New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration

(Level 6)

4 Terms  |  120 Credits  |  NZQA Approved

Welcome to the New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6).
Following this one year New Zealand diploma course you will be able to:

  • Implement networking technologies like Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS), Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) and Group Policy Management (GPM)
  • Install, upgrade and migrate devices in a server based network
  • Deploy server based storage solutions like Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID), Storage Pools and Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • Apply advanced virtualisation using Microsoft technologies like Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Implement high availability and failover in networked environments
  • Implement load balancing in networked environments
  • Monitor complex networks
  • Manage advanced domain based environments
  • Implement core and distributed network solutions
  • Apply Systems Administration Practices and Procedures in an enterprise environment


This course leads into the LEVEL 7 DIPLOMA IN CLOUD MANAGEMENT. For more information, please call 0800 529 7523 or email learn@techtorium.ac.nz

For those who are serious about their IT career, we’ve designed the Level 6 Diploma in Systems Administration. These learners are among our best and can typically slide into any organisation, right away. Ideal for anyone wanting to become a Network Architect.
Prerequisite / Entry Requirments

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this qualification; however, learners enrolling are recommended to hold one of the following qualifications:

• New Zealand Diploma of Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

International students must have an appropriate level of English proficiency for the level at which they intend to study – IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5

Pricing, Courses Costs & Student Loans
  • Domestic Student

  • $9,6851 Year
    • Student Loan



The course fees are fixed for 2018. Over 90% of our students will arrange a student loan from Study-link to pay for this. We can help you arrange this if required.

Techtorium is one of New Zealands highest performing IT training providers. As an NZQA Category 1 Provider, all students have access to student loans via the Studylink Student Loan scheme.

Class Times & Term Dates

Below is an outline of the course start dates. These are subject to change.

Term Dates Start Date
2018 Term 1 5 February 2018
2018 Term 2 30 April 2018
2018 Term 3 23 July 2018
2018 Term 4 15 October 2018

If it is your very first time coming to Techtorium on a full-time course, you will need to attend an induction before the Term starts.

For Term 1 2018, induction will start on Tuesday the 30th of January until Friday 2nd of February, 9am-12.30pm

Educational & Employment Pathways

Education Pathways

This qualification provides a pathway to further specialisation through industry specific training, for example, IT Security. At Techtorium, this qualification leads you to Level 7 Cloud Management.

This qualification provides an education pathway from:
* New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5)

Employment Pathways

We have a team of Employment Pathways Managers who’s primary role is to bridge the gap between our New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology and the IT industry.

For our Level 6 graduates, gaining employment as an entry level engineer is paramount. We pride ourselves on having the best connections in the industry, and being able to provide the industry with technically sound, hard-working, and certified graduates. Here are just a few of the roles you could gain:

• Network Administrator

• IT Systems Engineer

• Systems Administration

• Network and Systems Engineer

Learning Outcomes and Graduate Profile

Students who have completed this computer course will be able to demonstrate broad technical and theoretical knowledge of hardware and software, networks and network administration, internet security and forensics, and windows operating systems. Students will also be able to select and apply solutions to everyday IT problems as well as demonstrate responsibility for the management, learning and performance outcomes of others within the IT industry. Other key learning outcomes include:

.  Implement a range of technologies for systems and network services to meet business requirements.

.  Plan and implement automated system and application software deployment to support efficient organisational operations

.  Analyse a range of options and implement a solution to meet organisations data storage requirements

.  Implements a server-based virtualisation infrastructure to support business requirements.

.  Manage and administer a messaging and collaboration service

.  Write scripts to automate standard system procedures.


The purpose of this course:

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have attained a range of professional and technical skills in a specialist area within Information Technology support. It will prepare people for employment as either a systems administrator or desktop analyst in a support environment, or to proceed to further study. This qualification builds on the common core of Level 6 skills, and generalist skills developed at Level 5, or equivalent relevant experience.

Graduates will be capable of carrying out systems administration, and providing related advice and support, using skills that will be internationally relevant. They will also be able to operate within an organisation with appropriate professional standards and practice, both independently and as part of a team.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having IT Professionals who are qualified in the management of client software and systems, in all sectors of the economy and society.


Graduate Profile:

– Implement a range of technologies for systems and network services to meet organisational requirements.
– Plan and implement automated system and application software deployment to support efficient organisational operations.
– Plan, implement, and manage a directory service to meet organisational requirements.
– Analyse a range of options and implement a solution to meet organisations data storage requirements.
– Implement a server-based virtualisation infrastructure to support organisational requirements.
– Analyse organisational requirements, implement a solution, and administer infrastructure for remote network access.
– Manage and administer a messaging and collaboration service to meet organisational requirements.
– Write scripts to automate standard system procedures.
– Apply IT service management and change management processes and procedures to comply with organisational requirements.
– Behave with integrity as a responsible Information Technology professional to contribute positively to society.
– Apply communication, information design, personal, and interpersonal skills, clearly and professionally to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in an organisational environment.
– Apply project management tools and techniques to an IT related project to analyse and solve problems.

Full Course Outline

Below is the full course outline. This is subject to change. For more information on the most current course outline please contact Techtorium on 0800 529 7523.


TERM 1: Application, Desktop and Server Deployment

1.Supporting Operating System Installation
2.Support Desktop Apps
3.Support Data Storage, Authentication, Authorization and Data Security
4.Supporting Windows Clients & Devices
5.Support Mobile Devices
6.Wireless & Wired Network Connectivity
7.Manage Clients using Windows Intune
8.Mobile Computing and Remote Access in Windows
9.Preparation for the 70-688 Exam
Maintaining and Troubleshooting the Windows 8.1 Client Operating System
1.Troubleshooting Methodology
2.Troubleshooting Operating Systems
3.Troubleshooting Hardware
4.Troubleshooting Network and Security Issues
5.Maintaining and Optimizing Windows Operating system
6.Desktop Deployment Infrastructure
7.Imaging and Deployment
8.Troubleshooting Applications


TERM 2: Server Setup and Configuration

Windows Server 2012 Operating System
1.Introduction to Managing Windows Server Environment
2.Active Directory Domain Services User and Computer Objects
3.Groups, Group Types and Organizational Units
4.Managing Access to Resources in Active Directory Domain Services
5.Active Directory Objects and Trusts
6.Group Policy
7.Configure User and Computer Environments by Using Group
8.Implementing Security Using Group Policy
9.Configuring Server Security Compliance
10.Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server
11.Managing Windows Server Backup and Restore
12.Preparation for the 70-410 exam
Configuring Network Infrastructure
1.Installing and Configuring Servers
6.Routing and Remote Access
7.Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role Service
8.Network Access Protection
9.IP Security
10.Distributed File System
11.Managing Storage Technologies
12.Availability of Network Resources and Content


TERM 3: Active Directory Management and Systems Administration

Configuring Active Directory Services in Windows Server 2012
1.Active Directory Domain Services
2.Domain Name Service for Active Directory Domain Services
3.Active Directory Objects and Trusts
4.Active Directory Sites and Replication
5.Active Directory Domain Services Monitoring Plan
6.Active Directory Domain Services Maintenance Plan
7.Active Directory, DNS, and Replication Issues
8.Active Directory Domain Services Infrastructure
9.Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10.Active Directory Certificate Services
11.Active Directory Rights Management Services
12.Active Directory Federation Services
13.Preparation for the 70-411 Exam
Network Security
1.Introduction to Security
2.System Threats and Risks
3.Protecting Systems
4.Network Vulnerabilities and Attacks
5.Network Defences
6.Wireless Network security
7.Access Control Fundamentals
9.Performing Vulnerability Assessments
10.Security Audits
11.Basic Cryptography


TERM 4: Advanced Server Management

Windows Server 2012 Administration
1.Planning for Server Deployment
2.Managing Server Migration
3.Planning Server Roles
4.Creating a Configuration Change Plan for Windows Server
5.Managing Windows Server Security
6.Planning for the Application Server Role
7.Planning for Windows Server High Availability
8.Maintaining Windows Server
9.Maintaining a Distributed File System on Windows Server
10.Planning for Windows Server Backup and Restore
11.Monitoring Windows Server Servers
12.Troubleshooting Windows Server Hardware
13.Troubleshooting Software Problems
14.Troubleshooting Windows Server Networks
15.Preparation for the 70-412 Exam

The Enrolment Process

The enrolment process is quite simple. If you have decided that you want to join us here at Techtorium, please follow these steps:

1. Go to www.techtorium.ac.nz/enrolment and complete the Online Application Form.

2. One of our Pathways Managers will be in touch to arrange a time for you to interview with the Principal.

3. If you are passionate about IT and if you meet the pre-requisites, you will be accepted onto the course.

4. Complete Enrolment Form

  1. Have you signed and returned your Public Trust Agreement?
  2. Have you signed and returned your Techtorium Contract?
  3. Have you provided evidence of NZ residency using either an NZ birth certificate, NZ passport, resident stamp or citizenship certificate?
  4. Have you applied for a Student Loan?