Network and System Administration
Packet sniffer. Formally known as Ethereal.
Acrylic Wi-Fi Home
View SSID, MAC Address, RSSI signal strength, Channel, Max Speed, Security Level, Vendor.
Can not simultaneously view 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels.
Similar to Acrylic Wi-Fi Home, but can view 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels simultaneously. Used to be free, now very expensive.
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
– 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.
Mastering Windows Server 2008 - R2
By Mark Minasi, Darril Gibson, Aidan Finn, Wendy Henry, Byron Hynes.
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.
Mastering Windows Server 2003
(Out of print.)
By Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beverridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice.
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.