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This is really a must-have book!
on March 21, 2010
I know the phrase "must-have" gets thrown around a lot, but in terms of System Administration reference: this book *really* is "must-have".
If you are a professional System Administrator (as I am), you will often find yourself using this book in your day-to-day activities. It can almost always impart quick knowledge in disaster situations where time is a factor (especially when working on Solaris machines; I can't stress Solaris enough!).
Look at the price. It's (...). That's like nothing (even to the poor, underpaid, and underappreciated Sysadmin like you and me). As long as you keep this book handy and not buried under some crap on a shelf somewhere, you will see that it will pay for itself in man-hours and sanity probably the first time you use it. It has all the rarely-used commands and stuff that you will most certainly need in your typical "oh crap" scenario (for *several* different Unix-like operating systems).
I should also mention that this book is available as an iPhone/iPod Touch app for much an even cheaper (something like (...) price. That said, there really is something to be said for the old-fasioned version. Personall, I bought both (obviously I didn't get the iPhone app from Amazon). I keep the book on my desk at work nd I have the quick-loading but less navigable iPhone version one on my person at all times. In a pinch, or at a remote location, the iPhone version can be immensely useful. For day-to-day (at work-type) issues, the book simply can't be beat.
Bottom line: If you're a Sysadmin who deals at all with Unix like operating systems, you'd be a fool not to buy this book. If you're one of those *and* an iPhone owner (I know, Sysadmins are "supposed to prefer Android phones), you should probably get the app too. You never know when you'll find yourself staring at the business end of a Sparc qmail server that stopped working and you don't have your book at the ready.