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Network Troubleshooting Tools

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Over the years, thousands of tools have been developed for debugging TCP/IP networks. They range from very specialized tools that do one particular task, to generalized suites that do just about everything except replace bad Ethernet cables. Even better, many of them are absolutely free. There's only one problem: who has time to track them all down, sort through them for the best ones for a particular purpose, or figure out how to use them?Network Troubleshooting Tools does the work for you—by describing the best...

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Overview

Over the years, thousands of tools have been developed for debugging TCP/IP networks. They range from very specialized tools that do one particular task, to generalized suites that do just about everything except replace bad Ethernet cables. Even better, many of them are absolutely free. There's only one problem: who has time to track them all down, sort through them for the best ones for a particular purpose, or figure out how to use them?Network Troubleshooting Tools does the work for you—by describing the best of the freely available tools for debugging and troubleshooting. You can start with a lesser-known version of ping that diagnoses connectivity problems, or take on a much more comprehensive program like MRTG for graphing traffic through network interfaces. There's tkined for mapping and automatically monitoring networks, and Ethereal for capturing packets and debugging low-level problems.This book isn't just about the tools available for troubleshooting common network problems. It also outlines a systematic approach to network troubleshooting: how to document your network so you know how it behaves under normal conditions, and how to think about problems when they arise, so you can solve them more effectively.The topics covered in this book include:

  • Understanding your network
  • Connectivity testing
  • Evaluating the path between two network nodes
  • Tools for capturing packets
  • Tools for network discovery and mapping
  • Tools for working with SNMP
  • Performance monitoring
  • Testing application layer protocols
  • Software sources
If you're involved with network operations, this book will save you time, money, and needless experimentation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596001865
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph D. Sloan has been working with computers since the mid-1970s. He began using Unix as a graduate student in 1981, first as an applications programmer and later as a system programmer and system administrator. Since 1988 he has taught computer science, first at Lander University and more recently at Wofford College where he can be found using the software described in this book.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Network Management and Troubleshooting

Chapter 2: Host Configurations

Chapter 3: Connectivity Testing

Chapter 4: Path Characteristics

Chapter 5: Packet Capture

Chapter 6: Device Discovery and Mapping

Chapter 7: Device Monitoring with SNMP

Chapter 8: Performance Measurement Tools

Chapter 9: Testing Connectivity Protocols

Chapter 10: Application-Level Tools

Chapter 11: Miscellaneous Tools

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Strategies

Appendix A: Software Sources

Appendix B: Resources and References

Colophon

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