You will need to configure routing between routers, use any dynamic routing protocol. The PCs (clients) will be connected to switches and switches to the router’s interfaces. Clients and Servers are connected on different networks (don’t attach clients and servers on the same network).
Client(s) <--> Switch <--> Router <--> Router <--> Switch <--> Server(s)
To complete this assessment you are expected to refer to information beyond the textbook. This assignment is open; in that, you are free to choose the devices or software you use to complete the specified tasks. Students are expected to accomplish this task by utilizing the necessary commands discussed in lectures and also described in the prescribed textbook.
There are numerous web sites available that discuss networking, however, you MUST list your sources of information for the different tasks. When completing this project, you may encounter errors or experience difficulties getting your setup to work. If this occurs, your challenge is to analyze why they happen and report on how you solved the problems you encountered.
How do you select the IPv4 addresses for your submission?
Class Address range
Class A 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206
Class B 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168
Class C 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199
As we know that IPv4 addressing supports different address classes, e.g. Class A, Class B, Class C, etc. The class you are expected to use will depend on your student ID. Find the sum of all digits of your ID until sum becomes a single digit. If the obtained single digit is between 1 and 3, please use Class A. For 4 to 6 or 7 to 9, please use Class B or Class C respectively.
Let’s say, your ID is 12345678. If we add them we get 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 36, and then 3+6 = 9; So, you choose Class C.
Another example: If one’s ID is 56789023, we calculate 5+6+7+8+9+0+2+3 = 40, and then 4 + 0 = 4; So s/he selects Class B.
Task 1 – Setting up a Network [5 marks]
Perform the following activities and support your workings with screenshots:
1. Configure the PCs, Server and Router interfaces with appropriate network addressing;
2. Configure any classless dynamic routing protocol on the routers;
3. On any client, ping the client’s own network interfaces, then the local router gateway interface, then the remote router interface, then the servers. Check full network conductivity;
4. Use the traceroute command from the client to the server. Include results of the traceroute in your submission, explaining the meaning of traceroute output.
Task 2 – Configuring Network Services [5 marks]:
Using the same network topology that you have set up in Task 1, perform the following additional activities, and support your workings with screenshots:
1. DHCP: Configure DHCP servers and show that the client PC has successfully received IP Addresses and other network parameters (default gateway, subnet mask, and DNS IP address) using DHCP
2. WEB Server: Configure WEBs server on the dedicated machines in their specified networks, with URL as yourname.csu.org
3. DNS: Configure DNS Servers on the server device and demonstrate that forward and reverse DNS are working from the client PC; test DNS Server by browsing yourname.csu.org from client PC, DNS must resolve this URL to the IP address of the WEB Server
4. Firewall: Configure traffic filtering on the web servers to block ONLY HTTP TCP traffic between one of the client PCs and WEB Servers and allowing all other IP traffic, provide evidence of such traffic filtering. You should verify the firewall by using PING and HTTPS TCP traffic which should not be blocked.
Task 3 [10 marks]
Write a reflective discussion around how you accomplished task 1 and task 2.
The discussion must be accompanied with commentary on each of the required steps undertaken. The submission must include a comprehensive explanation of each task in your own words and all the commands used along with the output (or final result) in the report format. You can embed screenshots from the previous two tasks in your discussion. Lack of personalized discussion around the concepts utilized to accomplish the tasks will lead to the deduction of marks. More information on reflective writing is available here.
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SUBJECT LEARNING OUTCOMES
This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:
• be able to analyse IP addressing requirements and design an addressing scheme.
• be able to analyze the requirements of IP routing and choose appropriate routing methods.
• be able to demonstrate how internetworking devices obtain their network configuration.
• be able to explain how data flows through the internet.
• be able to ascertain and evaluate the selection of applications and protocols for transferring data across the internet.
This assessment is designed to enhance analytical skills, planning and design capabilities of students under some predefined requirements.
GRADUATE LEARNING OUTCOMES
This task also contributes to the assessment of the following CSU Graduate Learning Outcome/s:
• Professional Practice (Knowledge) – CSU Graduates possess the knowledge and understanding of the discipline and the nature of professionalism required for the given profession or discipline in contemporary societies.
• Lifelong Learning (Skill) – CSU Graduates seek and employ feedback to reflect on performance and outcomes in order to develop as an individual and professional.
MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS
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Criteria HD DI CR PS FL
Setup a Network (5 Marks) Demonstrated exceptional judgment and analysis of a fully working network model supported by high-quality diagrams. Demonstrated good judgment and analysis of a fully working network model supported by good quality diagrams. Demonstrated sound judgment and analysis of a fully working network model supported by some diagrams.
Demonstrated some analysis with a partially working network model supported by some diagrams. Major errors in the submission. Working network model not completely demonstrated.
Configuring network services (5 Marks) Demonstrated exceptional judgement and analysis of a fully working network model supported by high-quality diagrams.
Demonstrated good judgement and analysis of a fully working network model supported by good quality diagrams. Demonstrated sound judgement and analysis of a fully working network model supported by some diagrams. Demonstrated some analysis with a partially working network model supported by some diagrams. Major errors in the submission. Network service operation not completely demonstrated.
(10 Marks) Response demonstrates a correct, in-depth reflection on, and personalization of the concepts and theories. The discussion is presented in a logical and concise manner. Viewpoints and interpretations are insightful and well supported.
Response demonstrates a correct in-depth reflection on, and personalization of most concepts and theories. The discussion follows a logical and concise manner. Viewpoints and interpretations are well supported.
Response provides a good reflection of the relative theories and concepts with some inconsistencies. Viewpoints and interpretations are supported.
Response provides a minimal reflection of the relative theories and concepts with inconsistencies. Viewpoints and interpretations are not always supported with proper referencing.
Response demonstrates a lack of reflection about the theories and concepts.
Presentation, Grammar & Referencing
Up to 2 marks may be deducted for poor grammar, presentation, spelling and not following the proper APA 6th edition style of referencing.
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Your assessment MUST be presented in MS Word format. Your assessment must be submitted electronically and should :
1. Have a cover page including:
1. Assessment No & Assessment Title
2. Student Name, ID & Student Email
2. The assessment should also include at least the following sections with all tasks clearly identified with headings.
1. Task 1
2. Task 2
4. References – must be in APA style both in-text and at the end of the assessment document.
3. Use Calibri, or a similar font, in 11 or 12 point type.
4. All diagrams and images are to be embedded in the document. Diagrams and images that are supplied separately will not be marked.
5. All text should be left-justified.
6. Each page must have a header or footer with your name and student number.
7. Page numbers must be shown in the footer of each page, except on the title page.
Assessments are marked and feedback is attached using a MS Word based tool. Reports that are submitted in PDF format will be re-formatted to Word format in order to be marked. Allowances will not be made for any loss of information, diagrams or images as a result of the re-formatting.
Please note that this assessment is asking for your reflections/thoughts and understanding of the topic. Therefore refrain from directly copying and pasting from other sources. I encourage wider reading to increase your knowledge base however proper referencing guidelines MUST be followed (please refer to the APA referencing guide in student resources) otherwise your work can be reported for plagiarism.
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