TCP/IP Suite

How many TCP/IP protocols can you name?

Best Practice (Litmus Test)

Professionals: Can name twenty TCP/IP protocols

Amateurs: Believe that there are only 2 protocols in the TCP/IP suite

TCP/IP protocol suite

TCP, UDP, IP, Hostname


Ping (ICMP), Tracert, Ipconfig, Route, NSLookup




Rexec, lpq, finger

If you are interested in analysing these protocols, then install the Network Monitor from the Control Panel, Add remove programs, Windows Components, Management and Monitoring tools.

The reason for learning these protocols is not so much academic, but practical.  Professionals regularly use Ping, Ipconfig /all in connectivity troubleshooting.  They can also call upon Tracert, NETSTAT, NSLookup and Telnet if the situation requires further investigation.

Ten more utilities for Windows Server 2003 / 2000

  1. ADMT- Excellent tool to migrate user settings, also useful in Exchange 5.5 migrations.
  2. ADSI* – Use it to learn LDAP and configure important, hidden away, Active Directory settings.
  3. Active Directory Replication Monitor* – Use to Synchronise Domain Controllers and to trace their connection topology.
  4. MMC# – Take 10 minutes to add all the snap-ins, you need for all the servers on your network.
  5. Network Monitor# – Install from the Windows Components, Maintenance and Monitoring.
  6. Ping# and  Ipconfig# – I know they are basic, but do you know all the Ipconfig switches?
  7. NTDSUTIL# – Powerful command line tool for an authoritative repair of Active Directory from backup.
  8. System Monitor# (Performance Monitor) – Discover the bottleneck on your network, find out what is using all the resources.
  9. Visio – You need to buy this program, but its worth it to plan your Active Directory domain, trees and OUs.
  10. Windows 2000 Resource kit has over 120 additional utilities – well worth the money.

* Can be found on the \support folder on the Windows Server 2003 Server CD

# Built-in to Windows Server 2003. See more server tools.

Kiwe CatTools - Free downloadGuy’s Challenge – Download this free device backup utility


Kiwi CatTools is a free program for backing up configuration settings on hardware devices.  Here is Guy’s challenge.  If you download CatTools, then it will not only take care of backups, but also it will show you something new about the hardware on you network. I could give you a money back guarantee – but CatTools is already free!  Thus, I just make a techie to techie challenge, you will learn more about your network if you:

Download your free Kiwi CatTools configuration backup tools

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Guy’s Litmus test is a concept that you can apply anywhere.  Each test gives you an instant answer to the simple question:-  ‘Are you dealing with a professional, or are they an amateur?   Is this the real deal, or is it a turkey?’   The Litmus Test concept is rather like Best Practice, but it reduces a 27 page report to one sentence. 

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Learn about Windows 8

Install Windows 8  •Windows 8 Configuration Settings  •Backup  • WEB IIS 

Windows 8 Metro UI  • Web Help Desk  • Network Litmus Tests  • SolarWinds Dameware Review

Windows 8 Registry  • Windows 8 Group Policy Examples  • Network Performance Monitor