Practical Windows Peer Networking

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Practical Windows Peer Networking addresses the networking needs of small office, home office, and home users. This book presents information covering all aspects of peer-to-peer networking and provide a step-by-step approach to meetings your growing demand for networks. This book serves as an effective guide to establishing and maintaining a small peer network and also as a technical reference. After reading this book, you will be able to set up a small network between 2-10 Windows computers, share files on the ...
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Overview

Practical Windows Peer Networking addresses the networking needs of small office, home office, and home users. This book presents information covering all aspects of peer-to-peer networking and provide a step-by-step approach to meetings your growing demand for networks. This book serves as an effective guide to establishing and maintaining a small peer network and also as a technical reference. After reading this book, you will be able to set up a small network between 2-10 Windows computers, share files on the network, share printers, share an internet connection over a network and provide email and Web access, configure a network to play multi-player games, and more.
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This guide for networking homes or small businesses offers advice for working with Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT Workstation 4.0, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95, and Windows 98. Eschewing theory for the sake of task-based solutions and practical tips, the book describes how to create simple peer networks, pull cable, install NICs and Ethernet hardware, and access data from elsewhere. Ford is Microsoft certified as an MCSE, MCP in Windows 95, and MCP+ Internet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789722331
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 12/21/1999
  • Pages: 597
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About This Book 2
How This Book Is Organized 2
How to Use This Book 4
Who Should Use This Book? 4
Conventions Used in This Book 5
I Getting Started
1 What Networks Can Do for You 9
Defining Networking 10
Examining Networking Benefits 13
Examining the Roles of Computers on Networks 15
Comparing Peer Networks to Server-Based Networks 16
Reviewing Different Types of Peer Networks 20
2 Architecting a Network: Hardware 25
Overviewing Required Hardware 26
Explaining Architectural Options 29
Identifying Topologies 30
Working with Network Hubs 36
Examining Network Cabling Options 37
Selecting and Working with Network Interface Cards 49
Reviewing Network Kit Options 55
Examining Advanced Hardware Options 56
Better Safe Than Sorry: Power Protection 60
Considering the Costs 61
Upgrading to a 100Mbps Fast Ethernet Network 64
3 Architecting a Network: Software 65
Understanding Basic Network Software Components 66
Understanding the Network Interface Card Driver 70
Examining Local Area Network Protocols 71
Reviewing Client Software 76
Reviewing Server Software 78
Reviewing Operating-System Defaults 78
Understanding Plug and Play (PnP) 79
Adding and Removing Network Access 81
II Network Configuration
4 Configuring the Network 99
Overview of Network Configuration 100
Working with Workgroups 101
Configuring Network File and Print Management 107
Configuring the Computer for Better Network Performance 108
Microsoft Management Consoles 112
Installing Other Network Components 118
5 Disk Sharing 121
Managing Data and Applications with Network Shares 122
Establishing Shared Network Folders and Drives 125
Establishing Tight Control over Network Resources 128
Accessing Shared Drives and Folders Across the Network 130
Removing Shared Network Access to Drives and Folders 142
Monitoring Shared Resources 142
6 Installing and Managing Network Printers 145
Overview of Windows 2000 Pro Printing 146
Windows Print Management 152
Examining Windows 2000 Pro Print Features 153
Installing a Local Printer 154
Connecting to Network Printers 166
Uninstalling a Printer 169
Managing a Printer and Its Queue 171
Configuring a Printer's Performance and Functionality 179
Troubleshooting Printing Problems 186
Using Drag and Drop to Print Documents 187
Validating Printer Operability 188
7 Network Administration and Security 189
Examining Windows 2000 Security 190
Logon and Logoff 192
The Security Dialog 196
Examining the Differences Between NTFS and FAT 197
Establishing a Password Policy 198
Managing Accounts 202
Understanding User Profiles 204
Managing User Accounts 205
Local Users and Groups Snap-In 215
Implementing Share Security 223
Getting a Handle on NTFS Security 227
Resolving Share and NTFS Permissions 231
Keeping an Eye on Security with Auditing 232
Establishing Disk Quotas 237
8 The Internet 241
Understanding the Internet 242
Remote Access Using Modems 246
Dial-Up Connections 254
Proxy Servers 260
Creating a Virtual Private Network 265
III Network Utilities
9 Remote Access 279
Overview of Remote Access 280
Reviewing the Point-to-Point Protocol 282
Configuring a Dial-Up Server 283
Managing a Dial-Up Server 285
Creating a Client Dial-Up Connection 289
Connecting to a Dial-Up Server 291
Removing a Dial-Up Connection 293
10 Administrative Tools 295
Overview of Microsoft Management Consoles 296
Managing Services 297
Using Event Viewer 304
Gathering System Information 309
Monitoring Shared Folders 312
Using the Device Manager 317
Managing Local Users and Groups 318
Establishing Policies 319
Monitoring with Performance Monitor 320
11 Troubleshooting 323
Overview of Troubleshooting 324
Troubleshooting Hardware Problems 325
Troubleshooting TCP/IP Communications 328
Microsoft Problem Recovery Tools and Help System 332
Additional Support Avenues 347
IV Operating Systems
12 Windows for Workgroups 355
Overview of Windows for Workgroups 356
Working with User Accounts 357
Adding, Removing, and Configuring NICs, Clients, Protocols, and Services 358
Tuning Windows for Workgroups Performance 365
Sharing Local Resources 370
Connecting to Network Resources 372
13 Installing and Configuring Windows 9X Networking 375
Overview of Windows 95 and Windows 98 376
Working with Network Components 378
Managing Workgroup Membership 385
Configuring the Client for Microsoft Networks 386
Installing and Configuring File and Print Sharing 387
Configuring a Workstation for Network Performance 389
Working with Modems 392
Managing Dial-Up Communications 399
14 Managing and Administering Windows 9X Networking 411
Managing Shared Drives and Folders 412
Creating a Share 412
Removing a Share 414
Working with Shared Drives and Folders 415
Overview of Windows 9X Printing 416
Installing and Configuring Printers 418
Working with Printers 422
Windows 9X Administration 426
15 Windows NT Workstation 4.0 449
Overview of Windows NT 4.0 450
NT Sccurity Model 452
Networking Windows NT 455
Windows NT Application Performance 464
Installing a Printer 466
Managing Shared Resources 467
Windows NT Management 469
16 Upgrading Your Peer Network 489
So You've Outgrown Your Peer Network 490
Windows Operating Systems' Functionality 491
Peer Workgroups 494
The Windows Domain 495
Setting Up a Windows Domain Network 497
Appendixes
Net Commands 501
Introduction 502
Windows for Workgroups Net Commands 502
Windows 95 and 98 Net Commands 503
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Net Commands 504
Windows 2000 Professional Net Commands 506
OSI Model and IEEE Standards 509
The OSI Model 510
The OSI Layers 512
The Microsoft Network Model 514
The IEEE 802 Model 516
IEEE Network Models 516
Protocols 519
Overview of Windows Supported Protocols 520
Selecting a Network Access Method 521
Understanding MAC Addresses 523
Selecting a Transport Protocol 524
Selecting the Right WAN Protocols 536
Understanding NIC Bindings 537
Networking Cabling Specifications 539
Introduction 540
Coaxial Cable 540
Twisted-Pair Cable 541
Direct Cable Connection Cabling 545
Direct Cable Connections 547
Overview 548
Direct Cable Connectivity 549
Architecture 550
Installation 551
The Life of a DCC Network Session 554
Managing the DCC Gateway 556
HomePNA 559
Overview of HomePNA Networks 560
Identifying HomePNA Network Features 564
Reviewing Required Hardware 565
Installing a HomePNA Network 566
Examining the Future of HomePNA 566
Glossary 569
Index 583
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