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Network Administration: Building a Library

To be a good network administrator, you need to read computer books. Lots of them. And you need to enjoy doing it. If you’re the type who takes computer books with you to the beach, you’ll make a great network administrator.

You need books on a variety of topics. I’m not going to recommend specific titles, but you should get a good, comprehensive book on each of the following topics:

  • Network security and hacking

  • Wireless networking

  • Network cabling and hardware

  • Ethernet

  • Windows Server 2003 or 2008

  • Windows XP or Vista

  • Linux

  • TCP/IP

  • DNS and BIND

  • Sendmail

  • Exchange Server

In addition to books, you may also want to subscribe to some magazines to keep up with what’s happening in the networking industry. Here are a few you should probably consider, along with their web addresses:

The Internet is one of the best sources of technical information for network administrators. You’ll want to stock your browser’s Favorites menu with plenty of websites that contain useful networking information. In addition, you may want to subscribe to one of the many online newsletters that deliver fresh information on a regular basis via e-mail.