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UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook » (4th Edition)

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Authors: Evi Nemeth
ISBN-13: 9780131480056, ISBN-10: 0131480057
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Date Published: July 2010
Edition: 4th Edition

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Author Biography: Evi Nemeth

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.

Book Synopsis

“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 Parseghian

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:

Ubuntu® Linux openSUSE® Linux Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
Oracle America® Solaris™ (formerly Sun Solaris)


First covers the techniques needed to run a stand-alone UNIX system, then describes the protocols used on UNIX systems and the techniques to set up, extend, and maintain networks. The third edition covers Red Hat Linux. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

Where to Start.
Booting and Shutting Down.
Rootly Powers.
Controlling Processes.
The Filesystem.
Adding New Users.
Serial Devices.
Adding a Disk.
Periodic Processes.
Syslog and Log Files.
Devices and the Kernel.
TCP/IP and the Internet.
Network Hardware.
The Domain Name System.
The Network File System.
Sharing System Files.
Electronic Mail.
Network Management.
Servers and Internet Hosting.
Hardware Maintenance.
Performing Analysis.
Cooperating with Windows.
Policy and Politics.




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