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Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration [Paperback]

by Terry Collings, Kurt Wall
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 21, 2005 0764599496 978-0764599491 3
  • Starts with the basics of Red Hat, the leading Linux distribution in the U.S., such as network planning and Red Hat installation and configuration
  • Offers a close look at the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Fedora Core 4 releases
  • New chapters cover configuring a database server, creating a VNC server, monitoring performance, providing Web services, exploring SELinux security basics, and exploring desktops
  • Demonstrates how to maximize the use of Red Hat Network, upgrade and customize the kernel, install and upgrade software packages, and back up and restore the file system
  • The four CDs contain the full Fedora Core 4 distribution

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From the Back Cover

Your Complete Red Hat Linux Guide to Networking and System Administration

Here, revised and updated by Linux experts, is your complete handbook for setting up and managing a Linux network using the 2005 releases of Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This all-new third edition starts with the basics—network planning, Red Hat Linux installation, and system configuration. It provides step-by-step instructions on monitoring system maintenance, optimizing Internet services, connecting to Microsoft, Apple, or Novell networks, administering users and groups, managing security, and solving problems. Special sections cover configuring a database server, creating a VNC server, providing Web services, and much more. With information on upgrading, customizing, and troubleshooting, this guide provides the ready reference you need to keep your network working.

Learn to do all this and more with your Red Hat Linux network

  • Install, configure, and test two open-source relational databases, MySQL and PostgreSQL, and the major commercial database, Oracle
  • Set up and manage utility services, such as an NTP time server and the Squid caching proxy server
  • Add mailing lists, Web-based email, RSS feeds, and site search functionality to a basic Linux Web server
  • Understand how SELinux's policy-based security works and how to work with SELinux
  • Learn to customize the default RH desktop, GNOME, and KDE and how to manage common applications such as Web browsers, email clients, and productivity and multimedia programs

About the Author

Terry Collings is the owner of TAC Technology, located in eastern Pennsylvania. He provides Linux consulting and training services to a variety of clients. Terry has been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges in his area where he has taught A+ and Network + certification courses. He also has taught courses on Unix, Linux, TCP/IP, and Novell Netware.
Terry is the author of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 For Dummies and has co-authored and contributed to several other Linux books. He has been a technical editor for the following books: KDE Bible, The Samba Book, Unix Weekend Crash Course, Red Hat Linux 9 For Dummies, Solaris 9 For Dummies, Fedora Linux 2 For Dummies, and Linux Timesaving Techniques For Dummies.

Kurt Wall first touched a computer in 1980 when he learned FORTRAN on an IBM mainframe of forgotten vintage; things have improved since then. A professional technical writer by trade, a historian by training, and an all-around Linux guy by avocation, Kurt’s work history is diverse. These days, Kurt works in the Customer Engineering group at TimeSys Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His primary responsibilities include building and maintaining TimeSys’s Developer Exchange and working with portal customers and users. He also fixes broken servers, writes documentation, and builds TimeSys software.
Kurt, who dislikes writing about himself in the third person, receives entirely too much e-mail at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (October 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764599496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764599491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prep for the RHCE September 19, 2002
By A Customer
Clear - accurate map of the topics covered in the RHCE certification. This book includes the RHCE topics and skills but most importantly does things the Red Hat way. This book is not designed for Linux newcomers but with about 3-5 months of study you can get up to speed (assuming you know networking). Not only does it provide explanations but also gives examples. I have found in many Linux books that the examples given do not work or minor details are left out (causing major headaches). The examples in this book are real and accurate. For my Linux courses this is one of three core books I reccommend to my students.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Linux Networking Book in print today!!! May 8, 2002
By A Customer
I have "Red Hat Unleashed" and "Red Hat the complete reference"...both are helpful books if you already know networking. They are both more like dictionaries or reference journals though. "Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration " takes you from planning a network all the way through to the end with very specific instructions...a much better text to start your Linux journey into networking. BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST advanced Linux SysAdmin book! (per large Co.) April 23, 2002
By Ron C.
This book is THE ONE to buy, for advanced RedHat SA's!
Very complete and in-depth coverage of the more-important topics.
And to "prove" this, the Sr. Linux admins at a large Co. have selected this as the ONE book all the SA's should refer to.
(Also the companion security book)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
From configuration, subnetting to security this book has it all. Once linux hits it big, you will want to be prepared to provide support for Red Hat boxes. This book is pretty much everything you need. Also this is the most recent Red Hat book, it covers Red Hat 7.2 (ie EXT3 file systems). So if you want to setup Tripwire, Wu-FTP or secure your box this is THE book to get. Great for weekend hackers and seasoned Solaris Admins.
I also recommend Osborne Press's RHCE study guide. Only flaw with that book is it is based off of Red Hat 7.1.
-Good luck
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No experience necessary March 7, 2006
By JoAtmon
I have been working in a Windows IT environment for over 7 years, but had no Linux experience except for installing it on a test machine (but then again, even a 5 year-old could install it since it's so easy). But I never had to work with it in an enterprise level until now. Without any solid experience with Linux and armed only with this book (and 7 years of "figuring it out" IT skills), I managed to get Redhat ES v3 running on an old server class machine with an older RAID controller. I even got it to talk to Windows clients AND the old HP-UX servers (I didn't have Unix experience either!). The boss was impressed! This is an excellent book that doesn't get annoying (like those Dummies books) or pretends to be a "Linux Admin book for Beginners" like that other book that's out there. I started with an older version of this book from the library, and this new version is even better. This book is a great investment and I'm glad I bought it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right at my level October 18, 2005
Now in its third edition along with a DVD that includes Full Fedora Core 4, the latest (as of 10/18/05). People have complained that this book (in its earlier editions) are too simplified and beginnerish. I guess then that I'm not enough of a guru to go to something more advanced.

I find the background that this book gives is exactly at the level I need. Some books that simply say 'type this in.' Other books take a few hundred pages to explain what's happening at a level where I've forgotten the question by the time I get to the end of the description. This book is positioned at a nice level inbetween. I know what to type in and I have some understanding of why.

I further like the writing style and the way they use bold face, 'Notes' and 'Tips' to emphasize things. These features enable me to find out what I need more quickly. Finally, there are additions from the earlier editions which explain things that caused questions or were left out.

I'd rank this as an intermediate level book. It's not a here's how to start with Linux book. Nor is it an in great depth geek level book. I guess I like it so well, because it's at about the level I need.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not trust this book. December 26, 2002
I've read many Linux administration books, and consider myself a mid to senior level Linux administrator. This book has some serious problems. I'd be suprised if there weren't several other authors aside from the ones listed, because the book seems to be contradictory at times, and cobbled together.
Most of the networking instructions are correct, and the file listings are generally all right, but the configuration instructions do not always lead to the results they're trying to achive, or do not match the output they show.
I'd suggest a non RedHat specific book for Linux administration know how anyway - you'll get a more broad understanding of the issues without locking yourself into the way one particular distribution does things.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated and insufficient info, not very good. May 10, 2003
Hello all,
I bought this book together with Red Hat Linux 8 Unleashed. I have been working on a small corporate linux server for a month now. I have referred to these books many times. Compared to RedHat Linux 8 Unleashed, this book has very little in it. Although it is "supposed to be" dedicated to administration, you will find more in general linux books. I must admit that the book is good for referencing. For example, you try to set up something. You look up the subject in the book and read the corresponding section. The material is most likely to be outdated and probably the scripts written in the book do not work anymore. (Or they are wrong from the beginning) However, you get to have an intuition about the subject and know where to start searching the web for the required material.
To sum up, if you have a limited budget do not go with this book. I would recommend RedHat Linux 8 Unleashed instead of this. However, if you got the money, this book may have some additional stuff in administration bussiness that may be helpful to you.
Good luck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good ref material
this book is a very good reference material for all linux sysadmins.
the explanations are very concise/straight-to-the-point that we keep this book within arm's reach... Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by J. Aclan
2.0 out of 5 stars More of an Intro to Red Hat...
While this rather large book does cover many Red Hat topics, it does so with little depth. You'll be much better informed by actually installing and configuring Red Hat/CentOS and... Read more
Published on July 19, 2008 by J. Castle
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great guide, not really great.
If I could I would give this book two and a half stars, but 2 will do. I am a complete noob when it comes to Linux and got this book for class. Read more
Published on February 2, 2007 by BrandonJS
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good book with lots of information, but sometimes the author gets carried away with his so-called version of MAN pages. Read more
Published on February 10, 2005 by ET
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
Don't listen to any reviews on this page that are dated before 2004 as they refer to the first edition of this book. The second edition covers RH Enterprise. Read more
Published on February 4, 2005 by T. Ninneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done - a bit outdated in 2003
It's a great book with very thorough descriptions of things that other books (e.g. RH 8 unleashed) gloss over or don't cover at all - NIS as an example. Read more
Published on November 19, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars very "beginnerish"
As some of the other reviewers have said, this book is very watered down. The names of various utilities and how to install them from the command line & the graphical... Read more
Published on November 17, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars virus on the cd
The book is terrific but I found a virus on the CD. I notified Mr. Kabir but it is the publisher's responsibility and they did not provide an email address for complaints. Read more
Published on October 3, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the All-time Best Linux Books
I bought this book several months ago and have been using it nearly everyday. I am relatively new to Linux and thought that this book might be too advanced for me. Read more
Published on April 16, 2003 by Tony Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive Red Hat Linux book
If you are using, or thinking about using Red Hat Linux, you should buy this book. I found this book to be very useful for nearly everything I wanted to do on my system. Read more
Published on March 11, 2003 by "tbrannon7"
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