An Intranet is a piece of the Internet, using standard Internet protocols and methods, separated from the larger Internet by a firewall and utilized as a private LAN or WAN (while still providing access to and from the Internet). Intranets, depending on one's point of view, either compete with the client/server model or are a variation of it, and either compete with or complement groupware. An Intranet allows a business all the advantages of the Internet without the constraints of traditional proprietary networking technologies. This text is a reference to Intranets. It begins with an overview of the Internet and the Web, and the various technologies, techniques, utilities and terms associated with them. It then provides instruction on setting up a Web server and implementing and managing an Intranet. Additionally, the book covers HTML coding and other methods of providing and designing content, as well as Intranet/Internet security issues, competing technologies and the future of the Internet, the Web, Intranets and related technologies.
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