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Sams Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours, Second Edition by Jonathan Feldman

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Configuration Methods

Hardware routers are different from commodity PCs in one important way: They’re not a dime a dozen. So, although it’s easy to test out potential Windows or Linux changes on an easily built lab machine, it’s not quite as easy to do on a hardware routing platform.

Familiarity goes a long way toward avoiding real-time mistakes. If you can get a hold of the device before it goes into production, so much the better. Being familiar with the commands, error-reporting facilities, and configuration procedure of a device makes you much more able to handle problems as they come up during production. Failing that, having another “lab” device that you can test on is really useful. After-market/used devices are comparatively cheap on ...

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