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mokele 11-19-2005 10:17 AM

Network learning books and howtos
Hi all

Early this year I started learning linux and I've come addicted.

Started with fedora but quickly changed to suse, but none of
them had what I was looking for. The best distro to learn is
slackware. Lots of people agree to that so I learned with slack

I never cared about networking before and now I want to learn
networking. Once again I'm not sure where to start I tryed begining
with win 2000 server, but literature for windoze as well as everything
else regarding M$ is meant as a comercial tool, including literature.

If you read a book about about RRAS for example, it just explains
the concepts so you can get familiar and do some basic tricks.
But if you want the real deal you have to refer to their third party
learning institutes so you can spend more money.

So guys I'm looking for online books, guides, pdf or howtos on
learning linux networking. I know a simple google search and the
linux docs project could have all I need, But if some one that has
gone trough the same can point me to good literarture for a
beginer I know I can save some time.

Thanks for all the help.

fouldsy 11-19-2005 10:28 AM

What kind of networking areas are you wanting look at? Areas such as configuring DNS, DHCP, routing, etc. are worthwhile, onto more complex ideas such as Samba for file/print sharing and integration of users into an Active Directory, and OpenLDAP for mainting your own complex directory structure. Sure we could suggest some sites to point you in the right direction, put there's so many you need to specify what areas you're interested in :)

mokele 11-19-2005 10:37 AM

You are right fouldsy

Well. I want to start by routing. And after that DNS.

You are also very welcomed to suggest another
course of study. May be I'm starting in the wrong subject.

thanks fouldsy.

fouldsy 11-19-2005 11:02 AM

Have you checked out the Tutorials section on these forums, especially the networking section - Some examples include:Hope they help, and yes, starting out with the basics such as addressing + routing is a logical place to start :)

mokele 11-19-2005 11:44 AM

So close and so far. I had my answers here lol.

Thanks for the links fouldsy. They are a good start
as far as I read.

mokele 11-21-2005 08:04 PM

Well I managed to configure my first dhcp server.

In slackware the first nic has to be configured this way on /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf

# Config information for eth0:

Looks like dhcp daemon doesnt like 0's on the nic static ip address. And
netmask need to be specify as 224 on the last value in order for dhcpd
to recognize ip range as 24 bit <-- My guess| Other wise dhcpd will
complain about -range combination incorrect - or No subnetmask declaration
on eht0

And here is the configuration for dhcpd /etc/dhcpd.conf


# dhcpd.conf
# Configuration file for ISC dhcpd (see 'man dhcpd.conf')

ddns-update-style none;
# ignore client-updates;
lease-file-name "/var/state/dhcp/dhcpd.leases";

option domain-name                      "";
option domain-name-servers    ;

default-lease-time                      86400;  # 24 hours
max-lease-time                          172800;  # 48 hours

subnet netmask {
      option routers        ;
      option subnet-mask    ;
      option broadcast-address;

      host portable {
            hardware ethernet xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx;

Any suggestions, clarifications, observations are very welcomed.


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