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Automating Linux and Unix System Administration (Expert's Voice in Linux) Paperback – December 24, 2008
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"While automating a system is the dream of all sysadmins, there is such a thing as too much automation. Thankfully, this book recognises it. It covers just everything a sysadmin needs to know … . If you’re a sysadmin – get this book, you won’t be sorry. Highly recommended." (Paul F. Johnson, CVU/ ACCU/ Reviews, February, 2004)
About the Author
Nathan Campi is a UNIX and Linux system administrator by trade, working as a UNIX operations manager in San Francisco. His system administration experience is almost entirely with companies with large-scale web operations based on open source software. In his copious free time, he enjoys jogging, watching spaghetti westerns, experimenting with Linux systems, and spending time with his family.
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-- I just bought this book and it is very interesting.
-- CFEngine TOTALLY ROCKS!
-- I'm a Unix Admin and will be using CFEngine to manage 500+ servers.
But.... CFEngine is now at version 3 which is a LOT different from version 2. I can't use this version to help me develop the config files ("promises") because to do so would result in them either not working or not using the better capabilities of version 3. In addition, some executables and paths are a bit different.
So, I have put this book up on the shelf to gather dust. I'm hoping it will (quickly) be updated to cover version 3.
That said, the non-CFEngine parts of the book are good.
This book is a must for any linux/unix sysadmin out there. I hope there is a 3rd edition with the new Cfengine 3 soon!
This book is not for the beginning linux/unix admin, though. You should have a thorough knowledge of the systems already. Once you have that, using the methods in this book will save you and your bosses countless hours of managing your servers.
I would like to thank the authors for a brilliant piece of work.
The book goes into some depth demonstrating how cfengine works. It has chapters on configuration, setting up a production environment, setting up automated installations, and delivering applications using cfengine.
There are smaller chapters on SSH, Nagios (and using CFengine to deliver it), and improving server security using cfengine.
The book is about 400 pages and is packed with content. There are interesting facts and config bits in every chapter.
With the exception of the cfengine manuals, there are no other books on the market today which provide a detailed, comprehensive look at cfengine...until now. If you are using, will use, or have questions about what CFengine can do, get this book. I'm happy I did.
This book covers a wide variety of topics including: simple shell scripting, remote management with SSH, automated installations, monitoring, and configuration management. The majority of the items are explained with using CFEngine in mind -- so much so that I feel this book should probably advertise its heavy use of CFEngine somewhere in the title or at least on the cover. If you don't use CFEngine and have no plans to do so, a lot of this book becomes irrelevant. However, CFEngine is a popular, robust management system and is worth getting to know.
If you're still managing servers by hand, it's probably time to start thinking about automation. Automating Linux and UNIX System Administration is a solid book that will set you on the right track.