Cisco Internetworking with Windows NT & 2000

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Posted Nov 15, 2001


by Ryan Smith

by Toby J. Velte, Amy Hanson, Anthony T. Velte (Contributor) Paperback - 726 pages ISBN: 0072120835

Cisco Internetworking with Windows NT & 2000
by Toby J. Velte, Amy Hanson, Anthony T. Velte (Contributor)
Paperback - 726 pages
ISBN: 0072120835


From the Back Cover:

Integrate Cisco networks with Windows NT & 2000.

Get all the hands-on information you need to seamlessly integrate your Cisco network with Windows NT and 2000 in this one comprehensive volume. Unique in its scope,Cisco Internetworking with Windows NT & 2000 provides all the tools you need to build, deploy, and maintain Cisco-based Windows networks. You'll master the art of internetworking - from working with Windows 2000 Active Directory and Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS), LDAP, and Directory-Enabled Networking (DEN) - to installing and configuring switches, routers, and hubs. You'll also learn how to accurately monitor network traffic, provide secure connections, and ensure optimal service quality. Valuable appendices include time-saving router configuration flow charts and protocol maps. Valuable appendices include time-saving router configuration flow charts and protocol maps. Plus, you'll get blueprints that map out sample networks designs using Cisco products.

* Work with Windows 2000 Active Directory and Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS).
* Configure routers, switches, hubs, VLANs, and RRAS.
* Manager devices and directory services, including the MMC, CiscoWorks2000, CWSI, and ConfigMaker.
* Use naming services, such as dynamic DNS, DHCP, WINS, and NetRegistrar.
* Create a design strategy and plan your migration to Windows 2000.
* Implement Web services, including LocalDirector and DistributedDirector.
* Maintain a secure network using VPNs, PIX Firewall, CiscoSecure Authentication, and CiscoSecure Scanner (NetSonar).


Review:

This book attempts to cover a very broad range of topics in its 726 pages. Everything from configuring Cisco hubs, switches and routers to the OSI model on one end, while on the other end of the spectrum is a Windows DNS primer and a migration guide for moving from Windows NT to Windows 2000. It's a phenomenally broad range of topics that the authors attempt to cover. They never truly give enough (or too much, depending upon your perspective) information on any ONE SINGLE topic to make a solid foundation for anything. Rather, they provide an overview of many topics without getting into a massive degree of detail on these individual topics.

The book is divided into four primary parts. In Part One, a background is given for both Directory-Enabled Networking (ala Windows 2000 Active Directory) and for Networking Fundamentals including the OSI model, routing protocols and TCP/IP addressing schemes. Part Two covers building a Cisco network with Windows 2000. It includes an overview of Cisco equipment including routers, hubs, switches, voice devices, firewalls and remote access servers. It then goes on to explain configuring routers, switches and hubs. The book has three chapters dedicated to setting up routers, switches and hubs, respectively. I've seen entire books dedicated to setting up Cisco hubs alone, so don't rely on this text alone to assist you with setting up any Cisco equipment. Part Three covers managing a Cisco/Windows network and including CiscoWorks, Microsoft Management Console (MMC), network traffic issues and designing Windows 2000 domains. Finally Part Four covers Intranet and Extranet strategies. This section focuses on web services such as Cisco's DistributedDirector and Cisco's Cache Engines, firewall devices such as the PIX or the Firewall IOS feature set and CiscoSecure Intrusion Detection System (IDS), Quality of Service features as well as Cisco's Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) Services.

This book is a great resource for any MCSE's out there who want to get some introductory Cisco knowledge and get a much better overview of Cisco's equipment and products. Will this book help you towards passing any Cisco exams or anything of the sort? Absolutely not. But, then again, no one ever said it would!

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