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Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice) [Paperback]

Sander van Vugt
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December 17, 2007 1590599233 978-1590599235 1

You love it as the world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution, and now Ubuntu is available at a server near you. Embracing the very same features desktop users have grown to love, system administrators are rapidly adopting Ubuntu due to their ability to configure, deploy, and manage network services more effectively than ever.

Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration guides you through all of the key configuration and administration tasks you’ll need to know. Whether you’re interested in adopting Ubuntu within a Fortune 500 environment or just want to use Ubuntu to manage your home network, this book is your go–to guide to using the distribution securely for a wide variety of network services. Topics include file, print, web, and FTP management, command–line tips and tricks, automated installation, configuration and deployment processes, and kernel management.

What you’ll learn

  • Effectively and securely install, update, and deploy your Ubuntu server
  • Configure your server to operate most effectively for a wide variety of purposes, including as a web server, FTP server, and a file and printer manager
  • Rev up your command–line knowledge by taking advantage of little–known shell–related features, tips, and tricks
  • Remotely manage your server through a wide variety of services

Who this book is for

System administrators and application developers seeking to use Ubuntu as a Linux server.

Table of Contents

  1. Installing Ubuntu Server
  2. Getting the Most Out of the Command Line
  3. Performing Essential System Administration Tasks
  4. Performing File System Management Tasks
  5. Configuring Your Server for Security
  6. Setting the System to Your Hand
  7. Running It Anyway You Like
  8. Making Connection
  9. Configuring Network Infrastructure Services
  10. Using Ubuntu Server As a File and Print Server
  11. Setting Up Web Services
  12. Multiplying Your Server

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About the Author

Sander van Vugt is an independent trainer and consultant, living in the Netherlands and working throughout the European Union. He specializes in Linux and Novell systems, and has worked with both for more than 10 years. Besides being a trainer, he is also an author, having written more than 20 books and hundreds of technical articles. He is a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) and holds LPIC-1 and -2 certificates, as well as all important Novell certificates.

Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice
  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599235
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm the author of several books, most of which are about Linux in professional environments. These include "Beginning the Linux Command Line", "Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration" and "Pro Ubuntu Server Administration". Being a Linux user since 1992, the motivation to write books came early. Much of the documentation that you'll find on line (especially in the early days of Linux) was hard to read, so I wanted to translate that information into something that's understandable. I'm like the guy between the developer and the end user. Writing books is not the only way I accomplish this goal. Apart from being an author, I'm a technical trainer as well, delivering Linux courses all over the planet. And if a customer has something interesting, I might be willing to do some consultancy projects as well. In the past few years, most of these have included Linux High Availability and Virtualization. Recently I have developed my skills in SELinux as well and I have helped customers implementing their own custom policies.

Apart from all that, I have a personal life as well. I live in the Netherlands (that's a small country in Europe in case you've never heard of it). I like to travel, and my work allows me to do that often and I like running and photography. I've ran 4 Marathons while writing this and I'm preparing for the Washington Marathon this fall.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to linux server administration March 8, 2008
As many have made the switch to Ubuntu linux on their desktops a plethora have resources have sprung up in the form of websites and books helping users adapt. That hasn't been so much the case with Ubuntu server but this book helps to fill that gap. For those such as myself coming from a Windows background this book is a great introduction to linux server administration.

Written with the novice in mind it strikes a good balance between usefulness and not being overly verbose. Not an easy accomplishment for books of a technical nature. While the book is aimed at the Ubuntu distribution much of the system administration topics covered are not exclusive to Ubuntu.

As someone new to linux I learned a lot about basic topics like file system management, permissions, working with the command line, and much more. Read this book and you may not be a linux server guru but you will certainly have a strong foundation in linux systems administration. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is a long awaited book for the Ubuntu enthusiasts. If you are a regular Ubuntu user and you want to switch to a system administrator or setup your own Ubuntu server, this is the right book. It is a brief walkthrough which familiarizes readers with basic to advance concepts. The best part is that doesn't require any previous knowledge. I have been working with Linux the last 7 years and there are information and tips in the book that were new to me.
Make sure to create a reference sheet when you are reading as you will need it as you move through the chapters, especially if you have no previous Linux experience.
Chapters 5-6 and 10-11 proved to be the most useful because they cover everything you need to know to start your own webserver or file sharing. If you really want to become an administrator you will need to spend some time learning Linux hardening techniques since the book covers basic security techniques for an everyday server. The author added useful references to cover more details.
I highly recommend this book for people who want to setup their own Ubuntu servers and learn everything that an administrator should know.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Ubuntu Administration July 2, 2008
Ubuntu has become one of the fastest growing and arguably most friendly Linux distributions over the last few years. This book is designed to help someone who has no knowledge of Linux become a basic system administrator. While it will not make them an expert among people who know Linux well it will make them sufficiently knowledgeable to do most of the common administrative functions.

The author starts with installing Ubuntu server and moves into information that most Ubuntu users do not understand such as using the command line interface, working with files, and understanding the directory structure. Once the reader has this basic understanding he moves them to some of the common tasks like using software repositories to install and update software packages and user accounts, groups, permissions, access control lists, quotas, an PAM modules. However, the book could use an expanded section on firewalls as this is a major part of Linux server administration.

Other important areas covered include a chapter on writing shell scripts. the basics of SSH and tunneling, DNS, DHCP, NTP, using Ubuntu as a file and print server (cups, NFS, and Samba configurations), Apache, virtual hosts, PHP, MySQL, FTP, and virtualization. For many of these areas, including Samba, Apache, PHP, and MySQL, the coverage is just the minimum you need to know. This is expected as there are complete volumes written just on each of these subjects that are larger than this book. This books still gives you a solid introduction to these subjects that is appropriate for the audience the author is trying to reach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Linux Book May 10, 2008
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This book should be called "Beginning Linux Server Administration." If that were the title, I would actually give it 5 stars. This IS a well written book but for Ubuntu/Debian Server administration I believe it has a good number of gaps. IE, In apache, adding a virtual host is added and removed using the a2ensite command which creates the Symbolic link.

These tools make server administration easy for a beginner, but missing throughout the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could contain more detail. April 22, 2009
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This book contains all the right topics, but makes assumptions about a beginner's expericence level. Some of the examples do not work and could be corrected using errata from the publisher, but none seems to exist. The author was very responsive to my questions and offered to have the publisher send me the updated version of the book (Amazon is not selling the latest) and I've yet to receive anything from the publisher. I would like to see the examples better tested and documented (thus the 3 stars) as most everything related to server admin is covered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Ubuntu server administration April 3, 2008
Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration, by Sander Van Vugt is a well written book coving a range of topics which includes examples. This book covers Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. Although this release is a little behind, the information presented in the book is still relevant for completing the topics covered. I was impressed with the authors ability to show the reader how a task was completed while keeping it simple so new system administrators or others just starting to learn, will be able to understand what is going on.

While the book is geared towards Ubuntu, the majority of the topics can be associated with other GNU/Linux systems with very little or no changes at all. For instance; the command line section helps the user become more familiar with how commands are used with a Linux server system. It also demonstrates how to use the VI text editor which can be a daunt task for new admins. For advanced command line use, chapter 7 covers everything to get someone started in learning how to script which can be used to automate system tasks.

A great reference in this book, is the chapter about virtualization. Virtualization is becoming more and more dominate when it comes to budget and green computing needs. This chapter covers everything from what software you should use to setup and configuration of both the virtualization software and the guest Operating System.

All in all, Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional, is a well written book and can be used by either seasoned administrators, new techs entering the field, or someone just looking to expand their knowledge. I give this book a solid recommendation and will encourage everyone to pick up a copy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Well written but does dwell on lower level functions and routine tasks. More novice than professional but very useful. Glad it is in my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Samuel Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome
I got this book to help me set up my Ubuntu server from scratch and it is fabulous. This book is well written and is easy for the beginner to understand without completely boring... Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Soporific, misleading and deceptive
I found this book to be quite hard to follow through. In addition, he assumes too much and does not get into details. Read more
Published on November 12, 2008 by R. Cobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right size, and level of detail
I haven't finished it yet, but I have read much of it, and from someone who dislikes the typical computer "tomes" of the 600+ page variety, this <300 book seems very well... Read more
Published on September 18, 2008 by Travis Truax
3.0 out of 5 stars not wat i expected....
this book is a bit misleading... it said that it was for ubuntu server, wich for the most part it is... i would like to warn ones who are looking for a book on webserving... Read more
Published on August 31, 2008 by Jesse Fender
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book and really helpful for novices
The book is clear and concise. It explores several important topics in Ubuntu (linux) server administration from the novice point of view. Read more
Published on July 2, 2008 by Marcelo B. Almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars Consice book about Ubuntu server
This book is a timeless overview of the most important administration commands and tools. The text is stringent designed and the examples are easy to understand. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Jan Ekbom
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