- Paperback: 992 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (October 21, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764599496
- ISBN-13: 978-0764599491
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Your Complete Red Hat Linux Guide to Networking and System Administration
Here, revised and updated by Linux experts, is your complete handbook for setting up and managing a Linux network using the 2005 releases of Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This all-new third edition starts with the basics—network planning, Red Hat Linux installation, and system configuration. It provides step-by-step instructions on monitoring system maintenance, optimizing Internet services, connecting to Microsoft, Apple, or Novell networks, administering users and groups, managing security, and solving problems. Special sections cover configuring a database server, creating a VNC server, providing Web services, and much more. With information on upgrading, customizing, and troubleshooting, this guide provides the ready reference you need to keep your network working.
Learn to do all this and more with your Red Hat Linux network
- Install, configure, and test two open-source relational databases, MySQL and PostgreSQL, and the major commercial database, Oracle
- Set up and manage utility services, such as an NTP time server and the Squid caching proxy server
- Add mailing lists, Web-based email, RSS feeds, and site search functionality to a basic Linux Web server
- Understand how SELinux's policy-based security works and how to work with SELinux
- Learn to customize the default RH desktop, GNOME, and KDE and how to manage common applications such as Web browsers, email clients, and productivity and multimedia programs
About the Author
Terry Collings is the owner of TAC Technology, located in eastern Pennsylvania. He provides Linux consulting and training services to a variety of clients. Terry has been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges in his area where he has taught A+ and Network + certification courses. He also has taught courses on Unix, Linux, TCP/IP, and Novell Netware.
Terry is the author of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 For Dummies and has co-authored and contributed to several other Linux books. He has been a technical editor for the following books: KDE Bible, The Samba Book, Unix Weekend Crash Course, Red Hat Linux 9 For Dummies, Solaris 9 For Dummies, Fedora Linux 2 For Dummies, and Linux Timesaving Techniques For Dummies.
Kurt Wall first touched a computer in 1980 when he learned FORTRAN on an IBM mainframe of forgotten vintage; things have improved since then. A professional technical writer by trade, a historian by training, and an all-around Linux guy by avocation, Kurt’s work history is diverse. These days, Kurt works in the Customer Engineering group at TimeSys Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His primary responsibilities include building and maintaining TimeSys’s Developer Exchange and working with portal customers and users. He also fixes broken servers, writes documentation, and builds TimeSys software.
Kurt, who dislikes writing about himself in the third person, receives entirely too much e-mail at email@example.com.
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the explanations are very concise/straight-to-the-point that we keep this book within arm's reach especially during troubleshooting. It is better than googling for answers.
I find the background that this book gives is exactly at the level I need. Some books that simply say 'type this in.' Other books take a few hundred pages to explain what's happening at a level where I've forgotten the question by the time I get to the end of the description. This book is positioned at a nice level inbetween. I know what to type in and I have some understanding of why.
I further like the writing style and the way they use bold face, 'Notes' and 'Tips' to emphasize things. These features enable me to find out what I need more quickly. Finally, there are additions from the earlier editions which explain things that caused questions or were left out.
I'd rank this as an intermediate level book. It's not a here's how to start with Linux book. Nor is it an in great depth geek level book. I guess I like it so well, because it's at about the level I need.
I bought this book together with Red Hat Linux 8 Unleashed. I have been working on a small corporate linux server for a month now. I have referred to these books many times. Compared to RedHat Linux 8 Unleashed, this book has very little in it. Although it is "supposed to be" dedicated to administration, you will find more in general linux books. I must admit that the book is good for referencing. For example, you try to set up something. You look up the subject in the book and read the corresponding section. The material is most likely to be outdated and probably the scripts written in the book do not work anymore. (Or they are wrong from the beginning) However, you get to have an intuition about the subject and know where to start searching the web for the required material.
To sum up, if you have a limited budget do not go with this book. I would recommend RedHat Linux 8 Unleashed instead of this. However, if you got the money, this book may have some additional stuff in administration bussiness that may be helpful to you.
Very complete and in-depth coverage of the more-important topics.
And to "prove" this, the Sr. Linux admins at a large Co. have selected this as the ONE book all the SA's should refer to.
(Also the companion security book)
On the negative side, I did find some typos in the book, but I have never read a book that didn't have some typos. Comparing this book to many others I have seen on many topics, I think that it is no worse in typos than other similar high quality books. The fact that the book has a few typos in no way affects my opinion that the material covered in this book is accurate and presented well.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with RHL and wants to learn more in a concise, thoughtful manner!
Most of the networking instructions are correct, and the file listings are generally all right, but the configuration instructions do not always lead to the results they're trying to achive, or do not match the output they show.
I'd suggest a non RedHat specific book for Linux administration know how anyway - you'll get a more broad understanding of the issues without locking yourself into the way one particular distribution does things.