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UNIX System Administration Handbook (Bk\CD ROM) (2nd Edition) Paperback – January 15, 1995

ISBN-13: 007-6092003038 ISBN-10: 0131510517 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 779 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 2nd edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131510517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131510517
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This major revision of the best-selling and single most comprehensive guide to UNIX system administration is ideal as both an introductory tutorial for those new to system administration AND a day-to-day reference for “power administrators.” Practical and hands-on in approach, it covers every aspect of system administration — from basic topics to UNIX esoterica — and provides explicit instructions for dealing with the six most popular versions of UNIX. Covers topics such as The Filesystem; Controlling Processes; Serial Devices; Periodic Processes; Backups; Syslog and Log Files; Configuring the Kernel; TCP/IP and Routing; The Domain Name System; The Network File System; Sharing System Files; SLIP and PPP; The Internet; Security; Printing and Imaging; Disk Space Management; Accounting; and UUCP. Includes CD ROM with source code, sample programs, and other tools and utilities helpful to UNIX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION For system administrators and users of the UNIX operating system. ISBN of first edition: 0-13-933441-6.

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A MUST for anyone into UNIX.
Emmanouil Petridis
Hell, buy two copies -- you'll be thumbing through this one so often, that your first copy won't even last a couple months before falling apart!
Donald Burr
It is exceptionally well written, accurate, and immensely useful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the rare book that will be as useful to you in five years as it is now. The authors clearly speak from hard-won experience - if you take their advice you'll be able to avoid many pitfalls with hardware, software, and policy. Much more informative than Aeleen Frisch's _Essential Unix System Administration_, even though it takes up less space on your bookshelf and doesn't have a cute animal on the cover! (Frisch's book is good, mind, but this is a classic.) Don't be put off by the price - I know most bundled CDs are worthless, but this one is indispensible. Finally, author Evi Nemeth is a babe, and her picture should be hung in every machine room.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
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Well, when i started my unix administration and networking studies i,ve got two books "Unix for programmers and users" and "Unix system administration handbook". First time i opened this book i was scared! Wow! 'It's too heavy for me, better i start with "Unix for programmers ..." Wrong! Learning thousends of commands and shell scripting without understanding how the unix systems works is completly useless! "Unix system administration" handbook gives you almost everything you need to build your own unix administartion baseground! It seems to be hard at the beginning but it's worth your pain! It was much easer for me to keep understading scripting and commands when i read this book! And now working on meny different kinds of unix OS and networks i am still comming back to the source. Why almost, beacause i was missing some deeper chapters about nis or nis+ and tcp/ip networking (i mean routing, subneting adn so on...), but anyway i've got my roots grounded and i keep growing! And now i know what i am looking for!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emmanouil Petridis on October 17, 1999
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A MUST for anyone into UNIX. Covers most of the topics I have found needing info for in the last couple of years, and then some. Not only is it a very, very, very well written book, it is also a joy to read. There are times it becomes even funny. It must be a joy to work with these guys (and gal).
A final note: If only it covered more flavours of the beast. UNIX that is :) When I was at a loss nevertheless, I e-mailed the authors seeking for advice. To my surprise, they bothered to reply, promptly and ever graciously.
Steal, beg or borrow, but do get this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
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This book has clearly become the UNIX SA's Bible. Written in easy to understand terminology but still able to cover almost all System Administration tasks with a good deal of detail. This book also bridges the BSD <--> System V gaps by providing examples for both flavors. A good reference for SUN, HP, and SGI Administrators
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melimar on February 2, 2000
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Arguably, the best tutorial and reference dedicated to Unix Administration. Really helped me, a Unix Junior person, understand sysadmin - related concepts and use them well. I have praise for the authors' ability to do what no many others can, namely, explain, make things clear to others. I have been teaching exact sciences for many years now, and my opinion is that this is a textbook you can learn from.
True, it is not in the low price range, but I believe this to be one of the few computer books worth investing into, because, if you are a professional working in the field, you will undoubtedly use it as a reference, perhaps next to textbooks, such as Kernighan and Ritchie's "C Programming Language" and Bruce Eckel's "Thinking in Java", for many years to come. Check out the upcoming March 2000 new edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lok Yek Soon on June 13, 2000
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I have this book when I just started working and throughout my career as an InternetEngineer-SoftwareEngineer-ProfessionalServicesConsultant..
this book is always by my side... it contains lots of info. that really helps in my work as an application developer...
It will also prove useful to pple starting off as a system administrator...
Presentation is concise and straight to the point. Telling you what needs to be done and for what.
Glancing over my books, I notice that this is my only Unix related book that I ever own and it has served me well all these years and for years to come...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
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When I first got started hacking away at UNIX-type operating systems, a friend recommended this book to me. I loved it. I devoured it. HOWEVER, I was already a serious computer geek and I also had his help understanding the concepts within this book.
While not the book for beginners, this book has enough interest tidbits to perk almost anyone's interest.
The nice thing about this book is that, even 3 years later, I can still pick a new tidbit here or there from it. I can't wait for the 3rd edition to come out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 6, 1999
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I can't think of any other UNIX book that teaches better than the UNIX System Administration Handbook. This book tells you everything about how to administer a UNIX box. The authors do a great job in explaining all the required steps to take care the /?/*/nix box in every aspect that an administrator can imagine. The only thing I can think of to improve in the next edition is to cover security slightly more. Securing a system against outside intruders become quite an issue for administrators at E-commerce site. Otherwise, this books is all the administrators need to run a site.
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