No Starch Press Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Prob
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
ultra compact network troubleshooting guide, that does cover some serious contents very well explained
40$ seems like a hefty price tag for the thin book
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The author leads you through various scenarios which either seem or are by their very nature network related. The scenarios perimeters vary from applications to single systems (f.e. workstations) to complex networks including wireless scenarios.
The book is an essential introduction for junior system or network admins. What makes it so appealing is that it is teaching and explaining in plain simple language the problems with computers or applications that make users perceive as if the network is slow.
The book covers the scenarios EVERY admin must be aware of and (ideally) know how to cope, dissect and/or prevent them (not complete):
- Dictionary attacks
- OS fingerprinting
- Trojan software
- Blaster worm
- ARP poisening
- Identity theft by using secret payloads
- Bit-Torrent and Gnutella network clients
- Routing issue
- Packet fragmention
- Lost TCP connections (Destination, port)
- No Connectivity
- OS Firewall settings (Windows)
- Access rights on web servers
- Slow downloads
- NIC configuration issue
- Application configuration
Each scenario is outlined with the keypoints within a couple of pages(2-5). Sanders describes the issue first, then the facts that we know and how to resolve the issue and why he is recommending doing it this way (in case you didnt read the previous chapters) and concludes in a summary.
Once I started reading I couldnt stop putting down the book until I finished it.
I would have loved reading even more "advanced" scenarios.
The meat of the book is definitely in the last 5 chapters. However all that is worth nothing without the excellent explanations of the essentials which are explained in the first chapters.
And here is where the book really shines. You will find nice and essential explanations in the first chapters that are gradually leading to more advanced scenarios in the later chapters. The thorough explanations are - per se - a real time saver. They make sure you can speed up in troubleshooting - and cut down on overtime ;-)
This is an essential junior admins guide for his daily network analysis.
System admins and network admins will find the little knowledge base very valueable.
My only complaint - so to say - is that 40$ seems like a hefty price tag for the thin book on the one hand, but it does cover some serious contents very well explained on the other hand.
Once you got behind the price tag issue you will find that the book is very valuable on your daily work basis.