on 3 September 2014
This book is essential reading for any System Administrator or Infrastructure Architect. It won't tell you what buttons to click or what to type at a command prompt, but it does discuss the thought processes and approaches required to designing and implementing IT systems. It is the closest to a book on infrastructure design patterns I have come across.
The writing style is easy to read and there are numerous anecdotes by the authors that bring their real world experiences to the topic being discussed.
I especially like the chapter structure that details the basics required to implement a solution, with a further section entitled "the icing" which takes the solution further.
If you have any interest or responsibility in systems administration, you need this book.
on 27 October 2010
I cannot fault this book at all and it is perfect for anyone though I especially recommend it for anyone just starting out in IT, graduates et al. That being said however, anyone can pick this book up and learn very easy to read information what ever stage of their career they are, whether you have recently been promoted, or are starting in a new field of IT, their is something for every one. This book is all about the theory and this is often missing from a lot systems and network administrators. This won't tell you what commands to type at what time, but it give you a solid background of information that is just as vital and the information you will learn will help you build and maintain networks that stand to the test of time. If you are working in IT, buy this book; no arguments!
on 18 July 2011
So far I've thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'm a recent bachelor's degree graduate in systems administration and I wanted to find something new to study my field from and so far I've learned a great deal, including sane prcatices and what to do and what not to.
So far I only have about a year's worth of work experience from my current job, but for what's it worth, I do recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more.