Before candidates can begin to prepare for any kind of certification, they need a basic understanding of the various hardware and software components used in a computer network. Aimed at aspiring IT professionals, this invaluable book strips down a network to its bare basics, and discusses this complex topic in a clear and concise manner so that IT beginners can confidently gain an understanding of fundamental IT concepts. In addition, a base knowledge has been established so that more advanced topics and technologies can be learned over time.
- Includes a discussion of the key computer components, such as the processor and memory
- Covers the basics of data storage as well as the input/output process
- Zeroes in on basic hardware configuration including how to install hardware and software drivers
- Introduces various computer operating systems, including the Windows OS family, Linux, and Mac.
- Looks at basic networking concepts and design
IT Career JumpStart is an ideal starting point for anyone looking for a career in IT but doesn't know where to start.
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About the Author
Joey Alpern currently works as an independent consultant specializing in web development and database component integration.
Randy Muller, MCT, MCSE, MCITP, is an independent trainer and author specializing in Unified Communications, Office 365, and IT security.
Table of ContentsIntroduction xxiii
Chapter 1 The Computer's Brain: Processors and Memory 1
Chapter 2 Storing Your Files: Data Storage 27
Chapter 3 Data Movement: Input/Output Devices 55
Chapter 4 Hardware Configuration 79
Chapter 5 Desktop Operating Systems: A Comparison 91
Chapter 6 Command Shell 101: Basics Every Administrator Should Know 105
Chapter 7 Graphical Interface: Windows 7 Basics 131
Chapter 8 A Communications Framework 161
Chapter 9 Network Models 179
Chapter 10 Data-Link and Network Layer Protocols 191
Chapter 11 Network Operating Systems: A Comparison 211
Chapter 12 Windows Server 2008 R2 Origins and Platforms 221
Chapter 13 Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services 235
Chapter 14 Account Management 253
Chapter 15 File and Print Management 269
Appendix A Review Question Answers 295
Appendix B Common Acronyms 305