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Lesson 1

Introduction to Networking Services Infrastructure

This module provides an overview of the key Microsoft Windows® 2000 networking services and outlines the network design aspects necessary to design a networking services infrastructure. The module begins by explaining the basic components of an infrastructure from the designer's perspective. It then reviews key networking technologies and how they fit into the Windows 2000 network architecture. This module ends with an examination of the key criteria to consider when designing a network.
What are networking services? Networking services are any server level service or application that provides some type of network functionality. Examples of networking services include the
  1. Windows Internet Name Service (WINS),
  2. Domain Name System Server service (DNS),
  3. Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS),
  4. Terminal Server and Client services (Terminal Server).
Windows 2000 provides significant improvements in networking services that were available with Windows NT 4.0 (DNS, WINS, RRAS) and adds many new networking services, such as Remote Installation Services, Terminal Services, Quality of Service (QoS) and many more.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:


  1. Define the components of networking services and the basics of designing a network foundation
  2. Define the network services that help manage access to the Internet and support remote users
  3. Define the tasks involved in creating an integrated networking services design
  4. Define how organizational goals map to specific design aspects
In the next lesson, you will learn the basic model of a networking services design cycle.