Administer Any Linux Distribution with Ease
Fully updated for the most current Linux distributions, Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide, Fifth Edition, shows you how to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot Linux on a single server or an entire network. Get full details on granting user rights and permissions, configuring software and hardware, providing Internet and intranet services, and customizing Linux kernel 2.6. You'll also learn how to get your network services IPv6 ready, implement sound security, create foolproof system backups, and use the latest virtualization technologies. Real-world, hands-on examples are included throughout.
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Administering a Linux system isn't much like administering a Windows machine. Though the goals are similar and comparable problems arise under both environments, they each require administrators to adopt a certain way of thinking about processes and data. Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide helps readers adapt their Windows experience to Linux work.
Author Steve Shah does a great job of clueing Linux newcomers into the environment. His explanations are clear, patient, accurate and useful, and they cover all aspects of the system administrator's job. He is careful to explain hundreds of commands in a logical way, including lists of options and examples of typical uses in many cases.
But this is no mere command reference or novice's introduction. Shah doesn't shy away from explaining the really interesting aspects of Linux administration, including kernel compilation, Domain Name Service (DNS) configuration, sendmail set-up, and establishing firewall protection with IP chaining. For all of these subjects (and many more), this book includes clear statements of what concepts are relevant, which commands to issue, and what to expect in response. It's a great help in self-guided explorations. It's also worth having this book on hand for work assignments--you will find complete recipes for configuring all major Internet and local area network (LAN) services that also take into account easy maintenance and security. --David WallReview:
"In the past two years, Linux has infiltrated mainstram computing with a vengence. From Red Hat's IPO to adoption by IBM Corp., Linux is making serious waves in the enterprise space." Network Computing, July 26, 2000"
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