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Wireshark 101: Essential Skills for Network Analysis (Wireshark Solutions Series)

Wireshark 101: Essential Skills for Network Analysis (Wireshark Solutions Series) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Chappell , Gerald Combs
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This book, which we refer to simply as "Wireshark 101," is based on over 20 years of analyzing networks and teaching key analysis skills. It's the book so many people have asked for and is written with clear, concise instructions covering key analysis tasks.

If you take a quick look at the Table of Contents or Index, you'll see this book is packed with 46 step-by-step labs to help you master these key Wireshark skills. Some of the skills covered include:

- Filter on addresses, protocols, fields or traffic characteristics
- Create custom columns for more efficient analysis
- Find the source of delays with filters and coloring rules
- Perform unattended captures with auto-stop conditions
- Filter on keywords using wildcards and regular expressions
- Graph and compare user, subnet and application traffic
- Reassemble and extract a file from captured traffic
- Identify DNS and HTTP errors fast
- Export important packet details to .csv format
...and more

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11979 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1893939723
  • Publisher: Chappell University; 1 edition (12 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BF50LD0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 6 July 2013
By Ian B
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Content-wise this is an excellent book for starting out with Wireshark and then moving through the more detailed usage with a step-by-step approach.
My first hurdle though was trying to correlate which colour grey in the book related to which screen colour. Wireshark makes it so easy to identify network artefacts at a glance through the use of colour, and the authour/printer could have made this book so much more usable had it been produced in colour.
Despite the greyscale printing this is one of the best intros into Wireshark that I have so far found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide for the beginner 26 Mar 2014
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Great for the beginner, would advise getting hold of the Troubleshooting book for more advance topics and anyone who's been using wireshark for more than a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Practical 17 July 2013
By Sam Bowne - Published on
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I was unable to attend a week-long Wireshark training, so I got this book and worked through the whole thing on my own in a few days. It's excellent--lots of hands-on projects, and very clear instructions. Wireshark is essential for anyone serious about networks, either from the admin or security side, and there are lots of important techniques in this book that I never learned in years of working with Ethereal and Wireshark.

The accuracy is impressive too. I read books like this very carefully, testing each off-hand comment and reference, and the two times I though I found mistakes, Laura was right and I was wrong. This is what I hope for most when I get textbooks--the author is smarter than me! Researching the issues mentioned in this book taught me a lot more about Ethernet than I ever knew before.

By the way, I highly recommend watching the author's Sharkfest presentation which summarizes the material in this book and demonstrates the principal techniques:


That video plus this book is almost as good as a real face-to-face class.

After going through this, I plan to get the Wireshark certification.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Network Troubleshooting! 20 Mar 2013
By Superoleo - Published on
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Laura has a way of breaking this "nutrient-dense" subject matter and making it palatable for even the most ADHD among us (squirrel!). Although bits, bytes, frames and packets are not everyone's cup-o-tea this book goes a long way toward "mainstreaming" network analysis for the "masses". If you are "good with computers" and you want to get a much better understanding of what's going on in your network "under the hood" then this book is a great place to start. Although, there is NO final exam for this 101 course, it WILL prepare you for 201 (hint to Laura).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly enhaces Wireshark usage skills 12 Mar 2013
By vijaya - Published on
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Better late than never,I realized the importance of learning tools to add aesthetic touch to the job.As part of my preparation towards WCNA(Wireshark Certified Network Analyst] I got this book and read it fully.It certainly going to occupy part of my office space for daily reference.This book guided me to march on those uncharted regions[GeoIP,RingBuffer,TSHARK,EDITCAP,MERGECAP,HTTP Object capturing etc...] of wireshark.I recommend this book for users who are looking to enhance their tool usage(related to wireshark) in particular and network troubleshooting in general.
Thanks for the book and expecting more from you Laura.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me 26 May 2013
By Anthony Lawrence - Published on
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I've known about Wireshark since it was called Ethereal, but I never used it. One reason was that I disliked running X11 on my older Mac, but also I thought that it was overkill for the limited kind of network debugging I am capable of. I simply used tcpdump and if I needed to slice and dice something, I wrote scripts to tease out whatever I needed.

Silly me. Recently I ran into something that tested my patience and required more scripting than I wanted to tackle, so I installed Wireshark. My newer Mac ran it without complaint and I immediately saw that it had the power I needed (and then some).

But how to learn it? I found this book and, although the high price put me off a bit, I bought it. I spent quite a few hours reading and doing the labs and and even more happy that I finally did this. Yes, Wireshark can do things that I'll likely never need to do. But it can also do things that I DO need to do and (with the help of this book) I can do them with a mouse-click or two.

Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be 25 Jun 2013
By TheUnlikelyOne - Published on
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I am a bit of a novice, so I was very nervous when I ordered this, expecting it to be written very technical and manual-like. I was wrong. This was written in a style as the author was simply talking to you. Chapter zero is incredibly informative, and I read it three times before continuing. The chapters are easy to read, the labs are straight forward, and each chapter has a challenge section which is just that. The study-group I joined goal was to complete this book cover to cover. We are half way through. I have learned sooo much in these 5 weeks. I recommend this for novice and experienced alike, as there is something for everyone in this book.
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