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Appendix C. Internet Resources for Network Administrators

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StandardsOrganizations

RequestforComments

www.rfc-editor.org



Manyofthetechnologiesinthisbookaredetailedinstandards

documents.RequestforComments(RFCs)documentsarethe

resultofanongoingprocesstodevelopandenhanceprotocols

fortheInternet.Becauseitisanongoingprocess,notevery

RFCdefinesastandard.Instead,somearedrafts,someare

simplyinformational,andothersareconsideredtobethe

currentstandard.Thissiteismentionedinseveralplacesinthis

book,butitismentionedhereincaseyoumissedthose

chapters.



TheInstituteofElectricalandElectronics

Engineers(IEEE)

www.ieee.org



TheIEEE,anorganizationthathasbeenaroundforalongtime,

establishesstandardsformanyareasoftechnology.Oneareais

computersandnetworking.Someofthe802.xstandardsare

availableonlineinPDFformat.Othersyoucanorderthrough

thesite'sbookstore.MostofthebasicLAN/MAN/WAN

documents,however,areincludedonlinefornocost.Ifyou

wanttogetintothedetailsaboutmanynetworkingproducts,



besuretovisitthissite.



ISO

www.iso.org



TheInternationalOrganizationforStandardizationalsoknownas

ISOisanorganizationthatcoordinatesmanystandards

throughouttheworld.WhereastheIEEEworksonstandards

thatcovermanyareasrelatedtotheelectricalfieldofprotocols

andproducts,theISOworkstocoordinatestandardsfor

everythingfromcreditcardsandsmartcardstosteel,tools,

foodproducts,andsoon.TheoneareatheISOdoesnotcover

iselectricalandelectronicengineeringstandards.Thesetypes

ofstandardsarecoveredbytheInternationalElectrotechnical

Commission(IEC).However,informationtechnologystandards

areajointeffortbetweentheISOandtheIEC.

TheISOiscomposedofmembersfromallovertheworld.Each

countryisallowedonerepresentativestandardsbodyforthe

country,knownasamemberbodyoftheISO.Correspondent

memberscomefromcountriesthatdonotyethavea

representativestandardsbodyoftheirown,andthatreceive

informationfromISObutdonotparticipateinthedevelopment

ofnewstandards.Asubscribermemberisonefromavery

smallcountrywhoseeconomyandotherfactorsdonotpermit

thecreationofastandardizationbodyforthecountry.

Asnotedelsewhereinthisbook,thetermISOisnotan

acronym.ThistermwaschosenfromtheGreekrootmeaning

"thesame,"or"equal"(suchasinthetermisometric).Thus,

theISOnamecanbeusedworldwide,inmanydifferent

languages,withouthavingtouseadifferentacronymforeach

country.



TheWorldWideWebConsortium(W3C)

www.w3.org



Thisistheorganizationthathelpstodevelopstandardsfor

protocols,software,tools,andotherthingstoenhancethe

Internet.Thissitecontainsalargenumberofstandardsand

projects.Itiswellworthavisitifyournetworkconnectstothe

Internet.BeforeyoudecidetodeployanewInternet

technology,itwouldbeagoodideatogetalltheinformation

youcan.Forexample,oneoftheirsites,

www.w3.org/Security/Overview.html



detailsmanydevelopmentsconcerningsecurityontheWeb,

andalsohaslinkstoothersitesthatcoverawidevarietyof

securityissues.



TheStorageNetworkingIndustryAssociation

(SNIA)

www.snia.org



LearnaboutSANsandNASatthissite.Youcanalsoviewthe

requirementsforSNIAcertifications.Largenetworksare

consuminganever-increasingamountofstorage,andthissite

canhelpyoulearnaboutthetechnology.







NetworkHardwareandSoftwareManufacturers

Anixter

www.anixter.com/



Thisisoneofthelargestdistributorsforcables,connectors,

computerracks,patchcords,andsoon.Toassistcustomers,

Anixterhasatechnicallibrarythatcontainsinformationon

standards,suchastheANSI/TIA/EIA-569standardforwiringa

networkinyourbuilding.ManywhitepaperswrittenbyAnixter

andvariousvendorsarealsofoundhere.Ifyouareupgrading

anoldernetwork,orstartingfromscratch,Anixtercannotonly

sellyoutheproductsyouneed,buttellyouhowtousethem.



CiscoSystems

www.cisco.com



Thenameofthismanufacturerisknowntojustaboutevery

networkadministratorwhooperatesanetwork.Cisco'swebsite

isatreasuretroveofinformationrelatingtorouters,switches,

wirelessdevices,andsoon.Ifyouwantadetailedexplanation

ofCiscooperatingsystemsandsoftware,thisistheplacetogo.

Ifyoujustwanttolearnaboutaparticularnetworking

technology,youwilllikelyfindeducationalmaterialhereusing

thesearchfunction.Thereissomuchinformationtobefound

atthisvendor'ssitethatitwouldtakeyearstoreadallofit.A



highlyrecommendedsite.



D-Link

www.dlink.com



D-LinkisoneoftheleadingmanufacturersofSOHOnetwork

hardware,withaparticularemphasisonhigh-speedwireless

networkingandmediaplayers.D-Linkalsomanufacturesaline

ofbusinesswiredandwirelessnetworkhardware,including

PoweroverEthernet(PoE)adapters,VoiceoverIProutersand

phones,andfirewallappliances.



IBM

www.ibm.com



Thisisthesiteofthelargestcomputermanufacturerinthe

worldtoday.Forreferencepurposes,however,IBMhasaseries

ofinformationaldocumentscalled"Redbooks."Thesecovera

widerangeofcomputerandnetworkingtechnology.Youcan

usethesearchfunctiononthemainpagetofindhardware,

software,andsomearticles.ForRedbooks,usethefollowing

URL:

www.redbooks.ibm.com



JuniperNetworks,Inc.

www.juniper.net



Juniperisamanufacturerofhigh-endnetworkswitching

equipment,anditsproductsaregearedtowardalarge

enterprisenetwork,aswellaslargerentities,suchasInternet

AccessPointproviders.Unlessyouhavelimitlessamountsof

cash,youwon'tbeusingthissitetopurchasehardwarefora

SOHOnetwork.Juniperofferstechnicalbooks,training,and

certifications.



HP

www.hp.com



InthepastfewyearsHPhasacquiredCompaqComputer

Corporation,whichhadpreviouslyacquiredthevenerable

DigitalEquipmentCorporation.Youcanusethesearchfunction

atthissitetofindinformationalarticlesanddocumentationfor

hardwaremanufacturedbyallthreeofthesecompanies.And,

aswithmostvendors,thisistheplacetovisittodownloadnew

drivers,aswellaspatchesforoperatingsystemsandother

applications.



Linksys

www.linksys.com



Thisisanothermanufacturerthatproduceseverythingfrom

consumer-levelroutersandswitchestosomehigh-enddevices,

suchasgigabitEthernethardware.Linksysisaleaderin

makingWPAsecurityeasiertousethroughplain-text

passphrasesandthenewSecureEasySetuppush-buttonfeature

onitsmostrecentwirelessrouters.AlthoughCisconowowns

Linksys,Linksyscontinuestoexistasaseparatedivisionwith

itsownproductsandwebsite.



Microsoft

www.microsoft.com



Thisnameisknownaroundtheworld.Microsoftdominatesthe

desktoptoday,anditsofficesuiteisalsothemostwidelyused

productofthatsort.Youcanusethesearchfunctionavailable

attheprecedingURLtofindhomepagesforallofMicrosoft's

mainproducts.Additionally,Microsoftoffersaservicefor

developerscalledtheMicrosoftDeveloper'sNetwork(MSDN).

Thisisapaidservicethatyoushouldconsidersubscribingtoif

youwanttodoalotofin-housesupportforapplications,

operatingsystems,anddevelopmenttoolsrelatingtoMicrosoft

products.Youcanalsosubscribetoanotherservice,called

TechNet,whichgivesasmallersubsetoftheinformation

availablefromMSDN.MSDNalsoenablesyoutoreceivebetas

ofoperatingsystemsaswellas120-dayevaluationcopiesof

finishedproducts.Inanenterprisenetwork,bothofthesecan

beveryimportantsourcesofinformation.

However,forthosewhocannotaffordanMSDNsubscription

(anditisnotinexpensiveforasingleperson),youcanfinda



greatdealofcontentavailableonlineat

http://msdn.microsoft.com



Additionally,youcanusethefollowingURLtokeepup-to-date

onrecentnewprojectsthatMicrosoftisworkingon:

www.research.microsoft.com



Youcandownloadsomeofthesoftwarefornewprojectsfrom

thislink,andforthosewhoareinterested,you'llalsofindajobs

linkhere.



Netgear

www.netgear.com/



Thissite,alongwithLinksysandD-Link,isagoodplaceto

checkouthardwaresuchasroutersandswitches,including

wirelessdevices.IfyouoperateaSOHOnetwork,youare

probablyfamiliarwiththesemanufacturers,becausealotof

theirequipmentisreadilyavailableatcomputerandelectronics

stores.Onegoodreasontovisitthiswebsite,andtheothers,is

tocompareproductsbeforeyoumakeapurchase.Another

goodreasonisthatyoucandownloaddriversforsome

hardware.



Novell



www.novell.com



Novellisanetworkingpioneerthathaslargelytransformed

itselfintoaproviderofenterprise-levelLinux(thankstoits

purchaseofSuSELinux)andnetworktools.ItstilloffersNovell

NetWare,butitsOpenEnterpriseServerproductcombines

NetWare6.5,SuSELinuxEnterpriseServer9,andmanagement

toolsthatenableyoutomovesmoothlyfromNetWareinto

Linux.NovellalsooffersdesktopLinux,ZENworksSuite

management,GroupWisegroupcollaboration,IdentityManager

userandpasswordmanagement,andmanyothernetworkand

ITproducts.



RedHat

www.redhat.com



RedHatisoneofthemorepopularLinuxvariantsusedby

commercialorganizations.Thereisasearchabledatabaseof

articlesthatcanbeusefulforlearningaboutLinux,orfor

diagnosingproblems.Youcanalsosignuptoreceiveemailfrom

RedHat.Andifyouwanttobeabetatesterfornewversionsof

RedHat,you'llfindalinkatthissite.Youwillalsofind

documentationforcurrentandpastcopiesoftheir

documentation.RedHatalsosponsorstheopen-sourceFedora

desktopLinuxdistro,availableonitswebsite.



Samba.org

www.samba.org



SambaenablesUnix/Linuxcomputerstoeasilyconnectto

Windowsplatforms.Atthistop-levelsiteyoucanselectthe

countryyoulivein,andthenreaddocumentationandrecent

news,aswellasdownloadthesoftware.Sambaisdiscussedin

Chapter31,"FileServerProtocols."Mostofthesesitesenable

youtodownloadbothcompiledversionsforyouroperating

systemandbinarycodethatyoucanexamineandcompilefor

yourownsystem.



SunMicrosystems

www.sun.com



SunMicrosystemsisaleadingnetworkhardwareandsoftware

vendor.Sun'shardwareofferingsincludehigh-performance

workstationsandserversbasedonAMDOpteronandSun'sown

SPARC64andUltraSPARCprocessors,andNAS,SAN,and

workgroupstorageproductsthatsupportLinux,Windows,Sun's

ownSolaris,andotheroperatingsystems.Sun'ssoftware

offeringsincludeSunSolaris,anadvancednetworkandclient

operatingsystembasedonUNIXandLinux;SunN1fordata

centers;SunJavaEnterpriseSystem,whichofferslow-cost

subscription-basedsoftwareforenterprises;SunJavaSystem

Suites,whichprovideportionsoftheEnterpriseSystemfocused

onspecifictasks;SunJavarun-time,whichenablesweb

browserstouseJava-basedcontent;StarOfficeandStarSuite,

whichprovideintegratedofficeapplicationscompatiblewith

MicrosoftOfficeatafractionofthecost.



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