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Networking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Managing a small computer network is well within your reach, but it's vital to track key information that's unique to your network. Begin by recording your network and Internet connection information in [more…]

Layers in the OSI Model of a Computer Network

The OSI (Open System Interconnection) Model breaks the various aspects of a computer network into seven distinct layers. Each successive layer envelops the layer beneath it, hiding its details from the [more…]

Testing Your Computer Network

You've set up all your network switches, plugged in all the cables, and configured all your computers. One task remains before you can declare your network finished: You must verify that the network works [more…]

How to Manage a Network Server Remotely

One of the most useful tools available to system administrators is a program called Remote Desktop Connection. Remote Desktop Connection lets you connect to a server computer from your own computer's desktop [more…]

Disaster Planning for Computer Networks

Disaster planning is an integral part of managing a computer network, no matter how large or small. Planning for the worst situations ensures that network information remains secure and that business processes [more…]

Virtualizing the Desktop for Networking

Virtualizing your servers with a product such as VMWare is an excellent way to leverage the value of your server-computing hardware. Virtualization isn't just for servers, however — it's also possible, [more…]

Using Microsoft Outlook with Gmail

One of the best ways to get started with cloud computing is to use a cloud-based e-mail service such as Google's Gmail instead of server-based Microsoft Exchange. However, you may not be ready to jettison [more…]

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