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TCP/IP Foundations

ISBN: 978-0-7821-5113-8
304 pages
February 2006
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The world of IT is always evolving, but in every area there are stable, core concepts that anyone just setting out needed to know last year, needs to know this year, and will still need to know next year. The purpose of the Foundations series is to identify these concepts and present them in a way that gives you the strongest possible starting point, no matter what your endeavor.

TCP/IP Foundations provides essential knowledge about the two protocols that form the basis for the Internet, as well as many other networks. What you learn here will benefit you in the short term, as you acquire and practice your skills, and in the long term, as you use them. Topics covered include:

  • The origins of TCP/IP and the Internet
  • The layers comprising the OSI and DoD models
  • TCP/IP addressing
  • Subnet masks
  • Creating custom subnet masks
  • Supernetting and Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
  • Name resolution
  • The Domain Name System (DNS) and Dynamic DNS
  • Windows Internet Naming Services (WINS)
  • The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • What to expect with IPv6
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Origin of TCP/IP and the Internet.

Chapter 2: Protocols.

Chapter 3: The Network Interface and Internet Layers.

Chapter 4: The Transport Layer.

Chapter 5: The Application Layer.

Chapter 6: IP Addressings.

Chapter 7: Addressing IP Hosts.

Chapter 8: Introduction to Subnet Masks.

Chapter 9: Using Custom Subnet Masks.

Chapter 10: Supernetting and CIDR.

Chapter 11: Name Resolution.

Chapter 12: Domain Name System (DNS).

Chapter 13: Dynamic DNS.

Chapter 14: Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS).

Chapter 15: IP Version 6.

Appendix A Answers to Review Questions.

Appendix B Acronym Expansion Guide.



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Author Information

Andrew Blank, MCSEis an experienced trainer and author who has taught TCP/IP courses for both Microsoft and Novell. Andy presently works as an insturctor for Microskills, where he is responsible for setting up, preparing, and teaching Microsoft and Novell certified training.
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