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Linux Quick Fix Notebook [Paperback]

Peter Harrison
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Book Description

March 27, 2005 0131861506 978-0131861503
In typical Linux "bibles," reserve the last third coverage for advanced topics that sys admins use on a day by day basis. They tend to cover the underlying concepts reasonably well, but fall short on hands-on instructions, forcing admins to buy specialty books. This book sufficiently expands the advanced sections found in these "bibles," providing step-by step instructions on how to configure the most popular Linux back office applications. To avoid confusion between the many flavors of Linux, each with it's own GUI interface, this book exclusively uses the command line to illustrate the tasks needed to be done. It provides all the expected screen output when configuring the most commonly used Linux applications to help assure the reader that they are doing the right thing. The Notebook also includes many of the most commonly encountered errors with explanations of their causes and how to fix them. The book's format is aimed at sys admins who often have to do advanced tasks in which the underlying theory is understood, but the commands to do it are forgotten or at the tips of their tongues. As the line between power users and administrators continues to blur, as computers move from the data center to the desktop, as Linux and Windows gain equal footing in business, it becomes harder to remember and do it all. This is the guide that gives admins the answers they need to common problems and tasks, allowing them time to eat lunch.

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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.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131861506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131861503
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.9 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: #1,276,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, O'Reilly 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Come True March 31, 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The iPOD of Linux Reference Guides April 13, 2005
Whew !! This is a great book for anyone wanting to get started and moving on to an advanced level with Linux. Installing and configuring the various facets of Linux is explained in such intricate detail that my migration from Windows to Linux was quicker than I expected. It has the exact steps that one would need to setup simple to advanced configurations and I would highly recommended it all sysadmins.

I feel the author has done a tremendous job of understanding what the user needs and then working backwards. I wish more authors would follow this approach.

Great job !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars should mention Knoppix April 9, 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble shooting included
This is a great book even though it was published in 2005. I was trying to set up an open sshd server and access it from other computers on my home network. Read more
Published on September 7, 2009 by RetiredMilitaryOfficer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available on the Linux OS
Easily the best book on Linux that I have ever read or bought. Also one of the best computer books overall that I have ever used. Read more
Published on April 12, 2008 by Wendell Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference.
It's been two years since I've purchased this book, and I still reference it from time to time.

This book covers many common open-source applications used in conjunction... Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by Jason Mallory
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Fix Notebook does what it says
Much of what I have done piecing together information from Google is concisely done in this guide. This book got my mail server setup in no time whereas in the past I gave up in... Read more
Published on March 23, 2007 by Robert Pumer
5.0 out of 5 stars One if not the most valuable Linux Book Ever
I really enjoy the content of the Book. Since my early days using Linux consult the linuxhomenetworking website for tips & howtos.

This is surely a must have book. Read more
Published on February 6, 2007 by Bernardino Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuts and Bolts
This certainly isn't a hand holding introduction to Linux by any means (jump in at the deep end, it works!). Read more
Published on August 19, 2006 by Beavis
5.0 out of 5 stars great cookbook style linux admin book
I'm a big fan of the cookbook approach to tech books. I usually don't have time to read a book to get a broad and general understanding of a topic. Read more
Published on July 12, 2006 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very handy reference
An excellent resource for getting things going. Within a couple hours of receiving this book I had addressed (and understood) a couple networking and su issues.
Published on March 20, 2006 by J. T. Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Linux sysadmin
I am giving it 4 instead of 5 only for being a little rpm-ized, (as I am a fan of Debian).

Even if you know almost everything, this book can help as a sumarized how-to... Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by Andres Paglayan
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry for not being different
Yet another 5 star review. Either we are all mad or it really is an amazing book. If you have are not a unix/ linux guru (including newbies, but not only them) this book is a gem. Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by DC Crowley
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