Multiple New Pre-Reviews

I've been too busy to read as I transition to being an independent consultant. Once I have a few business and related issues on track, I will begin scheduling time for reading again. I have a huge reading list as usual. A few books not on the list, but which merit attention, include the following.

Last month one of the books I pre-reviewed was a Windows title by O'Reilly. Here is another: Learning Windows Server 2003 by Jonathan Hassell. This book looks like it will help me with the Windows Server 2003 Trial Software I mentioned last month. Jonathan's book looks very thorough and I hope to get to it in a reasonable amount of time.

O'Reilly sent me 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Ed by Matthew Gast. Given by the quality and quantity of Matthew's wireless blogging for O'Reilly, I think this book should be great. It even covers 802.11X, which is supported through hostapd and wpa_supplicant on FreeBSD 6.0.

Syngress sent Network+: Study Guide & Practice Exams: Exam N10-003 by Robert J. Shimonski, Laura E. Hunter, and Norris L. Johnson. This is a hefty tome with the information needed to pass the CompTIA Network+ exam. I don't anticipate ever needing this certification, but I hear it is a good entry-level networking certification. True?

Finally, Syngress also mailed Cisco PIX Firewalls by Charles Riley, Umer Khan, and Michael Sweeney. This book is revised to address Cisco PIX Security Appliance Software Version 7.0. I have limited PIX experience so this is another book that should be a helpful reference.


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