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Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice) 1st Edition
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Written with the novice in mind it strikes a good balance between usefulness and not being overly verbose. Not an easy accomplishment for books of a technical nature. While the book is aimed at the Ubuntu distribution much of the system administration topics covered are not exclusive to Ubuntu.
As someone new to linux I learned a lot about basic topics like file system management, permissions, working with the command line, and much more. Read this book and you may not be a linux server guru but you will certainly have a strong foundation in linux systems administration. Highly recommended!
Make sure to create a reference sheet when you are reading as you will need it as you move through the chapters, especially if you have no previous Linux experience.
Chapters 5-6 and 10-11 proved to be the most useful because they cover everything you need to know to start your own webserver or file sharing. If you really want to become an administrator you will need to spend some time learning Linux hardening techniques since the book covers basic security techniques for an everyday server. The author added useful references to cover more details.
I highly recommend this book for people who want to setup their own Ubuntu servers and learn everything that an administrator should know.
The author starts with installing Ubuntu server and moves into information that most Ubuntu users do not understand such as using the command line interface, working with files, and understanding the directory structure. Once the reader has this basic understanding he moves them to some of the common tasks like using software repositories to install and update software packages and user accounts, groups, permissions, access control lists, quotas, an PAM modules. However, the book could use an expanded section on firewalls as this is a major part of Linux server administration.
Other important areas covered include a chapter on writing shell scripts. the basics of SSH and tunneling, DNS, DHCP, NTP, using Ubuntu as a file and print server (cups, NFS, and Samba configurations), Apache, virtual hosts, PHP, MySQL, FTP, and virtualization. For many of these areas, including Samba, Apache, PHP, and MySQL, the coverage is just the minimum you need to know. This is expected as there are complete volumes written just on each of these subjects that are larger than this book. This books still gives you a solid introduction to these subjects that is appropriate for the audience the author is trying to reach.Read more ›
While the book is geared towards Ubuntu, the majority of the topics can be associated with other GNU/Linux systems with very little or no changes at all. For instance; the command line section helps the user become more familiar with how commands are used with a Linux server system. It also demonstrates how to use the VI text editor which can be a daunt task for new admins. For advanced command line use, chapter 7 covers everything to get someone started in learning how to script which can be used to automate system tasks.
A great reference in this book, is the chapter about virtualization. Virtualization is becoming more and more dominate when it comes to budget and green computing needs. This chapter covers everything from what software you should use to setup and configuration of both the virtualization software and the guest Operating System.
All in all, Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional, is a well written book and can be used by either seasoned administrators, new techs entering the field, or someone just looking to expand their knowledge. I give this book a solid recommendation and will encourage everyone to pick up a copy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written but does dwell on lower level functions and routine tasks. More novice than professional but very useful. Glad it is in my collection.Published on March 10, 2014 by Samuel Johnson
I got this book to help me set up my Ubuntu server from scratch and it is fabulous. This book is well written and is easy for the beginner to understand without completely boring... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Chris
This book contains all the right topics, but makes assumptions about a beginner's expericence level. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Scrimshaw_64
I found this book to be quite hard to follow through. In addition, he assumes too much and does not get into details. Read morePublished on November 12, 2008 by R. Cobo
I haven't finished it yet, but I have read much of it, and from someone who dislikes the typical computer "tomes" of the 600+ page variety, this <300 book seems very well... Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by Hannascandles
this book is a bit misleading... it said that it was for ubuntu server, wich for the most part it is... i would like to warn ones who are looking for a book on webserving... Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Jesse Fender
The book is clear and concise. It explores several important topics in Ubuntu (linux) server administration from the novice point of view. Read morePublished on July 2, 2008 by Marcelo B. Almeida
This book should be called "Beginning Linux Server Administration." If that were the title, I would actually give it 5 stars. Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by J. Hernandez