General Networking

Last Updated on 20 Aug. 2015, Total: 265 Articles and Tutorials

This topic provides an overview of the elements and issues involved in Networking and the basics needed before setting up any type of network.

The different types of network connections, basic networking terminology, network hardware, and network setups are all discussed in this section.

  1. Analyzing Traffic With Network Monitor

    As an administrator, it’s important for you to keep tabs on the traffic that’s flowing across your network. I’m not saying that you need to be intimately familiar with every single packet that’s sent or received, but you need to know what types of protocols are flowing across your network. Monitoring the network allows you to have a better understanding... Read More

  2. Subnetting to Increase Performance

    There comes a time when a network becomes too big and performance begins to suffer as a result of too much traffic. When that happens, one of the ways that you can solve the problem is by breaking the network into smaller pieces. There are several techniques for splitting a network, but one of the most effective techniques is called... Read More

  3. Firewalls 101

    Firewalls have become an indispensable part of computer security, but they can be intimidating for a new administrator. In this article I will explain the inner workings of a firewall and some common firewall features in an easy to understand manner... Read More

  4. Beating The Summer Heat

    Summer heat can wreck havoc on your servers. If you’d prefer to spend your summer boating or barbequing than fixing servers, then check this story of how I coped with the extreme heat in my own server room... Read More

  5. Router Troubleshooting Primer

    In this article we will take a look at the proper steps to troubleshooting routing problems... Read More

  6. Making the Transition to Gigabit Ethernet

    Recently, I was having problems because my nightly backup wasn’t completing within the allotted amount of time. I solved the problem by upgrading my network to gigabit Ethernet. Now, my backups complete in record time and everything on my network runs more quickly. In this article, I will show you how it’s done... Read More

  7. Planning your Server Farm (Part 2)

    Welcome to part two of how to plan your server farm and other tips to consider when building Windows Server 2003 systems to serve your network users. Deploying a server can be a chore, especially when it comes to planning. There are many things to consider. In this article we will look at how to verify your plan, and then... Read More

  8. Planning your Server Farm (Part 1)

    In this series of articles, we will cover all that you will need to consider when planning to deploy a new server farm. A server farm is just lingo used to describe a grouping of servers that you use within you Local Area Network (LAN), usually tied to a high speed backbone if designed properly. In this article set we... Read More

  9. Book Reviews: Security Books

    Security is always an important area for IT professionals, and there's no shortage of books on computer and network security coming out these days. Below are five recent titles on various security topics and my take on them... Read More

  10. Managing Application Directory Partitions

    Being that the Active Directory is nothing more than a large, extensible database, applications can be designed to store data and configuration information within the Active Directory. This allows the application’s data to be replicated to multiple domain controllers, giving the application a degree of load balancing and fault tolerance. If you have such an application though, it is considered... Read More

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