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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


In this chapter, we explained how switches allow us to segment a network and reduce collision domains. We discussed the various characteristics of switches and highlighted the difference between managed and unmanaged devices. We also talked about cabling between endpoints and switches via patch panels. In addition to this, we walked through the process of frame forwarding and mechanisms to prevent broadcast storms occurring. We finished this chapter by discussing various security processes we can employ on a switch.

This chapter taught you how to identify collision domains on a network. By combining this with the knowledge you have of various different topologies and their access methods, you will be able to implement an efficient network with ease. You also learned how a switch populates its MAC/CAM table during the frame forwarding process. An understanding of this will...