Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TCP/IP Network Administration Tips

TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol.  TCP/IP is a suite of the Protocols and more than 65,000 protocols are packed in it.  TCP/IP provides the platform for the IP based network.  IP networks are most the popular networks and administering the TCP/IP networks requires a lot of experience and skills. An IP based network can be composed of two computers or thousands of computers.  Bigger the network the more administration and management is required.

TCP/IP Network Administration Tips
  • Enable BIOS passwords
  • Lock Server Room
  • Make sure to have a battery backup to your network servers and computers.
  • Install the latest service packs, security patches and critical updates.
  • Backup your critical data on from the server on the regular basis.
  • Build and update the technical documentation.
  • Maintain inventory of the network hardware and software.
  • Maintain a good inventory of the troubleshooting, monitoring and security software.
  • Monitor the internet activities of the users with the internet filtering software.
  • For the optimized performance of the network computers, put restrictions on the users that they can’t install any software program.
Troubleshooting TCP/IP 

I have categorized the common types of the problems and their solutions in the TCP/IP based computer network.
Approaching a problem
First troubleshooting step is to approach the problem in a very intelligent way.  If a problem occurs, never lose your sense, don’t feel overburden and confused.  Just be relaxed and find out that why this particular problem has happened.  Is it a security related issue, hardware conflict, DNS error, internet connection problem, performance issue or the network connectivity issue.  After finding out the problem you should be equipped with all the necessary tools, software and of course skills.
For example if you find out the problem is due to the viruses, scan your computer with the latest antivirus and anti spyware program.  Block the suspicious activities and the web applications that are notorious for the viruses.  The other required things for troubleshooting the problems are diagnostic tools, cable testers, protocol analyzers and network monitoring software.

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