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  • Paperback: 1344 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (14 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131480057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131480056
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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)
HP HP-UX®
IBM AIX®

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By digitallyghosted on 27 Nov. 2010
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This book is simply huge.

It's very in depth and covers just about all you need to know for sysadmin. It does take some basic knowledge of linux to make sense, so isn't a newbie book or a dummies guide but if you run linux at home already, you can't fault the content.

As a trainee sysadmin this should give a great head-start on the competition and is inexpensive compared with 3 day training courses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Bryant on 27 April 2013
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In a nutshell: If you're administrating Linux/Unix on a daily basis then this book is indispensable. It describes all core concepts, skills and commands a Sysadmin will need for his/her daily duties, and it will also be a great complete reference for the emerging DevOps people. Trust me, if you're new to sysadmin work then please buy this book (along with my other recommendations below) - I can almost guarantee that it will be worn out and dog-eared by the end of your first year in your new chosen profession!

I buy a lot of computing books, and with complex topics like Operating Systems and programming languages I typically find there are three primary categories of books - the quick reference (pocket guide, essentials etc), the introductory or focused guide (think 'In Action' or 'Cookbook'), and the 'weighty tome' reference ('complete guide to', 'bible of' etc). This book lands firmly in the latter category for Linux administration. It's not a book you'll read over a weekend, but the sheer quantity and range of material contained within it means that you will keep coming back to this book time and time again. This book doesn't 'hand-hold' too much, and although this may be disconcerting for a complete sysadmin novice, I believe it's pitched perfectly at the average IT professional/geek (like myself) with a few years experience under their belt. If you do want a gentler introduction to Linux Adminstration then I would recommend the Pro Linux System Administration (Expert's Voice in Open Source)

My recommendation on how to initially use this book is to skim the first few sections of each chapter over the first weeks of ownership (e.g.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 23 Oct. 2010
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My third update of this book and it still remains one of the best sys admin books you can buy. Not only up to date, well written and a great resource but will also make you laugh too.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J Mcweener on 10 Feb. 2012
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Firstly this is the best book written on UNIX administration (I have previous editions) however I had to return the kindle version as the sections of code in the book were unreadable, The code sections are not kindle text and are fixed size and blurry rendering the kindle version totally useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bioShark on 24 Sept. 2012
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I can definitely not make a 100% review of this book, due to the the fact that I have recently started it, and haven't finished it yet. I am a Software Engineer, development oriented, but with some sysadmin activities in the past and other maintenance work I do on a regular basis.

The reason I searched for a comprehensive book/compendium on Unix/GNU Linux was to clarify some of the questions I constantly have regarding trivial to complex operations I do on the systems I work on. I needed a manual which explains in detail what and why thing happen as they happen in the X world. Sure, I could find all the command I needed on Google, or by simply reading the man pages, but what I was lacking was inner understanding of the system as a whole.

And this book, the ULSAH4, didn't disappoint. I like the structure, the explanations and the examples. I definitely have a lot to learn from this gem, and I hope I will be able to go through it all, and make all the exercises they challenge you with.

I will update this review as I continue to read through the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pointyhat on 19 Aug. 2013
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I'm a "part time" system administrator. I write software but have to maintain a lot of production systems and development systems as a secondary role. This is the perfect book for bridging any gaps in my knowledge quickly and efficiently. Covers literally every topic and even acts as a good perl and shell refresher at the same time.

Comparing it to massive tomes of information from Wrox or Apress on a single subject, none of which is correct or useful, this book is an oasis in a desert of dung.

Definitely worth the money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Trivedi on 14 Jan. 2011
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V nice n informative books for people developing career in Linux administration. I use this book as reference almost very week for troubleshooting n understanding concepts. Heavy book though ;(
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I would say a reasonable prior understanding of the systems or a keen savvy mind for technical digestion is roughly required, though if your a uptaker or a returner to such systems, you'll probably whizz through it easy enough.

This tome covers the subject exceptionally well, though what is covered can be found in varying how-to's and degrees online, but having them in a compendium written by the Lady who wrote the Bible on UNIX in conjunction with LINUX Code-Gods makes all the difference.

Really requiring information on UN & LI systems administration? You won't go wrong with this book.

The presentation is atypical of books on the subject, similar layout formula as in Wrox or O'Reily, block by block; example by example without exhaustive paragraphing on tertiary concerns of 'is this amusing? or what's 'Hip' right now as some books attempt along with personal expressions of polarised beliefs.

For getting the job done, I recommend it.
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