The Novell NetWare 6.5 Administrator's Handbook is not designed to introduce you to the world of data networking. In order to cover the broad feature set in NetWare 6.5, we have to assume that you, as an IT professional, are familiar with the underlying concepts, technologies, and protocols upon which today's networks are built. You will see some brief introductions to concepts as necessary to introduce features, but this is not a reference work for network theory, protocols, or architectures.
You most likely have an existing network of some sort into which you are, or will soon be, introducing NetWare 6.5. You know the network architectures, topologies, protocols, and clients with which you will be working. The Novell NetWare 6.5 Administrator's Handbook helps you understand how to integrate the benefits of NetWare 6.5 into your existing environment.