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Any recommendations on books, websites, or other resources for learning Internet Protocol, the ins and outs of DNS and how Networking and IP Addressing works? I have a fundamental knowledge of this stuff but I need a good reference I can look to frequently.

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Read DNS For Rocket Scientists

This is an open source guide, so its free; and it will teach you everything you need to know about how DNS Address translation works... and then some.

For more of the ins-outs of networking and how IP addresses are assigned (think, anything on the local end of the router/gateway) check out Head First Networking. I admit, the format is pretty corny but it'll keep you from falling asleep while reading it (networking books have the tendency to do that).

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I like Open-source solutions. Thanks. – nicorellius Jun 21 '10 at 15:29
+1 for the link to Head First Networking. I didn't know it existed, but I'm a HUGE fan of the entire Head First series, I haven't yet found one that isn't freaking awesome. Seriously, if all books that want to teach you something were half as good as they are, people would love reading and society would be filled with autodidacts. – Jed Daniels Jul 6 '10 at 5:37

I highly recommend TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1 by Stevens. Around here, this is the go to book when it comes to anything IP related, and many folks refer to it as The Bible.

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+1 for referencing the bible of TCP\IP. – joeqwerty Jun 17 '10 at 3:39
Looks like a great reference. This may be a good investment, certainly if I can find one used. – nicorellius Jun 21 '10 at 15:27

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