Microsoft® Encyclopedia of Networking

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Get the single resource that defines—and illustrates—the rapidly evolving world of networking. The second edition of the award-winning MICROSOFT® ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NETWORKING has been fully updated—with thousands of entries detailing the latest technologies, standards, products, and services. You get clear, concise explanations, including hundreds of new articles and diagrams, that deftly take you from concept to real-world application. You also get the entire encyclopedia on CD-ROM, for definitive answers wherever you need them.

  • STAY CURRENT AND TRACK TRENDS—from Ethernet to wireless LANs, EDI to XML, 6bone to Web-enabled cell phones, keep pace with networking innovations

  • EXPLORE CONTENT IN DEPTH—delve into security, viruses, next-generation cellular communications, e-business, and other developments in as much detail as you need

  • BUILD YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF KEY PLATFORMS—everything from Microsoft Windows® and Microsoft .NET to open-source technologies and products from Cisco, IBM, Sun, and others
  • MASTER NETWORKING ESSENTIALS—get fast facts and implementation notes on networking topologies, media, protocols, and standards
  • DECIPHER INDUSTRY ACRONYMS—from legacy systems (POTS) to emerging standards (IPv6), and from ACK to ZAK, decode essential terms
  • GET AN EDGE IN CERTIFICATION PREPARATION—ideal reference for anyone pursuing or maintaining MCSE, MCSA, or other professional certification

PLUS, YOUR ENCYCLOPEDIA ON CD-ROM FEATURES:

  • Entire text in easy-search eBook format
  • Customizable, XML-based index
  • Links to Web sites for additional learning

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The Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking has a great deal to offer its readers--it's thoroughly researched, well written, and carefully laid out. A more apt title would have been The Encyclopedia of Microsoft Networking, however, since Windows NT, Windows 2000, and additional Microsoft networking solutions are emphasized at the expense of other popular and robust technologies. If you run a Windows shop or just want a reference on hand while you prepare for a Microsoft networking certification test, you'll be pleased by the contents of this book.

Author Mitch Tulloch has done a super job of defining (and, more importantly, explaining) hundreds of terms involving connecting computers to one another, sending signals across those connections, and performing useful work (such as database queries and electronic commerce transactions) with those signals. Entries tend to be long and thorough, often including examples or careful conceptual walk-throughs. The design team that organized this book deserves high praise too, because there are so many ways to find terms that are of interest to readers. (All the terms appear in a table of contents and an index, as well as in alphabetical order in the body of the encyclopedia.) There is also plenty of cross-referencing among terms.

The prime weakness in this book isn't necessarily that it favors Microsoft products, but that it's sometimes actively hostile to competing technologies. Linux is defined as suffering from corporate "reluctance to use free software ... because there is no single company responsible for its development and support," making it suitable only for students who want to learn the Unix operating system. The first statement is a standard Microsoft argument against the adoption of Linux, although it contains some truth. The second statement reflects an error of omission: Linux is suited to such students but also to many other kinds of users. The book, not surprisingly, also lacks an entry for the Apache Web server. So if you're interested mainly in Microsoft products and don't care about these matters, this is a great book. --David Wall

Topics covered: Computer networking, particularly as implemented under Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 9x, Windows NT 4, and Windows 2000. Physical media, protocols, applications, and whole business solutions that have to do with networking are explained in an alphabetically organized series of entries.

From the Author:

Traditional networking encyclopedias tend to focus only on networking hardware, standards, and protocols and not much else. But shifting paradigms and innovative software have forced a reappraisal of what a networking encyclopedia should be about. My book tries to accomodate these changes by covering everything that the modern networking professional needs to know, including LAN/WAN devices and components, cabling, various network and data storage architectures, wireless and cellular communications standards and technologies, protocols, incipient and established standards, underlying engineering concepts, network operating systems, Internet services and technologies, programming languages and architectures for building distributed applications, certification programs for networking professionals, and of course Microsoft software, services, and innovations. A fair portion of my encyclopedia focuses on Microsoft technologies, and why not? You'll find Microsoft software on virtually every desktop of every company in the world, in back rooms running mission-critical line-of-business software, on handheld PDAs, in embedded industrial systems--in short, almost everywhere. Today's competent networking professional must be familiar with these technologies, and there has been a need for a general networking encyclopedia which acknowledges Microsoft's pivotal role in building the networks that support the modern enterprise. Other companies have made contributions to networking as significant as Microsoft, and coverage of their products and services have been included though to a more limited extent. If you work exclusively with Novell products, you should buy their Novell's Encyclopedia of Networking. But if you are a networking professional who has any contact at all with Microsoft software (and who doesn't these days?) then my book is for you. Mitch Tulloch (author)

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