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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599235
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saf on 21 April 2008
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The title is badly chosen but nevertheless the book is very useful. The book has indeed ignored some crucial advanced topics such as web min the web based graphical tool for managing a headless server. Ubuntu is considered to be in class A group of linux distributions supported by webmin project, in other words Ubuntu is native to webmin. The book did not mention much about apache apart of basic configuration that can be obtained from the official Ubuntu website such as virtual hosts and basic authentication . Apache modules such as mod-mono has not mentioned at all (mod-mono is the mono project Linux oriented). however the book provided me with some good information i wouldn't have known without. perhaps the most useful feature is how Ubuntu stores and arranges the configuration files for the system. for example etc var/www , The book is more oriented toward the file system such as NFS samba etc and it covered logical valume manager in good details but not comprehensive. the book has provided a good dns setup that simplified the configuration of dns. I bought a book about dns and i used this book to guide me through the dns configuration files. it worth to note that ubuntu arrange the configuration files differently from the original application. if the writer went into details in each subject, the book would expand to four or five times its current size of 340 pages. the book is a good introduction to ubuntu server. What we need is more books about ubuntu more advnaced topic in ubuntu server. the problem with books in the linux field is that you will never find an advanced book targeting a particular distribution in my case i need a book that is advanced apache in ubuntu server. what i mean by advanced is using apache to its limit which including security, database modules, optmizaiton, etc.

I recommend this book to everyone who is new to ubuntu server and want a good introduction with some advanced topics covered in basic details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Salter on 12 Feb. 2008
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I've had a webserver and fileserver up and running Ubuntu server for a fair while before I bought this book.

I thought that perhaps there was better options that what I had done with mine. I already know my way around Linux so I had an easier time with the book but it helps you all the way so people never using linux before can get a server going in no time at all.

Helps from the setup of the server (including quick discussions about the format of the hard drive, something I'd never considered) to using the command line to the security of the server and setting it up for multiple user and group use.

All in all a fantastic book for those looking to setup there own servers wether it's using Ubuntu or another linux at it helps with a multitude of points. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Nicholls on 24 Jun. 2008
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The author says that no preliminary knowledge of Linux nor Ubuntu is needed. I disagree. The book doesn't teach Linux so I had to get a basic book on Linux before I could even start to understand this book. Unfortunately the author, like so many experts, knows his subject but cannot teach. Teaching is a skill few people have and this book just does not provide the detail and logic to move from one stage to the next.

The title on the rear of the book is more accurate: books for professionals by professionals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Robinson on 31 Jan. 2008
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I found this book slightly disappointing. The title itself is a slight contradiction, mixing "beginning" with "from novice to professional". The book comfortably covers novice to intermediate levels, but intentionally avoids some of more complex areas (e.g. LDAP), and overall it left me wanting more.

Having said that, the book gives a good introduction to a wide range of topics and is an easy read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to linux server administration 9 Mar. 2008
By J. Wells - Published on
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As many have made the switch to Ubuntu linux on their desktops a plethora have resources have sprung up in the form of websites and books helping users adapt. That hasn't been so much the case with Ubuntu server but this book helps to fill that gap. For those such as myself coming from a Windows background this book is a great introduction to linux server administration.

Written with the novice in mind it strikes a good balance between usefulness and not being overly verbose. Not an easy accomplishment for books of a technical nature. While the book is aimed at the Ubuntu distribution much of the system administration topics covered are not exclusive to Ubuntu.

As someone new to linux I learned a lot about basic topics like file system management, permissions, working with the command line, and much more. Read this book and you may not be a linux server guru but you will certainly have a strong foundation in linux systems administration. Highly recommended!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book to start your own Ubuntu Server. Enterprise or Home server. 17 Feb. 2008
By A. Adamou - Published on
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This is a long awaited book for the Ubuntu enthusiasts. If you are a regular Ubuntu user and you want to switch to a system administrator or setup your own Ubuntu server, this is the right book. It is a brief walkthrough which familiarizes readers with basic to advance concepts. The best part is that doesn't require any previous knowledge. I have been working with Linux the last 7 years and there are information and tips in the book that were new to me.
Make sure to create a reference sheet when you are reading as you will need it as you move through the chapters, especially if you have no previous Linux experience.
Chapters 5-6 and 10-11 proved to be the most useful because they cover everything you need to know to start your own webserver or file sharing. If you really want to become an administrator you will need to spend some time learning Linux hardening techniques since the book covers basic security techniques for an everyday server. The author added useful references to cover more details.
I highly recommend this book for people who want to setup their own Ubuntu servers and learn everything that an administrator should know.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to Ubuntu Administration 3 July 2008
By Harold McFarland - Published on
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Ubuntu has become one of the fastest growing and arguably most friendly Linux distributions over the last few years. This book is designed to help someone who has no knowledge of Linux become a basic system administrator. While it will not make them an expert among people who know Linux well it will make them sufficiently knowledgeable to do most of the common administrative functions.

The author starts with installing Ubuntu server and moves into information that most Ubuntu users do not understand such as using the command line interface, working with files, and understanding the directory structure. Once the reader has this basic understanding he moves them to some of the common tasks like using software repositories to install and update software packages and user accounts, groups, permissions, access control lists, quotas, an PAM modules. However, the book could use an expanded section on firewalls as this is a major part of Linux server administration.

Other important areas covered include a chapter on writing shell scripts. the basics of SSH and tunneling, DNS, DHCP, NTP, using Ubuntu as a file and print server (cups, NFS, and Samba configurations), Apache, virtual hosts, PHP, MySQL, FTP, and virtualization. For many of these areas, including Samba, Apache, PHP, and MySQL, the coverage is just the minimum you need to know. This is expected as there are complete volumes written just on each of these subjects that are larger than this book. This books still gives you a solid introduction to these subjects that is appropriate for the audience the author is trying to reach.

This book is a great introduction to Ubuntu Server administration and moves the reader from the novice to lower intermediate level but really not close to a professional Ubuntu administrator. Nonetheless, it is recommended for those new to Ubuntu servers as it does touch on and provide a working knowledge of pretty much all the most common areas of Linux server administration.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must have for Ubuntu server administration 3 April 2008
By Brian Mathis - Published on
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Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration, by Sander Van Vugt is a well written book coving a range of topics which includes examples. This book covers Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. Although this release is a little behind, the information presented in the book is still relevant for completing the topics covered. I was impressed with the authors ability to show the reader how a task was completed while keeping it simple so new system administrators or others just starting to learn, will be able to understand what is going on.

While the book is geared towards Ubuntu, the majority of the topics can be associated with other GNU/Linux systems with very little or no changes at all. For instance; the command line section helps the user become more familiar with how commands are used with a Linux server system. It also demonstrates how to use the VI text editor which can be a daunt task for new admins. For advanced command line use, chapter 7 covers everything to get someone started in learning how to script which can be used to automate system tasks.

A great reference in this book, is the chapter about virtualization. Virtualization is becoming more and more dominate when it comes to budget and green computing needs. This chapter covers everything from what software you should use to setup and configuration of both the virtualization software and the guest Operating System.

All in all, Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional, is a well written book and can be used by either seasoned administrators, new techs entering the field, or someone just looking to expand their knowledge. I give this book a solid recommendation and will encourage everyone to pick up a copy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Linux Book 11 May 2008
By J. Hernandez - Published on
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This book should be called "Beginning Linux Server Administration." If that were the title, I would actually give it 5 stars. This IS a well written book but for Ubuntu/Debian Server administration I believe it has a good number of gaps. IE, In apache, adding a virtual host is added and removed using the a2ensite command which creates the Symbolic link.

These tools make server administration easy for a beginner, but missing throughout the book.
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