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5.0 out of 5 stars The best network book I ever read!, 5 Dec 2007
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Davide Ariu - See all my reviews
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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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy all-round coverage, 11 Sep 2009
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This book is a very useful thing to have to hand for when your mind goes blank on the basics of something you don't use every day, but also for an overview of something usually neglected in such works: the business liason side of being an IT professional.

It's very Cisco orientated, but that's no surprise, given Cisco's market penetration, nor is it a terribly bad thing...I suppose it just reflects the way the world is. The only time it really grated on me was regards firewalls and server load balancers, since Cisco's offerings in these spaces suck like a Dyson on steroids (Mr. Donohue's praise for the late, unlamented Local Director series, for example, is very puzzling to me - but each to their own, I guess). However, it would have been nice for it to be a bit more platform-agnostic, I think. Also, BGP gets no more than a passing nod, really, and for that critically important protocol to be dismissed with what boils down to "Well, you probably won't need to config BGP unless you work for an ISP" is a bit weak.

Apart from that, pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written-good book, 20 July 2009
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S. Goldie (Glasgow, Strathclyde United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Excellant book, very 'tight' and to the point. Certainly much more concise than the Sybex/Cisco press books that you might be used to. A very useful real-world guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading, 14 Feb 2011
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C. Perkins (UK) - See all my reviews
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Although a bit dated now so some of command syntax has been deprecated or the equipment discussed retired, it's still an excellent read. Network Warrior gives you a whirlwind tour of topics that are likely to be useful in the real world. And unlike the Cisco Press textbooks it provides useful advice & examples on troubleshooting the technologies discussed.
My only complaint would be that certain topics should be covered in a bit more depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of the latest technology, 13 Jun 2010
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L. J. Brady "Louis Brady" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book gives great insight on the latest technology. You can dip in at various sections without having to read the whole book. Another great book fron O'Reilly
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, 22 July 2009
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The book is waht it says "network warrior". It is easy to read and understand. Certain network knowledge it advisable. But with the examples of what different commands do when aspecs are turned on and off is brilliant. I actually found it very hard to put down, but you have to sleep sometime.
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