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Lesson 1

Linux Network Integration

Your network connection opens a window to the Internet's vast resources and opportunities. Red Hat Linux, with its GUI and command line tools, makes it easy to connect your network to the Internet. This module discusses how to connect your machine to other networks, including the Internet. You also learn to identify your network parameters and use the Red Hat supplied tools to configure your Linux machine's network connection.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:
  1. Identify your required network parameters
  2. Use netcfg to configure a network interface
  3. Enable and disable a network interface
  4. Use the Host Table to look up network IP addresses and hostnames
  5. Configure your network interface to use DNS
In the next lesson, you will learn how to obtain information about your network.

Many organizations would like to start integrating Linux into their organizations but do not know how to begin. For the most part, the users are quite happy with the tools they have with Microsoft. The organization does not want to make changes but they would like to find ways to reduce their overall computing costs. Few organizations ever conduct a total cost of ownership analysis prior to setting up their office computers. If the solution works and the organization is satisfied with the cost performance they are getting from their licensed software, there is absolutely no reason to change. This module is designed for organizations
  1. looking to reduce their license costs or
  2. organizations that simply want to explore other options
so that they have more leverage in selecting solutions for their organization. Even the most Microsoft centric organization owes it to themselves to experiment with alternatives. It might always help during negotiations with Microsoft that your organization is at least experimenting with alternatives.