Sebastopol, CA--"The more an administrator knows about IP, the more
effective they will be," says Eric A. Hall, author of the just-released
book Internet Core
Protocols: The Definitive Guide. If you've ever been
responsible for a network, chances are you agree. You know that sinking
feeling: your pager has gone off at 2 a.m., the network is broken, and you
can't figure out why, using a dial-in connection from home. You drive into
the office, dig out your protocol analyzer, and spend the next four hours
trying to put things back together before the staff shows up for work.
Until now, the only real guide to the protocols has been the Internet
RFCs--and they're hardly what you want to be reading late at night when your
network is down. There just hasn't been a good book on the fundamentals of
IP networking aimed at network administrators. "I'm sure that whoever reads
this book will be as impressed as I was, not just at the insights, but at
the level of depth and usefulness. Among the glut of technology books, this
is one that truly stands out. Every network manager needs this book," says
Fritz Nelson, Editor-In-Chief of Network Computing Magazine.
"The original concept behind this book came from a series of technology
primers that I was writing for a magazine, which generated a significant
amount of mail from the readers," says Hall. "The existing material in the
market was geared more towards programmers and developers than for users
(my readership), so I decided to pursue it. O'Reilly's brand name
recognition made them a natural choice, and thankfully they agreed to
publish the book."
Protocols: The Definitive Guide provides thorough coverage of
the fundamental protocols in the TCP/IP suite: IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, ARP (in
its many variations), and IGMP. It includes many packet captures, showing
you what to look for and how to interpret all the fields. It has been
brought up-to-date with the latest developments in real-world IP networking.
The CD-ROM included with the book contains Shomiti's "Surveyor Lite," a
packet analyzer that runs on Win32 systems, plus the original RFCs, should
you need them for reference. Shomiti Systems President and CEO Bill Shaw:
"We have always prided ourselves on being able to provide today's network
administrators with the high performance analysis tools they need to solve
their network problems. We were very happy that Eric Hall and O'Reilly
chose our software for this purpose."
"Shomiti's software was chosen because it offered an extremely powerful and
highly mobile analysis platform," adds Hall. "The quality and quantity of
the protocol decodes, the powerful alarms and triggers, the ability to edit
and generate packets and the availability of a variety of hardware options
were all key factors in my decision. Shomiti's software plus the original
RFCs, should you need them for reference, give you everything you need to
troubleshoot your network."
Protocols: The Definitive Guide
Help for Network Administrators
By Eric A. Hall
1st Edition February 2000
1-56592-572-6, 472 pages, $39.95, Includes CD-ROM