"TCP/IP Essentials: A Lab-Based Approach", need reviews.

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    • #7626
      ZeroOne
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      Hi

      Trying to get more practice on networks, why everyone going straight to security/penetration testing related books when there are other subjects that would introduce great deals for pentesters, I’m thinking about buying this book, any one read it? its more a practical book includes steps for setting your own network lab, also provides exercises.

      “TCP/IP Essentials: A Lab-Based Approach”
      http://www.amazon.com/TCP-IP-Essentials-Lab-Based-Approach/dp/052160124X/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1339305260&sr=8-7

      Thanks

    • #47635
      unicityd
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      The book seems a little short which makes me doubt that it covers the topics in requisite detail.  TCP/IP Illustrated covers less and is three times as long.  I’d recommend reading the Cisco CCNA books by Odom and then TCP/IP illustrated Vol I or Douglas Comer’s Internetworking with TCP/IP.

    • #47636
      ZeroOne
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      @unicityd wrote:

      The book seems a little short which makes me doubt that it covers the topics in requisite detail.  TCP/IP Illustrated covers less and is three times as long.  I’d recommend reading the Cisco CCNA books by Odom and then TCP/IP illustrated Vol I or Douglas Comer’s Internetworking with TCP/IP.

      I’ve gone through some topics of CCNA book + TCP/IP Illustrated, they mainly focus on theory while this book focus on how to set up a network lab and experiment on it, that is why it brought my attention.

    • #47637
      Triban
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      Be careful how you judge the material.  Almost all books that deal with networking in some fashion start off with the theory items.  Also in a lab situation you may never truly touch on some important topics in networking.  It isn’t a bad idea to go with CCNA material.  Cisco equipment is the most widely used networking platform.  So if anything you learn a enough to go and get a CCNA, which makes an excellent intro level cert to get you in the door.  As for TCP/IP illustrated, definitely a bible to have.

    • #47638
      unicityd
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      TCP/IP Illustrated isn’t a theory book: it follows sniffs of real traffic throughout.  If the other book helps you, great.  But, you can just setup a few machines and start playing around.  Setup servers for FTP, HTTP, Telnet, SSH and sniff the traffic.  Monitor your ordinary web/email traffic.  Setup a Snort box and monitor traffic with that.  If you have access to Cisco equipment, you can put that into the mix; otherwise, download one of the network sims and practice Cisco commands on that.

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      the_Grinch
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