Network and System Administration
Packet sniffer. Formally known as Ethereal.
– $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.
– 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.
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.
Software for creating and burning ISO images. Installs as an extension to Windows Explorer.
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.
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.
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.
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.