Mike Meyer's Server+ Certification Passport

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Mike Meyers,the industry expert on professional certification,brings you this concise,affordable,and portable study tool for the Server+ certification exam. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test,plus practice exam software on CD,this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.

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Overview

Mike Meyers,the industry expert on professional certification,brings you this concise,affordable,and portable study tool for the Server+ certification exam. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test,plus practice exam software on CD,this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.

From the #1 Name in Professional Certification Get on the road to becoming a Server+ certified professional with this concise,affordable,and portable study tool. Certification guru Mike Meyers and his selected trailblazers will guide you on your career path,providing expert tips and sound advice along the way. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test,this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.

In Each Chapter:

  • Itinerary—List of official exam objectives covered
  • ETA—Amount of time needed to complete the lesson
  • Travel Advisories—Expert advice on critical topics
  • Local Lingos—Concise definitions of key terms and concepts
  • Travel Assistance—Recommended resources for more information
  • Exam Tips—Callouts of common exam pitfalls
  • Checkpoint—End-of-chapter review with questions and answers
  • Career Flight Path—Career options mapped out to maximize the return from your IT journey

Passport Practice Exam on CD powered by ExamWeb About The Series Editor: Mike Meyers is the best-selling author of three editions of the #1 A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and several other computer books. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars,LLC,a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands oforganizations throughout the world and a member of CompTIA.

About The Author: Stephen J. Bigelow is the best-selling author of several computer books,including five editions of Troubleshooting,Maintaining,; Repairing PCs. He is the founder and president of Dynamic Learning Systems,a technical research and writing firm specializing in PC and peripheral service.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072193640
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/5/2001
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Bigelow is the best-selling author of several computer books, including five editions of Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing PCs. He is the founder and president of Dynamic Learning Systems, a technical research and writing firm specializing in PC and peripheral service.

Mike Meyers is the best-selling author of three editions of the #1 A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and several other computer books. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world and a member of CompTIA.

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Chapter 1: Network Hardware Concepts

Although individual computers can be quite powerful, they are still "individual." Sharing files and resources among individual computers typically means copying a file to a diskette, then manually walking that diskette to other systems-for example, working on a document after work, then returning that updated document to work the next day in order to print it. Obviously, this is a cumbersome and time-consuming process. If there were a means of "connecting" two or more computers, you could access your work from another location (such as access a work computer from another computer in your home), finish the work that night, and immediately send the work to a printer located back at the office. This is the underlying premise behind a networktwo or more computers connected together in order to share files, resources, and even applications. This chapter introduces you to the basic concepts and terminology needed to understand the tangible elements of common networks and servers.

Objective 1.01 Network Basics

A networked computer that provides resources is called a server. The computer accessing those resources is referred to as a workstation or client. Servers are usually the most powerful computers on the network because they require the added processing power to service the many requests of other computers sharing their resources. By comparison, workstations or clients are usually PCs that are cheaper and less powerful. As a rule, a computer may be a server or a workstation, but rarely both (this separation greatly simplifies the management and administration of the network). Of course, all of the computers on a network must be physically connected, and such connections are typically established with network interface card (NIC) adapters, and copper (or fiber-optic) cabling. The very latest network installations are even including wireless connections.
Local Lingo
Workstation or client The computer that accesses network resources.

Server The computer that provides the resources.


Advantages of a Network

With individual computers, applications and resources (such as printers or scanners) must be duplicated between PCs. For example, if two data analysts want to work on an Excel spreadsheet and print their results each day, both computers will need a copy of Excel and a printer. If the users needed to share data, it would have to be shuttled between the PCs on diskette or CD-RW. And if users needed to share computers, they would have to wade through the other user's system-each with its own desktop setup, applications, folder arrangement, and so on. In short, it would be a wasteful, frustrating, and errorprone process. As more users become involved, it wouldn't take long before the whole process would be impossible to handle. However, if those two computers in our example were networked together, both users could use Excel across the network, access the same raw data, and then output their results to a single "common" printer attached to the network. If more users were then added to the network, all users could share the application, data, and resources in a uniform fashion. As a rule, computers that are part of a network can share the following:
  • Documents (memos, spreadsheets, invoices, and so on)
  • E-mail messages
  • Word-processing software
  • Project-tracking software
  • Illustrations, photographs, videos, and audio files
  • Live audio and video broadcasts
  • Printers
  • Fax machines
  • Modems
  • CD-ROM drives and other removable media drives (such as Zip and Jaz drives)
  • Hard drives

Exam Tip
The network administrator can configure the network, control user accounts, and manage network security.

Because many computers can operate on one network, the entire network can be efficiently managed from a central point (a network administrator). Consider the previous example and suppose that a new version of Excel became available to the data analysts. With individual computers, each system would have to be upgraded and checked separately. That's not such a big deal with only two systems, but when there are dozens (or hundreds) of PCs in the company, individual upgrades can quickly become costly and impractical. With a network, an application only needs to be updated on its server oncethen all the network's workstations can use the updated software immediately. Centralized administration also allows security and system monitoring to take place from one location.

Network Sizes
Computer networks typically fit into one of three groups depending on their size and function. A local area network (LAN) is the basic classification of any computer network. LAN architecture can range from simple (two computers connected by a cable) to complex (hundreds of connected computers and peripherals throughout a major corporation). The distinguishing feature of a LAN is that it is confined to a limited geographic area such as a single building or department. If the computers are connected over several buildings across a large metropolitan area, the network is sometimes termed a metropolitan area network (MAN). By comparison, a wide area network (WAN) has no geographical limit. It can connect computers and peripheral devices on opposite sides of the world. In most cases, a WAN is made up of a number of interconnected LANsperhaps the ultimate WAN is the Internet.
Local Lingo
Wide area network (WAN) A network intended to cover a wide geographical area. An example of the ultimate WAN is the Internet with its global reach.

Objective 1.02 Network Types

Networks are generally divided into two distinct categories: peer to peer and server-based. This is an important distinction because these two categories are vastly different and offer different capabilities to the users. Peer-to-peer networks are simpler and less expensive network arrangements that appear in small organizations (such as home office or small workgroup applications). Server-based networks are found in mid-sized and larger organizations where security, centralized administration, and high traffic capacity are important. Let's look a bit closer at server-based networks.

Server-Based Networks

In most network situations, the duality of peer-to-peer networks is simply not adequate. Limited traffic capability and security/management issues often mean that networks need to use dedicated servers. A dedicated server is a computer that functions only as a server to provide files and manage resources-it is not used as a client or workstation. Servers are optimized to handle requests from numerous network clients quickly, and ensure the security of files and directories. Consequently, server-based networks have become the standard models for modern business networking. Server-based networks are also known as client/server networks (sometimes denoted as two-tier architectures)....
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Table of Contents

1 Network Hardware Concepts
2 Network Software Concepts
3 Network Planning and Setup
4 Server Configuration Issues
5 Server Maintenance and Upgrade Issues
6 DE Technology
7 SCS Technology
8 RAID Technology
9 Core Processing Technologies
10 NIC Adapters and Troubleshooting
Appendix A Understanding Server+
Appendix B: About the CD-ROM
Appendix C: Career Flight Path
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