Networking: The Complete Reference

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The single most comprehensive volume on networking available

Design, set up, and maintain a secure networking environment with help from this authoritative resource. You'll get detailed, practical advice on everything from selecting hardware and software to configuring Internet servers--plus coverage of wireless LAN technologies. You'll find expanded coverage of Windows 2000, network security, remote access, network design, and administration and support policies. Tables, ...

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Overview

The single most comprehensive volume on networking available

Design, set up, and maintain a secure networking environment with help from this authoritative resource. You'll get detailed, practical advice on everything from selecting hardware and software to configuring Internet servers--plus coverage of wireless LAN technologies. You'll find expanded coverage of Windows 2000, network security, remote access, network design, and administration and support policies. Tables, diagrams, and flowcharts integrated throughout the book help illustrate networking concepts, and captured packets demonstrate the communication processes occurring on a live network.

Clearly-written, thorough, and logically-organized, this book is an invaluable reference--offering a wealth of both conceptual and technical information on all aspects of networking.

  • Learn how to design and set up an effective network
  • Examine latest technologies for wireless connectivity--including IEEE 802.11 and wireless LANs
  • Understand various server technologies such as multiple processors, drive arrays, and storage area networks
  • Implement networking protocols, including Ethernet, Token Ring, TCP/IP, IPX, and more
  • Organize and transmit e-mail within an organization and across the Internet
  • Install enterprise directory services, including Active Directory and Novell Directory Services (NDS)
  • Handle network administration, including security and troubleshooting

Clearly-written, thorough, and logically-organized, this book is an invaluable reference--offering a wealth of both conceptual and technical information on all aspects of networking.

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When it comes to networking books, Craig Zacker is rock-solid reliable. Last year's Upgrading & Troubleshooting Networks: The Complete Reference was outstanding. In his new Networking: The Complete Reference, Zacker manages to cover the field's full breadth and depth, combining clear explanations of principles with specific "from-the-trenches" solutions.

He begins with an especially lucid introduction to networking jargon and history. Next, he introduces each key network hardware component -- NICs, cables, routers, hubs, switches, servers, wireless LANs -- showing how to meld this hardware into network designs that deliver superior performance.

Zacker next moves on to reviewing key network protocols, especially Ethernet and TCP/IP. You'll find thorough introductions to Windows 2000/NT and NetWare (a long-time area of expertise for Zacker) -- including chapter-length introductions to directory services on each platform. There's extensive coverage of Internet connectivity, including DHCP, DNS, Web and email servers, and of course, security. The book concludes with three chapters on day-to-day network administration -- ranging from daily backups to protocol analysis to making sure your client workstations are good citizens on the network. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey┬ľbased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies┬«, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072192773
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/26/2001
  • Series: Osborne Complete Reference Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1109
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 2.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Zacker is a writer editor, and networker whose computing experience began in the halcyon days of teletypes and paper tape. After making the move from minicomputers to PCs, he worked as an administrator of Novel NetWare networks and as a PC support technician, while operating a freelance desktop publishing business. After earning a Masters degree in English and American literature from NYU, Craig worked extensively on the integration of Windows NT into existing NetWare internetworks, and was employed as a technical writer, content provider, and Webmaster for the online services group of a large software company. Since devoting himself to writing and editing full time, Craig has authored or contributed to many books on operating systems and networking topics, and has published articles with top industry publications including Windows NT Magazine, for which he is a contributing editor.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 What Is a Network? 3
2 The OSI Reference Model 15
3 Network Interface Adapters 51
4 Cabling a Network 73
5 Wireless LANs 107
6 Network Connection Devices 125
7 Wide Area Networking 185
8 Server Technologies 227
9 Designing a Network 267
10 Ethernet Basics 289
11 Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet 333
12 Token-Passing Protocols 367
13 TCP/IP 407
14 NetWare Protocols 469
15 NetBIOS, NetBEUI, and Server Message Blocks 493
16 Windows 2000 and Windows NT 529
17 Active Directory 569
18 Windows NT Domains 599
19 Novell NetWare 617
20 Novell Directory Services 637
21 Unix 673
22 Network Clients 693
23 DHCP 719
24 WINS and NetBIOS Name Resolution 755
25 The Domain Name System 791
26 Internet Services 839
27 Network Printing 887
28 Connecting to the Internet 909
29 Network Security 933
30 Windows Network Administration 975
31 Network Management and Troubleshooting Tools 1001
32 Backing Up 1039
Index 1076
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Introduction

Introduction

Networking: The Complete Reference is divided into parts, which are as follows:
  • Part I outlines networking basics. Chapter 1 explains essential networking terminology and introduces some of the fundamental concepts that you will build on in later chapters. You'll learn about some of the primary components that make up a network and how the technology came about. Chapter 2 introduces the OSI reference model, a theoretical tool that compartmentalizes the networking functionality of a computer into seven discrete layers. These layers work together to enable the computer to communicate effectively with the other computers on the network. In this chapter, you'll also get your first glimpses of the technologies that will be examined in much greater detail later in the book.
  • Part II explains the hardware used to construct a network. Chapter 3 examines network interface cards, which enable you to connect a computer to a network. This chapter will discuss the various types of cards you can buy to suit your computer's hardware configuration, your network type, and the role of your system on the network. In Chapter 4, you'll learn about the cables used to connect computers together to form a network. The type of cable you choose determines how easy or difficult network installation and maintenance will be, how long the cable can run, and how well your network will perform. This chapter also examines the standards that should guide your cable installation and some of the tools you'll need to do the job. Chapter 5 discusses wireless LAN technologies, and Chapters 6 and 7 examine the technologies used to construct local area networks, internetworks, and wide area networks. Chapter 8 discusses some of the hardware used to construct network servers, and Chapter 9 explains how to bring all of this hardware together into an effective network design.
  • Part III is about the protocols used at various layers of the OSI reference model. Chapters 10 and 11 examine Ethernet, the most popular data link-layer protocol used in the world today. Chapter 12 addresses other LAN protocols, such as Token Ring and FDDI. Chapters 13,14, and 15 discuss the three main suites of protocols used at the network and transport layers, TCP/IP, IPX, and NetBEUI.
  • Part IV examines the networking elements of the operating systems most commonly used on today's networks, such as Windows 2000 and NT (Chapter 16), Novell NetWare (Chapter 19), and Unix (Chapter 21). Chapters 17,18, and 20 discuss the various types of directory services used to store information about networks, their users, and their applications. These include Active Directory, the long-awaited enterprise directory service from Microsoft, which is included with Windows 2000; the domains used to organize Windows NT networks, and Novell Directory Services (NDS), the first commercially successful enterprise directory service. Chapter 22 explains the client capabilities that workstations need in order to access resources hosted by various other operating systems. For example, this chapter describes how to connect Macintosh and Unix systems to Windows and NetWare networks.
  • Part V discusses some of the most important administrative services used on today's networks. Chapter 23 covers the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), which you can use to automatically configure TCP/IP clients on your network, and Chapter 24 covers the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS). Windows NT networks use WINS to resolve the NetBIOS names Windows systems are known by into IP addresses necessary to communicate on a TCP/IP network. Chapter 25 examines the Domain Name System (DNS), which is used on the Internet and on private TCP/IP networks to resolve host names into IP addresses.
  • Part VI shows you how to improve your network by adding some of the most useful services available, such as World Wide Web, FTP, and e-mail servers (Chapter 26), network printing (Chapter 27), and access to the Internet (Chapter 28). Chapter 29 examines the security mechanisms you can use to protect your network from unauthorized access.
  • Part VII covers the tools and techniques you can use to administer your network. Chapter 30 outlines Windows-specific network administration techniques, Chapter 31 discusses network troubleshooting and management tools, and Chapter 32 discusses the hardware and software used to create network backups.

The book is intended for beginners, as well as experienced network professionals. I hope that, in addition to the uses mentioned above, it will lead you to learn more about the computer systems you use every day.

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