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ISBN-13: 978-0321832047 ISBN-10: 0321832043 Edition: 1st
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Kyle Rankin, a senior systems administrator and DevOps engineer, is president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group and is an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal. Rankin speaks frequently on open source software at SCALE, OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon, and many Linux user groups. His other books include The Official Ubuntu Server Book; Knoppix Hacks, Second Edition; Knoppix Pocket Reference; and Linux Multimedia Hacks. He is also coauthor of Ubuntu Hacks.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321832043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321832047
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a senior systems administrator and DevOps engineer, the author of DevOps Troubleshooting, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Ubuntu Hacks, Linux Multimedia Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference and Knoppix Hacks among other books, and an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal magazine. I speak frequently on Open Source software including at SCaLE, OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon, and a number of Linux Users' Groups. I started using Linux in 1998 with Redhat 5.1 and continue to use Linux as my primary desktop and server platform (although these days I use Ubuntu, Debian and Red Hat).

In my free time I do much of what I do at work--play with Linux and computers in general, although these days a good deal of my free time might also be spent writing. I'm also interested in brewing, BBQing, playing the banjo, 3D printing and far too many other hobbies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Freiberger on January 26, 2013
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This is the second book by Kyle Rankin that I have read and reviewed, the first being his co-authored Ubuntu Server book. From reading his articles in Linux Journal and other books, I enjoy his more direct questions and answers approach that is different from other Linux books. Instead of digging around the chapter for the command, Kyle Rankin has the steps and example clearly written, making this a very to the point guide. Reading other Linux books, I feel like I get more usable information from this book over larger volumes on the same topic.

From reading DevOps Troubleshooting, I really enjoyed this focus on troubleshooting. Kyle Rankin touched on troubleshooting in the Ubuntu Server book for a chapter, covering many issues but really only so much can be written in a chapter. Glad to see that the demand for this topic lead to a whole book on the topic, especially since troubleshooting is really an art that so many, including myself, need practice on.

The book covers the basics in the beginning about the basics of troubleshooting, how to make smart choices in testing the problem. This will give you a good base of building on your troubleshooting skills, instead of using a shotgun approach to solving problems. Also covers managing communication between teams. If you have ever worked on a critical issue, you know how dreaded it can be to "join the voice bridge", all the while working on the problem.

The chapters cover the general checks of the Linux operating system from reading performance details, using basic tools like top to find why the system is slow. Other topics also covered are boot problems, disk space issues, tracking down problems between two hosts, dns, e-mail basics, web and SQL server basics, and hardware problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CollectedReader on May 19, 2013
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If you have anything to do with Linux then you'd likely get value from having this practical hands-on book. I found that it gave great coverage and clear explanations without any fluff. Its probably not for newbies as there is very little in terms of explanation of general topics. It dives directly into problems/solutions which is perfect for what I was looking for - a reference guide to keep on the shelf that is not boring to read through either. Great job, especially considering that I find that there are few books in this subject area and level.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Helmke on September 21, 2013
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Have you ever been responsible for a server and had something go wrong? Ever been in a situation where you didn't know what was causing the problem or how to figure it out? I think any of us who develop code, work in quality assurance, or administer systems have had this sort of experience. Sometimes problems appear that were never covered in a class or training session. Experience is an amazing teacher, but gaining that experience can be intimidating and sometimes painful. This book gives anyone working in DevOps a bit of a head start.

DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices starts with a discussion of best practices in troubleshooting. This lays a good foundation for the rest of the book and should be read right away. If you don't already know how to narrow down the location or source of a problem, how to communicate with others who may be affected or who can assist, or even where to start when a problem arises, the first chapter gives a solid plan to help you out. Most of the content of this chapter will seem obvious to people with experience, but they were not obvious to us when we started, and this information would have saved most of us a few headaches. Ideas like favoring quick, simple tests over slow and complex one, favoring past solutions that are known to work, and most importantly, understanding how the systems work before doing anything are vital. I like the advice about using the internet, but carefully, and resisting rebooting as a cure-all (because it doesn't help you find the cause of the problem).

The chapters that follow are each focused on a specific type of problem. They include discussions of tips, tricks, and tools for diagnosing, and fixing issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Fiedler on February 15, 2013
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This covers many topics and helps give a very useful _brief_ explanation on tools to help (e.g. iostat, sysstat), in addition to explaining how to find extremely high loads reported by 'top' that are caused by disk issues; something I didn't know at all but was encountering a ton at work that puzzled us all.. thanks!

While it covers a broad range of topics, the book itself is pretty short and doesn't go into much detail as I thought it would (those 240 pages go by very fast). I left it at our work library and it is a great reference when someone client is complaining about a random performance issue on their dedicated server that leaves us all puzzled.

Overall, this book is definitely worth reading at least once, but you will probably want/need it as a reference as well :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jcpenya on April 9, 2013
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With great details made simple by really helpful examples. I specially enjoyed the chapter about diagnosis of CPU, RAM and Disk I/O.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Ballew on January 11, 2013
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I am really excited about this book because it has allowed me to see the step by step ways to keep my Linux server running when it should be, and doing what it needs to do. Have you ever been stuck on a problem and not been able to fix it? Going through form page after form page, hunting for answers? Well no more, this book packs the most common issues people run into when operating a Linux server, explains what is going on, and how to fix them. One example that I love about this book is the way the book is formatted. Every chapter has a title of something that can go wrong. For example, chapter five is titled, "is the server down?" This chapter then goes in depth with common problems that will cause this, how to find out if this is the cause, and how you can fix it. Step by step, from "Is it plugged in?" to "Is the port open?" this books will walk you through it. What I also love about this book is its practicality. This book can be read over and over when you are setting up a server, or trying to get it running again. When we are stressed that something is not working, we forget to think of what can be wrong, not anymore with this book. I keep it by my computers so I can access it when I need and not just blindly go into fixing my problem, and miss a step, either making the problem worse, or wasting time, because the problem was only a simple fix, I forgot to think about. This book will sell itself in the time it will save you, and that alone is a reason to buy.
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