Linux networking cookbook

Linux networking cookbook / Carla Schroder, O’Reilly, 2008

Here is a book on system administration for Linux.  It is practical and really useful.

1Introduction to Linux Networking
2Building a Linux Gateway on a Single-Board Computer
3Building a Linux Firewall
4Building a Linux Wireless Access Point
5Building a VoIP Server with Asterisk
6Routing with Linux
7Secure Remote Administration with SSH
8Using Cross-Platform Remote Graphical Desktops
9Building Secure Cross-Platform Virtual Private Networks with OpenVPN
10Building a Linux PPTP VPN Server
11Single Sing-on with Samba for Mixed Linux/Windows LANs
12Centralized Network Directory with OpenLDAP
13Network Monitoring with Nagios
14Network Monitoring with MRTG
15Getting Acquainted with IPv6
16Setting Up Hands-Free Network Installations of New Systems
17Linux Server Administration via Serial Console
18Running a Linux Dial-Up Server
19Troubleshooting Networks

Legendary ORA quality. 600 pages.

Advanced QoS

Advanced QoS for multi-service IP/MPLS networks / Ram Balakrishnan, Wiley, 2008

If you are in telecom, planning networks, you will find this book very useful. Otherwise, it will be ‘tough sledding’.

The internet backbones used to be ‘best-effort’ so that if someone was bulk-copying some video files then someone else on a VOIP call would get broken up voice quality. Quality of Service (QoS) attempts to fix that problem by prioritizing traffic or ‘bandwidth shaping’. Unfortunately, it can also be put to competitive use, for example when a business provides a video service and an internet access service, and the latter has video throttling (though this book does not talk about such issues).