Networking For Dummies


Networking For Dummies

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Networking For Dummies
Networking For Dummies

Need networking know-how, but don't know where to turn? Run—don't walk—to the no-nonsense networking guidance offered in this friendly guide! Whether you're a networking administrator or an everyday computer user looking to set up a network in your home or office, Networking For Dummies seamlessly gets you connected with the basics and gives you the knowledge to work out whatever kinks may come your way—in no time.

A network can make everything in your home or office run more smoothly and easily, but setting one up can be challenging for even the most computer-savvy people. Well, relax—this bestselling guide has you covered! Inside, you'll find step-by-step instructions on setting up and maintaining a network, working with broadband and wireless technologies, ensuring you're following best practices with storage and back-up procedures, building a wired or wireless network, and much more.

  • Set up a network for all major operating systems
  • Secure, optimize, and troubleshoot your network
  • Create an intranet and use the Cloud safely
  • Make sense of the latest updates to Windows 10


Table Of Contents

Part 1: Getting Started with Networking
Chapter 1: Let’s Network!
Defining a Network
Why Bother with a Network?
Servers and Clients
Dedicated Servers and Peers
What Makes a Network Tick?
It’s Not a Personal Computer Anymore!
The Network Administrator
What Have They Got That You Don’t Got?

Chapter 2: Life on the Network
Distinguishing between Local Resources and Network Resources
What’s in a Name?
Logging On to the Network
Understanding Shared Folders
Four Good Uses for a Shared Folder
Oh, the Network Places You’ll Go
Mapping Network Drives
Using a Network Printer
Logging Off the Network

Chapter 3: More Ways to Use Your Network
Sharing Your Stuff
Sharing a Folder
Using the Public Folder
Sharing a Printer
Using Microsoft Office on a Network
Working with Offline Files

Part 2: Setting Up a Network
Chapter 4: Planning a Network
Making a Network Plan
Being Purposeful
Taking Stock
To Dedicate or Not to Dedicate: That Is the Question
Choosing a Server Operating System
Planning the Infrastructure
Drawing Diagrams

Chapter 5: Dealing with TCP/IP
Understanding Binary
Introducing IP Addresses
Classifying IP Addresses
Understanding Network Address Translation
Configuring Your Network for DHCP
Managing a Windows Server 2016 DHCP Server
Configuring a Windows DHCP Client
Using DNS
Working with the Windows DNS Server
Configuring a Windows DNS Client

Chapter 6: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave: Cables, Switches, and Routers
What Is Ethernet?
All about Cable
Working with Switches
Daisy-Chaining Switches
Using a Router

Chapter 7: Configuring Windows Clients
Configuring Network Connections
Joining a Domain

Chapter 8: Connecting Your Network to the Internet
Connecting to the Internet
Securing Your Connection with a Firewall

Chapter 9: Setting Up a Wireless Network
Diving into Wireless Networking
A Little High School Electronics
Eight-Oh-Two-Dot-Eleventy Something?: Understanding Wireless Standards
Home on the Range
Using Wireless Network Adapters
Setting Wireless Access Points
Roaming Capabilities
Configuring a Wireless Access Point
Connecting to a Wireless Network
Paying Attention to Wireless Network Security

Chapter 10: Virtual Networking
Understanding Virtualization
Understanding Hypervisors
Understanding Virtual Disks
Understanding Network Virtualization
Looking at the Benefits of Virtualization
Introducing Hyper-V
Enabling Hyper-V
Getting Familiar with Hyper-V
Creating a Virtual Switch
Creating a Virtual Disk
Creating a Virtual Machine
Installing an Operating System

Part 3: Working with Servers
Chapter 11: Setting Up a Server
Server Operating System Features
The Many Ways to Install a Network Operating System
Gathering Your Stuff
Making Informed Decisions
Final Preparations
Installing a Server Operating System
Configuring Your Server

Chapter 12: Managing Windows User Accounts
Understanding Windows User Accounts
Creating a New User
Setting User Properties
Resetting User Passwords
Disabling and Enabling User Accounts
Deleting a User
Working with Groups
Creating a Logon Script

Chapter 13: Managing Network Storage
Understanding Network Storage
Understanding Permissions
Understanding Shares
Managing Your File Server

Chapter 14: Managing Exchange Server 2016
Creating a Mailbox
Managing Mailboxes
Configuring Outlook for Exchange

Chapter 15: Creating an Intranet
Defining an Intranet
Identifying Intranet Uses
Setting Up an Intranet
Setting Up an IIS Web Server
Understanding the Default Website
Creating Websites

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