Network Administrators Survival Guide

Network Administrators Survival Guide

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The all-in-one practical guide to supporting your Cisco network * Provides detailed tips for using freeware and open-source tools readily available from the Internet, including the reasons behind choosing a particular tool * Refer to a single source for common Cisco network administration issues * Dedicated section for network security aids administrators in effectively dealing with security issues * Deploy fully functional RADIUS and TACACS+ for servers for controlling access to Cisco devices * Deploy Linux- and Windows-based syslog servers to centrally collect syslog information generated by Cisco devices * Deploy Linux- and Windows-based network monitoring systems to monitor interface traffic through Cisco devices including routers, switches, VPN concentrators, and Cisco PIX(R) firewalls * Use the trending feature of network monitoring systems for long-term network analysis and capacity planning * Automatically detect and report configuration changes on Cisco IOS(R) Software-based devices and Cisco PIX firewalls * Deploy Cisco-based VPNs in mixed environments using Linux- and Windows-based VPN servers Network Administrators Survival Guide solves many common network administration problems by providing administrators with an all-in-one practical guide to supporting Cisco(R) networks using freeware tools. It is a single reference source that explains particular issues, their significance for administrators, and the installation and configuration process for the tools. The solutions are Cisco centric and provide detail not available in generic online information. Network Administrators Survival Guide emphasizes solutions for network managers and administrators of small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises. Each chapter is broadly based on a network administration function, starting with an overview of the topic, followed by the methodology involved to accomplish that function. This includes the tools available, why they are the right choice, and their installation, configuration, and usage methods. For any given function, Network Administrators Survival Guide covers both Windows- and Linux-based tools as appropriate. Most of the Windows-based tools offer the advantage of GUI for ease of use, whereas the Linux-based tools are command-line based and can be used in automated scripts. Both are significant for network administrators. Based on author Anand Deveriya's extensive field experience, this practical guide to maintaining Cisco networks will save you significant time and money. Any network administrator-beginner or advanced-will find this book useful. The solutions to practical aspects of network administration make Network Administrators Survival Guide a must-have reference for supporting your Cisco network.show more

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  • Mixed media product | 552 pages
  • 188 x 226.1 x 33mm | 907.2g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • Mixed media
  • 1587052113
  • 9781587052118
  • 1,838,223

About Anand Deveriya

Anand Deveriya, CCIE(R) No. 10401, is a senior network engineer with NEC Unified Solutions, where he designs and deploys secure, scalable, and redundant networks using Cisco technology and products. In his various networking roles, he has devised solutions for many of the network administration challenges noted throughout this book. Anand was a technical editor for CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide, published by Cisco Press.show more

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The all-in-one practical guide to supporting your Cisco network Provides detailed tips for using freeware and open-source tools readily available from the Internet, including the reasons behind choosing a particular tool Refer to a single source for common Cisco network administration issues Dedicated section for network security aids administrators in effectively dealing with security issues Deploy fully functional RADIUS and TACACS+ for servers for controlling access to Cisco devices Deploy Linux- and Windows-based syslog servers to centrally collect syslog information generated by Cisco devices Deploy Linux- and Windows-based network monitoring systems to monitor interface traffic through Cisco devices including routers, switches, VPN concentrators, and Cisco PIX(R) firewalls Use the trending feature of network monitoring systems for long-term network analysis and capacity planning Automatically detect and report configuration changes on Cisco IOS(R) Software-based devices and Cisco PIX firewalls Deploy Cisco-based VPNs in mixed environments using Linux- and Windows-based VPN servers "Network Administrators Survival Guide" solves many common network administration problems by providing administrators with an all-in-one practical guide to supporting Cisco(R) networks using freeware tools. It is a single reference source that explains particular issues, their significance for administrators, and the installation and configuration process for the tools. The solutions are Cisco centric and provide detail not available in generic online information. "Network Administrators Survival Guide" emphasizes solutions for network managers and administrators of small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises. Each chapter is broadly based on a network administration function, starting with an overview of the topic, followed by the methodology involved to accomplish that function. This includes the tools available, why they are the right choice, and their installation, configuration, and usage methods. For any given function, "Network Administrators Survival Guide" covers both Windows- and Linux-based tools as appropriate. Most of the Windows-based tools offer the advantage of GUI for ease of use, whereas the Linux-based tools are command-line based and can be used in automated scripts. Both are significant for network administrators. Based on author Anand Deveriya's extensive field experience, this practical guide to maintaining Cisco networks will save you significant time and money. Any network administrator-beginner or advanced-will find this book useful. The solutions to practical aspects of network administration make "Network Administrators Survival Guide" a must-have reference for supporting your Cisco network.show more

Table of contents

Part I Basic Network Administration Chapter 1 Cisco Device Installation Introduction Connecting to Cisco Devices for Configuration Local Connection Using a Console Interface Remote Connection Using Telnet Automating Tasks Using Macros Securing Remote Connections to Cisco Devices Using Secure Shell (SSH) Cisco Device Configuration for SSH SSH Client Installation Configuring Cisco Devices Using GUI Tools HTTP Interface for IOS-Based Devices PIX Device Manager Security Device Manager Other GUI Tools for Configuring Cisco Devices Managing System Files File Management Using a TFTP Server Configuring Cisco Devices to Use TFTP Using an FTP Server for File Management Summary Chapter 2 Basic Network Connectivity Basics of Network Monitoring Tools: ping and traceroute Verifying Network Connectivity Using traceroute Case Study: Using ping and traceroute to Isolate a BGP Meltdown Emergency Observation Conclusions Actions Advanced Network Connectivity Testing Tools Using whois Lookup for Domain Registration Information Using nslookup to Find DNS Information Using netstat for Port and Connection Information Using the MS Windows-Based netstat Command Using the arp Command to Trace Layer 2 Issues Summary Chapter 3 Access Control Overview of AAA Technology TACACS+ RADIUS RADIUS and TACACS+ Comparison Using TACACS+ for AAA Deploying a Linux-Based TACACS+ Server Configuring Cisco Routers for TACACS+ Configuring a Cisco Switch for TACACS+ Configuring Cisco PIX Firewalls for TACACS+ Configuring a Cisco VPN Concentrator for TACACS+ Using RADIUS for AAA Deploying a Linux-Based RADIUS Server Configuring a Microsoft IAS Server as a RADIUS Server Configuring a Cisco Router for RADIUS Configuring a Cisco Switch for RADIUS Configuring Cisco PIX Firewalls for RADIUS Commercial Products Summary Chapter 4 Using Syslog Overview of Syslog Deploying Syslog Servers Deploying the Default Syslog Daemon Deploying a Linux-Based Syslog-ng Server Configuring a Windows-Based Syslog Server Securing Syslog Servers Configuring Cisco Devices to Use a Syslog Server Configuring Cisco Routers for Syslog Configuring a Cisco Switch for Syslog Configuring a Cisco PIX Firewall for Syslog Configuring a Cisco VPN Concentrator for Syslog Commercial Cisco Products Summary Part II Network Management Systems (NMS) Chapter 5 Monitoring Network Availability Network-Monitoring Fundamentals Network-Monitoring Terms Network-Monitoring Techniques Deploying a Network-Monitoring System Deploying a Linux-Based Big Brother Network-Monitoring System Deploying a Windows-Based Big Brother Network-Monitoring System Deploying Nagios for Linux-Based Network Monitoring Adding Redundancy and Security to Network-Monitoring Systems Commercial Cisco Products Summary Chapter 6 Network Performance Monitoring Performance-Monitoring Overview Deploying Network Performance-Monitoring Tools Deploying a Linux-Based Performance-Monitoring System-MRTG Deploying a Windows-Based Performance-Monitoring System-MRTG Performance and Scalability Enhancements RRDTool Cricket Deploying a Windows-Based Performance-Monitoring System-Cacti Configuring Cisco Devices for Performance Monitoring Enabling the SNMP Agent on Cisco Routers Enabling the SNMP Agent on Cisco Switches Enabling the SNMP Agent on a Cisco PIX Firewall Enabling the SNMP Agent on Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrators Securing SNMP Commercial Cisco Offerings Summary Part III Security Chapter 7 Network Security Testing Network Security Testing Overview Bootable CD-ROM-Based Tool Kits Network Scanners Nmap Scanner Nessus Scanner Packet Analyzers Preparing the Network Using Packet Analyzers Summary Chapter 8 Router and Switch Security Router and Switch Security Overview Securing Cisco Routers Best Practice Recommendations Summary Chapter 9 Intrusion Detection System (IDS) IDS Overview IDS Classification IDS Placement IDS Tools Snort Rancid IDS Sensors Using Common Cisco Devices Router IDSs PIX IDSs Commercial Cisco Products Summary Chapter 10 Virtual Private Networks (VPN) VPN Overview IPSec Overview Linux-Based VPNs OpenSWAN Interoperating OpenSWAN with Cisco IOS Interoperating OpenSWAN with a Cisco PIX Firewall Interoperating OpenSWAN with a Cisco VPN Concentrator Windows-Based VPNs Windows/Cisco Interoperability Summary Part IV Network Documentation Chapter 11 Documentation Tools: Network Diagrams Network Diagram Overview Topology File Formats Features Linux-Based Graphic Design Tools Deploying Dia Creating Diagrams with Dia Viewing Sample Dia Diagrams Windows-Based Graphic Design Tools Deploying Network Notepad Creating Diagrams in Network Notepad Viewing Sample Diagrams Created by Network Notepad What's Next Summary 1587052113TOC91405show more

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