The Barnes & Noble Review
Windows 2000 TCP/IP: This book covers it from the hardware interfaces (NDIS5 and NIC plug-and-play) to the leading edge (Win2K's IPv6 technology preview). The stuff in between is gold: immediate solutions and detailed procedures for everything from diagnostics to security.
Ian McLean begins with the fundamentals of configuring TCP/IP for both LANs and non-LAN connections such as VPNs; then covers NDIS and ARP, with detailed coverage of Network Monitor, the built-in Windows 2000 Server tool for monitoring network traffic. You'll walk through deploying static routing, RIP, and OSPF; handling IP addressing; enabling ICMP and IP multicasting; working with DNS and DHCP; and establishing VPNs with IPSec security.
There's a full chapter on remote access, and another on Kerberos security. When it comes to Kerberos, McLean provides an especially strong conceptual introduction. That's fortunate: Even though Kerberos isn't especially configurable, you can really make a hash of your network if you don't know what you're doing.
Along the way, you'll find coverage of many aspects of Windows 2000 TCP/IP that are new (Dynamic DNS), relatively new (Winsock2 and Windows Quality of Service), or at least not universal (network address translation). McLean also reviews each of Windows 2000's diagnostic and network management tools, from SNMP to Event Viewer.
As you can already tell, this is an exceptional resource for network administrators and troubleshooters. But it's equally valuable for network architects, and (with its coverage of Network Application Interfaces and the DDK) even for Windows 2000 network driver developers. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer 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.