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Network Flow Analysis

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Unlike packet sniffers that require you to reproduce network problems in order to analyze them, flow analysis lets you turn back time as you analyze your network. You'll learn how to use open source software to build a flow-based network awareness system and how to use network analysis and auditing to address problems and improve network reliability. You'll also learn how ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 5th 2010 by No Starch Press (first published 2010)
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Marshal
This book is great if you are just getting started and not familiar with network flows. It walks you through all the steps you need from configuring your sensors and collectors to setting up a flow reporting system. I did give the book 4/5 stars because there are a few mistakes and shortcuts. It's nothing that an experienced network admin can't overcome but is a little frustrating. Like most technical books, some of the software and websites have changed. Just be prepared to do a little searchin ...more
Josh Brower
This is the second book of Lucas's that I have read. I read Absolute FreeBSD, and thoroughly enjoyed it--So I went into this book with high expectations. Overall, I feel like this is a solid read for those network administrators that want to go deeper, and have the time to go deeper into network flow analyses.

NFA is a very technical book, which can make for a very boring read, but like Absolute FreeBSD, Lucas is able to maintain a light, interesting tone, even while discussing the configuration
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Mike Klein
A very useful but highly specialized book. The beginning on what Network Flow Analysis is and why you might care is great. The middle section on how to implement and capture network flows using open source solutions in Linux is potentially either very useful or not very useful depending upon your environment. The last portion could have been more useful as it was supposed to be examples of how to solve problems using network flow, but there were only a couple of examples and they seemed to be fa ...more
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