UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, 4th Edition 4th Edition
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“As an author, editor, and publisher, I never paid much attention to the competition–except in a few cases. This is one of those cases. The UNIX System Administration Handbook is one of the few books we ever measured ourselves against.”
–From the Foreword by Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media
“This book is fun and functional as a desktop reference. If you use UNIX and Linux systems, you need this book in your short-reach library. It covers a bit of the systems’ history but doesn’t bloviate. It’s just straightfoward information delivered in colorful and memorable fashion.”
–Jason A. Nunnelley
“This is a comprehensive guide to the care and feeding of UNIX and Linux systems. The authors present the facts along with seasoned advice and real-world examples. Their perspective on the variations among systems is valuable for anyone who runs a heterogeneous computing facility.”
The twentieth anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling UNIX system administration book has been made even better by adding coverage of the leading Linux distributions: Ubuntu, openSUSE, and RHEL.
This book approaches system administration in a practical way and is an invaluable reference for both new administrators and experienced professionals. It details best practices for every facet of system administration, including storage management, network design and administration, email, web hosting, scripting, software configuration management, performance analysis, Windows interoperability, virtualization, DNS, security, management of IT service organizations, and much more. UNIX® and Linux® System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, reflects the current versions of these operating systems:
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
Oracle America® Solaris™ (formerly Sun Solaris)
From the Back Cover
""This is a comprehensive guide to the care and feeding of UNIX and Linux systems. The authors present the facts along with seasoned advice and real-world examples. Their perspective on the variations among systems is valuable for anyone who runs a heterogeneous computing facility." "-Pat ParseghianThe twentieth anniversary edition of the world's best-selling UNIX system administration book has been made even better by adding coverage of the leading Linux distributions: Ubuntu, openSUSE, and RHEL. This book approaches system administration in a practical way and is an invaluable reference for both new administrators and experienced professionals. It details best practices for every facet of system administration, including storage management, network design and administration, email, web hosting, scripting, software configuration management, performance analysis, Windows interoperability, virtualization, DNS, security, management of IT service organizations, and much more. "UNIX(R) and Linux(R) System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, "reflects the current versions of these operating systems: Ubuntu(R) Linux
Red Hat(R) Enterprise Linux(R)
Oracle America(R) Solaris(TM) ("formerly Sun Solaris")
About the Author
Evi Nemeth has retired from the Computer Science faculty at the University of Colorado. She is currently exploring the Pacific on her 40-foot sailboat named Wonderland. Garth Snyder has worked at NeXT and Sun and holds a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College and an MD and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Trent R. Hein is the co-founder of Applied Trust, a company that provides IT infrastructure consulting services. Trent holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado. Ben Whaley is the Director of Enterprise Architecture at Applied Trust. Ben earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado. He is an expert in storage management, virtualization, and web infrastructure.
- Publisher : Prentice Hall; 4th edition (July 9, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1279 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0131480057
- ISBN-13 : 978-0131480056
- Item Weight : 3.62 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.25 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #399,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2022
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I am so accustomed to really miserable, overly verbose tech writing by people who are clearly not good writers that finding this book blew me away. In an era of disposable and free blog writing, I forgot how good tech writing can be. We need more writing like this. I bought the paperback and the Kindle edition. First time, ever, that I bought a book twice. When they come out with a new edition, I'll buy that one, too. Another first.
Tech book publishers, take note of why this book works:
- There aren't equally-weighted discussions about every single option available.
- There's not a lot of BS filler.
- There's historical context which aids in memorization. Stories teach.
- There's a lot of "do this, here's why" aka "best practices".
- There aren't pages and pages of useless code that nobody cares about.
- There are no gimmicks (free CD/DVDs and the like) attached to the book.
- The writing style assumes you are busy and treats your time as valuable.
In this book is practical wisdom and tested/tried techniques to get you started on most things you will do as an admin. The authors know you have Google, and they don't kill you wasting your time. They give you a description of the technology, the most appropriate way(s) to handle it (with syntax), how to think about it, and how it differs (if it differs) between versions of Linux/UNIX.
"The list of directories that must be traversed to locate a particular file plus that file's filename form a pathname. Pathnames can be either absolute (/tmp/foo) or relative (book4/filesystem). Relative pathnames are interpreted starting at the current directory. You might be accustomed to thinking of the current directory as a feature of the shell, but every process has one."
Now the definition from "A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux" (page 193) by Mark Sobell:
"Every file has a pathname. An absolute pathname always starts with a slash(/), the name of the root directory. You can then build the absolute pathname of a file by tracing a path from the root directory through all the intermediate directories to the file. A relative pathname traces a path from the working directory to a file"
Of the two I felt the explanation from Sobell's book was more straightforward, but the "The Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook" integrate the philosophy of the Unix/Linux world much more into the text than others I have read.
If you are a beginner, you might not be able to rely ONLY on this book, you will almost certainly need something a little more elementary; "Linux in Easy Steps" by Mike McGrath is good for those who are visually oriented. "Administration Handbook" book is good at is covering the breadth of Unix/Linux system administration duties across multiple versions. It makes it relatively clear and easy. It sticks to principles rather than a "cookbook" approach. The section on shell and bash scripting is a very good primer, but you will need to build out from there. There is also a good chapter on virtualization and particularity Amazon Web services. If you thought Amazon was just about books and music, well, that is the tip of the iceberg.
Students and professionals alike will find this a valuable reference. If you are a previous owner, it is worth it to get the new edition. I would think this book will cover at least 90% of what you are likely to run into as you administer systems.
Beginning Linux books only go so far. Books that focus on one area such as writing shell scripts won't be general enough. This book covers a lot and covers it well. It is the one I kept in my backpack to lug to class.
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This tome covers the subject exceptionally well, though what is covered can be found in varying how-to's and degrees online, but having them in a compendium written by the Lady who wrote the Bible on UNIX in conjunction with LINUX Code-Gods makes all the difference.
Really requiring information on UN & LI systems administration? You won't go wrong with this book.
The presentation is atypical of books on the subject, similar layout formula as in Wrox or O'Reily, block by block; example by example without exhaustive paragraphing on tertiary concerns of 'is this amusing? or what's 'Hip' right now as some books attempt along with personal expressions of polarised beliefs.
For getting the job done, I recommend it.
The reason I searched for a comprehensive book/compendium on Unix/GNU Linux was to clarify some of the questions I constantly have regarding trivial to complex operations I do on the systems I work on. I needed a manual which explains in detail what and why thing happen as they happen in the X world. Sure, I could find all the command I needed on Google, or by simply reading the man pages, but what I was lacking was inner understanding of the system as a whole.
And this book, the ULSAH4, didn't disappoint. I like the structure, the explanations and the examples. I definitely have a lot to learn from this gem, and I hope I will be able to go through it all, and make all the exercises they challenge you with.
I will update this review as I continue to read through the book.
Sure it is out of date as soon as it is published. Sure I can get the information elsewhere but to have this stuff in one place that I can pour over has been so useful I would not be without it.
Why only 4 stars? Now you mention it..... good question
Oh yes, the usual prompt delivery from Amazon made buying the book a pleasure. Money well spent!