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The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup

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Chapter 7. Networks

A site’s network is the foundation of its infrastructure. A poorly built network affects everyone’s perception of all other components of the system. A network cannot be considered in isolation. Decisions made as part of the network design and implementation process influence how infrastructure services are implemented. Therefore, the people who are responsible for designing those services should be consulted as part of the network design process.

We cannot explain every detail of network design and implementation in this short chapter. Entire shelves of books are devoted to the topic. However, we can relate the points we have found to be the most important. An excellent starting point is Perlman (1999). For Transmission ...

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