Network Architecture & Design 'A Field Guide for IT Professionals', 1st edition

  • Jerome F. DiMarzio

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Network Architecture and Design takes readers through every phase of a new project from client meetings, site surveys, data collection and interpretation, documentation to actually designing and implementing the network according to spec. The discussion includes:

  • An overview of LAN and WAN topologies
  • Coverage of NOS (Novell Operating System)
  • Integration of the client operating system (this 50% of network architecture is often overlooked in similar titles)
  • Protocols
  • Connectivity Devices
  • Implementing Remote Access
  • Security
  • Internet connectivity
  • Network Monitoring

In addition, the author has prepared a sample of client documentation, a glossary of terms and a trouble shooting quick reference guide.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Fundamentals of Network Architecture (Designing Global Networks).


1. Preparation and Analysis.

Defining the Project. Meeting with the Client. Performing the Site Survey. Organizing Your Information. Interpreting What You Have. Summary.


2. LAN Specifics.

The Hypothetical Company. What Is a Network Type? Ethernet Fundamentals. Token Ring Explained. Designing Mixed Networks. Scenarios. Summary.

Network Operating Systems.

Planning for Windows NT and 2000. Introduction to Novell. Designing Mixed (OS) Networks. Configuring Gateway Services for NetWare. Summary.

4. The Right Hardware for the Right Job.

Overhead. Evaluating Your Software Needs. Going by the Book. The Clients. Summary.

5. Considering the Client.

Choosing Client Hardware. Client Operating Systems. Summary.

6. Choosing a Protocol.

The OSI Model. TCP/IP. Novell and IPX. Microsoft and NetBEUI. Choosing Your Protocol. Summary.

7. Connectivity Devices.

MAUs and Hubs. Switches. Routers. Bridges. Summary.

8. WAN Technologies.

Frame Relay. Broadband DSL/Cable/ISDN. Local Carriers. LAN Considerations. Scenario. Summary.

9. Remote Connectivity.

Dial-In Connectivity. VPNs. Scenario. Summary.

10. Internet Connectivity.

Working with Internet Providers. Internet Connectivity Equipment Implementing a DNS Solution. Preparing for E-mail. Scenario. Summary.

11. Securing Your Network.

Network Standards and Policies. Implementing Routers and Firewalls. Enterprise Antivirus Solutions. Designing and Implementing a Backup Solution. Summary.


12. The Final Proposal.

Choosing Your Hardware Vendor. Choosing Your Software Plan. Working with Timelines and Contract Help. Creating the Final Proposal. Summary.


13. The Construction Begins.

Building a Network from the Ground Up. Using Parallel Networks. Rolling Out Clients and Migrating Users. The Final Walk-through. Summary.


14. Post Project Activities.

Using SMS for Network Traffic Monitoring. Network Monitor. What Can Network Monitor Do? Using Experts in Network Monitor. Network Trace. Tracking User Activity on the Internet. Firewalls. Proxies. Using Proxies and Firewalls Together. Monitoring E-mail. Using a Firewall to Monitor E-mail. Monitoring Messages from the E-mail Server. Summary.


Appendix A. Glossary.

Appendix B. Sample Documentation.

Documentation Packet. Server Roles. Network Policies. Corporate IT Policy. PC Usage. Networked PCs. Email Usage. Internet Usage.

Appendix C. Resolution Guide for Common Network Conflicts.

Issue 1: Slow Network Response. Issue 2: No E-mail Is Being. Received from the Internet. Issue 3: Subnetting Problems. Issue 4: Broadcast. Messages. Closing.

Appendix D. Resource Guide.

General Resources. Product-Specific Resources.

Appendix E. RFCs.

RFC 1918 Address Allocation for Private Internets. Status of this Memo. RFC 1369 Ethernet MIB Implementations. Status of this Memo. Table of Contents. RFC 1231 IEEE 802.5 MIB. Status of this Memo. RFC 1042 IP and ARP on IEEE 802 Networks. Status of this Memo. Introduction. Description. The ARP Details. Broadcast Address. Byte Order. Maximum Transmission Unit. Frame Format and MAC Level Issues. IEEE 802.2 Details. For IEEE 802.3. For IEEE 802.4. For IEEE 802.5. Multi-Ring Extension Details. Interoperation with Ethernet.


Published by Sams Publishing (May 11th 2001) - Copyright © 2001