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Networking/SysAdmin
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Software

VMware Workstation Pro – $175

WireShark – Free

Packet sniffer. Formally known as Ethereal.

Acrylic Wi-Fi Home – Free

View SSID, MAC Address, RSSI signal strength, Channel, Max Speed, Security Level, Vendor. Can not simultaneously view 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels.

inSSIDer Lite – Free

Similar to Acrylic Wi-Fi Home, but can view 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels simultaneously. Free and commercial versions available.

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, $40

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.

Networking

The TCP/IP Guide

By Charles Kozierok. Published by No Starch Press.

Covers the TCP/IP protocol suite.

Available free 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.

Mastering Windows Server 2008 - Networking Foundations

By Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, John Mueller. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

Provides a good introduction to basic networking concepts. First of two books by Minasi on Server 2008.

Data Communications and Networking, 5th edition

By Behrouz Forouzan. Published by McGraw-Hill.

Computer Networks, 5th edition

By Andrew Tanenbaum. Published by Pearson.

Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach, 7th edition

By James Kurose and Keith Ross. One of the authors, James Kurose, teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Published by Pearson.

Byte To Decimal

A simple game I wrote to practice converting 8-bit binary numbers into decimal. Written in Python - requires Python to be installed to run.

PowerShell

Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself 1st Edition

By Timothy Warner. Published by SAMS / Pearson.

Server 2016

Mastering Windows Server 2016

By Brian Svidergol, et al. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

Windows Server 2016 Unleashed

By Rand Morimoto, et al. Published by Pearson.

Windows Server 2016 Inside Out

By Orin Thomas. Published by Microsoft / Pearson.

MCSA Windows Server 2016 Study Guide Exam 70-740

By William Panek. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

MCSA Windows Server 2016 Study Guide Exam 70-741

By William Panek. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

Server 2012 R2

Mastering Windows Server 2012 - R2

By Mark Minasi, et al. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out Volume 1: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials

By William Stanek. Published by Microsoft / Pearson.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out Volume 2: Services, Security, & Infrastructure

By William Stanek. Published by Microsoft / Pearson.

Server 2008 R2

Mastering Windows Server 2008 - Networking Foundations

By Mark Minasi, et al. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

For someone new to Windows system administration, this is the best book out there.

First of two books by Minasi on Server 2008.

Mastering Windows Server 2008 - R2

By Mark Minasi, et al. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

For someone new to Windows system administration, this is the best book out there. Very thorough and well thought out.

Second of two books by Minasi on Server 2008.

Windows Server 2008 R2 - Unleashed

By Rand Morimoto, et al. Published by Pearson.

Windows Server 2008 - Inside Out

By William Stanek. Published by Microsoft.

Windows Server 2008 - Administrator's Companion

By Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford. Published by Microsoft.

Server 2003

Mastering Windows Server 2003

By Mark Minasi, et al. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

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, et al. Published by Sybex / Wiley.

Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period

By Susan Snedaker. Published by Syngress / Elsevier.

Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd edition

By Jonathan Hassell. Published by O'Reilly.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, R2 edition

By Rand Morimoto, et al. Published by Pearson.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Inside Out

By William Stanek. Published by Microsoft.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Companion

By Charlie Russel, Sharon Crawford and Jason Gerend. Published by Microsoft.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

By William Stanek. Published by Microsoft.