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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2010
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
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. shell-scripting, access-control, file system, network etc). This will give you a great grounding in sysadmin duties and skills, and more importantly when you're out in the real world and find yourself up against a tricky problem, even if you don't know how to solve it, you'll know where to look. It's often fun to deep-dive into a chapter if you're up against a specific problem, and soon you'll realise that over the past few months you've actually digested a large percentage of the book.

I would also recommend Linux Pocket Guide, which fits firmly into the quick reference category mentioned above (and I find myself using this book on a daily basis), and Pro Linux System Administration (Expert's Voice in Open Source), which although arguably not as detailed as the book being reviewed, is an easier read for someone new to the world of Linux sysadmin work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2010
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2012
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
on 24 September 2012
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
on 19 August 2013
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
on 14 January 2011
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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on 16 October 2014
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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I call this book the Unix bible. I got this book (third edition) 13 years ago and read it pretty much cover to cover in a few weeks. Even 13 years later I still refer to it every now and then, and I always find something new. This book is a true classic and pretty much the only general Unix sysadmin book you will ever need. If you're just starting with Unix and Linux, then this is the book to get. At over 1000 pages, it's packed with tons of useful information and not only you'll become a Unix expert, but also add a ton of points to your geekiness levels. I remember how I spent several nights setting up my own caching bind server after reading the chapter on DNS. Fun times!

I've placed this book #12 in my Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science books list:

http://www.catonmat.net/blog/top-100-books-part-three/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
Covers a big range of tops , irrespective of your level this book is quite helpful.

Specially if you are new to the field , get hold of this .

Give references for more than one OS , including most popular ones and overall concepts are generic .
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