May 2, 2002
The Complete Guide to Setting Up and Running a TCP/IP Network: O'Reilly Releases "TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition"
Sebastopol, CA--A decade has passed since Craig Hunt first wrote about
TCP/IP. In that time, Hunt reflects, many things have changed, yet some
things have remained the same. As he comments in the just-released
third edition of TCP/IP
Network Administration (O'Reilly, US $44.95),
"The Internet has grown far beyond its original scope. The original
networks and agencies that built the Internet no longer play an
essential role for the current network. The Internet has evolved from a
simple backbone network, through a three-tiered hierarchical structure,
to a huge network of interconnected, distributed network hubs. Through
all of this incredible change one thing has remained constant: the
Internet is built on the TCP/IP protocol suite."
TCP/IP is a set, or suite, of communications protocols that define how
different types of computers talk to each other. The suite gets its
name from two of the protocols that belong to it: the Transmission
Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP). According to
Hunt, TCP/IP is the leading communications software for local area
networks and enterprise intranets, and is the foundation of the
worldwide Internet. As such, it is the most important networking
software available to a Unix network administrator.
For the last ten years, Hunt's bestselling book has guided network
administrators through setting up and running a TCP/IP network,
beginning with the fundamentals, such as what protocols do and how they
work. The book explains how addresses and routing are used to move data
through the network and how to set up a network connection. The newest
edition of the book offers the same basic setup information, updated
for today's networks, then moves on to advanced routing protocols
(RIPv2, OSPF, and BGP) and the gated software package that implements
them. Hunt provides a tutorial on configuring important network
services, including DNS, Apache, sendmail, Samba, PPP, and DHCP, and
covers troubleshooting and security issues.
"This book is a practical, step-by-step guide to configuring and
managing TCP/IP networking software on Unix computer systems," says
Hunt. "It's a book about building your own network based on TCP/IP. It
is both a tutorial covering the 'why' and 'how' of TCP/IP networking,
and a reference manual for the details about specific network
With coverage that includes Linux, Solaris, BSD, and System V TCP/IP
implementations, "TCP/IP Network Administration, Third Edition" is
intended for everyone who has a Unix computer connected to a TCP/IP
network. This includes network managers and system administrators who
are responsible for setting up and maintaining networks, but also
includes any user who wants to understand how his or her computer
communicates with other systems.
What the critics said about the previous editions:
"The book you reach for first..."
--Marshall Rose, ConneXions
"...the definitive volume on the subject."
--Tom Yager, BYTE
"...probably the best single Unix TCP/IP system administrator's
handbook in print..."
--Anthony M. Rutkowski, SprintLink
"The second edition of Hunt's superb book is even more useful and
informative than the original edition...an extraordinary and
outstanding revision of a classic and indispensable
--Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin
"If you are considering setting up and running a TCP/IP network for the
Unix system, there is no other book like 'TCP/IP Network
TCP/IP Network Administration,
By Craig Hunt
ISBN 0-596-00297-1, 725 pages, $44.95 (US), $69.95 (CAN)
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