This reference aims to make it easy to network Macintosh computers and link them successfully to UNIX or other environments. The book follows the development of a model network from its inception with just two devices through its maturity, when it includes some 200 devices spanning several cities and different vendors' hardware. With practical advice, examples, and easy-to-follow guidelines, the book guides readers through the choices of network cabling schemes, wiring methodologies, client/server machine and service configurations, and how to connect networks to the rest of the world and troubleshoot and manage a network as it grows. It explains step by step the requirements of doing physical network construction, including pulling cable, organizing wiring closets and backboards, and complying with standards of cable plant organization and documentation. And it discusses the uses, installation, and configuration of specific products from specific vendors.
Other coverage includes network diagnostic and troubleshooting hardware and software tools; forms of network messaging short of true e-mail; methods of minimizing problems with different topologies; how to use zones to minimize network traffic; printing from UNIX to a Laser Writer and from a Mac to UNIX; the delicacies of software licensing.