- Paperback: 1344 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4th edition (July 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131480057
- ISBN-13: 978-0131480056
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
""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." "-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.
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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 book is well organized, concise, and easy to read. Each chapter is more-or-less stand-alone, but there is minimal repetition, so it works well whether you read it cover to cover or just pick out the chapters that interest you. The version I have (4th ed) is slightly outdated in that it doesn't address systemd, which has replaced init in many Linux distributions, but the fundamentals are the same so it's not a huge problem as long as you can figure out the new commands.
I do, however, wish they covered virtualization in the same detail as networking.
I'm not a rabid consumer of O'Reilly books. Some of them are the best games in town, some not worth the paper etc. But in this case he is echoing my own sentiment with respect to the Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition).
This book teems with useful advice honed over four editions, more than 20 years of experience half a dozen different flavors of the "unix-like" operating systems available, from Solaris through a rainbow of Linux variants to AIX, the mutant elephant in the room.
The tone is not always agnostic, but if there are dissenting opinions to the view being expressed, they are presented and attributed. I like that approach a lot. Too much of the Sys Admin dialectic is needless (and all to often ranting) evangelism of this or that O/S rather than a cogent discussion of the matter at hand. Here, all voices are heard.
The range of subjects covered is, to these eyes, a definitive and complete set, making this book a swiss army knife for the Sys Admin.
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