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Network Troubleshooting Tools (O'Reilly System Administration)

Over the years, thousands of tools have been developed for debugging TCP/IP networks. They range from very specialized tools that do one particular task, to generalized suites that do just about everything except replace bad Ethernet cables. Even better, many of them are absolutely free. There's only one problem: who has time to track them all down, sort through them for the best ones for a particular purpose, or figure out how to use them?Network Troubleshooting Tools does the work for you--by describing the best of the freely available tools for debugging and troubleshooting. You can start with a lesser-known version of ping that diagnoses connectivity problems, or take on a much more comprehensive program like MRTG for graphing traffic through network interfaces. There's tkined for mapping and automatically monitoring networks, and Ethereal for capturing packets and debugging low-level problems.This book isn't just about the tools available for troubleshooting common network problems. It also outlines a systematic approach to network troubleshooting: how to document your network so you know how it behaves under normal conditions, and how to think about problems when they arise, so you can solve them more effectively.The topics covered in this book include:Understanding your networkConnectivity testingEvaluating the path between two network nodesTools for capturing packetsTools for network discovery and mappingTools for working with SNMPPerformance monitoringTesting application layer protocolsSoftware sourcesIf you're involved with network operations, this book will save you time, money, and needless experimentation.

Paperback: 364 pages

Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 19, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 059600186X

ISBN-13: 978-0596001865

Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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I have been involved with networks and networking for over 12 years and I am always looking for new ways to make sure the network is running at its best, this book has provided me ideas that I hadn't thought of before and the information is easy enough to understand.The author packs a serious amount of information in the 325 plus pages. Well documented and well laid out the author begins by showing you how to troubleshoot and what steps you'll have to take in the problem resolution process.Using NETSTAT, IFCONFIG, IPCONFIG and WINIPCFG, ARP and PING are some of the utilities that are broken down and included in the book. Working with Windows, Windows NT/2000 and UNIX networks is the focus of the book.Other topics included are working with and the breakdown of cables and cabling, use of TRACEROUTE or TRACERT, analyzing traffics and packets through filtering and SNMP. Checking out the performance of the network is also an essential item and the author shows what traffic and bandwidth tools you can use.Finally FTP and TFTP servers and utilities are covered as well as troubleshooting planning. Overall for the network technician of all skill levels should be able to benefit from something in this book - well done.

This might be a decent reference book if it contained more detailed information. I am a junior in college and was required to read this book from cover to cover and it was extremely boring. Anything the author discussed could easily be learned from help files or a quick glance at the website the product came from. THe author uses the phrase 'this is beyond the scope of this book' just when he begins to talk about something you may not have already known.In conclusion, this would probably be an excellent book for somebody just starting out using troubleshooting tools, but if you have had more then 6 months experience in the field you already know most of the topics he covers.

This is an excellent book for somebody just starting out using troubleshooting tools. NETSTAT, IFCONFIG, IPCONFIG and WINIPCFG, ARP and PING are the utilities that are described and included in the book and more. .

Eh, book was okay, but didn't really flip my burger. If you want a nice primer on some of the software tools and commands that you can use for monitoring system performance, this book would probably be just fine. Could have used more graphics. Good for reading at bedtime or in your time off, but just a little too wordy looking if you're in the field actually trying to get something done.

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