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Linux Quick Fix Notebook

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"Where has this book been all my professional life? It is about time someone wrote this book. The author covers many basic, practical issues that other authors omit in a format that makes for a great troubleshooting reference and for casual perusing. There are a lot of books available that give a broad overview of system and network administration, and there are a lot of detailed books on each specific topic covered in this book, but I don't know of any other place where I can get so much useful, practical information on such a wide range of topics in such a concise and readable form. I will highly recommend it to my friends and colleagues who are trying to manage their own systems. I am anxious to show it to our instructors who teach data communications and networks as a possible text or lab manual."

—Ron McCarty, instructor and program chair, Computer Science, Penn State Erie

"This book takes a very unique approach and is very flexible. It offers a great deal to the home user, students, small businesses—all the way to any Linux sys admin that needs a handy reference. I found it very refreshing in terms of style, stated goals, presentation, ease of use, direction, and the "present and future" value of the content. In other words the author is very current and knowledgeable. I would recommend this book to every level from programmer to manager."

—Joe Brazeal, Information Technician III, Southwest Power Pool

"This book is an excellent resource for new Linux administrators. I was impressed with the comprehensive set of 35 topic chapters, making this book a very useful reference. I know of no other work like this."

—George Vish II, Linux curriculum program manager and senior education consultant, Hewlett-Packard Education

"I would recommend this book to novice Linux users and administrators. It covers a lot of topics, and makes it easy for readers to follow along."

—Bret Strong, education consultant, Hewlett-Packard Company

"Linux Quick Fix Notebook is a well-written guide to designing, installing, and maintaining Linux servers. Many Linux reference texts are just simple rewrites of Linux ¨man¨ and ¨info¨ pages, but this book addresses the real issues that systems administrators encounter when working with Linux. The author provides a pedagogical guide to learning Linux server administration. In addition, the book includes step-by-step information so that users can quickly take advantage of the best that open source software has to offer today. I would recommend this book to both beginning and intermediate users of Linux."

—Joseph Naberhaus, Professor of Networking, Universidad Del Mar

An indispensable guide for every Linux administrator

Instant access to precise, step-by-step solutions for every essential Linux administration task

From basic configuration and troubleshooting to advanced security and optimization

If you're responsible for delivering results with Linux, Linux® Quick Fix Notebook brings together all the step-by-step instructions, precise configuration commands, and real-world guidance you need. This distilled, focused, task-centered guide was written for sysadmins, netadmins, consultants, power users...everyone whose livelihood depends on making Linux work, and keeping it working.

This book's handy Q&A format gives you instant access to specific answers, without ever forcing you to wade through theory or jargon. Peter Harrison addresses virtually every aspect of Linux administration, from software installation to security, user management to Internet services—even advanced topics such as software RAID and centralized LDAP authentication. Harrison's proven command-line examples work quickly and efficiently, no matter what Linux distribution you're using. Here's just some of what you'll learn how to do:

  • Build Linux file/print servers and networks from scratch

  • Troubleshoot Linux and interpret system error messages

  • Control every step of the boot process

  • Create, manage, secure, and track user accounts

  • Install, configure, and test Linux-based wireless networks

  • Protect your network with Linux iptables firewalls

  • Set up Web, e-mail, DNS, DHCP, and FTP servers

  • And much more...


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About the Author

About the Author

Peter Harrison has been fascinated by computers since the early 1980s. He was the founding president of PCJAM, Jamaica's first computer user group, and was the principal systems engineer responsible for the computerization of the island's tax collection and social security systems.

He then sought new opportunities as the western Caribbean representative for a Fortune 500 pharmaceuticals firm and later became the international sales manager for a West Indian rum company. Before moving to Silicon Valley he ran Trinidad and Tobago's first industrial trade office to Latin America.

Peter has since worked extensively in the Internet sector deploying large-scale data centers and Web sites. Extensive use of Linux in this environment combined with his varied business background has helped him create this highly readable book for the newbie, the techie, and their bosses.

In his quieter moments, Peter enjoys the art and literature of the Caribbean and Latin America. Long rides on his bicycle provide another guilty pleasure. Peter likes to relax with his family on short weekend trips to the many attractions of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131861506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131861503
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
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If you're a Linux administrator who is constantly looking for that practical example or write-up on how to do a specific task, Peter Harrison's Linux Quick Fix Notebook (Prentice Hall) is probably what you're looking for...

Chapter List:

Part 1 - The Linux File Server Project: Why Host Your Own Site?; Introduction To Networking; Linux Networking; Simple Network Troubleshooting; Troubleshooting Linux With syslog; Installing RPM Software; The Linux Boot Process; Configuring The DHCP Server; Linux Users And sudo; Windows, Linux, And Samba; Sharing Resources With Samba; Samba Security And Troubleshooting; Linux Wireless Networking

Part 2 - The Linux Web Site Project: Linux Firewalls Using iptables; Linux FTP Server Setup; Telnet, TFTP, And xinetd; Secure Remote Logins And File Copying; Configuring DNS; Dynamic DNS; The Apache Web Server; Configuring Linux Mail Servers; Monitoring Server Performance; Advanced MRTG For Linux; The NTP Server

Part 3 - Advanced Topics: Network-Based Linux Installation; Linux Software RAID; Expanding Disk Capacity; Managing Disk Usage With Quotas; Remote Disk Access With NFS; Centralized Logins Using NIS; Centralized Logins Using LDAP And RADIUS; Controlling Web Access With Squid; Modifying The Linux Kernel To Improve Performance; Basic MySQL Configuration; Configuring Linux VPNs

Appendices: Miscellaneous Linux Topics; Codes, Scripts, And Configurations; Fedora Version Differences; syslog Configuration And Cisco Devices; Index

Harrison does a great job in hitting the target audience. He is writing to "proficient beginners, students, and IT professionals" who understand the theory but need a little nudge on the command formatting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Rigney on April 29, 2005
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This book pulls off what many have not. It is all at once a cookbook, reference, and guide to theory, written in plain language and stuffed with clear, useful, and relevant examples. It covers configuration of services that are common in both home and business environments, and does an amazing job at guiding the reader through typical configuration scenarios for servers living in many different types of networks. It's style and content address equally well both the very experienced Linux/*nix user and the relative novice. I would also highly recommend this book to any level of reader who is making a transition from Solaris, FreeBSD, or other *nix into Linux--it's presentation makes the differences clear and answers the questions that you really need to know to get rolling in the right direction. There's no need to make room on the shelf for this book, you'll keep it on your desk.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Cloaked on October 24, 2005
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Some books are glanced at but then remain on the bookshelf: Not so with this book whcih will be a constant source of valuable reference material providing not only an understanding of how the software underlying basic networking connections works, but also how to set up and troubleshoot file servers, mail servers and web servers. In addition security matters are included, and even excellent tips on VPNs and wireless networking troubleshooting. Of course all of these topics are constantly at the cutting edge, and will move forward constantly after publication of the book, and yet much of the underlying understanding presented in the book remains valid which is what makes this dipping-into source of reference material so useful. This book is ideal for the Linux user who yearns for a deeper understanding of the above topics so that a start can be made into setting up and problem-solving the various networking issues that make a PC into a real workhorse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Callanta on March 31, 2005
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The sticky notes I had stashed under the keyboard with all of those quick Linux commands I use are now in the trash! This book is an IT professional's or do it yourselfer's dream come true. The vast wealth of knowledge I now have at my finger tips is incomparable to any other reference book I have in my collection. The instructions are clear and to the point with detailed examples. I wish I had something like this years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2005
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Unlike other books on linux that might stick strictly to technical issues, Harrison leads off his book with a discussion on web hosting. Whether to do this on your own servers or to use an external provider. A nice and distinctive way to get a linux sysadmin's attention.

The rest of the book then goes into the details of many linux and networking issues. The latter is covered because you are not assumed to be running just one machine. In general, you have several, often on a private net that is connected to the Internet. So, if you are looking for advice on configuring firewalls, for example, then it is provided here.

Given the importance of email, there is a chapter on running a mail server - usually sendmail. My speciality is antispam, so I looked with interest on the details furnished here. But antispam measures are only briefly covered. It talks of using blacklists of spammers in sendmail, but only applied against mail relays connecting to the machine. No mention of using a Milter filter that pulls out domains from links in the message body, and checking these against the blacklist. Which has emerged as a key antispam method.

The book also completely ignores Knoppix. This is a valuable tool for sysadmins. You make a bootable linux CD. For diagnosis of a machine if it crashes. Or if you think it has been subverted by malware. Knoppix has gotten a nice uptake from some sysadmins and you should know about it.
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