This online book is a structured, introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 and Windows® XP operating systems.
This book is primarily a discussion of concepts and principles to lay a conceptual foundation for the TCP/IP protocol suite. Unlike many other introductory TCP/IP texts, this book provides an integrated discussion of both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
This book is not a discussion of TCP/IP planning, configuration, deployment, management, or application development. For a discussion of TCP/IP planning, configuration, deployment, and management, see the online Help for Windows Server 2003 and the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit. For a discussion of how to develop TCP/IP applications using Windows Sockets, see the Microsoft Developer Network.
This book provides an educational vehicle for the fundamentals of TCP/IP to either prepare you for a career in information technology or to augment your knowledge of TCP/IP-based networking in Microsoft Windows. This book is not intended to be a primer for computing or networking technology.
This book is written for the following audiences:
- Information technology students
This book can serve as a textbook for a comprehensive introductory TCP/IP course taught inside your organization or at an educational institution.
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs)
- This book can be used as background information when preparing to take the courses and exams for an MCSE certification.
- Microsoft Windows network administrators and general technical staff. This includes anyone who is currently managing a Windows network and wants to gain additional technical knowledge about TCP/IP components and services and their basic configuration in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.