on 1 August 2000
The secondary title of this book was a comprehensive guide to _using_ networking protocols with Windows 2000. With the network monitor examples supplied, I had consequently expected it to be more of a practical guide than a reference dictionary - which is what it turned out to be. BTW you do need the SMS 2 version of Network Monitor to look at the examples supplied on the CD, though I think the version supplied with W2000 will give a more restricted view. Unfortunately, SMS 2 network monitor & its full use was nowhere fully described, though this has now become IMO a fully developed tool with its use of remote agents (for instance) - as essential to Networking as Performance Monitor is to performance monitoring. The obvious comparison is with W Stevens TCP/IP illustrated V1; although this latter book is to some extent outdated and looks at things primarily) from the Unix standpoint, it is clearly the work of an enthusiast - with many practical illustrations. Part of the reason for the dryness of the text in W2K protocols & services is its attempt to appeal to MCSE candidates. Having studied (& passed) MCSE (NT4) there is a definite tendency to cram information in over a broad area with not much depth, in such books!
With (presumably) the entire resources of MS at their disposal, it seems a pity that there was not more useful information on the CD. The CD includes RFC (of course), 80megs of Draft RFC! (useful?), a few microsoft documents, and the network monitor traces (duplicated as text files in another directory) *and* (mainly) included in the text of the book as well!
The TCP/IP protocol was well described, though UPD & TCP ports used by a 'Microsoft 2000 components' highly underestimated the actual ports actually used, which is unfortunate in these security minded times.
Although it _is_ 'W2000' it is a pity that little reference is made to NT4, particularly as in practice most practitioners will be working in a mixed environment at least for the next few years. In particular with relation to the numerous registry keys given.
There were a few minor errors & at least one duplication.
on 5 August 2007
Think it's amazing book. One of the best TCP/IP book that i had or saw.
I had TCP/IP Network Administration of O'Reilly (2nd edition). That book didn't really impressed me. It don't covers the aspects that you'll want to know.
This book covers more aspects, it have very good structure, clear explanations of all covered subjects. Think it's very handy book for everybody, even if you're not sysadmin.