Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Andra Day Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services gotS5 gotS5 gotS5  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation STEM Toys & Games

UNIX System Administration Handbook (Bk\CD ROM) (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

51 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0131510517
ISBN-10: 0131510517
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used
$3.99
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
81 Used from $0.01
More Buying Choices
22 New from $8.49 81 Used from $0.01 1 Collectible from $4.99

There is a newer edition of this item:

Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


InterDesign Brand Store Awareness Rent Textbooks

Editorial Reviews

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.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

When we were writing the first edition of this book in the mid-1980s, we were eager to compare our manuscript with other books about unix system administration. To our delight, we could find only three.

These days, you have your choice of at least fifty. Here are the features that distinguish our book:

We take a practical approach. Our purpose is not to restate the contents of your manuals, but rather to give you the benefit of our collective experience in system administration. This book contains plenty of war stories and a wealth of pragmatic advice.

We cover unix networking in detail. It is the most difficult aspect of unix system administration, and the area in which we can most likely be of help to you.

We do not oversimplify the material. Our examples reflect true-life situations, with all their warts and unsightly complications. In most cases, the examples have been taken directly from production systems.

We emphasize the use of software tools. Every piece of software mentioned in the text is either a standard unix tool, or is included on the cd-rom at the back of this book sometimes both, since many vendors don't do a perfect job of keeping up with new releases.

We cover all the major variants of unix. Our Six Example Systems There are two main flavors of unix: one from AT&T (original) and one from the University of California, Berkeley (extra crispy). Neither AT&T nor Berkeley is still active in the unix marketplace, but the terms at&t unix and Berkeley unix survive for historical reasons.

This book covers six different operating systems:

Solaris 2.4 SunOS 4.1.3
hp-ux 9.0 dec’s osf/1 2.0
irix 5.2 bsd/os 1.1

We chose these systems because they are among the most popular, and because they illustrate a broad range of approaches to unix administration. The systems in the left column are predominantly derived from AT&T unix, while those on the right are more like Berkeley unix. We provide detailed information about each of these example systems for every topic that we discuss. Comments specific to a particular operating system are marked with the manufacturer's logo. There are many other versions of unix. Most fall within the range of variation defined by these six systems, but a few (such as aix and sco) are so beautifully strange that they must be taken on their own terms.

The Organization of this Book.

This book is divided into three large chunks: Basic Administration, Networking, and Bunch o Stuff. Basic Administration provides a broad overview of unix from a system administrator's perspective. The chapters in this section cover most of the facts and techniques needed to run a stand-alone unix system.

The Networking section describes the protocols used on unix systems and the techniques used to set up, extend, and maintain networks. High-level network software is also covered here. Among the featured topics are the Domain Name System, the Network File System, network routing, and sendmail.

Bunch o Stuff includes a variety of supplemental information. Some chapters discuss optional software packages such as uucp and the unix printing system. Others give sage advice on topics ranging from hardware maintenance to disk space management to the politics of running a unix installation.

Aout the CD-ROM.

The cd-rom contains software and reference information that we recommend for system administrators. Most of the items on the cd-rom are available over the Internet, but you may find the cd-rom faster and more convenient to use.

The cd-rom uses the iso-9660 format, which is supported by most computers (including our six example systems). This format does not allow filenames longer than eight characters, so we have packaged up the tools using the standard unix tar command. Decoding instructions are included at the back of this book.

The cd-rom will be updated on an approximately yearly basis. To determine the age of your copy, check the date printed on the cd-rom itself. To order the most recent version, send email to cd-order@admin.com

You can also order updates by calling 1-800-ADMIN-CD.

Contact Information

Please send suggestions, comments, typos, and bug reports to sa-book@admin.com

We answer all mail, but please be patient; it is sometimes a few days before one of us is able to respond. We hope you enjoy this book, and good luck with your adventures in system administration!

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

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: 9.2 x 7 x 1.3 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: #1,126,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emmanouil Petridis on October 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
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
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melimar on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lok Yek Soon on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
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...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: garth hein, unix system administration handbook