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Faster smarter network+ certification : take charge of the network+ exam : faster, smarter, better!
Craft, Melissa.
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Publication Information:
Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxix, 438 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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Includes index.
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Take the next step in your career by earning your CompTIA Network+ certification the faster, smarter way. This innovative, high-energy guide makes the most of your study time by teaching exactly what you need for the Network+ exam. You get focused, no-fluff coverage of exam objectives--plus Test Smart tips, a rigorous cram-and-review section, practice questions on CD, and a handy eBook. With 9 professional certifications and more than a decade of IT experience, this author knows how to cut to the chase in exam preparation! The better way to prep for Network+, a leading credential for network support professionals!

Master the OSI model Plan network topology, media, and components Install network and client operating systems Configure TCP/IP protocols, addressing, and name resolution services Plan security features, fault tolerance, and disaster recovery Use troubleshooting methods, TCP/IP utilities, and other tools to resolve problems

The Faster Smarter way to master Network+, featuring:

Concise, objective-by-objective exam coverage End-of-chapter review questions Test Smart tips from a certification expert Rigorous Check Yourself (Before You Test Yourself) review chapter Challenging practice questions on CD

For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.

Author Notes

Melissa Craft, Network+, CCNA, MCNE, MCSE, CNE-3, CNE-4, CNE-GW, CNE-5, and CCA certified, manages the Web development, LAN, and WAN initiatives at Dane Holdings, Inc., where she is vice president and CIO

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
How to Become CompTIA Certifiedp. xxix
Part 1 Building from Media and Topologies
Chapter 1 Understanding Networking Mediap. 3
Topologiesp. 4
Gaining Access to the Mediap. 16
Media Typesp. 20
Media Connectorsp. 24
Networking Technologies and Characteristicsp. 26
Key Pointsp. 32
Chapter Review Questionsp. 33
Chapter 2 Networking Componentsp. 37
Central Hubs in Star Topologiesp. 37
Bridgesp. 43
Switchesp. 44
Routersp. 45
CSU/DSUp. 52
Gatewaysp. 54
Wireless Access Pointsp. 55
Analog Signals and Modemsp. 56
NICsp. 57
ISDN Adaptersp. 58
System Area Network Adaptersp. 59
Key Pointsp. 60
Chapter Review Questionsp. 61
Part 2 Protocols and Standards
Chapter 3 The OSI Modelp. 67
Physical Layerp. 72
Data-Link Layerp. 75
Network Layerp. 78
Transport Layerp. 82
Session Layerp. 84
Presentation Layerp. 85
Application Layerp. 85
Network Equipment and OSI Model Layersp. 86
Key Pointsp. 89
Chapter Review Questionsp. 90
Chapter 4 Protocol Stacksp. 93
TCP/IPp. 93
IPX/SPXp. 103
NetBEUIp. 108
AppleTalkp. 110
Key Pointsp. 113
Chapter Review Questionsp. 114
Chapter 5 Forming an IP Addressp. 119
The Most Common Form of IP-IPv4p. 119
The Latest Version of IP-IPv6p. 126
Default Gatewaysp. 127
Public and Private IP Networksp. 130
TCP/IP Protocol Functionsp. 130
Well-Known TCP and UDP Portsp. 142
Naming and Addressingp. 143
Key Pointsp. 146
Chapter Review Questionsp. 147
Chapter 6 Wide Area Networkingp. 151
Switching Methodsp. 152
Using the Digital Telephone with ISDNp. 154
Using Fiber Optics with FDDIp. 155
Gaining WAN Speed with ATMp. 157
Frame Relayp. 160
T-Carrier Systemp. 165
Key Pointsp. 165
Chapter Review Questionsp. 166
Chapter 7 Networking with Remote Clients and Serversp. 171
Remote Nodep. 172
Remote Controlp. 180
Configuring a Connectionp. 185
Key Pointsp. 194
Chapter Review Questionsp. 195
Chapter 8 Security Protocolsp. 199
IPSecp. 201
VPN Protocolsp. 202
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)p. 204
Kerberosp. 207
Smart Cardsp. 209
Firewallsp. 210
Proxy Serversp. 213
Key Pointsp. 214
Chapter Review Questionsp. 215
Part 3 Network Implementation
Chapter 9 Looking at Servers and Their NOSsp. 221
Microsoft Windows Serversp. 223
Novell NetWarep. 237
Apple Macintoshp. 242
UNIX/Linuxp. 243
Key Pointsp. 245
Chapter Review Questionsp. 246
Chapter 10 Establishing Network Connectivityp. 251
Basic Connectivityp. 252
Naming Computers on a TCP/IP Networkp. 261
Configuring the Server Sidep. 264
Key Pointsp. 273
Chapter Review Questionsp. 274
Chapter 11 Network Configurationp. 279
Using Switches to Create VLANsp. 279
Network Attached Storagep. 281
Storage Area Networksp. 283
Disaster Recoveryp. 284
Fault Tolerancep. 286
Working with a Small Network-The SOHOp. 287
Security Impact on the Networkp. 291
Key Pointsp. 294
Chapter Review Questionsp. 295
Part 4 Network Support
Chapter 12 TCP/IP Utilitiesp. 301
Tracing the Route with Tracertp. 301
Pinging Hosts on the Networkp. 303
Resolving Addresses with ARPp. 304
Netstat vs. Nbtstatp. 305
Using NSlookup as a Discovery Utilityp. 307
IP Configuration in Microsoft Windowsp. 310
Configuring a UNIX Interface with Ifconfigp. 312
Key Pointsp. 313
Chapter Review Questionsp. 313
Chapter 13 Linking Up Clientsp. 319
How Clients Workp. 320
Connecting the Clientp. 322
Key Pointsp. 332
Chapter Review Questionsp. 332
Chapter 14 Tools and Troubleshootingp. 337
Tools of the Tradep. 337
The Troubleshooting Methodp. 344
Common Problemsp. 346
Key Pointsp. 349
Chapter Review Questionsp. 350
Chapter 15 Troubleshooting a Networkp. 355
Applying the Troubleshooting Method to Logical Problemsp. 355
Troubleshooting the Connectivity Protocolsp. 357
Physical Topologyp. 363
Key Pointsp. 366
Chapter Review Questionsp. 367
Check Yourself (Before You Test Yourself)p. 373
Domain 1.0 Media and Topologiesp. 373
Domain 2.0 Protocols and Standardsp. 382
Domain 3.0 Network Implementationp. 396
Domain 4.0 Network Supportp. 401
Glossaryp. 409
Indexp. 419
About the CDp. 437