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This book has been recommended for beginners. That is true. You don't have to wade through a bunch of theory to get to the meat of administration.
The same is true for experienced administrators. This book will point you in the direction to go when you are using the real manuals.
Take some time and slowdown to try some of the examples. Then when you need them you will have already mastered that section.
I have several other books now and know a lot of what is in this one. However I would feel naked if this was not reachable.
A complementary book would be Practical Unix and Internet Security
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on 21 April 2009
There are probably three types of System Administrators out there:

1) Novices
2) Some experience but still lots to learn
3) Experts

This book is aimed primarily at those in category 2 although category 3 administrators will still find it useful at times of stress.
The book is fabulous in terms of both layout and content. It made me feel at ease immediately and I soon started to learn things about commands that I had wondered about for years. Each command is shown with Solaris, HP-UX and Linux variants alongside each other so its not a case of switching between different chapters to compare them.

I must warn you that its a very big book and certainly not pocket side but boy does it look impressive on the desk. Within 1 week of buying it I had several of my colleagues drooling over it (sad or what!).

As I mentioned above its not pocket size and if you need something to carry with you I suggest its baby brother shown via the link below. Its not got all the content (obviously!) but they work well as a team.

Essential System Administration Pocket Reference: Commands and File Formats (Pocket Administrator)

All in all its a very impressive publication and a must have for any Linux/Unix Administrator. Even if you are a novice it may well be worth getting a copy as it will help boost your rate of learning.
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on 13 June 2015
A must read if you want to fully understand system admin. written in plain English in places so the lay man can understand to a point
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on 25 April 2015
Great Book for UNIX system ethusists
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on 16 December 2012
Big book with much content , Havn't read it all but will keep it for reference and a future reading
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on 20 May 2016
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