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The best network book I ever read!, 5 Dec. 2007
A very useful guide to anyone who have to deal with computer networks or manage network devices. It isn't for inexperieced users, but I recommend it to everyone who would like to know more details about networks to become more familiar with it.
The book is aimed from the same idea suggested by Gary Donahue in managing networks: a network might be very hard to manage and understand as it size increase. So, the best thing you can do is trying to keep everything as simplest as possible.
The result is a good reference book, well written and easy to read and understand. Figures too are very clear and well explained. It contains a lot of useful suggestion on how to administrate a network and about all the activities related to it (e.g. PART VIII, "Designing Networks": Chapter 34 about "IP Design" it's AMAZING!).
Also, the book is well organized, because each one of eight parts that compose the book is splitted in few chapters well focussed on a single topic. This made the book easy to use if you are looking for a specific subject.
I'm studying about Network Security, so I appreciated very much Section V - "Security and Firewalls". Above all, Chapter 25 contains a very clear explanation about DeMilitarized Zone supplied with a lot of figures (the book contains too some suggestions to draw network schemes).
I never found a network book good like this so I wish you have to put it in your library!