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LANs to WANs

The Complete Management Guide

LANs to WANs by Nathan Muller
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Empowered by today’s high-performance computers interconnected over LANs and WANs, companies are faced with the daunting task of bringing workability to the diversity and complexity of today’s data communications landscape. This new, comprehensive resource addresses key network management challenges, showing you how to: tie together incompatible LANs, meld legacy systems and LANs, extend the reach of LANs with wireless links, protect information assets from various disaster scenarios, and consolidate multi-protocol traffic over a single WAN backbone in a way that guarantees appropriate service levels.

Moreover, this hands-on guide defines management system requirements for the enterprise, and identifies the tools and expertise companies need to manage systems and networks in wired and wireless environments. You will learn how to design and test networks before implementation, and harden systems and networks against internal and external attacks with effective security administration and the application of specific tools. Putting infrastructure issues into proper perspective, this book will help you succeed in managing advanced communications systems and networks.

Contents:

Preface

Local Area Networks - Ethernet. 10BaseT. Fast Ethernet. Gigabit Ethernet. Token Ring. Other LANs.

LAN Administration - Console and Agents. Automating Software Distribution. Monitoring File Use. Virus Scanning. Printer Management. Storage Management. Reporting Bindery Data. Process Scheduling. Console Text Viewer. Tracking Network Activity. Integrated Help Desk.

LAN Restoration Planning - Network Reliability. Network Availability. Recovery Options. Server Restoration Capabilities. Data Protection. Servers on the WAN. Storage Area Networks. Other Considerations.

Storage Network Management - Storage Area Networks. Emerging Role of IP. Storage Virtualization. Testing.

Managing Bridges, Routers, Gateways - Bridges. Routers. Gateways.

Managing the Wireless Infrastructure - Configuration Details. Mobile IP. Spanning Tree Protocol. Performance Monitoring. Applying Filters. Logs. Setting SNMP Traps.

Managing Voice Systems - Historical Perspective. PBX Components. Centralized versus Distributed Systems. Virtual Networks. Call Detail Reporting. IP PBXs. Wireless PBX Systems. Centrex.

Managing the TDM Infrastructure - Multiplexers. The Backbone Network. Public and Private Network Interoperability. Voice Compression. Data Support. Clear Channel Capability. ISDN. Role of Digital Cross-connect Systems.

Managing Link Performance with CSU-DSUs - Digital Data Services. CSU Functionality. Carrier Testing Services. User-Controlled Diagnostics. Fractional T1. Integrated Solutions. Integral Protocol Analyzers.

SNMP for Management. Disaster Recovery. Service-Level Management.

Managing Fast Packet Networks - Frame Relay. Asynchronous Transfer Mode. IP Networks. Ethernet.

Network Management Systems - Management System Evolution. Management in the Wired World. The Mechanics of SNMP. Graphical SNMP Tools. SNMP on Wireless Networks. Telecommunications Management Network. Open Source Management Tools.

Managing Service Quality - Role of ATM. Adding QoS to Frame and IP. Policy-Based QoS Management.

Software Solutions. Hardware Solutions. Service Level Agreements.

Managing Network Security - Threat Assessment. Securing the Workplace. Securing the Network. Data Encryption. Virus Protection. Firewalls. Intrusion Detection Systems. Remote Access Security. Policy Based Security. Network Management System Security. Security Personnel. Security Training.

Network Planning & Design Tools - Network Documentation Tools. Network Design Tools. Network Specific Tools. Systems Design.

WAN Restoration Planning - Redundant Carrier Systems. Carrier Restoration Services. Fiber Network Restoration. Packet Data Network Recovery. LEC Restoration Services. Competitive Access Providers.

T1 Restoration. DDS Dial Backup. Intelligent Calling Systems. Dial Backup Units. Satellite-Based Restoration. LAN Internets.

Maintenance & Support Services - Do-it-yourself Approach. Reporting Requirements. Equipment Requirements. Vendor and Carrier Services. Maintenance Firms. Cooperative Maintenance Programs. Cabling Considerations. Operating Systems.

Acronyms. Index. The Author.

Managing Network Security. Network Planning & Design Tools. WAN Restoration Planning. Maintenance & Support Services. Acronyms. Index. The Author.

Nathan J. Muller is a managing partner and consultant at the Ascent Solutions Group, LLC in Sterling, VA. He is also the author of IP Convergence: The Next Revolution in Telecommunications, Desktop Encyclopedia of the Internet, Wireless Data Networking, and Intelligent Hubs (Artech House, 2000, 1999, 1995, 1994).

Artech House; June 2003
466 pages; ISBN 9781580535731
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Title: LANs to WANs
Author: Nathan Muller