This page lists free books on networking and network-related topics. The list is alphabetized by category. Don’t miss the section at the bottom of free vendor books.
Automation And Scripting
OpenStack Administrator Guides by various.
OpenStack Security Guide by various.
Hardware-Defined Networking by Brian Petersen. A reader submitted this to us with comments as follows. “This large book (350 pages) is an excellent introduction on modern networking protocols. It might be available from Juniper, but it’s definitely not vendor-specific; focus on fundamentals, not in implementation. Well worth reading when you’re getting started in networking.”
BGP in the Datacenter by Dinesh Dutt of Cumulus Networks. A reader submitted this to us and comments, “Lots of nice and juicy theory. Some Cumulus-specific code, but that’s mainly as example. The principles are explained clearly with nice diagrams.”
Crypto 101 by Laurens Van Houtven (lvh).
Linux Network Security by Peter Smith.
Nmap Network Scanning by Gordon “Fyodor” Lyon.
Linux Network Administrator’s Guide by Olaf Kirch & Terry Dawson, from O’Reilly. Sure, it’s 15 years old, but…
- That makes it interesting in many ways. Remember IPX?
- It’s still handy where serial devices are concerned.
Brocade Vyatta vRouter and BCVRE
BCVRE in a Nutshell Study Guide (Brocade Certified vRouter Engineer). A useful introduction to the Vyatta OS and CLI. It’s reasonably helpful if you plan on using VyOS, too.
A number of other Brocade certification resources can be found on this page.
These books are written as “book sprints,” which are commercially facilitated programs to facilitate writing a book in as few days as possible. Quality is variable, but these selections are well-written overall.
Operating Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) by Cisco ACI Team.
Troubleshooting Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) by Cisco ACI Team.
TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows from Microsoft.