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2: Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two: Tips & Tools for Connecting, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Bill von Hagen is a seasoned Linux/Unix systems administrator and computer collector. He writes articles and product reviews for Linux Planet, Linux Today, Linux Format, and Linux Magazine. He is the author of several technology books including "Hacking the TiVo, Second Edition" (Muska and Lipman), "The Definitive Guide to GCC" (Apress), and co-author of "SUSE Linux 9 Bible" (Wiley). In a past life, he was the drummer for a hardcore punk rock band, The Cynics.
Brian K. Jones is a system administrator in the department of computer science at Princeton University.
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The book is guaranteed to be a very good and advanced starting point for topics related but not limited to authentication, remote GUI connectivity, storage management, file sharing and synchronizing resources, security / lockdown instructions, log files and monitoring, troubleshooting, system rescue, recovery, and repair. Especially the chapters about heterogeneous network environments in which Linux and Windows machines should work in harmony is a very critical one for many sys. admins. And I'm sure all the geeks and nerds out there will enjoy reading Hack #20 "Hack 20. Quick and Easy DHCP Setup" and Hack #21 "Integrate DHCP and DNS with Dynamic DNS Updates".
If you don't have the first volume, you might want to start with it. It has some simple but very useful things that apply to just about anyone with their own Linux box and a command line.
This volume is much more advanced, and most of the tricks and techniques deal with much more specialized problem domains, ie. things you might not have run into yet. One advantage of this book over the first is that it is very up to date in its recommendations of existing software to use.
Just the section on LVM (Logical Volume Management) have saved my bacon!
Every single "hack" (read tip) is extremely practical, applicable and relevant to managing and administering Linux systems whether "servers" or not!
The absolute best part of this book is that you get really useful, insightful views into the experiences of seasoned veterans of Unix systems. If you sit in a NOC or if you're the 24x7 guy/gal on a server farm, this book is an occupational requirement! Everyone else will appreciate it if they're running Linux. In my modest network of perhaps 30 Linux systems, I can tell you that I saved hours of effort with just two of the hacks included in this volume. Considering the time savings, buying this book saved my company more than 300% on the cover price.
01. Linux Authentication
02. Remote GUI Connectivity
03. System Services
04. Cool Sysadmin Tools and Tips
05. Storage Management and Backups
06. Standardizing, Sharing, and Synchronizing Resources
08. Troubleshooting and Performance
09. Logfiles and Monitoring
10. System Rescue, Recovery, and Repair
Pick this book up now, you will NOT be disappointed in this delcious Linux FEAST!!
***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED