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GUIDE TO NETWORKING ESSENTIALS provides students with both the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to work with network operating systems in a network administration environment. By focusing on troubleshooting and not on an exam, this book offers a comprehensive introduction to Networking and to advances in software, wireless and network security. Labs are directly integrated in each chapter to allow for a hands-on experience in the classroom. Updated content reflects the latest networking technology and operating systems including Windows 7/Server 2008 and Linux. Proven pedagogy and comprehensive, non-exam-focused format provides a compelling introduction to network administration.

Greg Tomsho, Yavapai College

Greg Tomsho is director of the Computer Networking Technology Department and Cisco Academy at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. He has earned the CCNA, MCTS, MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, Server+ and Linux+ certifications. A former software engineer, technical support manager and IT director, he has more than 30 years of computer and networking experience. He has written numerous other leading books, including MCSA GUIDE TO INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012/R2, MCSA GUIDE TO ADMINISTERING MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012/R2, MCSA GUIDE TO CONFIGURING ADVANCED MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012/R2 SERVICES, Guide to Operating Systems, MCTS GUIDE TO WINDOWS SERVER 2008 ACTIVE DIRECTORY CONFIGURATION, MCTS GUIDE TO MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2008 APPLICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE CONFIGURATION, GUIDE TO NETWORKING ESSENTIALS, GUIDE TO NETWORK SUPPORT AND TROUBLESHOOTING and A+ COURSEPREP EXAMGUIDE.
  • Includes two new chapters with thorough coverage of network hardware include a new introductory chapter and a new in-depth chapter.
  • Thorough update of technology and standards including coverage of operating system virtualization and cloud computing.
  • Includes information based on the latest operating systems including Windows 7/Server 2008, Linux.
  • More coverage on IPv6 and virtualization. Virtualization is now a mainstream technology, and the use of virtualization in today's networks is now covered.
  • New Challenge Labs give students hands-on experience without step-by-step instructions.
  • New Flash simulations included on CD include drag and drop exercises.
  • Advances in software, wireless, and security have been updated throughout the book.
  • Hands-on and Case Projects throughout text allow for real-life application of material.
  • Server Management and Administration are covered in detail on the latest operating systems.
  • A hands-on, non-exam approach provides an alternative to traditional introductory networking texts.
  • By focusing on troubleshooting, students are prepared for professional challenges faced in the industry.
  • Includes extensive learning tools, such as chapter summaries, review questions, hands-on projects and case projects, helping students to practice skills as they learn them, allowing real-life application of material.
  • Coverage of virtualization and the latest operating systems in addition to advances in software, wireless and security provide students with the most up-to-date material.
  • New chapters on an introduction to in-depth network hardware make this a comprehensive introduction to the field of Networking.
1. Introduction to Computer Networks.
2. Network Hardware Essentials.
3. Network Topologies and Technologies.
4. Networking Media.
5. Network Protocols.
6. Network Reference Models and Standards.
7. Network Hardware in Depth.
8, Network Operating Systems
9. Introduction to Network Security
10, Supporting a Small Business Network
11. Network Administration and Support
12. Enterprise and Wide Area Networks.
13, Solving Network Problems.
Appendix A. Common Networking Standards.
Appendix B. Old or Obsolete Technologies
Appendix C. Planning and Implementing Networks.
Needs Assessment and Justification. Establish the Need for a Network. Network Plan.
Appendix D. Network Troubleshooting Guide.
Appendix E. Networking Resources, Online and Offline.
Appendix F. A Guide to Using Virtualization in the Classroom.

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Instructor's Companion Web Site

ISBN: 9781305105447
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

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