by Michael W. Lucas
February 2009, 144 pp.
Cisco routers and switches are the cornerstones of many networks. But when things break, repairs can intimidate even the most competent administrator. Luckily, just knowing the "in case of emergency" basics will take you far.
Just like the original, this second edition of the highly acclaimed Cisco Routers for the Desperate is written for the administrator in crisis mode. Updated to cover switches and the latest Cisco terminology, with a tighter focus on the needs of the small network administrator, this second edition gives you what you need to know to provide reliable network services and fix problems fast. You'll find coverage of:
Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition is designed to be read once and left alone until something breaks. When it does, you'll have everything you need to know in one easy-to-follow guidebook.
About the Author
Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute FreeBSD, Absolute OpenBSD, Cisco Routers for the Desperate, and PGP & GPG, all from No Starch Press.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Befriending the Command Line
Appendix A: IP Addresses and Netmasks
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"Michael is absolutely one of the best technical writers in the networking, computer, and security worlds. Plenty of others could learn how to write by studying his approach to teaching readers."
Michael W. Lucas "focuses squarely on TCP/IP networking in an Internet environment and does not detour into channelizing circuits, VoIP, IPX, Apple-Talk, MPLS, prioritization, or any other of the other features available in Cisco-land. He instead helps readers discover how to learn these things themselves."
Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition "condenses all you need to know about Cisco routers, and some switching, down to a mere 125 pages."
"For me, reading this book was like having one of the guys in my company who lives and breathes Cisco sitting down with me for a day and explaining everything I need to know to handle problems or issues likely to come my way. There may be many additional things I could potentially learn about my Cisco switches, but likely few I'm likely to encounter in my environment."
"The author and the book have a strong focus on getting new users comfortable in the environment, so if you are brand new to managing a Cisco router and need somewhereanywhereto get started, Cisco Routers for the Desperate might be just the right starting place."
"A helpful guide covering the key areas of Cisco Routers. Should be a good read in preparation for the desperate emergencies."
"This really ought to be the book inside every Cisco Router box for the very slim chance things go goofy and help is needed 'right now.'"
"This book provides an easy-to-read introduction to some of the more sophisticated aspects of routing."
"Keeping with the nature of all No Starch Press books, Cisco Routers for the Desperate is light hearted and playful: an easy read, as well as a quick one. The book is really meant to be a reference book, in the hopes you will never need it."