Basic Book/Manual Recommendation for Internet Networking, and OSX Server or Linux

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Velin, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    I'm interested in reading about the basics, up to an early intermediate understanding, of internet networking and troubleshooting, as well as setting up and maintaining OSX Server (including terminal commands).

    I'd like an easy-to-read book, with clear explanations, and with discussions that are relevant to the internet and OSX Leopard (or the programs Leopard is derived from, e.g. Linux/BSD). By basic, I mean something as basic as explaining what the ping, nslookup, ifconfig, and other commands do, together with an explanation of DNS, DHCP, Masks, etc., hopefully progressing to an early intermediate level of understanding and some basic troubleshooting (e.g. how to interpret and troubleshoot ping responses, packet loss, understanding exactly why a user's internet connection appears slow, etc.).

    Any good recommendations for a recent, readable, understandable book?

    Also, if you are aware of any good OSX Server manuals or guides for beginners, please let me know.
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    You can get most of that information by just typing man followed by the command name in the Terminal application. For instance:

    man ifconfig
  3. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Check out O'Reilly, publisher of a great number of books about OS X and *nix related topics including networking, servers, etc.

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