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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for general stuff, 8 Nov. 2000
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Dewi Morgan (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Well, I found it was OK, but it didn't go into the really DEEP issues. I bought this book because I had a problem and needed some ideas to help solve it. The book did not help much. It is not a book really for people who have been sysadmins for many years, since this will all probably be second nature to you anyway.
Anything you don't normally need to do is not really covered. How do you disable NIS, or NFS? What are the file locations? what about on AIX or OSF/1? If you cannot use the standard configuration tools, what files do you need to manually edit to get it all up and working? What's the syntax?
That said, as a primer to get you up and running with NIS and NFS, it's good, and goes into some detail on related issues as well. It also looks like it'll be a useful resource for administrating them under less extreme circumstances than I've recently been experiencing.
It's also quite readable. A little dry, but you expect that in a computer book. The tone is conversational rather than tutorial, which helps.
However, the book seems to waver between being a reference and a tutorial, and is not sure which to be.
Not the most essential of my O'Reilly books, but I'll certainly be reserving it a place on my desk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable tool for UNIX systems administrators, 5 Aug. 1997
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I was formerly the UNIX Systems Administrator of
large company where we had several variants of the UNIX operating system employed.

We had a very robust NIS and NFS environment with hundreds of NFS mount points and a dozen or more NIS maps.

The text and examples of this book enabled me to better maintain and update our environment. The practical guidelines for NIS map and application building provided concise information that was easily implemented.

In the area of NFS administration, the book provided valuable performance and tuning information, as well as diagnostic information to determine where problems could lie.

Additionally, I enjoyed the sections on Networking Fundamentals and NFS Design and operation. These were a nice refresher for knowledge previously attained.

While no one book can give all the answers to real world problems, this one at least shows practical application whereby a professional can apply the fundamentals to solve their own problems.

Overall, as a UNIX systems administrator, I found this book to be a "MUST HAVE" item for the professionals' bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, comprehensive but consise guide to NFS and NIS, 11 Mar. 2000
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For anyone who has to build of maintain an NFS or NIS environment this book is an invaluable resource. The coverage is broad but detailed enough to be really useful.
The only downside is that the age of the book means that if you use Solaris the examples have to be modified to take account of things like /etc/dfs/dfstab rather than /etc/exports , etc.
Basically a must have.
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