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Networking for Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0764516779

ISBN-13: 9780764516771

Edition: 6th 2003

Authors: Doug Lowe

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Whether you want to manage a mega-network, build a small business network, or just connect the PCs down the hall, this guide gives you what you need to know. From getting started to upgrading to Windows .NET Server, incorporating Macs, and going wireless, it's networking made easy, fast and fun.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Doug E. Lowe is a senior quality consultant at Hewlett Packard's Software Engineering Systems Division, where he has developed software for computer-aided electronic design. He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Toledo, and has taught operating-systems architecture at the graduate level. Lowe is noted for presenting technical material in a way that is entertaining as well as informative. His "Approach 3 for Windows for Dummies" and "Approach 97 for Windows for Dummies" are among the 50 titles he has authored or co-authored. He is also a consulting editor for DOS World.

About This Book
How to Use This Book
What You Don't Need to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
The Absolute Basics: A Network User's Guide
Networks Will Not Take Over the World, and Other Network Basics
What Is a Network?
Why Bother?
Servers and Clients
Dedicated Servers and Peers
The NOS Choice
What Makes a Network Tick?
It's Not a Personal Computer Anymore!
The Network Manager
What Have They Got That You Don't Got?
Life on the Network
Distinguishing between Local Resources and Network Resources
What's in a Name?
Logging On to the Network
Understanding Shared Folders
Oh, the Network Places You'll Go
Mapping Network Drives
Four Good Uses for a Shared Folder
Using a Network Printer
Logging Off the Network
Using a Network Printer
What's So Special about Network Printing?
Adding a Network Printer
Using a Network Printer
Playing with the Print Queue
Using Windows Print Queue Tricks
What to Do When the Printer Jams
Becoming a Server
Enabling File and Printer Sharing
Sharing a Hard Drive or Folder
Sharing a Printer
Mr. McFeeley's Guide to E-mail
E-mail and Why It's So Cool
Microsoft Outlook
E-mail Etiquette
Help! The Network's Down!
When Bad Things Happen to Good Computers
My Computer's Dead!
Ways to Check Your Network Connection
A Bunch of Error Messages Just Flew By!
The Windows Networking Troubleshooter
Time to Experiment
How to Restart Your Computer
How to Restart a Network Server
The Care and Feeding of Your Network Guru
Computer Bribes for Serious Network Trouble
Building Your Own Network
The Bad News: You Have to Plan Ahead
Making a Network Plan
Taking Stock
Considering Why You Need a Network, Anyway
Making Three Basic Network Decisions That You Can't Avoid
Using a Network Starter Kit--Networks to Go
Looking at a Sample Network Plan
Choosing Your Weapon (Or, Which Server Operating System Should You Use?)
Microsoft's Server Operating Systems
Novell NetWare
Other Server Operating Systems
Peer-to-Peer Networking with Windows
Planning Your Servers
To Dedicate or Not to Dedicate
How Much Disk Space Do You Need?
What to Put on a File Server
Planning Your Network Drive Mapping
Sharing CD or DVD Drives
Using a Separate Print Server
Buying a Server Computer
Keeping the Power On
Location, Location, and Location
Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: Cables, Adapters, and Other Stuff
What Is Ethernet?
Two Types of Ethernet Cable
Hubs and Switches
Network Interface Cards
Network Starter Kits
Installing Network Cable
Professional Touches
Going Wireless
Configuring Your Network Computers
Installing a Network Interface Card
Installing a Server Operating System
Configuring Client Computers
Testing Your Network Installation
The Dummies Guide to Network Management
Help Wanted: A Network Manager's Job Description
Identifying the Network Manager: A Closet Computer Geek
Going by the Book
Managing the Network
Doing the Routine Stuff That You Hate to Do
Managing Network Users
Patching Things Up
Getting the Tools of a Network Manager
Who Are You? (Or, Big Brother's Guide to Network Security)
Do You Need Security?
Two Approaches to Security
Mastering Your Domain
User Accounts
Generating Passwords For Dummies
User Rights
File System Rights (Who Gets What)
It's Good to Be the Administrator
User Profiles
If I Could Save Time in a Bottleneck: Optimizing Your Network's Performance
What Exactly Is a Bottleneck?
The Eight Most Common Network Bottlenecks
Tuning Your Network the Compulsive Way
Tuning a Windows 95/98 or Millennium Edition Server
Tuning Windows XP
Tuning a Windows NT/2000 Server
Tuning a NetWare Server
Things That Go Bump in the Night: How to Protect Your Network Data
Planning for Disaster
Backing Up Your Data
Changing the Oil Every 3,000 Miles
Guarding against Dreaded Computer Viruses
How to Stay on Top of Your Network and Keep the Users Off Your Back
Training Your Users
Organizing a Library
Keeping Up with the Computer Industry
The Guru Needs a Guru, Too
Helpful Bluffs and Excuses
Webifying Your Network
Connecting Your Network to the Internet
Connecting to the Internet
Sharing an Internet Connection
Choosing a Web Browser
Understanding Internet Addresses
Coping with TCP/IP
Worrying about Security Issues
Setting Up a Web Server
Choosing a Hosting Service
Setting Up Your Own Server
Registering Your Own Domain Name
Understanding the Web Alphabet Soup
Creating Your Own Web Pages
Planning Your Web Site
How to Organize Your Web Site
What to Include on Every Page
What Kind of Pages to Include In Your Site
Choosing Tools to Create Your Web Pages
Tips for Creating a Successful Web Site
More Ways to Network
Wireless Networking
Understanding Wireless Networking
Home on the Range
Wireless Network Adapters
Wireless Access Points
Dealing with Security Issues
Dialing In to Your Network
Understanding Dial-Up Networking
Configuring a Dial-Up Server
Configuring Your Home Computer for Dial-Up Networking
Making the Connection
Using Network Resources with a Dial-Up Connection
Don't Call Us--We'll Call You
Using Remote Access Service
Hardware-Based Remote Access
Virtual Private Networking
Using Microsoft Office on a Network
Installing Office on a Network--Some Options
Accessing Network Files
Using Workgroup Templates
Networking an Access Database
Networking Older Computers
Networking Older Computers Presents Challenges
Dealing with Older Computers in Two Ways
Using a DOS Client Computer
Configuring a Network Card in an Older Computer
Welcoming Macintosh Computers to Your Network
What You Need to Know to Hook Up a Macintosh Network
What You Need to Know to Use a Macintosh Network
What You Need to Know to Network Macintoshes with PCs
Using a Linux Server
Comparing Linux with Windows
Choosing a Linux Distribution
Installing Linux
Managing User Accounts
Configuring Linux Network Settings
Running the Apache Web Server
Running the Sendmail Mail Server
Doing the Samba Dance
Using Linux as a Firewall
The Part of Tens
Ten Big Network Mistakes
Skimping on Cable
Turning Off or Restarting a Server Computer While Users Are Logged On
Deleting Important Files on the Server
Copying a File from the Server, Changing It, and Then Copying It Back
Sending Something to the Printer Again Just Because It Didn't Print the First Time
Unplugging a Cable While the Computer Is On
Assuming That the Server Is Safely Backed Up
Connecting to the Internet without Considering Security Issues
Plugging in a Wireless Access Point without Asking
Thinking You Can't Work Just Because the Network Is Down
Always Blaming the Network
Ten Networking Commandments
Thou Shalt Back Up Thy Hard Drive Religiously
Thou Shalt Protect Thy Network from Infidels
Thou Shalt Keepeth Thy Network Drive Pure and Cleanse It of Old Files
Thou Shalt Not Tinker with Thine Network Configuration Files Unless Thou Knowest What Thou Art Doing
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Network
Thou Shalt Schedule Downtime before Working upon Thy Network
Thou Shalt Keep an Adequate Supply of Spare Parts
Thou Shalt Not Steal Thy Neighbor's Program without a License
Thou Shalt Train Thy Users in the Ways of the Network
Thou Shalt Write Down Thy Network Configuration upon Tablets of Stone
Ten Things You Should Keep in Your Closet
Extra Cable
Duct Tape
Extra Connectors
Patch Cables
Extra Network Cards
The Complete Documentation of the Network on Tablets of Stone
The Network Manuals and Disks
Ten Copies of This Book
Ten Network Gizmos Only Big Networks Need
Managed Switches
It's a RAID!
Server Farms
Gigabit Ethernet
Protocol Analyzer
Ten Hot Network Buzzwords Guaranteed to Enliven a Cocktail Party
Enterprise Computing