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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to Network+
 9  Glossary

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Frequently Asked Questions. A collection of the most commonly asked questions with answers. FAQs are created in which minimize the number of questions at a help desk.

Fast Ethernet

Ethernet running at 100 megabits per second. The official name is 100BaseT. Refer to 100BaseT.

FAT

File Allocation Table. The method by which DOS and Windows 1.0 through Me stores information on a floppy or hard drive. FAT does not offer security. Windows 2000 and Windows XP support both FAT and NTFS. Refer to NTFS.

FAT32

A derivative of the file allocation table file system. FAT32 supports smaller cluster sizes than FAT in the same given disk space, which results in more efficient space allocation on FAT32 drives.

Fault tolerance

The assurance of data integrity when hardware failures occur. On the Windows NT and Windows 2000 platforms, fault tolerance is provided by the Ftdisk.sys driver.

Federated Identity

A single-sign on system that is designed to compete with Passport (Microsoft) from www.projectliberty.org

Fibre Channel

Formal name: Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL). Using optical fiber to connect devices, FC-AL supports full-duplex data transfer rates of 100MBps. FC-AL is compatible with SCSI. Many predicted that Fibre Channel would replace SCSI. Advances in SCSI performance/cost may limit FC-AL acceptance.

Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)

A type of network media designed to be used with fiber-optic cabling.

Fiber-optics

Cable that uses light instead of electricity.

FIFO

First In, First Out. Information first into a queue (print, CPU, etc,) is the first out.


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