Customer Reviews: TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition; O'Reilly Networking)
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on July 5, 2002
Firstable, I would like to state that if you plan to use this book on Windows-based network, you better think it over. Although TCP/IP concept applies to any network that complies to TCP/IP (like Windows and UNIX), this book is better be used on UNIX-based network. If you use Windows for your network, I think you better get the author's Windows version: "Windows NT TCP/IP Network Administration".
For command examples in this book, author used Linux and Sun Solaris. But this book should apply on any UNIX operating system (including HP-UX, BSD, Mac OS X, and AIX). There might be a little command adjustment needed for specific UNIX operating system, which should be not causing trouble at all.
As said by other reviewers, this book explains a complete aspects of what any UNIX system administration should concern about. Even if you are only an end user; this book I think is also important to you, especially when the system administrator is not available.
The book gives a comprehensive idea of TCP/IP system. It starts on TCP/IP overview, IP addressing, IP routing (routing table and ARP), DNS, server configuration, and file and print server (chapter 1, 2, and 3). Chapter 4 to 5 concerns on how UNIX operating system configure the network.
Chapter 6 to 9 are the next step on configuration. They prepare you how to make every network component internetwork to each other. Chapter 10 to 12 are overview on more advanced topics. Finally, chapter 13 presents you how to get more info on TCP/IP specification.
I would like to point out that this book assumes some conditions. The author expected that the audiances have a fair knowledge of TCP/IP. If you think that you have a little or no prior knowledge, I suggest that you read the following books on TCP/IP. You should first read "Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol. 1: Principles, Protocols, and Architectures" by Douglas Comer, "TCP/IP Addressing" by Buck Graham, and "IP Addressing and Subnetting" by J.D. Wegner.
If you are a more advanced reader who needs to know more about certain topics, here are my suggestion. For those who need to take a closer look on ARP frames and packets, you should read "TCP/IP Illustrated Vol. 1: The Protocols" by Richard Stevens. Need more troubleshooting tips? Read "Network Analysis and Troubleshooting" J. Scott Haugdahl. Prefer on network security? Have "Building Internet Firewalls" by Elizabeth Zwicky and "Intrusion Signatures and Analysis" by Mark Cooper.
As a network administration, I personally love this book. Together with "UNIX System Administration Handbook" by Evi Nemeth and "UNIX Powertools" by Jerry Peek; they make a sufficient reference for any UNIX system administrators and end users, especially if you are new to the subjects. The coverages are step by step and thorough. You should have no worries using or administrating UNIX network with this book and all other I mentioned before.
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on May 19, 2003
As with all of O'Reilly's books, this one is technically accurate and fundamentally sound.
It does not teach TCP/IP from a simplistic approach--telling you only what you need to know and leaving you begging for more. It lays a ground work based upon the actual theory of these protocols and how they were developed and the thinking that was involved in their creation.
From there, it takes you step by step through the layers of the protocols and presents everything that most people would need to know--even more than they would need to know.
Especially enlightening were the chapters on IPv6--the next generation of the IP protocol, and the chapter covering subnetting.
Overall, if you need the one book to explain TCP/IP and the "ins-and-outs" of these networking protocols, look no further.
This book has all you'll need.
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on June 17, 2000
I am responsible for a 50+ person intrusion detection mission, and I read this book in February 2000 to supplement my knowledge of TCP/IP. Like other great technical books, this volume manages to educate the reader on subjects related to TCP/IP, while still covering the main material thoroughly. (I place Rod Smith's "Multi-Boot Configuration Handbook in this category as well.) This is the type of book that tempts you to highlight chunks of text on every page. Keep in mind the audience is a system administrator, so theory is supplemented by suggested best practices and configuration options. I'm looking forward to an updated version of the Windows version of TCP/IP Network Administration -- any publication dates available, Craig?
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Having reviewed over 600 books in the past several years I am sometimes have to stop and recognize a truly exceptional book and this is one of those times. Having worked with TCP/IP for over 5 years, after reading this book I was amazed at how much I didn't know.

While it is true this book is written for the UNIX/Linux environments, the principles involved will apply to almost any network environment. The 700 plus page book is very well written and extremely well documented, the author has certainly done his homework for this book.

The breakdown of TCP/IP is excellent and there is great material for routing, security and troubleshooting as well. You have been given numerous examples to learn from and work with. Overall this book is certainly one to have around and a great addition to my technical library.
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on August 28, 1999
This is a GREAT O'Reilly book! I've heard many good things about their books, but now I know how good they are first hand! Great book, great for reference and examples! A MUST HAVE for any *NIX admin! I just wish it covered BIND8, but...oh well! Still...a top choice!
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on November 18, 2004
Though this book is oriented to UNIX, I find it tremendously useful as a Windows administrator. Core concepts gleamed from this book has catapulted me greatly into my career, and allowed me to solve complex networking problems and avert major disasters.

I was introduced to this book for a UNIX Network Administration course, and from this I was able to really flesh out core TCP/IP concepts as well as play with services like DHCP and DNS, which are essential pieces for a Windows Active Directory environment. Using this book I was able to dabble with other services like NFS and SAMBA from a variety of systems ranging from Mac OS X to Solaris x86 to Linux to Windows XP...

I don't have any complaints, but rather some requests for future editions. I wish there was some coverage of IPSec and Kerberos in Chapter 12 "Network Security". I think Chapter 9 "Local Netowrk Services" could be expanded, as some topics are sparsely covered and there is no mention of printing technologies like IPP or CUPS. I do wish there was more coverage of the raw SMTP protocol and related technologies of POP, IMAP, and LDAP and maybe even mail servers like Exim and Postfix. However, don't touch that sendmail chapter (Chapter 10), as this coverage is so very excellent; other books go off on the deep end are far way too complex to get started.
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on January 15, 2001
Maintaining any type of computer network is a challenge (to say the least) and books like this one are a welcome addition to any sys admin's library. Above the book's title on the cover are the words "Help for UNIX System Administrators" and that's precisely what this book is. Starting off with a "primer" on TCP/IP and how data moves around on a TCP/IP network gives anyone new to TCP/IP a general idea of how it all works. There are also chapters on configuring your interface (along with general info on installing PPP & SLIP), routing, network servers, and sendmail, all important parts of a TCP/IP system. Near the book's end, the topics of troubleshooting and network security are also addressed.
All the O'Reilly books I have read always have thorough descriptions of the their topics and prove to be excellent sources of information. This book is no exception. If you maintain (or will be maintaining) this type of network, you need this book
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on July 29, 1999
I found that this is the BEST reference book available, especially with dozens of examples for configuration of various services, such as DNS, DHCP and etc.
If you are going to take the examination in various Unix platform, it is definitely good investment.
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on June 19, 1998
Really, that's all I should have to say. Read this book to erase the igno rance that can surround people who use the internet today. Having the know how to setup, maintain, and administer a TCP/IP network is only practial if you appl y this knowledge to UNIX. This is exactly what this book accomplishes
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on September 5, 1998
Another "must have" book from O'Reilly. I don't know how they manage it, but those guys are the masters of no-bull hard core technical writing. TCP/IP network administration is of the same high quality as all other works from this publisher.
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