IT Career JumpStart: An Introduction to PC Hardware, Software, and Networking

Overview

A practical approach for anyone looking to enter the IT workforce

Before candidates can begin to prepare for any kind of certification, they need a basic understanding of the various hardware and software components used in a computer network. Aimed at aspiring IT professionals, this invaluable book strips down a network to its bare basics, and discusses this complex topic in a clear and concise manner so that IT beginners can confidently gain an understanding of fundamental IT ...

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Overview

A practical approach for anyone looking to enter the IT workforce

Before candidates can begin to prepare for any kind of certification, they need a basic understanding of the various hardware and software components used in a computer network. Aimed at aspiring IT professionals, this invaluable book strips down a network to its bare basics, and discusses this complex topic in a clear and concise manner so that IT beginners can confidently gain an understanding of fundamental IT concepts. In addition, a base knowledge has been established so that more advanced topics and technologies can be learned over time.

  • Includes a discussion of the key computer components, such as the processor and memory
  • Covers the basics of data storage as well as the input/output process
  • Zeroes in on basic hardware configuration including how to install hardware and software drivers
  • Introduces various computer operating systems, including the Windows OS family, Linux, and Mac.
  • Looks at basic networking concepts and design

IT Career JumpStart is an ideal starting point for anyone looking for a career in IT but doesn't know where to start.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118206157
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,387,720
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi J. Alpern, A+, Network+ MCSE, MCT, currently works for Microsoft Consulting Services as a Senior Consultant specializing in Unified Communications and IT architecture and planning.

Joey Alpern currently works as an independent consultant specializing in web development and database component integration.

Randy Muller, MCT, MCSE, MCITP, is an independent trainer and author specializing in Unified Communications, Office 365, and IT security.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 The Computer's Brain: Processors and Memory 1

Chapter 2 Storing Your Files: Data Storage 27

Chapter 3 Data Movement: Input/Output Devices 55

Chapter 4 Hardware Configuration 79

Chapter 5 Desktop Operating Systems: A Comparison 91

Chapter 6 Command Shell 101: Basics Every Administrator Should Know 105

Chapter 7 Graphical Interface: Windows 7 Basics 131

Chapter 8 A Communications Framework 161

Chapter 9 Network Models 179

Chapter 10 Data-Link and Network Layer Protocols 191

Chapter 11 Network Operating Systems: A Comparison 211

Chapter 12 Windows Server 2008 R2 Origins and Platforms 221

Chapter 13 Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services 235

Chapter 14 Account Management 253

Chapter 15 File and Print Management 269

Appendix A Review Question Answers 295

Appendix B Common Acronyms 305

Glossary 311

Index 325

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