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Planning the Network

You should hold off on creating your network plan until you have truthfully assessed your networking needs. Once you have that information available, you can start the task of determining what kind of client machines you need to purchase and what kind of servers you will have to set up on your network.

Your best first step is to completely read this book. It provides basic information related to hardware, network media, network protocols, and client and server operating systems. Because this book does not profess to be anything more than an introduction to the world of networking, you will need to do some additional research. The World Wide Web is an incredible resource for the novice network builder. It provides information on products, networking theory, and even allows you to purchase the hardware and software that you need to get your network up and running. Take a look at Appendix B, "Online Networking Resources," which provides a number of Web links to sites that provide information related to networking.


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