The recipes in her book focus on connectivity: firewalls, wireless access points, secure remote administration, remote helpdesk, remote access for users, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), authentication, system and network monitoring, and the rapidly growing world of Voice over IP (VoIP) services. Recipes include:
- Building a gateway, firewall, and wireless access point on a Linux network
- Building a VoIP server with Asterisk
- Secure remote administration with SSH
- Building secure VPNs with OpenVPN, and a Linux PPTP VPN server
- Single sign-on with Samba for mixed Linux/Windows LANs
- Centralized network directory with OpenLDAP
- Network monitoring with Nagios or MRTG
- Getting acquainted with IPv6
- Setting up hands-free networks installations of new systems
- Linux system administration via serial console
“Linux Networking Cookbook” is written for Linux network administrators who need some pointers, wannabe-Linux network administrators who have some Linux experience but are new to networking, Windows admins who are commanded to “do Linux,” migrating Unix admins, home, small, and medium-sized business users. Even big enterprises with vast resources will find it useful as a learning guide and for setting up test labs. Each recipe provides clear, step-by-step instructions with tested code with a discussion on how and why each solution works.
If you need a book that lays out the steps for specific tasks, that explains the necessary commands and configurations, and does not tax your patience with endless ramblings and meanderings into theory and obscure RFCs, this is the book for you.