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23 Nov 2012 For Dummies
The bestselling guide for network administrators, fully updated for Windows 8 If you′re responsible for a network, large or small, this book is your one–stop resource for all the essential details you need to know. Fully updated to cover Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, it features the latest on broadband technologies, storage, backup procedures, and all the current networking trends. Nine handy minibooks cover the basics, building a network, administration and security, TCP/IP and the Internet, wireless networking, mobile networking, Windows Server 2012, using other Windows servers, and managing Linux systems. A proven bestseller, with more than 111,000 copies sold in four previous editions Written by veteran IT expert Doug Lowe, who has more than 50 technology books to his credit Provides one–stop shopping for everything networking professionals need to keep large or small networks functioning efficiently Updated with the latest information on building and administering a network, security, wireless and mobile networking, using Windows servers, working with Linux systems, and much more Networking All–in–One For Dummies, 5th Edition provides what network administrators need to know in a handy, easy–to–use reference.

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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (23 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118380983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118380987
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doug Lowe is the Information Technology Director for a civil engineering firm in California. He has been managing networks for more than 25 years and has written 50+ technology books, including Networking All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition and PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies.

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Handling a network? This one handy book covers all the essentials you need to know! If you're in charge of a network, here's all the basic information you need to get it up and running and keep it, and your users, happy. Neatly divided into self-contained minibooks so you can quickly find what you need, this new edition covers the latest on mobile networking, Windows Server 2012, security, and much more, in one convenient package! Networking 101 — if you're new to networking, here's an overview of standards, hardware, network operating systems, and other essentials Get started — create a plan, install the hardware and operating system, configure Windows, and explore VMWare® Administrative tasks — keep software updated, manage user accounts, and implement solid security Internet access — learn the ins and outs of TCP/IP Skip the wires — set up, secure, and troubleshoot a wireless network Smartphone smarts — safely manage iPhones, iPads, Android phones, BlackBerry devices, and netbooks on your network Serving up servers — learn about the latest version of Windows Server 2012, IIS Web Server, Exchange Server 2010, and others Love Linux — all about installing, managing, and configuring Linux for networking Open the book and find: Network protocols and standards How virtualization technologies help manage servers The five most common network bottlenecks All about DHCP and DNS Security tips for wireless networks How to configure VPN access What Active Directory® does for you Basic Linux network configuration 9 books in 1 Networking Basics Building a Network Network Administration and Security TCP/IP and the Internet Wireless Networking Mobile Networking Windows Server® 2012 Reference Using Other Windows Servers Managing Linux Systems

About the Author

Doug Lowe is an IT director who has been managing corporate networks for more than 20 years. He has written more than 50 books that demystify everything from Microsoft Office to client/server computing to creating web pages. Among them is the perennial bestseller Networking For Dummies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this because although I have over 30 years of software development experience, my networking knowledge was almost non-existent. I also wanted something that would cover home and work networks and both Windows- and Unix-based networks - I chose this over the equivalent SAMS offering because it appeared to be a bit wider in scope, although I have been put off other "...for Dummies" books because of that title - I don't consider myself a dummy, even if lacking knowledge in particular areas of IT. To start with, this book is wide-ranging, appears to cover all the bases and has a lot of quite of practical help and technical information - real dummies would struggle. However, for someone who wants a theoretical basis, much of the practical help is surplus to requirements. It is, I suppose, worth pointing out that cables should have a bit of spare length, and that trouble-shooting needs to start with checking the computer is connected and powered-up, and so on, but I felt the book depended to much on this sort of detail and things like FTP commands, which are described more than adequately elsewhere. It's difficult for a networking tyro to say exacly where the information is too sparse but there were several areas where I felt that detail was lacking. For instance, for VPN it's not mentioned that, depending on setup, the remote user can find they have no normal internet access while using it. Presumably a VPN server might need a separate IP address from the normal gateway, but how does that affect using a subdomain of the normal site name - a little more guidance would be useful. The advice on setting up a network firewall is sparse and would leave the fledgeling network administator floundering. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understandable 7 April 2013
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This is a great book if you want to expand your knowledge on the subject. It is written in plain English with tips and technical stuff pointed out clearly. I would say that it is not for complete dummies as some people with no computer knowledge at all may struggle to understand this book. However, anyone with some computing know-how who wants to learn about networking would find this an excellent reference choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent refresher 22 Jan 2014
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I brought this book to refresh my memory as I have been out of the industry for a while, very good book.
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Although I am a fan of Wiley's computing books, some are less useful than they appear to promise. This, as many other 'All-in-One' titles, is one that has some imperfections.

An author may be able to write upon some areas of computing use and have intensive knowledge on certain aspects but have little knowledge of others. For example, an author writing about Photoshop or MSWord would be expected to know about the software, its menus, settings etc and perhaps know a trick or two. Knowledge of the computer hardware and how it is to be configured would not be especially relevant and probably would not be expected to be found in such a book. Networking is far more complex and involves some elements of hardware knowledge and its configuration but also of software, much of which is an essential group of utilities and applets built into the operating system itself. Although Windows, MacOSX and Linux are very different operating systems, very similar functioning controls are built into each one. They may be accessed or used in different ways but, ultimately, they are intended to achieve either completely identical or very nearly identical results. If they did not, networking would be far more complex than it is. Unfortunately, authors' expertise of the different systems or certain aspects of them will vary.

Sometimes, a publisher may overcome these relative weaknesses by forcing a collaboration between two or more authors, making good use of their individual strengths. This series uses a different approach and takes individual chapters or groups of chapters from several existing publications and assembles them in a specific order to produce a book that supposedly answers everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 11 Jun 2014
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Excellent book for getting to grips with the subject without going into the very technical stuff you need a degree to understand.
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