Designing a TCP/IP Network

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

The TCP/IP protocol suite defines industry standard networking protocols for data networks, including the Internet. Determining the best design and implementation of your TCP/IP network ensures optimal reliability, availability, scalability, security, and performance for your enterprise. You can also start to explore the next generation of the Internet layer protocol of the TCP/IP protocol suite — IP version 6 (IPv6) — by introducing Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 IPv6 into part of your IPv4 network.

In This Chapter

Overview of Designing a TCP/IP Network

Planning the IP-Based Infrastructure

Developing Routing Strategies

Designing an IP Addressing Scheme

Planning an IP Configuration Strategy

Planning Security

Improving Availability

Planning IP Multicasting

Introducing IPv6 on Your Network

Testing Your Design

Additional Resources for Designing a TCP/IP Network

  • For more information about IP configuration strategies using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), see "Deploying DHCP" in this book.

  • For more information about using Domain Name System (DNS) for name resolution, see "Deploying Domain Name System (DNS)" in this book.

  • For more information about using Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) for name resolution in networks that support clients running Microsoft® Windows NT®, see "Deploying WINS" in this book.