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Product details

  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321492668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321492661
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The first edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration introduced a generation of system and network administrators to a modern IT methodology. Whether you use Linux, Unix, or Windows, this newly revised edition describes the essential practices previously handed down only from mentor to protégé. This wonderfully lucid, often funny cornucopia of information introduces beginners to advanced frameworks valuable for their entire career, yet is structured to help even the most advanced experts through difficult projects.

The book's four major sections build your knowledge with the foundational elements of system administration. These sections guide you through better techniques for upgrades and change management, catalog best practices for IT services, and explore various management topics. Chapters are divided into The Basics and The Icing. When you get the Basics right it makes every other aspect of the job easier--such as automating the right things first. The Icing sections contain all the powerful things that can be done on top of the basics to wow customers and managers.

Inside, you'll find advice on topics such as

  • The key elements your networks and systems need in order to make all other services run better
  • Building and running reliable, scalable services, including web, storage, email, printing, and remote access
  • Creating and enforcing security policies
  • Upgrading multiple hosts at one time without creating havoc
  • Planning for and performing flawless scheduled maintenance windows
  • Managing superior helpdesks and customer care
  • Avoiding the "temporary fix" trap
  • Building data centers that improve server uptime
  • Designing networks for speed and reliability
  • Web scaling and security issues
  • Why building a backup system isn't about backups
  • Monitoring what you have and predicting what you will need
  • How technically oriented workers can maintain their job's technical focus (and avoid an unwanted management role)
  • Technical management issues, including morale, organization building, coaching, and maintaining positive visibility
  • Personal skill techniques, including secrets for getting more done each day, ethical dilemmas, managing your boss, and loving your job
  • System administration salary negotiation

It's no wonder the first edition received Usenix SAGE's 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award!

This eagerly anticipated second edition updates this time-proven classic:

  • Chapters reordered for easier navigation
  • Thousands of updates and clarifications based on reader feedback
  • Plus three entirely new chapters: Web Services, Data Storage, and Documentation

About the Author

Thomas A. Limoncelli is a noted system and network administrator employed at Google. He speaks at conferences worldwide on a variety of topics.

Christina J. Hogan has more than ten years' system administration experience. She now works at the BMW Sauber F1 team as an aerodynamicist.

Strata R. Chalup is a twenty-year veteran of system administration and technical project management. She is the founder of Virtual.Net, Inc.


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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.
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I wanted to improve my knowledge reading just some of the chapters... Once I started reading it I couldn't skip any word.

If you are beginner interested in networking - buy it. If you are senior IT networking specialist - buy it!

Money invested in this book will pay you back.
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The book gives you solid fundaments to apply to system administration. It doesn't cover any specifics, so it won't help with little problems, but will give you great guidelines to design great systems and their maintenance process.
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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.
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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!
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