Linux Administration Handbook

ISBN-10: 0131480049
ISBN-13: 9780131480049
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1040
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

The first edition of this book became known for its thorough and lucid coverage of some of the toughest topics in system administration including DNS, sendmail and security. The new edition will focus on many open source tools that have gained acceptance since 1/e was published, including Nagios for network monitoring. Most titles on Linux administration focus on the configuration of a single box. LAH was the first title in this area to focus on the administration of a Linux system in a production environment. Linux Administration Handbook examines how Linux systems behave in real-world ecosystems, not how they might behave in ideal environments. The Second Edition incorporates the changes in Linux systems in the past 18 months, which include current versions of RedHat, SuSE and Debian systems, new topics like Logical Volume Manager, X11 basic administration and Nagios. Chapters on system admin policy, bind, sendmail and security have been updated.

Foreword to the First Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Basic Administration
Where to Start
Suggested background
Linux's relationship to UNIX
Linux in historical context
Linux distributions
Notation and typographical conventions
Where to go for information
How to find and install software
Essential tasks of the system administrator
System administration under duress
Recommended reading
Exercises
Booting and Shutting Down
Bootstrapping
Booting PCs
Using boot loaders: LILO and GRUB
Booting single-user mode
Working with startup scripts
Rebooting and shutting down
Exercises
Rootly Powers
Ownership of files and processes
The superuser
Choosing a root password
Becoming root
Other pseudo-users
Exercises
Controlling Processes
Components of a process
The life cycle of a process
Signals
Kill and killall: send signals
Process states
Nice and renice: influence scheduling priority
ps: monitor processes
Top: monitor processes even better
The /proc filesystem
Strace: trace signals and system calls
Runaway processes
Recommended reading
Exercises
The Filesystem
Pathnames
Filesystem mounting and unmounting
The organization of the file tree
File types
File attributes
Access control lists
Exercises
Adding New Users
The /etc/passwd file
The /etc/shadow file
The /etc/group file
Adding users
Removing users
Disabling logins
Managing accounts
Exercises
Adding a Disk
Disk interfaces
Disk geometry
Linux filesystems
An overview of the disk installation procedure
hdparm: set IDE interface parameters
fsck: check and repair filesystems
Adding a disk: a step-by-step guide
Advanced disk management: RAID and LVM
Mounting USB drives
Exercises
Periodic Processes
Cron: schedule commands
The format of crontab files
Crontab management
Some common uses for cron
Other schedulers: anacron and fcron
Exercises
Backups
Motherhood and apple pie
Backup devices and media
Setting up an incremental backup regime with dump
Restoring from dumps with restore
Dumping and restoring for upgrades
Using other archiving programs
Using multiple files on a single tape
Bacula
Commercial backup products
Recommended reading
Exercises
Syslog and Log Files
Logging policies
Linux log files
Logrotate: manage log files
Syslog: the system event logger
Condensing log files to useful information
Exercises
Software and Configuration Management
Basic Linux installation
Diskless clients
Package management
High-level package management systems
Revision control
Localization and configuration
Configuration management tools
Sharing software over NFS
Recommended software
Recommended reading
Exercises
Networking
TCP/IP Networking
TCP/IP and the Internet
Networking road map
Packets and encapsulation
IP addresses: the gory details
Routing
ARP: the address resolution protocol
Addition of a machine to a network
Distributi

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