December 29, 2011
I did some work with Red Gate a while back, and some of that content is now being released online. Hopefully you'll find it useful and informative.
What we have is:
- Networking: The Crib Sheet
- Physical Layout for the Reluctant
- Logical Network Layout for Small Networks
When I wrote these pieces, I intended them to be tied together, and I didn't expect everyone to have the underlying knowledge necessary to administer a network. Such a big part of understanding why our networks are laid out and configured they way that they are is understanding how TCP/IP operates. I wrote this piece to try to introduce the information necessary to really grok the rest of the work.
Wrangling the configuration on switches and routers is only half the battle. We small infrastructure admins often find ourselves doing a lot of the physical work, too, and I don't ever see any documentation for it. Which sucks. So I wrote this to help.
The documentation that I DO see is almost always about either large infrastructures or small home networks. Never anything devoted to the size that I admin. So I wrote this piece about building and managing small and medium business networks.
As I said, I hope you enjoy them. If so, please vote on them at Simple Talk, and let me know if you have any corrections or additions.