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The table of contents is mouth-watering: server installation, system imaging, performance monitoring and optimization, file system management, network monitoring, SAN, configuring OpenLDAP, integrating Samba, adding a mail server, server security, setting up an OpenVPN server, Kerberos and NTP, topped by troubleshooting. The list contains almost all an administrator wants to have to set up an advanced server in an enterprise environment.
The chapter on SAN contains goodies such as DRBD and iSCSI and, as in most chapters, you learn to set them up more in a howto fashion, with a bit of background information. IMO there isn't enough background coverage to get the reader up to snuff -- if something goes wrong, I'm left in the rain. For example, when covering the Distributed Replicated Block Device (DRBD), Sander shows me how to set it up, but he doesn't really show me what to do if things go wrong -- and believe me, they do sometimes go wrong! Similarly with the section on iSCSI: the book tells me that I can set up authorization for iSCSI, but doesn't go into the details on how to do so.
In the OpenLDAP chapter, Sander says you set up replication of directories with slurpd, but doesn't show me how to do so, which is fine, because slurpd has been obsoleted from OpenLDAP! The chapter on Kerberos unfortunately doesn't explain how to store your Kerberos information in OpenLDAP -- a shame. The promising SAN and hearbeat sections show me how to set up a secure file system environment, but getting my OpenLDAP directory and authorization/authentication systems set up securely isn't covered.Read more ›
This book covers almost everything a System Administrator would want to do with Ubuntu Server: RAID, LVM, system management, clustering, file sharing, mail hosting, and security. It's crammed with commands and utilities you can follow along with to create a killer server. I especially enjoyed the clustering coverage. Not too many System Adminsitration books cover clustering at all. And while this book didn't nearly cover all aspects of clustering, it still gave you enough information to get a file share cluster up and running.
Oddly, this book did leave out services such as DNS and Web hosting, but the wealth of coverage in the other areas more than makes up for that. This is a highly recommended book to read for anyone working with, or is curious about, Ubuntu Server. You won't be disappointed.
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I was looking for a good book on setting up an Ubuntu server. This book had a few chapters of interest, but mostly was lacking in content and depth. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by rk
This is really focused for enterprises, help a lot to deploy large environments. Good explanation on each point.