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Books on Windows 2000 Networking

Before you spend a fortune building a Windows 2000 reference library, find out what books are considered to be the best in their field (and not just by us)

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DHCP for Windows 2000
By Neal Alcott. Published by O'Reilly and Associates January 2001. Paperback, 277 pages. ISBN 1565928385
This book is an excellent resource that goes far beyond what is usually covered in most Windows 2000 Networking books. The book begins with an overview of TCP/IP and DHCP which discusses the history of its development, predecessors (RARP and BOOTP), design goals, and technical components. The following chapters show how to design a DHCP infrastructure, install and configure DHCP servers in a routed and non routed environment, create scopes, and how to configure DHCP clients. The remaining half of the book covers advanced DHCP configurations, including creating superscopes, configuring multihomed DHCP servers, managing the DHCP database, supporting BOOTP clients, configuring Windows 2000 as a DHCP Relay agent, multicasting using MADCAP, clustering DHCP servers, integration with Dynamic DNS, and DHCP for IPv6. If you manage the DHCP servers in your company's network, you'll get a lot from this book!

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IP Solutions for Windows 2000
By Paul T. Ammann. Published by Prentice Hall, February 2001. Paperback 660 pages. ISBN 0130911704 An advanced technical reference for administrators that provides real world implementation advice. The book is a tutorial-reference hybrid that is split into four parts: TCP/IP, DHCP, WINS and DNS. The chapters are well organized and thoughtfully illustrated with a focus on planning, configuring, managing, supporting clients, monitoring, performance optimization, and interoperability. The appendix highlights resources and troubleshooting advice. This book is ideal for intermediate to advanced administrators who already have a good grasp of TCP/IP basics, but need a guide to put it all together and implement solutions right away.
Our Recommendations...

Microsoft Windows 2000 TCP/IP Protocols and Services Technical Reference
By Thomas Lee and Joseph Davies. Published by Microsoft Press, January 2000, 537 pages, ISBN 0735605564 This is the TCP/IP reference to have if your implementing Windows 2000! The book starts with an excellent overview of LAN/WAN technologies, then moves into IP basics (addressing, subnetting, and routing), Transport layer protocols, DHCP, DNS, WINS, IPsec, VPN's and more. Experienced NT administrators who are already familiar with TCP/IP will find the coverage of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), Internet Group Management (IGMP), IPv6, and IPsec invaluable. Although not a true beginners book, this is still an easy read that includes plenty of illustrations, tables and examples, making it an excellent classroom textbook and/or desk reference. A must have reference that belongs in every Windows 2000 technical library!

Windows 2000 TCP/IP
By Karanjit Siyan. Published by New Riders Publishing, 2nd edition, May 2000, Hardcover
922 pages, ISBN 0735709920 For those unfamiliar with the author, Dr Karanjit Siyan is a noted speaker, trainer, and one of the key players in the development of the TCP/IP protocol. (If you ever get a chance to hear him lecture at a Microsoft conference, don't miss it - this guy is brilliant.) His latest book follows up on his award winning Windows NT TCP/IP and is an must have for advanced Administrators. In addition to hundreds of step by step guides to administrative tasks, the author covers many architectural details of how TCP/IP is implemented that you simply won't find in any other single source. Advanced topics include supernetting, Classless Internet Domain Routing, and variable length subnet masks. It also covers advanced configurations of TCP/IP via the Registry, including the use of Perl5 (with line by line script examples!)

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Troubleshooting Windows 2000 TCP/IP
By Deb and Tom Shinder. Published by Syngress, April 2000. Paperback 704 pages, ISBN 1928994113. If you spend any amount of time troubleshooting TCP/IP issues on your network, this book is a godsend! The authors have done a brilliant job of explaining the complex issues critical to understanding and troubleshooting TCP/IP, and provide detailed instructions on using the "tools of the trade" for getting to the root cause of almost any problem. After a brief introduction to TCP/IP, you'll find an invaluable chapter on "Troubleshooting Guidelines" which includes the author's "Ten Commandments of Troubleshooting", troubleshooting resources, and general troubleshooting models. The following chapters are organized by either a troubleshooting tool or specific problems, making it easy to find information in  a hurry. Almost every page includes an illustration, screenshot, or a real world tip from the authors, and every chapter ends with an excellent FAQ summary. Highly recommended!

Network Monitoring and Analysis : A Protocol Approach to Troubleshooting
By Ed Wilson, published by Prentice Hall, December 1999,
Paperback 359 pages, ISBN 0130264954. One of the few books available that focuses almost entirely on Windows NT, this book is invaluable. It starts with a detailed overview of the major protocols, SMB, and the OSI model, followed by a network analysis and optimization section that looks at network traffic from every perspective: (client, server, application, and service). It also includes a full chapter dedicated to using the NetMon utility, and concludes with common troubleshooting and security issues The  CD-ROM includes sample capture files showing real network traces, custom filters for Microsoft Network Monitor troubleshooting, and batch files that trigger unattended Netmon sessions.

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Windows 2000 DNS Server 
By William Wong. Published by Osborne/McGraw Hill. July 2000. Paperback 704 pages, ISBN 0072124326 A very "hands on" book for DNS and an ideal sourcebook for a classroom or Administrators who are unfamiliar with DNS. In addition to the expected explanation of concepts, the author spends a lot of time covering step by step procedures for common tasks using a familiar personal narrative rather than the dry bullet points and checklists common in most references. Each chapter is also heavily illustrated with screenshots, diagrams, and tables, and filled with the author's personal notes. Experienced Administrators will find it easy to "speed read" this book to get the important concepts and refer to the walkthroughs as a reference when actually performing tasks. Retail Price: $44.99 Bookpool Price: $26.95

Windows 2000 DNS
By Roger Abell, Herman Knief, Andrew Daniels and Jeffrey Graham. Published by New Riders, April 2000. Paperback, 480 pages. ISBN 0735709734  An excellent resource for understanding the new DNS implementation in Windows 2000. The book begins with a well illustrated, 90 page introduction to the industry standard implementation of DNS that is an ideal primer for new Admins. The midsection digs right into the Windows 2000 specific implementation of DNS, including Dynamic DNS, and Active Directory, as well as designing, securing, and configuring DNS services. The final section is a gold mine for support personnel. The authors devote nearly 200 pages to troubleshooting, client issues, best practices, and services that can be coupled with DNS (NetBIOS, WINS, DHCP). We felt that the authors did a great job of providing plenty of supporting examples, tables, and tips throughout the book, making it (in our humble opinion) an ideal resource for instructors. Smart IS Directors should chain a copy next to their DNS Servers.

Windows 2000 Routing and Remote Access
By Kackie Charles. Published by New Riders Publishing, May 2000
. Paperback 370 pages. ISBN 0735709513 Written for experienced administrators, this book is divided into 3 sections. The first section covers setup of routing, remote access, and dial up networking. The second section covers advanced Administration tools for RRAS, VPN's, and Internet Authentication Service (IAS). The third section covers security, troubleshooting, and concludes with a glossary. The specific coverage of IP Routing, Routing concepts, and Virtual Private Networking is excellent and invaluable. The chapters are well written for such a painfully dry topic, and the author includes plenty of screen shots and examples.

Cabling: The Complete Guide to Network Wiring
By David Groth. Published by Sybex, Aug 2001. Hardcover, 807 pages. ISBN 0782129587 An amazingly well done, and surprisingly readable book that belongs in every tech's bookshelf. To start, this book assumes you know nothing about cabling and walks you through a well written introduction that includes cable design, performance, data communications, and "The Golden Rules of Data Cabling." The following chapters cover just about everything you ever wanted to know about cabling (we're not kidding), from network media and connectors, to cabling design, installation, testing, troubleshooting, wiring closets, tools of the trade, RFC's and more. This book is filled with countless photographs and illustrations, and also features a color "Cable connector and tool identification guide" that newbies will find invaluable. The last chapter, "Cabling @ Work: Experience from the field" is worth the price of the book alone and includes hint and guideline as well as useful case studies. The 140 page appendix includes an extensive dictionary of cabling and telecommunications terms, cabling resources, RCDD Certification resources, and a section home cabling. We love this book! Get at Bookpool for only $26.95

Remote Access 24 Seven
By Paul Robinchaux, Published by Sybex, September 1999, Paperback 423 pages. ISBN 0782112531X
Not many books are written on RAS for NT, which is a shame because things can get a little complex when you start implementing it on a large scale. This book is written for experienced NT Administrators and starts where most other books leave off. Covers RAS and RRAS, capacity planning, setting up VPN's with RAS, PPP, troubleshooting, and more.

Inside RRAS: Remote Access Solutions for Windows NT
By David Iseminger, Published by John Wiley & Sons, March 1998 David worked in Microsoft's Windows NT Performance Group, but also implemented RRAS in real world environments, which really shows in this book. Considering how under documented RRAS is, this book becomes even more valuable. This book is written for experienced administrators, and doesn't do a lot of hand holding.  It does provide plenty of real world advice and examples. A must read if you're deploying an RRAS solution. 
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