Linux Networking Cookbook at last!

by Carla Schroder

Well here we go with book #2, the Linux Networking Cookbook. Hot off the presses, fresh from the oven, the baby is born!

Linux comes with a powerhouse networking stack and bales of great troubleshooting and monitoring tools. This book covers most of the fundamental Linux networking chores- firewalls, secure remote access, routing, building a Linux wireless access point (my personal favorite), serial console administration, network monitoring, hands-free installations, some OpenLDAP, running an Asterisk VoIP server, and using your specialized network administrator laptop for diagnosis and repairs.

No endless windy theorizing, just nice step-by-step recipes for getting things done. Bon appetit!


Matt Doar
2007-11-29 10:20:37
Congratulations! Just reading the table of contents yesterday made me think that I'll have to buy this one. I like the problem/solution format.


p.s. The female blacksmith thing is cool too. Which piece of software does the horseshoe represent? ;-)

Carla Schroder
2007-11-29 15:07:37
Matt, since the point of hammering on metal is to temper and shape it, and make it stronger, I doubt that the horseshoe represents Windows, since no amount of hammering will help a lost cause. Therefore it must be Linux, BSD, or some other Unix-y variant :)
Roy Schestowitz
2007-11-29 20:43:56
Excellent stuff. No idea how you find the time to do this without people taking notice. :-)
Innate Tech
2007-12-02 06:04:42
The table of contents looks excellent--it addresses many topics that I've had to fumble through on my own recently, including OpenLDAP, firewalls, serial consoles, static and advanced routing, FreeNX, x11nvc over SSH, OpenVPN, Samba PDC SSO, monitoring (Nagios & MRTG), dial in, and building custom install media.

The troubleshooting section also looks good. Most of the utilities I find myself using regularly are covered, with the exception of iptraf which is handy but not essential.

It's hard to find much that's missing that you would hope to see included--maybe a short section on network-based backups, more variety in the monitoring section (such as coverage of OpenNMS, Zabbix, and other options) and incorporation of some high-availability material (such as how to automate response to outages detected by monitoring suites) , or coverage of new configuration tools like Puppet. Also, an appendix of pointers to various protocols/projects by functional requirement (i.e. time ---> NTP --> to help less experienced admins figure out what they need would be nice, and would fit well with the cookbook concetp. But, these are minor quibbles, really.

This looks like an excellent resource as is. Any chance it might be added to Safari some time soon? It wasn't there a few days ago when I first saw the ToC and went looking for it.

Carla Schroder
2007-12-03 14:58:59
Hi Innate Tech,

It will show up on Safari soon. I believe the conversion takes a bit of time, and there are actual humans that review the whole thing to make sure it comes out right.

jeremiah foster
2007-12-05 02:29:00
I am really looking forward to reading this, I already have it on my Amazon wishlist. Great stuff Carla.
Karl Runge
2008-01-16 15:43:18
Hi Carla,

I think there is an error in x11vnc section in chapter 8:

carla@windbag:~$ ssh -L 5900:windbag:5900 stinkpad 'x11vnc -localhost -display :0'

I believe it should be "-L 5900:localhost:5900". Otherwise the connection will try to come back to windbag. Hmmm, I wonder if one could make an infinite loop this way!

Carla Schroder
2008-01-17 21:26:58
Hi Karl,

Noooo!! Don't want to find errors!!

Seriously, I'll have a look at it this weekend. Thanks!