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Microsoft® Windows® Networking: Essentials

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The core concepts and technologies of Windows networking

Networking can be a complex topic, especially for those new to the field of IT. This focused, full-color book takes a unique approach to teaching Windows networking to beginners by stripping down a network to its bare basics, thereby making each topic clear and easy to understand. Focusing on the new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) program, this book pares down to just the essentials, showing beginners how to gain a solid foundation for understanding networking concepts upon which more advanced topics and technologies can be built.

This straightforward guide begins each chapter by laying out a list of topics to be discussed, followed by a concise discussion of the core networking skills you need to have to gain a strong handle on the subject matter. Chapters conclude with review questions and suggested labs so you can measure your level of understanding of the chapter's content.

  • Serves as an ideal resource for gaining a solid understanding of fundamental networking concepts and skills

  • Offers a straightforward and direct approach to networking basics and covers network management tools, TCP/IP, the name resolution process, and network protocols and topologies

  • Reviews all the topics you need to know for taking the MTA 98-366 exam

  • Provides an overview of networking components, discusses connecting computers to a network, and looks at connecting networks with routers

If you're new to IT and interested in entering the IT workforce, then Microsoft Windows Networking Essentials is essential reading.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dear Reader,
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Author
  8. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What Is Covered in This Book
  9. Chapter 1: Introduction to Networking
    1. Comparing Logical and Physical Networks
    2. Networking Home Computers
    3. Networking Small Offices and Home Offices
    4. Networking Large Offices
    5. Networking Enterprises
    6. Understanding Standards Organizations
  10. Chapter 2: Overview of Networking Components
    1. Comparing Unicast, Broadcast, and Multicast Traffic
    2. Understanding Network Hardware
    3. Exploring Protocols and Services
    4. Understanding Basic Topologies
  11. Chapter 3: Understanding the OSI Model
    1. Understanding the OSI Model
    2. Understanding the TCP/IP Model
    3. Mapping Devices on the OSI and TCP Models
    4. Mapping Protocols on the OSI and TCP/IP Models
  12. Chapter 4: Core TCP/IP Protocols
    1. Understanding TCP and UDP
    2. Exploring Common Protocols
    3. Understanding Ports
  13. Chapter 5: Exploring IPv4
    1. Exploring the Components of an IPv4Address
    2. Exploring an IPv4 Address in Binary
    3. Subnetting IPv4 Addresses
    4. Comparing Manual and Automatic Assignment of IPv4 Addresses
  14. Chapter 6: Exploring IPv6
    1. Exploring IPv6 Addresses
    2. Exploring the Components of an IPv6Address
    3. Understanding the Dual IP Stack
    4. Comparing Manual and Automatic Assignment of IPv6
  15. Chapter 7: Connecting Computers to a Network
    1. Identifying Potential Problems with Connectivity
    2. Exploring Cable Types and Their Characteristics
  16. Chapter 8: Networking Computers with Switches
    1. Connecting Multiple Computers
    2. Understanding Physical Ports
    3. Comparing Hubs and Switches
    4. Comparing Managed and Unmanaged Switches
    5. Exploring Switch Speeds
    6. Understanding Security Options
  17. Chapter 9: Connecting Networks with Routers
    1. Connecting Multiple Networks
    2. Routing Traffic on a Network
    3. Identifying Transmission Speeds
    4. Routing Software in Windows Server 2008
    5. Understanding Other Routing Protocols
  18. Chapter 10: Resolving Names to IP Addresses
    1. Exploring Types of Names Used in Networks
    2. Exploring Types of Name Resolution
    3. Identifying the Steps in Name Resolution
  19. Chapter 11: Understanding Network Security Zones
    1. Understanding Risks on the Internet
    2. Exploring an Intranet
    3. Understanding Firewalls
    4. Identifying a Perimeter Network
    5. Understanding Extranets
  20. Chapter 12: Understanding Wireless Networking
    1. Exploring Basic Wireless Components
    2. Comparing Networking Standards and Characteristics
    3. Comparing Network Security Methods
    4. Using Wireless Networks
    5. Understanding Point-to-Point Wireless
  21. Chapter 13: Understanding Internet Access Methods and Wide Area Networks
    1. Comparing Connectivity Methods Used in Homes and SOHOs
    2. Comparing Connectivity Methods in Enterprises
    3. Exploring Remote Access Services
    4. Using RADIUS
  22. Chapter 14: Troubleshooting TCP/IP
    1. Using the Command Prompt
    2. Checking the TCP/IP Configuration with ipconfig
    3. Troubleshooting Connectivity with ping
    4. Identifying Routers with tracert
    5. Verifying the Routed Path with pathping
    6. Viewing TCP/IP Statistics with netstat
    7. Installing Telnet
  23. Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
    11. Chapter 11
    12. Chapter 12
    13. Chapter 13
    14. Chapter 14
  24. Appendix B: Microsoft’s Certification Program
    1. Certification Objectives Map
  25. Index
  26. Appendix C: Answers for Additional Exercises
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
    11. Chapter 11
    12. Chapter 12
    13. Chapter 13
    14. Chapter 14
  27. Glossary