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Critical path of network traffic?

By dwaynwhart ·
I woke up today to find that I'm a network administrator. I have a fairly strong background in the PC environment - HW/SW but would appreciate any information that would help me understand the specific path of network traffic as determined by IP addresses. Each device in our network (server, router, bridge, workstation, etc..) has an IP address. What sources are available, preferably on-line, that would explain how the traffic gets routed from the server, to the destination PC? It appears that these devices are softrware configured with static addresses. Is it really that simple?

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by java In reply to Critical path of network ...

Dwayne,
You may think your a network administrator but in reality your going to be called a lot of other names till you start reading up. First, addresses may be static or dynamic. Sources online? I dont know any but there are some very good reads on routers/networks that will explain this very well so get to work. Also, the critical path is a concept of the shortest distance(timewise in a network) between two IP's. It has nothing to do with an IP address.
JAVAMAN

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by Kal?l -- MCP+I, MCSE In reply to Critical path of network ...

There are some excellent whitepapers and other resources that might help get you started in the direction of enlightenment.
Try looking at the knowledge bases contained in the web sites hosted by Cicso Systems, Inc., 3COM, Inc., Novell, Inc., Microsoft, Inc. etcetera.

If you don't have a SOLID background in networking you're going to be facing a rough time of it--I suggest that you hit the books, get the knowledge, hit the usenet, get the knowledge, network and talk with the pros (good place for that here), get the knowledge. Apply that knowledge and document everything you do.

Then get yourself certified in your particular flavor of NOS.

I used to be in your boots a good number of years ago, and it was a tough road for me too, but I'm on top of my game today.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot:
Don't expect to have anything approximating a social life for quite a while.

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