Albitz, Paul, and Liu, Cricket. DNS and BIND. O'Reilly & Associates, 1992.
If you really want to know everything about name services, this book is the place to be. Includes extensive chapters on self-flagellation. (Or should.)
Graham, Ian. HTML Sourcebook. John Wiley & Sons, 1995.
The best book on the market for HTML, CGI programming, pros and cons of servers, and general web development. Not always the friendliest, but it has everything.
Hall, Devra, and net.genesis.Build A Web Site. Prima Publishing, 1995.
It doesn't come with a CD-ROM, but it doesn't need one. The best guide to setting up a web server I've found yet, covering some HTML and CGI scripts, and servers in great detail. It focuses on NCSA and CERN httpd, with scripts provided all along to experiment with various parts of the system. A bit uneven, and assumes you know a fair amount about UNIX and Perl, but the best of the "Web server how-to" books.
Hunt, Craig. Networking Personal Computers. O'Reilly & Associates, 1992.
The best place to look if you need to set up TCP/IP on personal computers - which Hunt does not take to include the Macintosh, an unfortunate oversight. He also misses many of the possibilities for using NT in a non-UNIX TCP/IP network.
Hunt, Craig. TCP/IP Network Administration. O'Reilly & Associates, 1992.
This book made TCP/IP make sense, or mostly. Covers all the steps you'll need to make your server operational on the network. If something weird is happening, this can help you. Even explains DNS and BIND in a small space.
Kirch, Olaf. Linux Network Administrator's Guide. O'Reilly & Associates, 1995.
Makes UNIX networking make sense on Linux, with lots of good step-by-step. Tells you where to find what you need and what kinds of changes to make. Covers lots of network services, but nothing specific to HTTP.
Liu et al. Managing Internet Information Services. O'Reilly & Associates, 1994.
A small bible of Internet services, covering FTP, Telnet, Gopher, Finger, WAIS, the Web, and a few others as well. Chapter 18 covers setting up an NCSA Web server better than anything else I've found.
Minasi et al. Mastering Windows NT Server 3.5. Sybex, 1995.
The best place to look for information on setting up and managing Windows NT, whether Server or Workstation. Doesn't go far enough on TCP/IP, of course, but gets you the basic set-up.
Reichard, Kevin, and Johnson, Eric. Teach Yourself... UNIX 3rd Ed. MIS:Press, 1995.
How I got started. If you're really starting from scratch and don't even speak UNIX, you'll want this book.
Reichard, Kevin, and Johnson, Eric. UNIX in Plain English. MIS:Press, 1994.
Handy command reference, cross-referenced to DOS if you can't figure out why dir doesn't seem to do anything.
Schwartz, Randal. Learning Perl. O'Reilly & Associates, 1993.
When you're ready to begin scripting, this is the place to start.
Strobel, Stefan, and Uhl, Thomas. Linux Universe. O'Reilly & Associates, 1995.
The best book on Linux for people who already have Linux, or a useful supplement to all the other Book/CD packages. The first place I look for everything, though it isn't always there.
Whatever you do, you'll probably want to have several of these. When battling TCP/IP, you'll want as many friends as possible.
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