Richard Gnall

Network and System Administration

Software 
VMware – Free, $
VMware Workstation
VMware in Education
VMware Workstation Manuals
VMware Events and Webinars
VMware Free Virtualization Kit
WireShark – Free
Packet sniffer. Formally known as Ethereal.
inSSIDer – $20 (Supports 32-bit and 64-bit XP, Vista, W7, W8)
Similar to NetStumbler, but with a graphical display indicating relative wireless signal strengths.
Unlike NetStumbler, will distinguish between different wireless security protocols - WEP, WPA and WPA2.
NetStumbler – Old, but Free (Does not support 64-bit XP, Vista, W7)
Utility for detecting the prescence of wireless networks. Useful for maximizing the channel distribution and physical placement of wireless access points. Reports SSID, MAC, channel, encryption, signal strength, noise, SNR, peak values, beacon interval, ...
A discussion forum can be found at netstumbler.org.
Wireless news can be found at netstumbler.com.
Does not distinguish between different security protocols. WEP, WPA and WPA2 are all identified as WEP.
Nmap – Free
Open source utility for testing network security and graphing network topology. The download page includes versions for many operating systems, including Windows (scroll to the Windows binaries section to locate the setup executable). Instructions for using the topology tab are available.
PingPlotter – Free, $
Packet Tracing software. Uses tracert to generate a graphical performance display. Useful for trouble shooting a LAN, determining the source of a slow Internet connection, etc.. Scroll to the bottom of the download page to download a freeware version of PingPlotter.
Iso Recorder – Free
Software for creating and burning ISO images. Installs as an extension to Windows Explorer.
Networking 
The TCP/IP Guide
Covers the TCP/IP protocol suite.
Available online as well as a printed reference textbook and downloadable pdf direct from the author. Also available on Kindle. The textbook, pdf and Kindle versions are excellent, but the online version is cumbersome to use.
By Charles M. Kozierok.
Published by No Starch Press.
Data Communications and Networking, 5th edition
By Behrouz A Forouzan.
Published by McGraw Hill Higher Education.
Computer Networks, 5th edition
By Andrew S. Tanenbaum.
Published by informIT / Pearson.
Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach, 6th edition
By James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross.
Published by Pearson / Addison-Wesley.
One of the authors, James Kurose, teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Active Directory 
Inside Active Directory - A System Administrator's Guide, 2nd edition
By Sakari Kouti, Mika Seitsonen.
Published by informIT / Pearson / Addison Wesley.
Server 2012 R2 
Mastering Windows Server 2012 - R2
By Mark Minasi, Kevin Greene, Christian Booth, Robert Butler, John McCabe, Robert Panek, Michael Rice, Stefan Roth.
Published by Wiley.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. Very thorough and well thought out.
Server 2008 (R2) 
Mastering Windows Server 2008 - Networking Foundations
By Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, John Paul Mueller.
Published by Wiley.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. First of two books by Minasi on Server 2008.
Mastering Windows Server 2008 - R2
By Mark Minasi, Darril Gibson, Aidan Finn, Wendy Henry, Byron Hynes.
Published by Wiley.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. Second of two books by Minasi on Server 2008. Very thorough and well thought out.
Windows Server 2008 - Unleashed
By Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi, Ross Mistry, Chris Amaris.
Published by informIT / Pearson / SAMS.
Windows Server 2008 - Inside Out
By William R. Stanek.
Published by Microsoft Press.
Windows Server 2008 - Administrator's Companion
By William R. Stanek.
Published by Microsoft Press.
Server 2003 
Mastering Windows Server 2003
By Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beverridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice.
Published by Sybex.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. Leaves nothing unexplained. Very thorough and well thought out. Discussion of complex subnetting in Chapter 6 is outstanding. My favorite.
Mastering Windows 2003 Server Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2
By Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, Lisa Justice .
Published by Sybex.
Explains additional features added by SP1 and R2.
Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period
By Susan Snedaker.
Originally published by Syngress, now by Elsevier.
Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd edition
By Jonathan Hassell.
Published by O'Reilly & Associates.
The second edition of this book is updated for Service Pack 2.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, R2 edition
By Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Alex Lewis.
Published by informIT / Pearson / Sams.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Inside Out
By William R. Stanek.
Published by Microsoft Press.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Companion (Out of print.)
By William R. Stanek.
Published by Microsoft Press.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Out of print.)
By William R. Stanek.
Published by Microsoft Press.
MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
By Dan Holme and Orin Thomas.
Published by Microsoft Press.
XP 
Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out Deluxe Edition
By Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson.
Published by Microsoft Press.
Microsoft Windows XP Networking Inside Out (Out of print.)
By Curt Simmons with James Causey.
Published by Microsoft Press.
Windows XP Pro - The Missing Manual, Second Edition
By David Pogue, Craig Zacker and L.J. Zacker.
Published by Oreilly.
The second edition of this book is updated for Service Pack 2. (I own the first edition of this text, now out of print, written for Service Pack 1.)
Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, Second Edition
By David A. Karp.
Published by O'Reilly.
The second edition of this book is updated for Service Pack 2. (I own the first edition of this text written for Service Pack 1.)
Hardware 
Trendnet HotSpot Detector – $
Small 1" X 4" lightweight handheld device for detecting the prescence of wireless networks. Reports SSID, channel, encryption, and signal strength. Can be set to continuously monitor one access point while exploring it's signal strength over a range of physical locations.