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Linux Network Toolkit [Paperback]

Paul G. Sery
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28 Mar 2000
Red Hat® Linux® Network Toolkit, 2nd Edition Now updated and expanded with new information on firewalls, Samba, Arkeia, and more, this acclaimed guide gives you all the tools and techniques you need to implement a robust, reliable Linux network. From setting up Samba and e–mail servers to creating firewalls and automated backups, author Paul Sery demystifies the design, configuration, and administration of a Linux network — and shows you step–by–step how to build a secure, cost–effective system for your organization. Working Linux Solutions for Network Challenges:
  • Set up a simple client–server network, from installation to troubleshooting
  • Understand how Linux works and explore configuration options
  • Harness the power of Samba to share resources and expand network functionality
  • Connect your network to the Internet — and evaluate today's broadband options
  • Extend network services with DNS, NFS, NIS, and e–mail servers
  • Get up to speed on system administration basics, from managing accounts to scripting
  • Use Arkeia to automate network backups — and save time and trouble
  • Build firewalls and add active security measures to keep your server and network safe
2 CD–ROMs with Red Hat Linux 6.1, including:
  • ApplixWare office suite demo
  • Arkeia automated network backup system demo (30–day trial)
  • Firewall scripts (ipchains)
  • Diald networking scripts
  • DNS (Domain Name Server) scripts
  • E–mail server configuration
  • Plus bonus CD–ROM chapters on Linux resources
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (28 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764546562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764546563
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,473,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Use Red Hat Linux to provide file, print, backup, dns, firew
Linux is a superior platform for providing file sharing, print, backup and other services to networks. It is also an excellent system for securely connecting networks to the Internet. Red Hat Linux Network Toolkit describes how to do those things.

I like to learn by example. I prefer to start out with simple examples and work towards more complex ones. To that end, the first two chapters show how to first install Red Hat Linux and then construct a simple two computer, Linux and Windows client-server network. Detailed, step-by-step instructions are given for installing Red Hat 6.1 Linux on a PC and using Samba to provide file and print services to a Windows computer.

After you construct the simple, yet effective network the remainder of the book's first half is spent introducing you to general topics such as troubleshooting and the basic internal workings of Linux. This is intended to give you an overview of Linux and the necessary background to successfully build a more complex network. For instance, the art of troubleshooting is discussed in such a way as to not only introduce the difficult subject but also help with some of the actual problems that you might encounter when creating a Linux/Windows network. (Troubleshooting advice is given at the end of every chapter that deals with the installation and configuration of network services and software.)

The second half of the book guides you systematically towards the goal of constructing a well managed, business ready network that is securely connected to the Internet. The initial network is used as the basis for all subsequent ones. Detailed, step-by-step instructions are given for topics such as modifying Samba, automating network backups with the included Arkeia backup software, connecting a network to the Internet and protecting it with an IP packet filtering and masquerading firewall. The end result is a system that you should be able to run a small business or organization with and also used as the base for building bigger and more complex systems.

Red Hat Linux Network Toolkit's intended audience is the intermediate to advanced computer user who wants to construct a reliable, powerful and inexpensive network. Linux and/or UNIX experience is certainly very helpful but my intention is that the detailed instructions, including troubleshooting help in every relevant chapter, will help the novice construct a Linux network quickly and then get a step up on the learning curve by implementing the examples. If you are an experienced Linux/UNIX user then you should still benefit from the examples because they address key networking and security topics and functions. I frequently refer to the examples myself when constructing Linux-based networks.

Note: I am currently installing a DSL connection in my home and will provide configuration instructions on my web site. I can not my web page's address here so please refer to the book or e-mail me for it.

Note: The book contains two companion CD-ROMS. The first includes the Red Hat installation software. The second contains additional software and my own scripts. The scripts include explicit configurations for e-mail (sendmail and IMAP), DNS, the diald automatic Internet dial-up system and IP the filtering firewall. They will work "out-of-the-box" on the network examples shown in the book.

Note: Please refer to my web page for additional information, links and errata.

From the Back Cover

Red Hat® Linux® Network Toolkit, 2nd Edition Now updated and expanded with new information on firewalls, Samba, Arkeia, and more, this acclaimed guide gives you all the tools and techniques you need to implement a robust, reliable Linux network. From setting up Samba and e–mail servers to creating firewalls and automated backups, author Paul Sery demystifies the design, configuration, and administration of a Linux network — and shows you step–by–step how to build a secure, cost–effective system for your organization. Working Linux Solutions for Network Challenges:
  • Set up a simple client–server network, from installation to troubleshooting
  • Understand how Linux works and explore configuration options
  • Harness the power of Samba to share resources and expand network functionality
  • Connect your network to the Internet — and evaluate today's broadband options
  • Extend network services with DNS, NFS, NIS, and e–mail servers
  • Get up to speed on system administration basics, from managing accounts to scripting
  • Use Arkeia to automate network backups — and save time and trouble
  • Build firewalls and add active security measures to keep your server and network safe
2 CD–ROMs with Red Hat Linux 6.1, including:
  • ApplixWare office suite demo
  • Arkeia automated network backup system demo (30–day trial)
  • Firewall scripts (ipchains)
  • Diald networking scripts
  • DNS (Domain Name Server) scripts
  • E–mail server configuration
  • Plus bonus CD–ROM chapters on Linux resources
www.idgbooks.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit on the simplistic side 22 May 2000
Format:Paperback
I wanted a book on Linux networking and got one on SAMBA, but waaaay to simplistic and shallow. It spent many pages going into samba setup, which has been excellently covered in other books, and absolutely nothing on routing, TCP/IP troubleshooting, etc. A very good book for a complete newbie who wants to set up a network of a single RH Linux box serving a small number of Wintel PC's, but virtually useless for someone who wants help running a Linux network. If the book had been called "Linux servers for small windows Networks" then I would have given it 5 stars (and not bought it), but as it was called "Linux Network Toolkit" I felt the book did not live up to its title - hence 3 stars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for creating a home/small office network 16 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are planning to put together a small network (home or office) connected to the internet through a Linux box, then this book is perfect!
The key points of setting up a network, DNS, file sharing, email, firewall, backups etc. are all explained and often have supporting scripts or files provided on the CDs. If you are using any flavor of Linux, this book is good. If you are using Redhat (a version is included on a CD with the book), then it is excellent (Redhat has a few file structure differences that are clearly addressed).
The book is organized well too. The first 3 chapters step through installing Linux, connecting a Windows PC and troubleshooting in a way that you are virtually guaranteed to have a network running without fail. It is very cool to have accomplished setting up a network within such a short time. The remainder of the book goes into more detail of various aspects of network/Linux services in order to expand upon the basic network that was built. By the end of the book, I had a fully functional network with all the services I could use. This book was an excellent investment!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Security problem on accompanying CD 12 Jun 2000
By Hans Cathcart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I noticed that on the 2nd CD that is included with this book there is a script called: "make_firewall.sh" If you execute this script, it will start to "rpm -e" (yes that's erase) all the RPMs listed in an accompanying file called "rpms_to_remove". Nowhere on the CD does it tell you that this script will do this. I suspect it was placed there in error. BE CAREFUL!
Otherwise I find this book pretty good for a beginning understanding of Linux networking.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Book, Some Script Errors. 6 Aug 2000
By Robert L. Cochran - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book helpful when setting up my Red Hat 6.2 distrubution for home network connectivity. I really wanted guidance for topics such as DNS, IPCHAINS and IP-Masquerading. The book touches on these topics but not in exhaustive detail. Instead it relies on a number of scripts supplied in companion CD's to provide the user with 'canned' solutions to the problem of easy setup of DNS, IPCHAINS and masquerading. The reader is urged to just install and run the supplied scripts. Be sure to carefully read the book's comments on the scripts as part of your personal learning and checking process. Don't just run the script blindly.
I made use of a number of the scripts that came on the CD. Being a professional programmer, though, I automatically distrusted them, so I was careful to preserve any scripts already installed on my system by copying them to backup files. Then I reviewed the scripts supplied by Mr. Sery. There are some errors in his scripts for DNS. I believe (without proof) that some of the named scripts supplied are actually for BIND-4 not BIND-8. You cannot have comments in some of the named scripts. They did need changing for my particular system in order to run without error. I heavily modified and tested Mr. Sery's scripts (with the help of 2 other books!) before being satisfied with them. Part of my testing included checks of /var/log/messages to see if named was complaining about the scripts. His scripts, in much changes form, are what I have been running very satisfactorily for about 2 months now.
Mr. Sery has a web site containing errata for this book. I suggest checking the errata before implementing his scripts or any of the examples in the book. I emailed my comments on this book to Mr. Sery some time ago, and he did not reply. This is unusual, most book authors will gladly respond to *polite*, *professional* queries from buyers of their books.
Large portions of the book are devoted to dull stuff such as installing a Red Hat distribution and backup considerations, rather than networking itself. You can find installation advice from other sources. (I admit installing Red Hat Linux is a very tough job to do.) Also please note that the book focuses on Red Hat 6.1. At this time Red Hat 6.2 is the most recent release.
If you have an Offical Red Hat product installed that you are currently entitled to support for from Red Hat, be careful what you install from Mr. Sery's Publisher's Edition of Red Hat Linux. You may not be able to get support for Publisher's Edition packages.
Good points about the book -- it walks the user through networking setup. This is what made the book worth buying for me. This book is like a very small scale Rand McNally road map to networking. I had to get detail stuff from other sources (the detail stuff being equivalent a U. S. Geological Survey map). There are a lot of diagrams and some screen shots. The supplied scripts are valuable guides for proper coding of arcane stuff but contain errors you will have to debug. The book Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed by Pitts et al actually has a more useful discussion of coding named scripts (even though I severely criticized this book in a separate review.)
If you have a home network containing one Linux machine that you would like to connect to Windows machines, do get this book plus the O'Reilly book Using Samba. Read the Samba book first and closely follow its advice. (But remember Windows 2000 has been released and Milennium Edition is around the corner, and the two may outdate the Samba book fast.) If you have a bunch of Linux boxes you want to network, do get this book but expect to need other books as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One More Thought On The Security Scripts 6 Aug 2000
By Robert L. Cochran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My earlier review should have mentioned Hans Cathcart's comments about scripts which remove installed products. He thinks the script was added to the CD in error. If you check the book carefully you will find a discussion of why some installed packages should be removed. Chapter 12 starting at about page 386 discusses removal of unnecessary software on a *firewall computer*. Mr. Sery is talking in the context of a standalone firewall machine, not your personal work machine. It's important to understand this distinction and to read Chapter 12 before you run any of his scripts from the CDs. You would not want to run these security scripts on your *personal* machine.
Of course Mr. Sery is overlooking a small fact -- most home users don't have the money or knowhow to set up a standalone firewall computer, quite separate from their personal work machines.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good format but riddled with errors 31 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I agree with the reviewer that stated that this book was poorly proofed - if at all. The format of the book is very good, but it is so riddled with errors that you end up going in circles trying to figure out what the author is trying to tell you to do. I ended up using this book as my primary source for getting my Samba network up and running, but only because I couldn't find a better reference. I hope that a revised edition will be coming out for Red Hat Linux 7.0/7.1, and I hope that the myriad errors in the current edition will be addressed.
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