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DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices 1st Edition

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About the Author

Kyle Rankin, a senior systems administrator and DevOps engineer, is president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group and is an award-winning columnist for Linux Journal. Rankin speaks frequently on open source software at SCALE, OSCON, Linux World Expo, Penguicon, and many Linux user groups. His other books include The Official Ubuntu Server Book; Knoppix Hacks, Second Edition; Knoppix Pocket Reference; and Linux Multimedia Hacks. He is also coauthor of Ubuntu Hacks.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321832043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321832047
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Freiberger on January 26, 2013
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This is the second book by Kyle Rankin that I have read and reviewed, the first being his co-authored Ubuntu Server book. From reading his articles in Linux Journal and other books, I enjoy his more direct questions and answers approach that is different from other Linux books. Instead of digging around the chapter for the command, Kyle Rankin has the steps and example clearly written, making this a very to the point guide. Reading other Linux books, I feel like I get more usable information from this book over larger volumes on the same topic.

From reading DevOps Troubleshooting, I really enjoyed this focus on troubleshooting. Kyle Rankin touched on troubleshooting in the Ubuntu Server book for a chapter, covering many issues but really only so much can be written in a chapter. Glad to see that the demand for this topic lead to a whole book on the topic, especially since troubleshooting is really an art that so many, including myself, need practice on.

The book covers the basics in the beginning about the basics of troubleshooting, how to make smart choices in testing the problem. This will give you a good base of building on your troubleshooting skills, instead of using a shotgun approach to solving problems. Also covers managing communication between teams. If you have ever worked on a critical issue, you know how dreaded it can be to "join the voice bridge", all the while working on the problem.

The chapters cover the general checks of the Linux operating system from reading performance details, using basic tools like top to find why the system is slow. Other topics also covered are boot problems, disk space issues, tracking down problems between two hosts, dns, e-mail basics, web and SQL server basics, and hardware problems.
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This covers many topics and helps give a very useful _brief_ explanation on tools to help (e.g. iostat, sysstat), in addition to explaining how to find extremely high loads reported by 'top' that are caused by disk issues; something I didn't know at all but was encountering a ton at work that puzzled us all.. thanks!

While it covers a broad range of topics, the book itself is pretty short and doesn't go into much detail as I thought it would (those 240 pages go by very fast). I left it at our work library and it is a great reference when someone client is complaining about a random performance issue on their dedicated server that leaves us all puzzled.

Overall, this book is definitely worth reading at least once, but you will probably want/need it as a reference as well :)
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This book is 100% pure Ops..... even that coverage is rudimentary, if you have any admin experience at all don't even bother. If i did not buy the kindle version it would be headed for the fire.... if you were looking for automation / CI / CD / Repo move right along, do not waste your time here....

Not DevOps, not even close......
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If you have anything to do with Linux then you'd likely get value from having this practical hands-on book. I found that it gave great coverage and clear explanations without any fluff. Its probably not for newbies as there is very little in terms of explanation of general topics. It dives directly into problems/solutions which is perfect for what I was looking for - a reference guide to keep on the shelf that is not boring to read through either. Great job, especially considering that I find that there are few books in this subject area and level.
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Have you ever been responsible for a server and had something go wrong? Ever been in a situation where you didn't know what was causing the problem or how to figure it out? I think any of us who develop code, work in quality assurance, or administer systems have had this sort of experience. Sometimes problems appear that were never covered in a class or training session. Experience is an amazing teacher, but gaining that experience can be intimidating and sometimes painful. This book gives anyone working in DevOps a bit of a head start.

DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices starts with a discussion of best practices in troubleshooting. This lays a good foundation for the rest of the book and should be read right away. If you don't already know how to narrow down the location or source of a problem, how to communicate with others who may be affected or who can assist, or even where to start when a problem arises, the first chapter gives a solid plan to help you out. Most of the content of this chapter will seem obvious to people with experience, but they were not obvious to us when we started, and this information would have saved most of us a few headaches. Ideas like favoring quick, simple tests over slow and complex one, favoring past solutions that are known to work, and most importantly, understanding how the systems work before doing anything are vital. I like the advice about using the internet, but carefully, and resisting rebooting as a cure-all (because it doesn't help you find the cause of the problem).

The chapters that follow are each focused on a specific type of problem. They include discussions of tips, tricks, and tools for diagnosing, and fixing issues.
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