Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 30, 2005 - Computers - 829 pages
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If you're setting up a network at home or creating and managing one for business, there are dozens of things to consider. Networking All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies, 2nd Edition replaces a whole shelf full of reference books with one handy volume that covers just what you need to know. And with technology changing faster than the colors in a rock bandís light show, you'll be glad this updated edition includes the latest information.

Written by Doug Lowe, who's been managing corporate networks for more than 20 years, this helpful guide shows you how to work with all Windows XP service packs as well as Fedora Linux. It's made up of nine minibooks that cover

  • Networking basics
  • Building a network
  • Network administration and security
  • Troubleshooting and disaster planning
  • TCP/IP and the Internet
  • Home networking
  • Wireless networking
  • Windows 2003 server reference
  • Linux reference

If you're a networking newbie, the first two minibooks gives you all the startup information to get your network up and running. If you've already done that, you're probably interested in keeping it running at peak performance. Book IV is loaded with information about finding, diagnosing, and fixing problems you might encounter. Looking for the scoop on keeping your network safe from online bad guys? Check Book III. Want to go wireless? Book VII tells you what you need to know.

In these pages, youíll find out how to

  • Plan your network, select interface cards, hubs, and routers, and install all the hardware and software
  • Set up your network so itís easy to use but hard to break into
  • Create a disaster recovery plan
  • Understand IP addresses, subnetting, routing, DHCP, DNS, and other TCP/IP protocols and tools
  • Incorporate other gadgets into your home network, including VoIP Internet-based telephone service
  • Take advantage of the economical Linux networking alternative

Best of all, it's easy to locate what you need. There's even a handy "cheat sheet" that puts really important information about cabling rules, private IP address ranges, valuable network administration tips, and helpful Web sites at your fingertips. With this book on hand, youíll experience a net increase in your networking prowess!

  

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User Review  - tinncan - LibraryThing

I suppose a book like this is unlikely to please everyone who reads it. From my point of view, as someone who wanted to learn the basics of networking in general, I found bits of it interesting and ... Read full review

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Contents

Networking Basics
7
Understanding Networks
9
Understanding Network Protocols and Standards
19
Understanding Network Hardware
41
Understanding Network Operating Systems
59
Building a Network
75
Planning a Network
77
Installing Network Hardware
95
Home Networking with Windows XP
397
Other Ways to Network Your Home
421
Using VoIP to Make the Internet Your Phone
427
Wireless Networking
431
Setting Up a Wireless Network
433
Securing a Wireless Network
453
Hotspotting
465
Troubleshooting a Wireless Network
471

Setting Up a Network Server
111
Configuring Client Computers
127
Configuring Other Network Features
139
Verifying Your Network Installation
151
Network Administration and Security
157
Help Wanted Job Description for a Network Administrator
159
Security 101
173
Managing User Accounts
183
Firewalls and Virus Protection
191
Network Troubleshooting and Disaster Planning
203
Solving Network Problems
205
Network Performance Anxiety
219
Protecting Your Network
229
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning
239
Dealing with Dysfunctional EMail
247
TCPIP and the Internet
255
Introduction to TCPIP and the Internet
257
Understanding IP Addresses
265
Using DHCP
283
Using DNS
297
Using FTP
321
TCPIP Tools and Commands
343
Home Networking
371
Networking Your Home
373
Connecting to the Internet
383
Wireless Networking with Bluetooth
477
Windows Server 2003 Reference
483
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003
485
Managing Windows Server 2003
499
Dealing with Active Directory
515
Managing Windows User Accounts
525
Managing a File Server
545
Managing Security
561
Managing Exchange Server 2003
575
Troubleshooting
585
Windows Commands
597
Linux Networking Reference
625
Installing a Linux Server
627
Getting Used to Linux
653
Basic Linux Network Configuration
663
Running DHCP and DNS
675
Doing the Samba Dance
691
Running Apache
705
Running Sendmail
717
Linux Commands
727
Appendixes
755
Directory of Useful Web Sites
757
Glossary
765
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Doug Lowe has written a whole bunch of computer books, including more than 35 For Dummies books, among them Networking For Dummies, 7th Edition, Java All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, PowerPoint 2003 For Dummies, and Word 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. He lives in sunny Fresno, California, where the motto is ďNo, we arenít really the Armpit of California,Ē with his wife, the youngest of his three daughters, and a goofy-looking six-month-old Shar-Pei/Black Lab mix named Lucy. Heís one of those obsessive-compulsive decorating nuts who puts up tens of thousands of lights at Christmas and creates computer-controlled Halloween decorations that rival Disneyís Haunted Mansion. Last year he actually built a pirate ship in his backyard.

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