Networking

Networking for System Administrators

Networking for System Administrators coverStop waiting for the network team!

If basic TCP/IP was hard, network administrators couldn’t do it. Servers give sysadmins a incredible visibility into the network—once they know how to unlock it.

Most sysadmins don’t need to understand window scaling, or the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 echo requests, or other intricacies of the TCP/IP protocols. You need only enough to deploy your own applications and get easy support from the network team.

This book teaches you:

  • How modern networks really work
  • The essentials of TCP/IP
  • The next-generation protocol, IPv6
  • The right tools to diagnose network problems, and how to use them
  • Troubleshooting everything from the physical wire to DNS
  • How to see the traffic you send and receive
  • Connectivity testing
  • How to communicate with your network team to quickly resolve problems

    A systems administrator doesn’t need to know the innards of TCP/IP, but knowing enough to diagnose your own network issues transforms a good sysadmin into a great one.

    Fungi are among the most networked creatures in the world. If a mushroom can do it, so can you!

    Get the DRM-free ebook at:

  • Direct from my bookstore (PDF, epub, mobi) (non-EU only, thanks to VAT – sorry, folks!)
  • Gumroad – pdf, epub, mobi
  • Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon DE (and any other Amazon site, of course, but I got tired here)
  • Nook
  • Kobo
  • iBooks

    Get the print book (also DRM-free)!

  • Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon DE


    DNSSEC Mastery

    DNSSEC Mastery coverDNS is one of the oldest protocols on the Internet, and was designed for a network without hostile users. Anyone who wants to break into a network starts by investigating the target’s Domain Name Service. DNS Security Extensions, or DNSSEC, hardens DNS and brings it into the 21st century. But learning DNSSEC requires wading through years of obsolete tutorials, dead ends, and inscrutable standards.

    Until now.

    DNSSEC Mastery will have DNS administrators running DNSSEC with the industry-standard BIND server in hours instead of weeks. You will:

  • Understand what DNSSEC gives you, and what it doesn’t
  • Configure your servers to resist attack.
  • Verify your environment supports modern DNS
  • Debug DNSSEC and the Chain of Trust
  • Configure your server to resolve DNSSEC
  • Conceal zone data with NSEC3
  • Cryptographically sign your zones, and attach them to the Chain of Trust
  • Have BIND automatically maintain signatures
  • Rollover keys to maintain security
  • Implement DNSSEC on private networks
  • Use DNSSEC to validate self-signed SSL certificates, ending your dependence on Certificate Authorities

    And more! DNSSEC Mastery transforms DNS from a security risk to a solution.

    Get the print book:

  • my CreateSpace store (list price, no discount)
  • Amazon

    Get the ebook:

  • Tilted Windmill Press, my personal bookstore. (Also available as part of the 3-book bundle at a 10% discount!) (Excludes EU customers because of VAT-sorry, folks!)
  • Gumroad – PDF, epub, mobi, DRM-free. Supports EU VAT.
  • Amazon US
  • iBooks
  • Smashwords
  • Nook/Barnes & Noble
  • LeanPub.
  • Kobo

    “…the book will take you from no DNSSEC at all to fully implemented in less than 100 pages.”
    Justin Sherrill, DragonflyBSD Digest

    “…a recommended buy.”
    Peter Hansteen, author of the Book of PF.


    Network Flow Analysis

    Network Flow Analysis coverBlaming the network is easy. It’s traditional. And it’s (usually) wrong.

    Servers have log files, performance monitors, and other tools to assess and record system and application behavior. Traditional network devices have one LED on each port, and if you’re lucky the LED blinks when somehing happens. Maybe you have tools to tell you how busy an interface is, but generally a network device is an unreadable black box. Network Flow Analysis opens the black box, demonstrating how to use the freely-available flow-tools software and the capabilities of your existing hardware to assess, analyze, and debug your network.

    Author Web Site Discount: Order now! Use coupon code ILUVMICHAEL for a 30% discount! (Books will be shipped directly from No Starch Prss) Or order from Amazon in print or for Kindle.

    Get a preview! Read Chapter 4.

    A network administrator’s abilities are as good as his awareness of his network. Flow analysis is the industry-standard method of collecting and recording network traffic. Flow analysis lets you see what types of traffic passed between hosts, without having to reproduce the problem.

    Flow export and analysis transforms network administration from a stomach-churning mix of guesswork, issue reproduction, and head-scratching to a fact-based science that lets you focus on resolving problems at their source.

    Network administrators: When a problem is yours, own it. When a problem isn’t yours, prove it.

  • Stop asking your users to reproduce problems
  • Leverage the capabilities of your existing hardware
  • Identify network, server, router, and firewall problems before they become critical
  • Find defective and misconfigured software
  • Has anyone accessed that old server in the last day, month, or year? Find out.
  • Quickly find virus-spewing machines — even on a global network, even when the culprit is on a different continent
  • Is it a network problem, or is it a server problem that looks like a network problem?
  • Automatically produce graphs suited for your environment, and provide friendly Web-based interfaces to your customers

    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Get the evidence. Read Network Flow Analysis today.

    Get the book today!

    Ebook:

  • Amazon US,Amazon UK,
  • Kobo

    Print:

  • Amazon US, Amazon UK


    Cisco Routers for the Desperate

    Cisco Routers for the Desperate coverIt’s 3AM. Do you know why your router is on fire?

    Cisco routers are the industry standard, to which all other routers are compared. Whether you love them or hate them, you still must live with them. While they’re generally robust and reliable, when a Cisco router breaks someone needs to fix it. If you’re in IT, when they say someone they mean you.

    This book provides a brief introduction to Cisco routers, with a tight focus on what you need to know to get the router up and working in the shortest amount of time. Reading this book once will give you the knowledge on how your router and internet circuit work. Leaving it on top of the router for reference during a crisis will give you a step-by-step guide to troubleshooting when things go wrong.

    Once you understand routers, managing switches isn’t much harder. This 2nd Edition will help you upgrade, manage, and operate Cisco switching hardware, from the tiny 12-port models to the monster backbone devices.

    Most Cisco books with real technical content are heavy enough to stun a moose with. This book is small enough to read in a couple of hours and light enough to carry around in your laptop bag.

    You’ll learn how to upgrade your router, back up your router configuration, implement a private WAN, and more!

    “This book isn’t a reference – it’s a survival guide, a ‘break glass in case of emergency’ safety harness… What I found remarkable was how it was obviously written for people like me – who have little interest in router management but whose jobs depend on the consistent, trusted functioning of such infrastructure.”
    –ASP.NETPRO, on the 1st edition

    Get it now, at the special Author’s Web Site discount of 30% using coupon code ILUVMICHAEL. Not only does this cost you a little bit less than the bookstore, but the author makes a little bit more. Or get it from Amazon, in print or on Kindle.

    Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition – Michael W. Lucas

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