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Networking Fundamentals

By : Gordon Davies
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Networking Fundamentals

By: Gordon Davies

Overview of this book

A network is a collection of computers, servers, mobile devices, or other computing devices connected for sharing data. This book will help you become well versed in basic networking concepts and prepare to pass Microsoft's MTA Networking Fundamentals Exam 98-366. Following Microsoft's official syllabus, the book starts by covering network infrastructures to help you differentiate intranets, internets, and extranets, and learn about network topologies. You’ll then get up to date with common network hardware devices such as routers and switches and the media types used to connect them together. As you advance, the book will take you through different protocols and services and the requirements to follow a standardized approach to networking. You’ll get to grips with the OSI and TCP/IP models as well as IPv4 and IPv6. The book also shows you how to recall IP addresses through name resolution. Finally, you’ll be able to practice everything you’ve learned and take the exam confidently with the help of mock tests. By the end of this networking book, you’ll have developed a strong foundation in the essential networking concepts needed to pass Exam 98-366.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
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Section 1: Network Infrastructure
Section 2: Network Hardware
Section 3: Protocols and Services
Section 4: Mock Exams
Mock Exam 1
Mock Exam 2

Understanding IPv6

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is becoming more and more prominent. Despite its slow take-up initially, the ever-increasing demand for IP addresses will no doubt make organizations that have been hesitant to implement IPv6 reconsider their stance. I think with the abundance of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are now available, this demand will continue to increase dramatically and having knowledge of IPv6 will become more important.

This chapter introduces you to IPv6, giving you an overview of how IPv6 addresses are represented in general, before moving on to discuss the various address types. Then, we will cover assigning IPv6 addresses in a Windows environment. We will finish this chapter by briefly talking about intercompatibility between IPv4 and IPv6, which, until we are solely using IPv6, will continue to be an important consideration.