Absolute Beginner's Guide to Networking, Fourth Edition gives readers the ability and understanding necessary to create and administer a network. The book shows the reader how to physically connect computers and other devices to a network and access peripherals such as printers over the network. Readers will also be able to configure computers to access the network and the network to share an Internet connection. This book will provide easy-to-understand details on new technologies and background information (such as basic networking, including protocols and physical infrastructure) necessary for the user to network computer devices.
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Networking takes the frustration out of planning and creating a network, and helps readers understand what they are getting into when planning a network and strategies for making the network a success.
About the Author
Joe Habraken is a best-selling author, information technology professional, and educator. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of New England, where he teaches a variety of information technology classes introducing undergraduate students to computer basics, software applications, Web design, and the use of personal computers in business settings. His books include Microsoft Office XP 8 in 1, Practical Cisco Routers, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Server 2003 in 24 Hours. With more than 15 years as a trainer and consultant, Joe enjoys taking difficult computer concepts and making them accessible to readers and students.
Table of Contents
Conventions Used in This Book. How This Book Is Organized.
I. NETWORKING BASICS.
1. Computer Networking Overview.
What Is a Network? Why Network Your Computers? PC Networking: How It All Began. Clients and Servers: What Does It All Mean? Network Players: Users and Administrators. Understanding LAN Data Transmission. Networking Does Not Require the “All Knowing”.
2. Different Needs, Different Networks.
Understanding Peer-to-Peer Networking. Server-Based Networks. Understanding Network Topologies. Assessing Your Network Needs. Planning the Network.
3. Networking Hardware.
Working with Network Interface Cards. Working with Network Connectivity Devices. Some Thoughts on PC Hardware.
4. Building the Network Infrastructure.
Understanding Network Architectures. Understanding Ethernet. Understanding IBM Token-Ring. Understanding FDDI. Choosing a Network Connectivity Strategy.
5. Network Protocols: Real and Imagined.
Understanding the OSI Model. How the OSI Model Works. Thoughts on Using a Conceptual Model. TCP/IP. IPX/SPX. Other Network Protocols of Note.
II. GETTING THE NETWORK UP AND RUNNING.
6. Configuring Peer-to-Peer Networks.
Selecting and Configuring Network Protocols. Setting Up the Peer-to-Peer Network. Combining Linux and Windows. Accessing Windows Workgroup Shares. A Final Word on Peer-to-Peer Networking.
7. Network Operating System Overview.
What Is an NOS? Client and NOS Interaction. Configuring a Server with an NOS. Sharing Folders and Directories. How Network Printing Works.
8. Networking with Novell NetWare 6.5.
NetWare and Networking. The Netware Network Structure. Installing NetWare. Administering a Novell Network. Working with Volumes and Folders. Working with Users and Groups. Configuring Network Clients. NetWare DNS and DHCP.
9. Networking with Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
Understanding the Microsoft Networking Model. Installing Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Choosing a Server's Role. Understanding Windows Active Directory. Creating User Accounts. Sharing Windows Folders. Understanding Share Permissions. Windows and NTFS Permissions. Sharing Printers. Security and Windows Server 2003.
10. Networking with Linux.
Installing Red Hat Linux. Linux Administrative Tools. Working with Users. Working with Red Hat Network Services. Sharing Network Resources. Monitoring the System and Network.
11. Working with Applications on the Network.
Selecting Application Software. Using Application Software on the Network. Working with Groupware Products. Understanding Microsoft .NET. Understanding Client/Server Databases.
III. EXPANDING YOUR NETWORK.
12. TCP/IP Network Administration.
Working with IP Addresses. Configuring IP Addresses. Working with DHCP. Understanding DNS. Routing and Subnetting IP Networks. Introducing IPv6.
13. Expanding a LAN with WAN Technology.
Working with the Plain Old Telephone System. Working with Dial-up and Dedicated Connections. The T-Carrier System. Understanding Switched Networks. A Word Regarding Remote Access.
14. How the Internet Works.
Where Did the Internet Come From? Working with the File Transfer Protocol. Understanding Electronic Mail. Working with the Web. Other Internet Onramps.
15. Connecting a Network to the Internet.
Connecting to the Internet. Getting Your Own Domain Name. Getting Your IP Addresses. Sharing an Internet Connection. Sharing an Internet Connection with Windows Server 2003. Working with Proxy Servers. Understanding Network Address Translation.
16. Hosting a Web Site.
The Internet and Your Corporate Presence. Who Will Host Your Web Site? Creating a Web Site. Taking Advantage of an Intranet.
17. Networking on the Run.
The Evolution of Mobile Computing Devices. Working with Laptops. Understanding Remote Access. Understanding Access Protocols. Managing Remote Connections. Working with Virtual Private Networks. PDAs and the Network.
IV. KEEPING THE NETWORK RUNNING SMOOTHLY.
18. Protecting Network Data.
Understanding Hard Drives. Working with RAID. Understanding the RAID Flavors. Backing Up Data. Working with Uninterruptible Power Supplies.
19. Network Troubleshooting.
It's Not Always User Error. Identifying Network Operating System Problems. Diagnosing Hardware Problems. Monitoring the Network. Dealing with Connectivity Issues. Your Approach to Troubleshooting.
20. A Network Security Primer.
Administrators and Users. Working with User Accounts. Understanding Share Permissions. Using Groups to Provide Access Levels. Fighting Against Viruses. Protecting a Network from Outside Attack. Understanding Firewalls. Types of Firewalls. A Final Word on Network Security.