Microsoft Networking Fundamentals

Learn Windows-based networking, network management tools, DNS, TCP/IP, network protocols and much more!


Welcome to the Microsoft Networking Fundamentals course from Alton Hardin, which was designed, based on the Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) 98-366 Networking Fundamentals certification.

This course was originally designed for the Microsoft MTA 98-366 certification and successfully prepared hundreds of my former students to prepare and successfully pass the MTA exam. Microsoft retired all of its MTA certifications on June 30, 2022, to refocus its certifications on the cloud-computing platforms (Azure, M365, etc.).

Because this has been such a successful course, and it provides a lot of value to aspiring and entry-level IT professionals, I’ve updated it to be a non-certification beginner’s Microsoft networking fundamentals course.


  • 15 Hours of Lecture & Live Demonstration Videos
  • 17 Section Quizzes
  • Downloadable Course Videos for Offline Viewing with Udemy Mobile App and PDF Lectures of Course PowerPoint Slides


“Alton is very easy to understand and is thorough with his explanations. Keeps a good pace and presents information in a fashion that makes senses and builds upon previous lectures. Would definitely recommend his classes to others.”

- Matthew

“I took this to help someone else. But Alton had a free subnetting class he offered that I took and it was fantastic. SO, thought I would pay for this and he did not disappoint. On point teaching and loads of helps. Very good person to learn from.”

- Wayne

“I've taken a few IT courses here at Udemy and by far Alton is the best instructor in my opinion. His English communication is clear & concise. Some other instructors are almost near impossible to understand. Alton is well organized & his content is prepared very well. He always teaches the background information first before he proceeds with the next section. This course has lots of lab content so not only is there excellent theory, but it is demonstrated. This makes absorbing this material that much easier. I have already taken other courses from Alton that is relevant to my profession and I am just as impressed.”

- Matt

“This course is great! I had very limited knowledge of this material before your course. It has been many years since I have studied anything, but you did a superb job of laying things out and explaining them. Now off to take my exam! Thank you very much Alton! I look forward to taking more of your courses in the future!”

- Alan


  • Overview of Computer Networks
  • How Computer Networks Work
  • Network Topologies
  • Networking Components
  • Network Cabling
  • The OSI Model
  • The TCP/IP Protocol Suite
  • IP Addressing Version 4 (IPv4) Addressing & Subnetting
  • IP Addressing Version 6 (IPv6) Fundamentals
  • Understanding Switches & Routers
  • Windows Networking Services
  • The Name Resolution Process
  • Wireless Networking
  • Wide Area Networking
  • Network Security
  • TCP/IP Command Line Tools

Once you complete this course, you'll understand how computer networks work and how to plan and design a computer network!

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Your Instructor

Alton Hardin
Alton Hardin

Alton Hardin is an educator, self-published & best-selling author, and full-time IT and Business professional with 20 years of experience, that has a fond love for teaching and helping his students excel.

He has earned two graduate degrees, an M.B.A. and M.S. in IT Network Management; moreover, he currently holds multiple IT industry certifications, including the CISSP, ITIL, Security+, Network+, Project+, eJPT, MTA, and several other certifications.

Alton has always had a fond love for teaching. As an undergraduate, he group tutored chemistry students and as a graduate student, he taught a GMAT prep course. Upon graduating from his MBA program, he began teaching as an adjunct professor for the School of Business & Public Administration at his local state university in the field of Information Systems and IT Management.

He is also the founder of MicroGrinder Poker School, an online poker school dedicated to micro stakes poker players, where he provides a wide array of free and low-cost poker resources and poker training, included poker strategy articles and poker training video series.

Course Curriculum

  Section 1: Course Introduction
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  Section 14: Introduction to IPv4 Subnetting
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  Section 25: Next Steps
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
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We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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