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Open Source Network Administration (Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems)
     

Open Source Network Administration (Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems)

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by James Kretchmar
 
  • Save time and improve network performance--without spending a dime!
  • Outstanding open source tools for management, monitoring, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • In-depth coverage: retrieval, compilation, installation, configuration, and usage--with extensive examples
  • An indispensable resource for every network administrator and

Overview

  • Save time and improve network performance--without spending a dime!
  • Outstanding open source tools for management, monitoring, optimization, and troubleshooting
  • In-depth coverage: retrieval, compilation, installation, configuration, and usage--with extensive examples
  • An indispensable resource for every network administrator and troubleshooter

Save time and improve performance with free, open source netadmin tools!

In this book, MIT netadmin James M. Kretchmar presents an extraordinary collection of open source tools for streamlining and improving virtually every facet of network administration. Regardless of your experience or your network's size, these flexible tools can help with everything from management and monitoring to optimization and troubleshooting. Every tool is described in detail, with easy instructions for retrieval, installation from source, configuration, and real-world usage. Coverage includes:

  • SNMP: Remotely administer diverse network devices with a single protocol
  • MRTG: Graph bandwidth and other router and network statistics
  • Neo: Unify the administration of SNMP switches, routers, and other devices
  • Flow-Tools: Collect and process crucial interface-level Cisco NetFlow traffic data
  • Oak: Collect and distill syslog messages from servers and network equipment, and automatically send trouble alerts
  • Sysmon and Nagios: Monitor network hardware and servers and notify administrators of problems
  • Tcpdump: Analyze network traffic at the packet level
  • Basic Netadmin Tools: Make the most of ping, telnet, netcat, traceroute, MTR, and netstat
  • Build your own tools withthe Bourne shell and Perl scripting language

These tools will save you time and help improve network performance-today, tomorrow, and for years to come. Until now, you'd have to discover most of them through word of mouth. Now, one book is all you need: Open Source Network Administration.

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Kretchmar is a network engineer for MIT and has gotten a lot of practical experience in managing large networks and unruly hosts. In this book, he imparts a large amount of that experience in over 200 quick-reading, no-nonsense pages. He tells you what a tool can do, how to get it and build it and provides examples of some typical uses. While beginning network administrators will feel comforted that he takes enough time to explain the tools he talks about, experienced ones can safely jump right to his equally well-explained configuration examples without missing anything crucial.

This book read so quickly and was so straightforward that it really inspired me to fix up some areas of my network monitoring that I knew were lacking, but hadn't bothered to fix. In particular, his chapter on Oak motivated me to implement an instant messaging infrastructure (like one he mentions using at MIT) to receive event notices quickly and without dependence on e-mail. While it's no bible (my staple, the Unix System Administration Handbook, is over 800 pages), this book provides a great start on quite a few great tools -- many of which I plan to investigate soon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130462107
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
10/06/2003
Series:
Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.65(d)

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Open Source Network Administration (Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I'm not a Network Administrator, but I'm not completely green on the subject of networking either. Given my experience, I found this book to be fairly helpful. All of the utilities it covers are, as the name suggests, open source and can be obtained for free. On first blush, you might be tempted to look past such a book since you can learn how to use these utilities by reading the man pages or various FAQs and tutorials on the web. However, this won't help you if you don't know what tools are available to help you solve various problems. Open Source Network Administration covers SNMP, MRTG, NEO, Netflow, Oak, Service Monitoring with Sysmon and Nagios, TCPDump and basic services such as Ping and Traceroute. Each chapter has a section on what the utility can help you do, how to install it, how to use it and how to maintain it. This organization makes the book straightforward and helpful. If you're an experienced netadmin, this book is not for you. If you're completely new to networking, some sections might be a little dry and hard to get through, like SNMP, but nothing that is insurmountable. If you're somewhere in between like I am, I think you'll find this book useful. My only real beef with this book is the price. Suggested retail of $44.99 is way overpriced but I have heard of finding it at discount book sellers for $20 or $25, which seems quite reasonable.