Richard Gnall

Network and System Administration

Software 
VMware – Free, $
VMware Workstation Pro
VMware Education Discounts
VMware Workstation Documentation
VMware Events and Webinars
WireShark – Free
Packet sniffer. Formally known as Ethereal.
Acrylic Wi-Fi Home – Free
View SSID, MAC Address, RSSI signal strength, Channel, Max Speed, Security Level, Vendor.
Can not simultaneously view 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels.
inSSIDer Office – $150
Similar to Acrylic Wi-Fi Home, but can view 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels simultaneously. Used to be free, now very expensive.
Nmap – Free
Open source utility for testing network security and graphing network topology. The download page includes versions for many operating systems, including Windows (scroll to the Windows binaries section to locate the setup executable). Instructions for using the topology tab are available.
PingPlotter – Free, $
Packet Tracing software. Uses tracert to generate a graphical performance display. Useful for trouble shooting a LAN, determining the source of a slow Internet connection, etc.. Scroll to the bottom of the download page to download a freeware version of PingPlotter.
Networking 
The TCP/IP Guide
By Charles M. Kozierok.
Covers the TCP/IP protocol suite.
Available free online as well as a printed reference textbook and downloadable pdf direct from the author. Also available on Kindle. The textbook, pdf and Kindle versions are excellent, but the online version is cumbersome to use.
Published by No Starch Press.
Mastering Windows Server 2008 - Networking Foundations
By Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, John Paul Mueller.
Provides a good introduction to basic networking concepts. First of two books by Minasi on Server 2008.
Data Communications and Networking, 5th edition
By Behrouz A Forouzan.
Computer Networks, 5th edition
By Andrew S. Tanenbaum.
Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach, 6th edition
By James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross.
One of the authors, James Kurose, teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
PowerShell 
Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself 1st Edition
By Timothy Warner.
Server 2016 
Windows Server 2016 Unleashed
By Rand Morimoto et al.
Server 2012 R2 
Mastering Windows Server 2012 - R2
By Mark Minasi et al.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out Volume 1: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials
By William Stanek
Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out Volume 2: Services, Security, & Infrastructure
By William Stanek
Server 2008 (R2) 
Mastering Windows Server 2008 - Networking Foundations
By Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, John Paul Mueller.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. First of two books by Minasi on Server 2008.
Mastering Windows Server 2008 - R2
By Mark Minasi, Darril Gibson, Aidan Finn, Wendy Henry, Byron Hynes.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. Second of two books by Minasi on Server 2008. Very thorough and well thought out.
Windows Server 2008 - Unleashed
By Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi, Ross Mistry, Chris Amaris.
Windows Server 2008 - Inside Out
By William R. Stanek.
Windows Server 2008 - Administrator's Companion
By William R. Stanek.
Server 2003 
Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Out of print.)
By Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beverridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice.
For someone new to Windows system administration, this is by far the best book out there. Leaves nothing unexplained. Very thorough and well thought out. Discussion of complex subnetting in Chapter 6 is outstanding. My favorite.
Mastering Windows 2003 Server Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2 (Out of print.)
By Mark Minasi, Rhonda Layfield, Lisa Justice .
Explains additional features added by SP1 and R2.
Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period
By Susan Snedaker.
Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd edition
By Jonathan Hassell.
The second edition of this book is updated for Service Pack 2.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, R2 edition (Out of print.)
By Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Alex Lewis.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Inside Out (Out of print.)
By William R. Stanek.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Companion (Out of print.)
By William R. Stanek.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Out of print.)
By William R. Stanek.
XP 
Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out Deluxe Edition (Out of print.)
By Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson.
Microsoft Windows XP Networking Inside Out (Out of print.)
By Curt Simmons with James Causey.
Windows XP Pro - The Missing Manual, Second Edition
By David Pogue, Craig Zacker and L.J. Zacker.
The second edition of this book is updated for Service Pack 2.
Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, Second Edition
By David A. Karp.
The second edition of this book is updated for Service Pack 2.