When it comes to networking books, Craig Zacker is rock-solid reliable. Last year's Upgrading & Troubleshooting Networks: The Complete Reference was outstanding. In his new Networking: The Complete Reference, Zacker manages to cover the field's full breadth and depth, combining clear explanations of principles with specific "from-the-trenches" solutions.
He begins with an especially lucid introduction to networking jargon and history. Next, he introduces each key network hardware component -- NICs, cables, routers, hubs, switches, servers, wireless LANs -- showing how to meld this hardware into network designs that deliver superior performance.
Zacker next moves on to reviewing key network protocols, especially Ethernet and TCP/IP. You'll find thorough introductions to Windows 2000/NT and NetWare (a long-time area of expertise for Zacker) -- including chapter-length introductions to directory services on each platform. There's extensive coverage of Internet connectivity, including DHCP, DNS, Web and email servers, and of course, security. The book concludes with three chapters on day-to-day network administration -- ranging from daily backups to protocol analysis to making sure your client workstations are good citizens on the network. (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. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.