My eternal love, respect, and appreciation goes out to my father, Samy, and to the loving memory of my wonderful mother, Donna.
As in previous editions, a timeless acknowledgment is in order for the father of the Street Smarts and Lab Manual series, Jeff Kellum. Jeff came to me in fall 2005 with his idea. Less than a year later, multiple titles were in the works. I’m sincerely grateful that Jeff considered me for the networking installment in the series. Networking has always been my greatest passion in the computing world. Thanks again, Jeff.
I thank Troy McMillan for his vast technical insight. I am indebted to the supreme efforts of Rob Truhn, my developmental editor; Judy Flynn, my copy editor; Tom Carpenter and S. B. Kleinman, my proofreaders and Pete Gaughan, my editorial manager. Thank you also to Eric Charbonneau and the team behind the rendering and printing of my ideas and their production into the final work you hold now.
Thanks to the Global Knowledge team. I continue to learn and benefit from my relationship with some of the world’s greatest minds.
Thank you most of all to my fantastic kids, Toby, Tiffani, Trey, and Taylor. You and your budding families make life worth living.