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Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals Certification

Microsoft Technology Associate LogoWITS-003 Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals Certification (28 hours)
Fee: $839 includes Textbook and Practice Exams

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SectionDate & Time

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • November 4, 6, 12(T), 13, 18, 20, 25

Course Description

This course will prepare the student for the Microsoft Technology Associate Certification in Networking Fundamentals. This program explores Foundational concepts and skills associated with computer networking. Topics include basics of local area networking and wide area networks, the OSI Model, wired and wireless networks, Switches, Routers, VLANs, Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and network security. This is designed to be a first level course on Networking.

Students will be prepared to take and pass the Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals Certification, Exam 98-366. STCC offers these exams in our Authorized Testing Center.


Basic skills in the Windows Operating Systems

Topics include:

  • Network Infrastructure
    • the concepts of Internet, intranet, and extranet
    • local area networks (LANs)
    • wide area networks (WANs)
    • wireless networking
    • network topologies and access methods
  • Understanding Network Resources
    • Switches
    • Routers
    • Media types
  • Understanding Protocols and Services
    • OSI Model
    • IPv4
    • IPv6
    • Name Services such as DNS & WINS
    • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol DHCP
    • TCP/IP Tools and Protocols

Exam Objectives

MTA Exam 98-366 (Updated 2/16/2018)

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here

1. Understanding network infrastructures (30–35%)

1.1 Understand the concepts of Internet, intranet, and extranet

Virtual Private Network (VPN), security zones, firewalls

1.2 Understand local area networks (LANs)

Perimeter networks; addressing; reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP), VLANs; wired LAN and wireless LAN

1.3 Understand wide area networks (WANs)

Leased lines, dial-up, ISDN, VPN, T1, T3, E1, E3, DSL, cable modem, and more, and their characteristics (speed, availability)

1.4 Understand wireless networking

Types of wireless networking standards and their characteristics (802.11a,b,g,n,ac including different GHz ranges), types of network security (WPA, WEP, 802.1X, and others), point-to-point (P2P) wireless, ad hoc networks, wireless bridging

1.5 Understand network topologies and access methods

Star, mesh, ring, bus, logical and physical topologies

2. Understanding network hardware (20–25%)

2.1 Understand switches

Transmission speed, number and type of ports, number of uplinks, speed of uplinks, managed or unmanaged switches, VLAN capabilities, Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches and security options, hardware redundancy, support, backplane speed, switching types and MAC table, understand capabilities of hubs versus switches, virtual switches

2.2 Understand routers

Transmission speed considerations, directly connected routes, static routing, dynamic routing (routing protocols), RIP vs. OSPF, default routes; routing table and how it selects best route(s); routing table memory, Network Address Translation (NAT), software routing in Windows Server, installing and configuring routing; Quality of Service (QoS)

2.3 Understand media types

Cable types and their characteristics, including media segment length and speed; fiber optic; twisted pair shielded or unshielded; catxx cabling, wireless; susceptibility to external interference (machinery and power cables); susceptibility to electricity (lightning), susceptibility to interception

3. Understanding protocols and services (45-50%)

3.1 Understand the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model

OSI model; Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) model; examples of devices, protocols, applications, and which OSI/TCP layer they belong to; TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP); well-known ports for most used purposes (not necessarily Internet); packets and frames

3.2 Understand IPv4

Subnetting, IPconfig, why use Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), addressing, ipv4toipv6 tunneling protocols to ensure backward compatibility, dual IP stack, subnet mask, gateway, ports, packets, reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP)

3.3 Understand IPv6

Subnetting, IPconfig, why use IPv6, addressing, ipv4toipv6 tunneling protocols to ensure backward compatibility, dual IP stack, subnet mask, gateway, ports, packets, reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP)

3.4 Understand names resolution

DNS, resource records, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), steps in the name resolution process, HOSTS file, LMHOSTS file

3.5 Understand networking services

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Network Address Translation (NAT), firewalls, remote access, VPN

3.6 Understand TCP/IP

Tools (such as ping), tracert, pathping, Telnet, IPconfig, netstat, reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP), protocols

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  5. Enter your credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course. If it does not, check with our office at 413-755-4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.
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Go to STCC Building 27, 1st Floor to register for the course or call 413-755-4225

Refund Policy

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No Refunds will be given once class begins

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