NetWare, LAN Manager, NETBIOS, DOS, Windows, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT...Confused? Many administrators of TCP/IP-based networks are. In a world dominated by IBM-compatible Personal Computers (PCs), it is inevitable that you will be asked to add some of these systems to your network. A bewildering variety of operating systems and networks are offered for PCs. Finding your way through this maze of options can be a daunting task.
Networking Personal Computers with TCP/IP gives you practical information as well as detailed instructions for attaching PCs to a TCP/IP network. It discusses the challenges you'll face and offers general advice on planning and managing a network; it provides basic TCP/IP configuration information for the most popular PC operating systems and covers configuration of specific applications such as email, remote printing, and file sharing. The book also includes a chapter on integrating NetWare with TCP/IP and an appendix on free TCP/IP software for the PC.
If you're not familiar with the basics of TCP/IP network administration, check out O'Reilly's companion book, TCP/IP Network Administration. It covers the basics of TCP/IP networking and provides detailed instructions for setting-up UNIX workstations and servers on a TCP/IP network.
Networking Personal Computers with TCP/IP covers:
How to reduce the problems PCs can cause for network administration
Tools to help a network administrator support PCs
Detailed examples of TCP/IP configuration under DOS, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95, and Novell NetWare
Alternatives to custom, system-by-system configuration, including techniques for using tools such as RARP, BOOTP, and DHCP
Configuration of the Post Office Protocol (POP) servers and clients that allow PC users to receive email directly at their desktops
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal on the cover of Networking Personal Computers with TCP/IP is a jerboa, a jumping rodent of the family Dipodidae. Jerboas live in the desert regions of Africa and Central Asia. There are more than 20 species of jerboa, ranging in size from 1.6 to 10 inches, with tails of an additional 2.7 to 11 inches. Their hind legs, which are used for jumping, are at least four times as long as their front legs, which are used only for gathering food or running short distances. Jerboas can jump five to ten feet in a single leap, or they can move using short hops. Their long tails are used for balance when jumping or standing.
Jerboas are nocturnal animals. Although they are not sociable, jerboas within a given area all emerge from their burrows at about the same time each evening and simul taneously head to their feeding grounds in search of food. The jerboa diet primarily consists of seeds, along with some insects and vegetation. They are able to manu facture water from their food, and so have no need to drink water.
The gestation period for jerboas is 25-42 days. Most females breed at least twice a season, giving birth to two to six per litter. The life expectancy of jerboas is less than two years. Jerboas hibernate both in the winter and in very hot or dry summer periods. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond font.
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Comments about O'Reilly Media Networking Personal Computers with TCP/IP:
I bought this book from a discount computer book store. The contents seemed misleading. I did not find the book usefull at all. I used my copy for just onew day. It did not deal with anything current. It is high time they came out with a new edition which deals with current operating systems and Linux. I wish O'reilly gave me credit towards a different book.