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From Barnes & NobleResponsible for a network that includes Windows XP computers -- XP Professional or XP Home? You need a book you can turn to whenever you have a problem, and a book that can help you make the most of your network. Microsoft Windows XP Networking Inside Out is that book.
With help from Microsoft insiders, Curt Simmons and James Causey cover every facet of Windows XP networking, old and new. And when you look closely at Windows XP, there are a surprising number of new networking features. Windows Messenger. Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance. Internet Connection Firewall. IE 6 and Outlook Express 6. Simple File Sharing. Each is covered in detail here -- including tradeoffs and limitations.
Even if you manage Windows networks for a living, you’re likely to learn plenty you didn’t know. Were you aware there are third-party products that can speed access to commonly-used IP addresses by eliminating the need for FQDN-to-IP address mapping? Or that you can propagate a set of email and newsgroup configurations to multiple computers by exporting them as .IAF files? Or that you can use the Internet Connection Firewall log file as a “Big Brother” tool to see which sites each of your PC’s users have visited?
You’ll find solid overviews of wireless networking, network security, and performance monitoring. And if you’re a working administrator, you’ll especially appreciate the authors’ troubleshooting guidance on NTFS file permissions. Add it all up and you’ve got a Windows networking resource you can really rely on. (Bill Camarda)