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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)
Free Chapter
Section 1: Network Infrastructure
Section 2: Network Hardware
Section 3: Protocols and Services
Section 4: Mock Exams
Mock Exam 1
Mock Exam 2

Switches and Switching - Forwarding Traffic on a Local Network

In the introduction to Chapter 2, Understanding Local Area Networks, I mentioned how most network engineers cut their teeth supporting an organization's internal infrastructure. This will ultimately mean gaining exposure to switches in some form or another. While it isn't likely that you'll be fully configuring switches at the entry-level, it is important that you understand how they function. The abundance of multi-user environments that are used both at home and at work makes it important for traffic to be forwarded quickly and efficiently.

This chapter introduces the concept of switching and provides an explanation of how switching decisions are made. We will discuss the different types of switch, their use cases, and the key attributes of these essential devices.

The following topics will be covered...