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Teach Yourself Networking in 24 Hours

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ISBN-10: 0672320029

ISBN-13: 9780672320026

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Matt Hayden

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For those who want to learn the basics of computer networking and the theory behind it, this text uses a straightforward, step-by-step approach where each lesson builds upon the previous one.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Sams
Publication date: 11/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.09" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 1.760

Introduction
A Networking Primer
An Overview of Networking
What Is a Network?
Why Build a Network?
How Networks Are Put Together
Physical Networking-the Hardware
Network Devices
The Logical Network
The Varieties of Networks
LANs
WANs
How the Internet Relates to Your Network
What Is the Internet?
Understanding Bandwidth
Understanding Different Kinds of Internet Connections
Why Does the Internet Matter for Your Network?
Intranets, Extranets, and the Internet
Summary
Q&A
The Benefits of Networking
Computing Before Computer Networks
Networking's Breakthrough: Packet-Switched Data
Life Without Computer Networks
Inefficient Resource Sharing
Slo-o-ow Data
No Centralized Data Management
Expense
Benefits of Networking
Simplified Resource Sharing
Networking Is Faster
Centralized Management
Summary
Q&A
The Basics
Getting Data from Here to There: How Computers Share Data
Logical Topologies
Ethernet
Token Ring and FDDI
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
Network Protocols
The OSI Model (And Why You Should Be Familiar with It)
TCP/IP
IPX NetBIOS and NetBEUI
Summary
Q&A
Computer Concepts
Computer Hardware
The CPU
Memory
Disks
Add-In Adapter Cards
Client Operating System Software
Multitasking Versus Single-Tasking Systems
MS-DOS to Windows
MacOS
Windows
OS/2 Windows. 2000 Unix
Summary
Q&A
Network Concepts
What Networks Are Made
Network-Specific Hardware
Software: Network Operating Systems
Summary
Q&A
Extending Your LAN: Wide Area Networks
What Is a WAN? WAN Hardware
Bridges
Gateways: Protocol Translators
Routers
High-Speed Data Access
Trunk Lines: T1 and T3
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)
Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL)
Service Level Agreements and Quality of Service Agreements
Can the Internet Help You Build Your WAN?
So Who Needs a WAN, Anyway?
Summary
Q&A
Remote Networking
A Brief History of Remote Access: Remote Control and Remote Node
Remote Control
Remote Node
Different Organizations Need Different RAS Solutions
Remote Access Requirements
Modems
ISDN Terminal Adapters
Protocols
Authentication and Security
Using the Internet for Remote Access
VPNs
Remote Access Hardware: Build or Buy?
Building a Remote Access Solution
Buying Turnkey Remote Access Solutions
Summary
Q&A
Building A Network
The Criteria for Building Your Network
What Are Best Practices?
Planning Best Practices: Plan, Design, Implement, and Tune
Dealing with Change
Applying the Best Practices
Interoperability and Standards-Based Networking
Security
Enunciating Usage Policies and Procedures
Defining Secure Behaviors
Collating What You've Learned
Summary
Q&A
Designing Your Network
Step 1: Identifying the Uses of Your Network
Defining the Organizational Purpose
Quantifying the Network
Step 2: Listing Which Tasks Happen at Which Computers
The Many-User Computer
Single-User Computers
Step 3: Determining the Degree of Centralization
Easier Access to Files
Stronger Security
Unix Permissions
Easier Backup
Easier Configuration Management
The Ramifications of Centralization
Step 4: Making It Real-Drawing the Network
Drawing the Logical Network Diagram
Drawing the Physical Network Diagram
Step 5: Writing the Specification and Getting Others' Input
Writing the Specification Document
Meeting with Other Users
Step 6: Specifying Hardware
Selecting Hardware
Step 7: Building the Network
Questionnaire/Checklist
Meeting with Senior Management
Meeting with Rank-and-File Employees
Distilling Core Issues from Interviews
Quantifying the Network
Determining Applications and Rightsizing the Workstation
Deciding Whether to Centralize
Summary
Q&A
How to Select Hardware and Software for Your Network
Selecting a Topology
Ethernet 10BASE-2
10BASE-T
Token Ring
FDDI/ATM/100BASE-FX/1000BASE-T(Fiber-Optic Technologies)
Selecting the Network Type: Client/Server or Peer to Peer
Client/Server Networking
Peer Networking
Peer-to-Peer and Client/Server Networking
Selecting the Workstation Operating System and Network Operating System
Peer-to-Peer OSes
Client/Server Network Operating Systems
Selecting the Network Protocol
IPX.NetBEUI. TCP/IP
Summary
Q&A
Physically Assembling a Network
Before Installation
Installing Adapter Cards
Working on Wiring: Closets, Cables, Connections, Concentrators, and Terminators
The Wiring Closet: Ethernet, Token Ring, ATM, and FDDI's Home Sweet
Home
Summary
Q&A
Network Applications
Email
Uses of Email
Proprietary Mail Systems
Open-Standards Email
Sending Files: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)
Group Calendaring
Networked Contact Management
A Sampler of Network-Based Software
Summary
Q&A
Connecting to the Internet: Email and Web Sources
Internet Email
Dial-Up Internet Mail
Dedicated-Connection Internet Mail
Understanding High-Speed Internet Connections
Protocol Translation
Summary
Worksheet
Q&A
Network Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows Peer Networking
Microsoft Windows Networking
Windows Operating Systems
Windows 95, 98, and Me
Windows NT Workstation and Windows 2000 Professional
Basic Windows Networking Concepts
Sharing
Arbitrary Sharing
Workgroups
Protocol Selection for Windows Networks
Summary
Q&A
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
About Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Server's File Systems
Windows 2000 Server Networking Basics
Windows 2000 Server Concepts
The Differences Between Workgroups and Domains
Trust Relationships Between Windows 2000 Server Domains
User Logon Security
NT Server Roles
Sharing
NT Server Applications
Other Computers with Which Windows 2000 Server Can Network
Summary
Q&A
Novell NetWare
Advantages of a NetWare Network
Disadvantages of a NetWare Network
NetWare Basics
The Differences Between NetWare 3.x and 4.x
How NetWare Works
NetWare Interoperability
Protocol Selection
NetWare Clients and NDS: Who's on First? Summary
Q&A
Unix and Linux
The History of Unix
Growing Pains
Spreading the Word
The Great Schism
Unix Under Attack
Unix Woes
The Future of Unix: Still on Solid Ground
Basic Unix Concepts
Everything Is a File
Standard Input and Output
Hierarchical File System
Interoperability and Open Standards
Unix as a Network Operating System
The Specs: A Close Look at Unix
Terminals
Things That Go Together: Networking and Unix
Long Filenames, Case-Sensitive Names, and Switches
Graphical User Interfaces
Protocol Selection
Summary
Q&A
Introduction To Network Administration
The Network Administrator
Planning and Installing a Network
The Planning Checklist
The Installation Checklist
Administering a Network
Keeping Logs
Data Storage
Maintaining a Network
Design and Expansion
User Account Design and Maintenance
Naming Conventions
Distribution of Functions
Backup Planning
Security Design
Disaster Recovery
Summary
Security
Why Network Security Is Important
Potential Network Security Risks
The Ease of Replication of Digital Data
Nonaudited Networks
Non-Firewall Internet-Connected Networks
Viruses
Various TCP/IP Attacks
Nontechnical Attacks
Malicious and Nonmalicious Attacks
Setting Up Your Defenses
Summary
Upgrades
The Inevitable Upgrade
The Upgrade Cycle
Designing for Sanity: Healthy Growth Plans
The Costs of the Upgrade Cycle: ROI
Planning for Network Growth
Random Growth
Trying to Standardize
Recommendations for Upgrades
Planning Upgrades
The Reading Prescription
Managing Hardware Growth
Managing Software Growth
Network Management Software
Summary
Q&A
Network Admin Tips and Tricks
Making Your Own Cables
Ethernet Cables
Cool Cheap Tools
Ping: Is There Anybody Out There? ftp: A Poor Man's Throughput Tester
Traceroute: How Can I Get from Here to There? Nslookup: What's the Number for the Name?
Inexpensive Software
The Linux Alternative
No GNUs Are Bad GNUs
Internet Tricks
IP Forwarding
IP Masquerading/Address Translation
Protocol Translation
Dial-On-Demand Routing
Summary
A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life...
Daily Tasks
Strategies for Supporting Users
Summary
The Future Of Networking
Wireless LANs
Why Use Wireless Networks?
What Is Wireless Networking?
Wireless Network Applications
In-Office Wireless Networking Technologies
Out-of-Office Wireless Network Technologies
Not Built for Speed: Wireless Networking Performance Considerations
Why Wireless Networks Are Attractive to Networkers
Is Wireless Networking Ready for Prime Time? The Costs of Wireless Networking
Summary
Where Are Networks Going from Here?
What's Behind the Mandate for the Virtual Office?
Customer Service
Cost Reduction
Americans with Disabilities Act
Environmental Issues
Convenience
The Future of the Virtual Office
Designing Virtual Offices: Working with Management
Access Types
The Future of the Internet
The Dangers Facing the Internet
Some Thoughts on Solutions to Some of the Internet's Nemeses
A Solution to Organizational Confusion: New Top-Level Domains
Summary
Glossary
Index