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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Networking Complete, Second Edition is a broad, useful overview of networking at a price that's hard to beat. Drawing from the best books in their networking library, Sybex's editors have brought together authoritative coverage of an exceptionally wide range of day-to-day networking techniques and concepts, from network design to maintenance, security to troubleshooting.
Among the highlights: an excellent chapter on preparing for -- and then installing -- a local area network; the principles of network design (written originally for Windows networks but useful in any environment); and two chapters on tracking down network problems (one offering a step-by-step methodology, the other outlining several common scenarios, including ping problems, undelivered email, connectivity trouble, and poor performance. There's also a full chapter on disaster recovery for small-to-midsize companies: planning, effective backups, RAID, clustering, et cetera.
The authors walk you through the basics of building an infrastructure for delivering Internet and intranet services, including setting up DNS, and working with a business ISP. There's also a five-chapter section on security and remote connectivity -- focused primarily on Windows 2000 and NetWare environments, but including some basic guidance for UNIX/Linux servers, as well. Tucked in at the end: a handy 35-page networking glossary.
If you're just starting out with networking, or if you've got a problem to solve and no idea where to start, this book will get you rolling -- and still leave cash in your pocket. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.