Network and Systems Engineer’s Training








Concept Note



























To: Conference Technical Committee


Table of Contents



1. Background. 3

2. Objectives. 4

3. Expected results. 4

4. Participants and trainers. 4

5. Methodology. 5

6. Content and structure of the training. 5

7.       Fees and Deadlines. 7



1. Background

Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET) is a network of Tanzania higher education and research institutions aiming at providing network infrastructure and associated services for enabling sharing of education and research resources inside and outside the country. Apart from infrastructure networks and services, TERNET has many other objectives. Among others TERNET objectives is to establish a human resource base of highly qualified people that will increase the country’s international competence and its successful participation in the globalization process. This objective was formulated because there was a lack of technical skills in ICT related matters in member institutions.


In accomplishing its goals, TERNET formed a department of capacity building which has special purpose to build knowledge and capacity of member institutions in the ICT matters. This department have been conducting 4 training per year in different regions in Tanzania. This training is mostly based on Network Routing and Switching (NR&S), Network Monitoring and Management (NMM) and Network System Security (NSS). The training has been very helpful and resulted into greater impact. The impact is not only in skills acquired but also transformation of the infrastructure in these institutions and human networking that was build is marvelous.


There is a well noticeable change in skills and institution networks but with time it rises new challenges that we need to address such as security, technology change eg IPV6, IoT and others.


For that reason, TERNET has continue to provide the training to the institutions on different topics. The upcoming conference is another opportunity for TERNET to conduct this training to build a resilience hands-on knowledge-based community in Tanzania.

2. Objectives


The main objective of this training program is to provide the adequate hands-on skills that can be applicable in campus environments, this training is a hands-on lab work to teach the skills needed to design, build, operate and manage a tertiary education institution’s campus network infrastructure and systems according to current best practices. The participants will be able to:

  1. Understand Network design principles
  2. Understand core organizational infrastructure design best practices
  3. Physical infrastructure (cabling and cabling installation)
  4. Implement Switching (spanning tree, VLANs, L2 best practices)
  5. Routing (static routing, OSPF, and BGP)
  6. IPv4, IPv6 and deploying dual stack infrastructure
  7. Choosing routers and switches
  8. Campus security implementation and best practices
  9. Understand Linux system fundamentals
  10. Network and system monitoring and management
  11. Configuration management and automation
  12. Host and network security


3. Expected results


After training, the participants are expected to be able to:

  1. Design and deploy best campus network following principles and best practices.
  2. Understand the practical application of (and configure) switching and routing.
  3. Be able to deploy dual stack.
  4. Be able to understand Linux system basic fundamentals.
  5. Be able to monitor and manage network.
  6. Be able to perform automatic configuration and backup.


4. Participants and trainers


The training has two tracks: Network and Systems and is designed for approximately 20-30 participants per track. Each track will have its own registration process and timetable. One track will be about campus network design and operation and another track will be system administrator. The expected participants are from education and research institutions system administrator and Network engineers. The training will be conducted by TERNET trainers in collaboration with international trainers from Network Startup Resources Center (NSRC) of University of Oregon and other NREN from Africa.





5. Methodology


The training is intended to be highly interactive, hands-on, encouraging discussions and opportunities for interactions between trainees and trainers.

The training will consist of the following components as follows:


- The first part of the training will be presentation of the present of the core concepts of the matters to be training. This will also base on explanation of concept through diagrams.


-The second part of the training will be hands on where the participants are given opportunity to practice and experience the practical part of the presentation. This add value because it increases realization of matters you trained at.


- The third part of the training will be devoted to discussion on challenges and share experience from participants. This part is very important because it provides a room to participants to express their challenges and experiences and get advice accordingly. 


- The last part will deal with collecting feedback from participants that is most important to TERNET for improving future trainings and understand the needs of the training.


The workshop will rely on materials developed by NSRC that are used in almost all TERNET trainings.



6. Content and structure of the training.


The training materials and the workshop agenda are designed to ensure that the objectives set out for the training program are achieved.


Training Agenda:


TRACK 1- Campus Network Design & Operations



Session 1.1      Introduction to the Campus Network Design & Operations Workshop        

Session 1.2      Overview of Research and Education Networks around the world  

Session 1.3      Layer 1, 2 and 3 Refresher    

Session 1.4      Campus Network Design Principles  

Session 1.5      Campus Network Cabling Best Practices      

Session 1.6      Cabling Installation Tips/Hints                      

Session 1.7      IPv4 Addressing        



DAY 2                                   

Session 2.0      IPv6 Addressing                    

Session 2.1      Building an Address Plan      

Session 2.2      Cisco Configuration Essentials          

Session 2.3      Layer 2 Lab Setup -Lab Address Plan

Session 2.4      Switching Architectures: Spanning Tree

Session 2.5      Switching Architectures: VLANs


DAY 3                                   

Session 3.1      Switching Architectures: Advanced

Session 3.2      Routing and Forwarding Basics

Session 3.3      L3 Switches   

Session 3.4      Migrating a Campus Network from Flat to Routed

Session 3.5      Selecting Campus Devices

Session 3.6      Introduction to NAT  

Session 3.7      Introduction to Network Management          

Session 3.8      Introduction to LibreNMS     



TRACK 2 -  Linux System Administration




Session 1.1      TCP/IP Network Essentials   

Session 1.2      Intro to Linux 

Session 1.3      Security Essentials

Session 1.4      SSH continued                                               

Session 1.5      Linux Commands and CLI    

Session 1.6      Linux Permissions Basics      


Day 2

Session 2.1      DNS Fundamentals    

Session 2.2      Security: Host Firewall                                              

Session 2.3      Monitoring: LibreNMS          

Session 2.4      Monitoring: LibreNMS Labs

Session 2.5      Monitoring: Smokeping, Nagios and other NM tools

Session 2.6      Monitoring: Centralized Logging      




Session 3.1      Automation: Ansible  

Session 3.2      Automation: Labs

Session 3.3      Automation: Labs

Session 3.4      Backups: BackupPC                                      

Session 3.5      Backups continued

Session 3.6      Linux Scripting Basics


7.    Fees and Deadlines


Training participants are supposed to pay Tshs 450,000 to attend the training. Application deadline is 15th August 2020.