A+™ Lab Simulator Exercises

The Lab exercises made available in the A+ Lab Simulator are given below. Please note that we add and/modify the labs from time to time.

1.PC Hardware

1.1 Identifying motherboard components

1.1.1 Identify the connectors names in a motherboard - 1

1.1.2 Identify the connectors names in a motherboard - 2

1.1.3 Identify the components of an ATX (Micro ATX) motherboard -1

1.1.4 Identify the components of an ATX (Micro ATX) motherboard -2

1.1.5 Identifying the display connector types

1.1.6 Identify the SATA2 connectors in a motherboard (hotspot)

1.1.7 Identify the PCI slots in a motherboard (hotspot)

1.1.8 Identify the CMOS battery in a motherboard (hotspot)

1.1.9 Identify the 24-pin ATX power connector in a motherboard (hotspot).

1.2 Identifying DDR2/3 , SODIMM , and other memory modules

1.3 Identifying certain features of memory types (such as DDR3 , DDR2 etc.)

1.4 Identifying DDR3 DIMM and inserting it into a motherboard slot

1.5 Identifying certain features of CPU cooling types

1.6 Identifying the different connector types.

1.7 Identify the different USB connector types.

1.8 Identify the components of Mini ITX motherboard

1.9 Identify the components of Micro ATX motherboard

1.10 Objective Test 1.

2. Networking

2.1 Identifying Base-T Ethernet standards (such as 802.2e , 802.3i etc. ) and their names

2.2 Arrange the color codes of the T568B connector in the correct order.

2.3 Identifying the fiber connector types (such as ST , SC, FC etc)

2.4 Identifying the port numbers of a TCP/IP protocols.

2.5 Identifying certain features of TCP/IP protocols (such as HTTP, SMTP etc.)

2.6 Identifying functions of Ipconfig labels (such as ipconfig , ipconfig/all etc.)

2.7 Identify the private IPv4 address.

2.8 Identifying speed ranges of 802.11 standards

2.9 Identifying characteristics of Internet WAN technologies

2.10 Identifying the network characteristics managed by QoS (such as Bandwidth , Jitter etc.)

2.11 Identifying twisted pair cable types( such as CAT3 , CAT5 etc.) with their speeds

2.12 Compare shielded vs unshielded twisted-pair cables

2.13 Identifying the IPv6 link local address

2.14 Objective Test 2

3. Laptops

3.1 Accessing special keyboard functions with the Fn key.

3.2 Objective Test 3.

4. Printers

4.1 Identify the basic components of a Laser printer

4.1.1 Identify the laser printer components -1

4.1.2 Identify the laser printer components - 2

4.1.3 Identify the laser printer components - 3

4.2 Identifying the characteristics of various printer types (such as Laser , Inkjet etc.)

4.3 Identifying features of Laser printer components

4.4 Identifying certain features of laser printing process (such as cleaning, writing etc)

4.5 Objective Test 4.

5. Operating Systems

5.1 Identifying certain features (such as Aero , Bit-locker , etc.) of windows OS

5.2 Identifying the certain features of networking command tools (such as Copy, SFC etc.)

5.3 Identifying the Processes tab function of Windows Task Manager in Windows 7/8 PC.

5.4 Identifying the options to open Local Users and Groups (Local) window in Windows 7/8 computer.

5.5 Identifying functions of “User and Groups” options in windows 7 PC

5.6 Identifying the features of NTFS permissions and Share permissions .

5.7 Identifying the System action resulting from different combinations of the duplex and speed modes.

5.8 Identifying the Recovery Console command tools and their respective features

5.9 Identifying the MSCONFIG options and their respective functions/features

5.10 Identifying the features of File attributes ( such as Read-Only , System(S) etc.) .

5.11 Identifying the windows OS “Power Options” and their features.

5.12 Identifying the features of File system types (such as FAT16 , FAT32 etc.)

5.13 Identifying the characteristics of Operating System Administrative tools

5.14 Identifying the certain features of Command line utilities ( such as MSCONFIG, MMC) of Windows OS

5.15 Identifying unique features of Windows OS types

5.16 Changing the refresh rate in Windows 7

5.17 Identifying the display standards of Windows OS and their resolutions

5.18 Connecting to a remote desktop using windows 7

5.19 NTFS permissions and Share permissions

5.19.1. To share folders with other users on your network

5.19.2. To change read only attributes on files and folders

5.19.3. To set, view, change, or remove file and folder permissions

5.20 User account creation , configuration and authentication

5.20.1. Creating a new user account

5.20.2. To change user account password

5.20.3. To change user account control settings

5.20.4. To change the user account type

5.20.5. Removing user accounts

5.21 Configuring windows 7 power options

5.22 Configuring windows 7 updates settings

5.22.1 Turing ON/OFF recommended updates.

5.22.2. Turning ON/OFF automatic updates.

5.23 Configuring Local Security Policy

5.23.1 Setting Account lockout policy

5.23.2 Setting Password policy

5.24 Configuring hardware settings using Device Manager

5.25 Objective Test 5

6. Security

6.1 Identifying Security threat features - 1( such as Malware , Spyware etc.)

6.2 Identifying Security threat features - 2 ( such as Viruses , Worms etc.)

6.3 Identifying functions of digital security methods (such as Antivirus , Firewall etc.)

6.4 Identifying various features of physical security methods (such as Tokens , Biometrics etc.)

6.5 Identifying various features of data destruction/disposal methods ( such as Low level format , Standard format etc.)

6.6 Set SSID on a generic WAP router.

6.7 Disabling SSID broadcast using the simulator.

6.8 Enabling the MAC address filtering in the WAP device.

6.9 Configure security encryption to WPA 2 with pass phrase

6.10 Pinging to DHCP server

6.11 Configuring Wireless Security on an Access Point (WEP)

6.12 Objective Test 6

7. Mobile Devices

7.1 Identifying the various methods to secure mobile devices (such as Passcode locks , Remote wipes etc.)

7.2 Steps to configure Email on android and iphone devices

7.3 Identifying the features of mobile devices (such as ARM , Bluetooth etc.)

7.4 Identifying basic features of mobile operating system ( such as ACPI , OSPM etc.)

7.5 Objective Test 7

8. Troubleshooting

8.1 Identify the troubleshooting tools

8.2 Identifying the functions of various troubleshooting tools ( such as Fixmbr , Fixboot etc.)

8.3 Identify the networking troubleshooting command

8.4 Troubleshoot WiFi connection on a Windows Work Station

8.5 Configuring IP address, subnet mask, default gateway statically on a Windows client

8.6 Objective Test 8

9. Appendix

9.1 Installing PATA/IDE drives

9.2 Installing SATA drive

9.3 SCSI drives

9.4 Inserting a memory card and reading its contents

9.5 Degaussing a CRT

9.6 Changing the relative position of the second monitor and changing its resolution to match native resolution

9.7 Stripping and terminating RJ-45 connector

9.8 Installing laptop memory

9.9 Replacing a laptop hard drive

9.10 Using a wireless toggle switch on a laptop to enable the NIC

9.11 Inserting and removing a PC Card (Card Bus or Express Card)

9.12 Using a docking station.

9.13 Replacing the laptop battery

9.14 Flashing the laptop’s BIOS

9.15 Installing and sharing a printer and then testing its functionality

9.16 Changing the toner cartridge.

9.17 Troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays with appropriate tools

9.18 Troubleshoot printers with appropriate tools

9.19 Troubleshoot, and repair common laptop issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures

9.20 Troubleshoot common problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU and power with appropriate tools

9.21 Troubleshoot common video and display issues


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