TCP/IP and More
This book provides a solid grounding in Windows
2000's TCP/IP Protocol Suite.
- By Dale Holmes
- August 01, 2000
Lee and Davies have teamed up with Microsoft
Press to author a concise yet comprehensive volume on Windows 2000
TCP/IP protocols and services. Most TCP/IP tutorials start with
a history of the TCP/IP Protocol Suite and the Internet, and this
book is no different. However, the authors manage to present this
background without boring you. In the introduction they cover the
DARPA TCP/IP layered model plus the ISO/OSI seven-layer model. They
diagram where these models intersect and where they differ, and
this is a good foundation for the rest of the book.
The book is structured to follow the OSI model
from the physical to application layer. The authors start by covering
physical and data link layer technologies implemented in today’s
LANs and WANs. At layer three they introduce the IP protocol and
discuss IP basics and IP routing. From there, they move to layer
four and cover TCP and UDP, the suite’s transport layer protocols.
Finally, they move into the upper layer protocols and applications
and discuss them in detail.
Throughout, the authors use clear and descriptive
diagrams and graphics plus Network Monitor traces to illustrate
concepts. This is helpful, as they cover topics that can be confusing
to IP novices and experts alike. These topics include subnetting,
classful and classless addressing, supernetting, and variable length
subnet masks (VLSM). I particularly like the way the book examines
TCP/IP protocols, not just from a theoretical point of view, but
from a practical standpoint. The book discusses the use of IP diagnostic
utilities such as Ping and Trace, but doesn’t stop at simply
discussing these tools. It also explores the protocols in depth
with network monitor traces.
Many technical books include a CD-ROM that’s
often disappointing in content—but not here! You’ll find
all the network monitor traces discussed in the book plus a complete
set of RFCs and Internet drafts. To advance your understanding of
the TCP/IP Protocol Suite to a truly advanced level, it’s necessary
to read many of the RFCs for the protocols, Internet drafts for
emerging protocols, and changes to the existing suite.
The book covers not only the current version
of IP (IPv4), but also IP version 6 (IPv6). VPN and IPSec are covered
toward the book’s end. Thorough coverage is also given to TCP
applications essential to the Win2K network environment, including
DHCP, DNS, and WINS, plus NetBIOS operations over TCP, and Microsoft
File and Printer Sharing.
I was disappointed that the chapters didn’t
end with review questions or pointers to additional material for
further study. But this book is neither an exam preparation guide
nor a classroom text. The inclusion of RFCs and Internet drafts
on the accompanying CD-ROM help make up for the missing element.
Overall, this volume is highly accurate, very
detailed, and well written. This book is a must-have for any technical
professional who expects to work in a Win2K environment, and it’s
also an excellent reference for technicians working with TCP/IP
in any network environment.
Dale Holmes, MCSE, CCNA, CNE, is a partner and senior technical consultant for Allnet LLC in Baltimore, Maryland.