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IT Career JumpStart: An Introduction to PC Hardware, Software, and Networking

IT Career JumpStart: An Introduction to PC Hardware, Software, and Networking

Naomi J. Alpern , Joey Alpern , Randy Muller

ISBN: 978-1-118-23299-6

Dec 2011

360 pages

$19.99

Description

A practical approach for anyone looking to enter the IT workforce

Before candidates can begin to prepare for any kind of certification, they need a basic understanding of the various hardware and software components used in a computer network. Aimed at aspiring IT professionals, this invaluable book strips down a network to its bare basics, and discusses this complex topic in a clear and concise manner so that IT beginners can confidently gain an understanding of fundamental IT concepts. In addition, a base knowledge has been established so that more advanced topics and technologies can be learned over time.

  • Includes a discussion of the key computer components, such as the processor and memory
  • Covers the basics of data storage as well as the input/output process
  • Zeroes in on basic hardware configuration including how to install hardware and software drivers
  • Introduces various computer operating systems, including the Windows OS family, Linux, and Mac.
  • Looks at basic networking concepts and design

IT Career JumpStart is an ideal starting point for anyone looking for a career in IT but doesn't know where to start.

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Introduction xxiii

Chapter 1 The Computer's Brain: Processors and Memory 1

Chapter 2 Storing Your Files: Data Storage 27

Chapter 3 Data Movement: Input/Output Devices 55

Chapter 4 Hardware Configuration 79

Chapter 5 Desktop Operating Systems: A Comparison 91

Chapter 6 Command Shell 101: Basics Every Administrator Should Know 105

Chapter 7 Graphical Interface: Windows 7 Basics 131

Chapter 8 A Communications Framework 161

Chapter 9 Network Models 179

Chapter 10 Data-Link and Network Layer Protocols 191

Chapter 11 Network Operating Systems: A Comparison 211

Chapter 12 Windows Server 2008 R2 Origins and Platforms 221

Chapter 13 Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services 235

Chapter 14 Account Management 253

Chapter 15 File and Print Management 269

Appendix A Review Question Answers 295

Appendix B Common Acronyms 305

Glossary 311

Index 325