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CIS271 - Network Installation and Configuration

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Welcome to Networking Capstone

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Welcome to Networking Installation and Configuration. This is the capstone course for the Computer Networking degree from CIS. Everything that you need to know about this course is on this site. This includes policies, assignments, quizzes, etc. Look around and get to know it well.

This course will also make use of eLearning. Please make sure you visit it regularly.


Linux Distros

"5 Rock-Solid Linux Distros" is an InfoWorld article by Serdar Yegulalp and reads as follows:

"Here we look at five major Linux distributions from the developer’s point of view and how they shape up to meet a developer’s needs. All of these are major, mainline projects, with years if not decades of user support and development behind them. There’s little risk in making any of them the basis for one’s development environment.

That said, each of these distros—Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, CentOS, and OpenSuse—has different strengths and weaknesses, and each balances the needs for flexibility, ease, and stability in its own way. Depending on the balance you seek, you will undoubtedly be drawn to some more than others."

DistroWatch.com is a site that lists links to BSD and just about every Linux distribution. But more it also tracks specific packages used by BSD or Linux.

Microsoft Imagine

Microsoft Imagine (formally Dreamspark) accounts have been created for CIS134 Students. Students should have receive an invitation to Microsoft Imagine via Office 365 BCC email. The login page for Microsoft Imagine is available on CISWEB under the Software menu option. If you have not received notification, please contact Eric Oldford at eric.oldford@bristolcc.edu to have your account activated.

Routers - Free

VyoS is an option for use as a firewall for your network. The Vyos website reads as follows:

VyOS is an open source network operating system that can be installed on physical hardware or a virtual machine on your own server, or a cloud platform. ... VyOS is more similar to traditional hardware routers, with a focus on comprehensive support for advanced routing features such as dynamic routing protocols and command line interface. However, we do not neglect other features such as VPN and firewalls.

pfSense is another option for use as a firewall for your network. The pfSense website reads as follows:

The pfSense project is a free network firewall distribution, based on the FreeBSD operating system with a custom kernel and including third party free software packages for additional functionality. pfSense software, with the help of the package system, is able to provide the same functionality or more of common commercial firewalls, without any of the artificial limitations.

IPv6 in the News

The last batch of 5 /8 address blocks were allocated in February 2011 to the Regional Internet Registries. These should be fully consumed by the end of 2011. This event has caused much news. Here are some links to a few of these stories:

The 6 biggest misconceptions about IPv6
Avoiding the pitfalls when transitioning to IPv6
Is your company at risk of an IPv6 brain drain?
InfoWorld: Build your own IPv6 lab on the cheap

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