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  • Copyright Notice and Disclaimers
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • About The Author
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • The TCP/IP Guide: Introduction and "Guide To The Guide"
    • Introduction To The TCP/IP Guide
    • Goals of The TCP/IP Guide
    • Scope of The TCP/IP Guide
    • Structure and Organization of The TCP/IP Guide
    • TCP/IP Guide Features, Inserts and Icons
    • Tips For Using Adobe Acrobat Reader To View The TCP/IP Guide
    • Feedback and Suggestions
    • Version History
  • Networking Fundamentals
    • Introduction to Networking
      • What Is Networking?
      • The Advantages (Benefits) of Networking
      • The Disadvantages (Costs) of Networking
    • Fundamental Network Characteristics
      • Protocols: What Are They, Anyway?
      • Circuit Switching and Packet Switching Networks
      • Connection-Oriented and Connectionless Protocols
      • Messages: Packets, Frames, Datagrams and Cells
      • Message Formatting: Headers, Payloads and Footers
      • Message Addressing and Transmission Methods: Unicast, Broadcast and Multicast Messages
      • Network Structural Models and Client/Server and Peer-to-Peer Networking
    • Types and Sizes of Networks
      • Local Area Networks (LANs), Wireless LANs (WLANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Variants (CANs, MANs and PANs)
      • Segments, Networks, Subnetworks and Internetworks
      • The Internet, Intranets and Extranets
    • Network Performance Issues and Concepts
      • Putting Network Performance In Perspective
      • Balancing Network Performance with Key Non-Performance Characteristics
      • Performance Measurements: Speed, Bandwidth, Throughput and Latency
      • Understanding Performance Measurement Units
      • Theoretical and Real-World Throughput, and Factors Affecting Network Performance
      • Simplex, Full-Duplex and Half-Duplex Operation
      • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • Network Standards and Standards Organizations
      • Proprietary, De Facto and Open Standards
      • Networking Standards
      • International Networking Standards Organizations
      • Networking Industry Groups
      • Internet Standards Organizations (ISOC, IAB, IESG, IETF, IRSG, IRTF)
      • Internet Registration Authorities and Registries (IANA, ICANN, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, RIPE NCC)
      • Internet Standards and the Request For Comment (RFC) Process
    • Backgrounder: Data Representation and the Mathematics of Computing
      • Binary Information and Representation: Bits, Bytes, Nibbles, Octets and Characters
      • Decimal, Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal Numbers
      • Decimal, Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal Number Conversion
      • Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal Arithmetic
      • Boolean Logic and Logical Functions
      • Bit Masking (Setting, Clearing and Inverting) Using Boolean Logical Functions
  • The Open System Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model
    • History of the OSI Reference Model
    • General Reference Model Issues
      • The Benefits of Networking Models
      • Why Understanding The OSI Reference Model Is Important To You
      • How To Use The OSI Reference Model
      • Comparing the OSI Reference Model to Network Architectures and Protocol Stacks
    • Key OSI Reference Model Concepts
      • OSI Reference Model Networking Layers, Sublayers and Layer Groupings
      • "N" Notation and Other OSI Model Layer Terminology
      • Interfaces: Vertical (Adjacent Layer) Communication
      • Protocols: Horizontal (Corresponding Layer) Communication
      • Data Encapsulation, Protocol Data Units (PDUs) and Service Data Units (SDUs)
      • Indirect Device Connection and Message Routing
    • Understanding The OSI Reference Model: An Analogy
    • OSI Reference Model Layers
      • Physical Layer (Layer 1)
      • Data Link Layer (Layer 2)
      • Network Layer (Layer 3)
      • Transport Layer (Layer 4)
      • Session Layer (Layer 5)
      • Presentation Layer (Layer 6)
      • Application Layer (Layer 7)
    • OSI Reference Model Layer Mnemonics
    • OSI Reference Model Layer Summary
  • TCP/IP Protocol Suite and Architecture
    • TCP/IP Overview and History
    • TCP/IP Services and Client/Server Operation
    • TCP/IP Architecture and the TCP/IP Model
    • TCP/IP Protocols
  • TCP/IP Lower-Layer (Interface, Internet and Transport) Protocols (OSI Layers 2, 3 and 4)
    • TCP/IP Network Interface Layer (OSI Data Link Layer) Protocols
      • TCP/IP Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) and Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
        • SLIP and PPP Overview and Role In TCP/IP
        • Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP)
        • Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
          • PPP Fundamentals and Operation
            • PPP Overview, History and Benefits
            • PPP Components and General Operation
            • PPP Link Setup and Phases
            • PPP Standards
          • PPP Core Protocols: Link Control, Network Control and Authentication
            • PPP Link Control Protocol (LCP)
            • PPP Network Control Protocols (IPCP, IPXCP, NBFCP and others)
            • PPP Authentication Protocols: Password Authentication Protocol (PAP) and Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP)
          • PPP Feature Protocols
            • PPP Link Quality Monitoring/Reporting (LQM/LQR)
            • PPP Compression Control Protocol (CCP) and Compression Algorithms
            • PPP Encryption Control Protocol (ECP) and Encryption Algorithms
            • PPP Multilink Protocol (MP/MLP/MLPPP)
            • PPP Bandwidth Allocation Protocol (BAP) and Bandwidth Allocation Control Protocol (BACP)
          • PPP Protocol Frame Formats
            • PPP General Frame Format
            • PPP General Control Protocol Frame Format and Option Format
            • PPP Link Control Protocol (LCP) Frame Formats
            • PPP Authentication Protocol (PAP, CHAP) Frame Formats
            • PPP Multilink Protocol (MP) Frame Format
    • TCP/IP Network Interface / Internet "Layer Connection" Protocols
      • Address Resolution and the TCP/IP Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
        • Address Resolution Concepts and Issues
          • The Need For Address Resolution
          • Address Resolution Through Direct Mapping
          • Dynamic Address Resolution
          • Dynamic Address Resolution Caching and Efficiency Issues
        • TCP/IP Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
          • ARP Overview, Standards and History
          • ARP Address Specification and General Operation
          • ARP Message Format
          • ARP Caching
          • Proxy ARP
        • TCP/IP Address Resolution For IP Multicast Addresses
        • TCP/IP Address Resolution For IP Version 6
      • Reverse Address Resolution and the TCP/IP Reverse Address Resolution Protocol (RARP)
    • TCP/IP Internet Layer (OSI Network Layer) Protocols
      • Internet Protocol (IP/IPv4, IPng/IPv6) and IP-Related Protocols (IP NAT, IPSec, Mobile IP)
        • Internet Protocol Concepts and Overview
          • IP Overview and Key Operational Characteristics
          • IP Functions
          • IP History, Standards, Versions and Closely-Related Protocols
        • Internet Protocol Version 4 (IP, IPv4)
          • IP Addressing
            • IP Addressing Concepts and Issues
              • IP Addressing Overview and Fundamentals
              • IP Address Size, Address Space and "Dotted Decimal" Notation
              • IP Basic Address Structure and Main Components: Network ID and Host ID
              • IP Addressing Categories (Classful, Subnetted and Classless) and IP Address Adjuncts (Subnet Mask and Default Gateway)
              • Number of IP Addresses and Multihoming
              • IP Address Management and Assignment Methods and Authorities
            • IP "Classful" (Conventional) Addressing
              • IP "Classful" Addressing Overview and Address Classes
              • IP "Classful" Addressing Network and Host Identification and Address Ranges
              • IP Address Class A, B and C Network and Host Capacities
              • IP Addresses With Special Meanings
              • IP Reserved, Private and Loopback Addresses
              • IP Multicast Addressing
              • Problems With "Classful" IP Addressing
            • IP Subnet Addressing ("Subnetting") Concepts
              • IP Subnet Addressing Overview, Motivation, and Advantages
              • IP Subnetting: "Three-Level" Hierarchical IP Subnet Addressing
              • IP Subnet Masks, Notation and Subnet Calculations
              • IP Default Subnet Masks For Address Classes A, B and C
              • IP Custom Subnet Masks
              • IP Subnet Identifiers, Subnet Addresses and Host Addresses
              • IP Subnetting Summary Tables For Class A, Class B and Class C Networks
              • IP Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM)
            • IP Subnetting: Practical Subnet Design and Address Determination Example
              • IP Subnetting Step #1: Requirements Analysis
              • IP Subnetting Step #2: The Key Design Trade-off: Partitioning Network Address Host Bits
              • IP Subnetting Step #3: Determining The Custom Subnet Mask
              • IP Subnetting Step #4: Determining Subnet Identifiers and Subnet Addresses
              • IP Subnetting Step #5: Determining Host Addresses For Each Subnet
            • IP Classless Addressing: Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) / "Supernetting"
              • IP Classless Addressing and "Supernetting" Overview, Motivation, Advantages and Disadvantages
              • IP "Supernetting": Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) Hierarchical Addressing and Notation
              • IP Classless Addressing Block Sizes and "Classful" Network Equivalents
              • IP CIDR Addressing Example
          • IP Datagram Encapsulation and Formatting
            • IP Datagram Encapsulation
            • IP Datagram General Format
            • IP Datagram Options and Option Format
          • IP Datagram Size, Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU), Fragmentation and Reassembly
            • IP Datagram Size, the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU), and Fragmentation Overview
            • IP Message Fragmentation Process
            • IP Message Reassembly Process
          • IP Datagram Delivery and Routing
            • IP Datagram Direct Delivery and Indirect Delivery (Routing)
            • IP Routing Concepts and the Process of Next-Hop Routing
            • IP Routes and Routing Tables
            • IP Routing In A Subnet Or Classless Addressing (CIDR) Environment
          • IP Multicasting
        • Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) / IP Next Generation (IPng)
          • IPv6 Overview, Changes and Transition
            • IPv6 Motivation and Overview
            • Major Changes And Additions In IPv6
            • Transition from IPv4 to IPv6
          • IPv6 Addressing
            • IPv6 Addressing Overview: Addressing Model and Address Types
            • IPv6 Address Size and Address Space
            • IPv6 Address and Address Notation and Prefix Representation
            • IPv6 Address Space Allocation
            • IPv6 Global Unicast Address Format
            • IPv6 Interface Identifiers and Physical Address Mapping
            • IPv6 Special Addresses: Reserved, Private (Link-Local / Site-Local), Unspecified and Loopback
            • IPv6/IPv4 Address Embedding
            • IPv6 Multicast and Anycast Addressing
            • IPv6 Autoconfiguration and Renumbering
          • IPv6 Datagram Encapsulation and Formatting
            • IPv6 Datagram Overview and General Structure
            • IPv6 Datagram Main Header Format
            • IPv6 Datagram Extension Headers
            • IPv6 Datagram Options
          • IPv6 Datagram Size, Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU), Fragmentation and Reassembly
          • IPv6 Datagram Delivery and Routing
        • IP Network Address Translation (NAT) Protocol
          • IP NAT Overview, Motivation, Advantages and Disadvantages
          • IP NAT Address Terminology
          • IP NAT Static and Dynamic Address Mappings
          • IP NAT Unidirectional (Traditional/Outbound) Operation
          • IP NAT Bidirectional (Two-Way/Inbound) Operation
          • IP NAT Port-Based ("Overloaded") Operation: Network Address Port Translation (NAPT) / Port Address Translation (PAT)
          • IP NAT "Overlapping" / "Twice NAT" Operation
          • IP NAT Compatibility Issues and Special Handling Requirements
        • IP Security (IPSec) Protocols
          • IPSec Overview, History and Standards
          • IPSec General Operation, Components and Protocols
          • IPSec Architectures and Implementation Methods
          • IPSec Modes: Transport and Tunnel
          • IPSec Security Associations and the Security Association Database (SAD); Security Policies and the Security Policy Database (SPD); Selectors; the Security Parameter Index (SPI)
          • IPSec Authentication Header (AH)
          • IPSec Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP)
          • IPSec Key Exchange (IKE)
        • Internet Protocol Mobility Support (Mobile IP)
          • Mobile IP Overview, History and Motivation
          • Mobile IP Concepts and General Operation
          • Mobile IP Addressing: Home and "Care-Of" Addresses
          • Mobile IP Agent Discovery, and Agent Advertisement and Solicitation Messages
          • Mobile IP Home Agent Registration and Registration Messages
          • Mobile IP Data Encapsulation and Tunneling
          • Mobile IP and TCP/IP Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Operation
          • Mobile IP Efficiency Issues
          • Mobile IP Security Considerations
      • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP/ICMPv4 and ICMPv6)
        • ICMP Concepts and General Operation
          • ICMP Overview, History, Versions and Standards
          • ICMP General Operation
          • ICMP Message Classes, Types and Codes
          • ICMP Message Creation and Processing Conventions and Rules
          • ICMP Common Message Format and Data Encapsulation
        • ICMP Message Types and Formats
          • ICMP Version 4 (ICMPv4) Error Message Types and Formats
            • ICMPv4 Destination Unreachable Messages
            • ICMPv4 Source Quench Messages
            • ICMPv4 Time Exceeded Messages
            • ICMPv4 Redirect Messages
            • ICMPv4 Parameter Problem Messages
          • ICMP Version 4 (ICMPv4) Informational Message Types and Formats
            • ICMPv4 Echo (Request) and Echo Reply Messages
            • ICMPv4 Timestamp (Request) and Timestamp Reply Messages
            • ICMPv4 Router Advertisement and Router Solicitation Messages
            • ICMPv4 Address Mask Request and Reply Messages
            • ICMPv4 Traceroute Messages
          • ICMP Version 6 (ICMPv6) Error Message Types and Formats
            • ICMPv6 Destination Unreachable Messages
            • ICMPv6 Packet Too Big Messages
            • ICMPv6 Time Exceeded Messages
            • ICMPv6 Parameter Problem Messages
          • ICMP Version 6 (ICMPv6) Informational Message Types and Formats
            • ICMPv6 Echo Request and Echo Reply Messages
            • ICMPv6 Router Advertisement and Router Solicitation Messages
            • ICMPv6 Neighbor Advertisement and Neighbor Solicitation Messages
            • ICMPv6 Redirect Messages
            • ICMPv6 Router Renumbering Messages
            • ICMPv6 Informational Message Options
      • TCP/IP IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol (ND)
        • IPv6 ND Overview, History, Motivation and Standards
        • IPv6 ND General Operational Overview: ND Functions, Functional Groups and Message Types
        • IPv6 ND Functions Compared to Equivalent IPv4 Functions
        • IPv6 ND Host-Router Discovery Functions: Router Discovery, Prefix Discovery, Parameter Discovery and Address Autoconfiguration
        • IPv6 ND Host-Host Communication Functions: Address Resolution, Next-Hop Determination, Neighbor Unreachability Detection and Duplicate Address Detection
        • IPv6 ND Redirect Function
      • TCP/IP Routing Protocols (Gateway Protocols)
        • Overview Of Key Routing Protocol Concepts: Architectures, Protocol Types, Algorithms and Metrics
        • TCP/IP Interior Routing Protocols (RIP, OSPF, GGP, HELLO, IGRP, EIGRP)
          • TCP/IP Routing Information Protocol (RIP, RIP-2 and RIPng)
            • RIP Fundamentals and General Operation
              • RIP Overview, History, Standards and Versions
              • RIP Route Determination Algorithm and Metric
              • RIP General Operation, Messaging and Timers
              • RIP Protocol Limitations and Problems
              • RIP Special Features For Resolving RIP Algorithm Problems
            • RIP Version-Specific Message Formats and Features
              • RIP Version 1 (RIP-1) Message Format
              • RIP Version 2 (RIP-2) Message Format and Features
              • RIPng ("RIPv6") Message Format and Features
          • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
            • OSPF Overview, History, Standards and Versions
            • OSPF Basic Topology and the Link State Database
            • OSPF Hierarchical Topology, Areas and Router Roles
            • OSPF Route Determination Using SPF Trees
            • OSPF General Operation and Message Types
            • OSPF Message Formats
          • Other Interior Routing Protocols
            • TCP/IP Gateway-to-Gateway Protocol (GGP)
            • The HELLO Protocol (HELLO)
            • Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP)
            • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
        • TCP/IP Exterior Gateway/Routing Protocols (BGP and EGP)
          • TCP/IP Border Gateway Protocol (BGP/BGP-4)
            • BGP Fundamentals and General Operation
              • BGP Overview, History, Standards and Versions
              • BGP Topology, Speakers, Border Routers and Neighbor Relationships (Internal and External Peers)
              • BGP Autonomous System Types, Traffic Flows and Routing Policies
              • BGP Route Storage and Advertisement, and BGP Routing Information Bases (RIBs)
              • BGP Path Attributes and Algorithm Overview
              • BGP Route Determination and the BGP Decision Process
              • BGP General Operation and Messaging
            • BGP Detailed Messaging, Operation and Message Formats
              • BGP Message Generation and Transport, and General Message Format
              • BGP Connection Establishment: Open Messages
              • BGP Route Information Exchange: Update Messages
              • BGP Connectivity Maintenance: Keepalive Messages
              • BGP Error Reporting: Notification Messages
          • TCP/IP Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP)
    • TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols
      • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
        • TCP and UDP Overview and Role In TCP/IP
        • TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocol (TCP and UDP) Addressing: Ports and Sockets
          • TCP/IP Processes, Multiplexing and Client/Server Application Roles
          • TCP/IP Ports: Transport Layer (TCP/UDP) Addressing
          • TCP/IP Application Assignments and Server Port Number Ranges: Well-Known, Registered and Dynamic/Private Ports
          • TCP/IP Client (Ephemeral) Ports and Client/Server Application Port Use
          • TCP/IP Sockets and Socket Pairs: Process and Connection Identification
          • Common TCP/IP Applications and Assigned Well-Known and Registered Port Numbers
        • TCP/IP User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
          • UDP Overview, History and Standards
          • UDP Operation
          • UDP Message Format
          • UDP Common Applications and Server Port Assignments
        • TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
          • TCP Overview, Functions and Characteristics
            • TCP Overview, History and Standards
            • TCP Functions: What TCP Does
            • TCP Characteristics: How TCP Does What It Does
          • TCP Fundamentals and General Operation
            • TCP Data Handling and Processing: Streams, Segments and Sequence Numbers
            • TCP Sliding Window Acknowledgment System For Data Transport, Reliability and Flow Control
            • TCP Ports, Connections and Connection Identification
            • TCP Common Applications and Server Port Assignments
          • TCP Basic Operation: Connection Establishment, Management and Termination
            • TCP Operational Overview and the TCP Finite State Machine (FSM)
            • TCP Connection Preparation: Transmission Control Blocks (TCBs) and Passive and Active Socket OPENs
            • TCP Connection Establishment Process: The "Three-Way Handshake"
            • TCP Connection Establishment Sequence Number Synchronization and Parameter Exchange
            • TCP Connection Management and Problem Handling, the Connection Reset Function, and TCP "Keepalives"
            • TCP Connection Termination
          • TCP Message Formatting and Data Transfer
            • TCP Message (Segment) Format
            • TCP Checksum Calculation and the TCP "Pseudo Header"
            • TCP Maximum Segment Size (MSS) and Relationship to IP Datagram Size
            • TCP Sliding Window Data Transfer and Acknowledgement Mechanics
            • TCP Immediate Data Transfer: "Push" Function
            • TCP Priority Data Transfer: "Urgent" Function
          • TCP Reliability and Flow Control Features and Protocol Modifications
            • TCP Segment Retransmission Timers and the Retransmission Queue
            • TCP Non-Contiguous Acknowledgment Handling and Selective Acknowledgment (SACK)
            • TCP Adaptive Retransmission and Retransmission Timer Calculations
            • TCP Window Size Adjustment and Flow Control
            • TCP Window Management Issues
            • TCP "Silly Window Syndrome" and Changes To the Sliding Window System For Avoiding Small-Window Problems
            • TCP Congestion Handling and Congestion Avoidance Algorithms
        • Summary Comparison of TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols (UDP and TCP)
  • TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols, Services and Applications (OSI Layers 5, 6 and 7)
    • Name Systems and TCP/IP Name Registration and Name Resolution
      • Name System Issues, Concepts and Techniques
        • Name System Overview and Motivation
        • Name System Functions: Name Space, Name Registration and Name Resolution
        • Name Spaces and Name Architectures (Flat and Hierarchical)
        • Name Registration Methods, Administration and Authorities
        • Name Resolution Techniques and Functional Elements of A Name Resolution System
        • Efficiency, Reliability and Other Name Resolution Issues and Features
      • TCP/IP Name Systems: Host Tables and Domain Name System (DNS)
        • Overview and History of TCP/IP Host Names and Name Systems
        • TCP/IP Host Table Name System
        • TCP/IP Domain Name System (DNS)
          • DNS Overview, Functions and Characteristics
            • DNS Overview, History and Standards
            • DNS Design Goals, Objectives and Assumptions
            • DNS Components and General Functions
          • DNS Name Space, Architecture and Terminology
            • DNS Domains and the DNS Hierarchical Name Architecture
            • DNS Structural Elements and Terminology: Domains, Subdomains, and Nodes; Roots, Leaves and Branches; Parents, Children and Siblings
            • DNS Labels, Names and Syntax Rules
            • Absolute (Fully-Qualified) and Relative (Partially-Qualified) Domain Name Specifications
          • DNS Name Registration, Public Administration, Zones and Authorities
            • DNS Hierarchical Authority Structure and the Distributed Name Database
            • DNS Organizational (Generic) Top Level Domains and Authorities
            • DNS Geopolitical (Country Code) Top Level Domains and Authorities
            • DNS Second-Level and Lower Domains, Delegation of Registration Authority and Public Registration
            • DNS Public Registration Disputes (Conflicts, Cybersquatting, "Deceptive Naming", Etc.) and Dispute Resolution
            • DNS Name Space Administrative Hierarchy Partitioning: DNS Zones of Authority
            • DNS Private Name Registration
          • DNS Name Servers and Name Resolution
            • DNS Name Server Concepts and Operation
              • DNS Name Server Functions, Name Server Architecture and General Operation
              • DNS Name Server Data Storage: Resource Records and Classes
              • DNS Name Server Types and Roles: Primary/Master/Authoritative, Secondary/Slave and Caching-Only Servers
              • DNS Zone Management, Contacts and Zone Transfers
              • DNS Root Name Servers
              • DNS Name Server Caching, Negative Caching and Data Persistence
              • DNS Name Server Load Balancing
              • DNS Name Server Enhancements: DNS Notify, Incremental Zone Transfers, and DNS Update (Dynamic DNS)
            • DNS Resolution Concepts and Resolver Operations
              • DNS Resolver Functions and General Operation
              • DNS Basic Name Resolution Techniques: Iterative and Recursive Resolution
              • DNS Name Resolution Efficiency Improvements: Local Resolution and Caching
              • DNS Name Resolution Process
              • DNS Reverse Name Resolution Using the IN-ADDR.ARPA Domain
              • DNS Electronic Mail Support and Mail Exchange (MX) Resource Records
            • DNS Messaging and Message, Resource Record and Master File Formats
              • DNS Message Generation and Transport
              • DNS Message Processing and General Message Format
              • DNS Message Header and Question Section Format
              • DNS Message Resource Record Field Formats
              • DNS Name Notation and Message Compression Technique
              • DNS Master File Format
          • DNS Changes To Support IP Version 6
    • Network File and Resource Sharing Protocols and the TCP/IP Network File System (NFS)
      • Overview of File and Resource Sharing Protocol Concepts and Operation
      • TCP/IP Network File System (NFS)
        • NFS Overview, History, Versions and Standards
        • NFS Architecture and Components
        • NFS Data Storage and Data Types, and the External Data Representation (XDR) Standard
        • NFS Client/Server Operation Using Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs)
        • NFS Server Procedures and Operations
        • NFS File System Model and the Mount Protocol
    • TCP/IP Network Configuration and Management Protocols (BOOTP, DHCP, SNMP and RMON)
      • Host Configuration and TCP/IP Host Configuration Protocols (BOOTP and DHCP)
        • Host Configuration Concepts, Issues and Motivation
        • TCP/IP Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP)
          • BOOTP Overview, History and Standards
          • BOOTP Client/Server Messaging and Addressing
          • BOOTP Detailed Operation
          • BOOTP Message Format
          • BOOTP Vendor-Specific Area and Vendor Information Extensions
          • BOOTP Relay Agents (Forwarding Agents)
        • TCP/IP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
          • DHCP Overview, Motivation, History and Standards
          • DHCP Address Assignment and Dynamic Address Allocation and Management
            • DHCP Address Assignment and Allocation Mechanisms
            • DHCP Leases, Lease Length Policies and Management
            • DHCP Lease "Life Cycle" Overview (Allocation, Reallocation, Renewal, Rebinding and Release) and Lease Timers
            • DHCP Lease Address Pools, Ranges (Scopes) and Address Management
          • DHCP Configuration and Operation
            • DHCP Overview of Client and Server Responsibilities
            • DHCP Configuration Parameters, Storage and Communication
            • DHCP General Operation and Client Finite State Machine
            • DHCP Lease Allocation Process
            • DHCP Lease Reallocation Process
            • DHCP Lease Renewal and Rebinding Processes
            • DHCP Early Lease Termination (Release) Process
            • DHCP Parameter Configuration Process For Clients With Non-DHCP Addresses
          • DHCP Messaging, Message Types and Formats
            • DHCP Message Generation, Addressing, Transport and Retransmission
            • DHCP Message Format
            • DHCP Options, Option Format and "Option Overloading"
            • Summary Of DHCP Options / BOOTP Vendor Information Fields
          • DHCP Client/Server Implementation, Features and Issues
            • DHCP Server General Implementation and Management Issues
            • DHCP Client General Implementation and Management Issues
            • DHCP Message Relaying and BOOTP Relay Agents
            • DHCP Autoconfiguration / Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA)
            • DHCP Server Conflict Detection
            • DHCP and BOOTP Interoperability
            • DHCP Security Issues
          • DHCP For IP Version 6 (DHCPv6)
      • TCP/IP Network Management Framework and Protocols (SNMP and RMON)
        • TCP/IP Internet Standard Management Framework Overview, Architecture, Components and Concepts
          • Overview and History of the TCP/IP Internet Standard Management Framework and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
          • TCP/IP SNMP Operational Model, Components and Terminology.
          • TCP/IP Internet Standard Management Framework Architecture and Protocol Components
          • TCP/IP Internet Standard Management Framework and SNMP Versions (SNMPv1, SNMPv2 Variants, SNMPv3)
          • TCP/IP Internet Standard Management Framework and SNMP Standards
        • TCP/IP Structure of Management Information (SMI) and Management Information Bases (MIBs)
          • TCP/IP Structure of Management Information (SMI) and Management Information Bases (MIBs) Overview
          • TCP/IP MIB Objects, Object Characteristics and Object Types
          • TCP/IP MIB Object Descriptors and Identifiers and the Object Name Hierarchy and Name Notation
          • TCP/IP MIB Modules and Object Groups
        • TCP/IP Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Protocol
          • SNMP Protocol Overview, History and General Concepts
          • SNMP Protocol Operations
            • SNMP Protocol General Operation, Communication Methods and Message Classes
            • SNMP Protocol Basic Request/Response Information Poll Using GetRequest and (Get)Response Messages
            • SNMP Protocol Table Traversal Using GetNextRequest and GetBulkRequest Messages
            • SNMP Protocol Object Modification Using SetRequest Messages
            • SNMP Protocol Information Notification Using Trap(v2) and InformRequest Messages
            • SNMP Protocol Security Issues and Methods
          • SNMP Protocol Messaging and Message Formats
            • SNMP Protocol Message Generation, Addressing, Transport and Retransmission
            • SNMP Message Field Definitions, General Message Format and Message Sections
            • SNMP Version 1 (SNMPv1) Message Format
            • SNMP Version 2 (SNMPv2) Message Formats
            • SNMP Version 3 (SNMPv3) Message Format
        • TCP/IP Remote Network Monitoring (RMON)
    • TCP/IP Key Applications and Application Protocols
      • TCP/IP Application Layer Addressing: Uniform Resource Identifiers, Locators and Names (URIs, URLs and URNs)
        • Uniform Resource Identifiers, Locators and Names (URIs, URLs and URNs): Overview, History, Significance and Standards
        • Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
          • URL General Syntax
          • URL Schemes (Applications / Access Methods) and Scheme-Specific Syntaxes
          • URL Relative Syntax and Base URLs
          • URL Length and Complexity Issues
          • URL Obscuration, Obfuscation and General Trickery
        • Uniform Resource Names (URNs)
      • TCP/IP File and Message Transfer Applications and Protocols (FTP, TFTP, Electronic Mail, USENET, HTTP/WWW, Gopher)
        • File and Message Transfer Overview and Application Categories
        • TCP/IP General File Transfer Protocols (FTP and TFTP)
          • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
            • FTP Overview, History and Standards
            • FTP Concepts and General Operation
              • FTP Operational Model, Protocol Components and Key Terminology
              • FTP Control Connection Establishment, User Authentication and Anonymous FTP Access
              • FTP Data Connection Management, Normal (Active) and Passive Data Connections and Port Usage
              • FTP General Data Communication and Transmission Modes
              • FTP Data Representation: Data Types, Data Structures and Format Control
            • FTP Commands and Replies
              • FTP Internal Protocol Commands and Command Groups
              • FTP Replies, Reply Code Format and Important Reply Codes
              • FTP User Interface and User Commands
            • FTP Sample User and Internal Command Dialog
          • Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP)
            • TFTP Overview, History and Standards
            • TFTP General Operation, Connection Establishment and Client/Server Communication
            • TFTP Detailed Operation and Messaging
            • TFTP Options and Option Negotiation
            • TFTP Message Formats
        • TCP/IP Electronic Mail System: Concepts and Protocols (RFC 822, MIME, SMTP, POP3, IMAP)
          • TCP/IP Electronic Mail System Overview and Concepts
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail System Overview and History
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Communication Overview: Message Composition, Submission, Delivery, Receipt, Processing and Access
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Message Communication Model and Device and Protocol Roles
          • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Addresses and Addressing
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Addressing and Address Resolution
            • TCP/IP Historical and Special Electronic Mail Addressing
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Aliases / Address Books, Multiple Recipient Addressing and Electronic Mailing Lists
          • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Message Formats and Message Processing: RFC 822 and MIME
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Standard Message Format: RFC 822
              • TCP/IP Electronic Mail RFC 822 Standard Message Format Overview, Structure and General Formatting Rules
              • TCP/IP Electronic Mail RFC 822 Standard Message Format Header Field Definitions and Groups
              • TCP/IP Electronic Mail RFC 822 Standard Message Format Processing and Interpretation
            • TCP/IP Enhanced Electronic Mail Message Format: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME)
              • MIME Message Format Overview, Motivation, History and Standards
              • MIME Basic Structures and Headers
              • MIME Content-Type Header and Discrete Media: Types, Subtypes and Parameters
              • MIME Composite Media Types: Multipart and Encapsulated Message Structures
              • MIME Content-Transfer-Encoding Header and Encoding Methods
              • MIME Extension for Non-ASCII Mail Message Headers
          • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Delivery Protocol: The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
            • SMTP Overview, History and Standards
            • SMTP Communication and Message Transport Methods, Client/Server Roles and Terminology
            • SMTP Connection and Session Establishment and Termination
            • SMTP Mail Transaction Process
            • SMTP Special Features, Capabilities and Extensions
            • SMTP Security Issues
            • SMTP Commands
            • SMTP Replies and Reply Codes
          • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Access and Retrieval Protocols and Methods
            • TCP/IP Electronic Mail Mailbox Access Model, Method and Protocol Overview
            • TCP/IP Post Office Protocol (POP/POP3)
              • POP Overview, History, Versions and Standards
              • POP3 General Operation, Client/Server Communication and Session States
              • POP3 Authorization State: User Authentication Process and Commands
              • POP3 Transaction State: Mail and Information Exchange Process and Commands
              • POP3 Update State: Mailbox Update and Session Termination Process and Commands
            • TCP/IP Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP/IMAP4)
              • IMAP Overview, History, Versions and Standards
              • IMAP4 General Operation, Client/Server Communication and Session States
              • IMAP Commands, Results and Responses
              • IMAP4 Not Authenticated State: User Authentication Process and Commands
              • IMAP4 Authenticated State: Mailbox Manipulation/Selection Process and Commands
              • IMAP4 Selected State: Message Manipulation Process and Commands
            • Other TCP/IP Electronic Mail Access and Retrieval Methods
              • TCP/IP Direct Server Electronic Mail Access
              • TCP/IP World Wide Web Electronic Mail Access
        • Usenet (Network News) and the TCP/IP Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)
          • Usenet Overview, Concepts and General Operation
            • Usenet Overview, History and Standards
            • Usenet Communication Model: Message Composition, Posting, Storage, Propagation and Access
            • Usenet Addressing: Newsgroups, Newsgroup Hierarchies and Types
            • Usenet Message Format and Special Headers
          • TCP/IP Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)
            • NNTP Overview and General Operation
            • NNTP Inter-Server Communication Process: News Article Propagation
            • NNTP Client-Server Communication Process: News Posting and Access
            • NNTP Commands
            • NNTP Command Extensions
            • NNTP Status Responses and Response Codes
        • TCP/IP World Wide Web (WWW, "The Web") and the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
          • TCP/IP World Wide Web and Hypertext Overview and Concepts
            • World Wide Web and Hypertext Overview and History
            • World Wide Web System Concepts and Components
            • World Wide Web Media and the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
            • World Wide Web Addressing: HTTP Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
          • TCP/IP Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
            • HTTP Overview, History, Versions and Standards
            • HTTP General Operation and Connections
              • HTTP Operational Model and Client/Server Communication
              • HTTP Transitory and Persistent Connections and Pipelining
              • HTTP Persistent Connection Establishment, Management and Termination
            • HTTP Messages, Message Formats, Methods and Status Codes
              • HTTP Generic Message Format
              • HTTP Request Message Format
              • HTTP Response Message Format
              • HTTP Methods
              • HTTP Status Code Format, Status Codes and Reason Phrases
            • HTTP Message Headers
              • HTTP General Headers
              • HTTP Request Headers
              • HTTP Response Headers
              • HTTP Entity Headers
            • HTTP Entities, Transfers, Coding Methods and Content Management
              • HTTP Entities and Internet Media Types
              • HTTP Data Transfer, Content Encodings and Transfer Encodings
              • HTTP Data Length Issues, "Chunked" Transfers and Message Trailers
              • HTTP Content Negotiation and "Quality Values"
            • HTTP Features, Capabilities and Issues
              • HTTP Caching Features and Issues
              • HTTP Proxy Servers and Proxying
              • HTTP Security and Privacy
              • HTTP State Management Using "Cookies"
        • Gopher Protocol (Gopher)
      • TCP/IP Interactive and Remote Application Protocols
        • Telnet Protocol
          • Telnet Overview, History and Standards
          • Telnet Connections and Client/Server Operation
          • Telnet Communications Model and the Network Virtual Terminal (NVT)
          • Telnet Protocol Commands
          • Telnet Interrupt Handling Using Out-Of-Band Signaling: The Telnet Synch Function
          • Telnet Options and Option Negotiation
        • Berkeley Remote ("r") Commands
          • Berkeley Remote Login (rlogin)
          • Berkeley Remote Shell (rsh)
          • Other Berkeley Remote ("r") Commands (rcp, ruptime, rwho)
        • Internet Relay Chat Protocol (IRC)
      • TCP/IP Administration and Troubleshooting Utilities and Protocols
        • TCP/IP Host Name Utility (hostname)
        • TCP/IP Communication Verification Utility (ping/ping6)
        • TCP/IP Route Tracing Utility (traceroute/tracert/traceroute6)
        • TCP/IP Address Resolution Protocol Utility (arp)
        • TCP/IP DNS Name Resolution and Information Lookup Utilities (nslookup, host and dig)
        • TCP/IP DNS Registry Database Lookup Utility (whois/nicname)
        • TCP/IP Network Status Utility (netstat)
        • TCP/IP Configuration Utilities (ipconfig, winipcfg and ifconfig)
        • Miscellaneous TCP/IP Troubleshooting Protocols: Echo, Discard, Character Generator, Quote Of The Day, Active Users, Daytime, Time

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