Essential System Administration Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix Administration

ISBN-10: 0596003439
ISBN-13: 9780596003432
Edition: 3rd 2002
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Description: "Essential System Administration,"3rd Edition is the definitive guide for Unix system administration, covering all the fundamental and essential tasks required to run such divergent Unix systems as AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Tru64 and  More...

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List price: $59.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1150
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 0.836

"Essential System Administration,"3rd Edition is the definitive guide for Unix system administration, covering all the fundamental and essential tasks required to run such divergent Unix systems as AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Tru64 and more. "Essential System Administration "provides a clear, concise, practical guide to the real-world issues that anyone responsible for a Unix system faces daily. The new edition of this indispensable reference has been fully updated for all the latest operating systems. Even more importantly, it has been extensively revised and expanded to consider the current system administrative topics that administrators need most. "Essential System Administration,"3rd Edition covers: DHCP, USB devices, the latest automation tools, SNMP and network management, LDAP, PAM, and recent security tools and techniques. "Essential System Administration" is comprehensive. But what has made this book the guide system administrators turn to over and over again is not just the sheer volume of valuable information it provides, but the clear, useful way the information is presented. It discusses the underlying higher-level concepts, but it also provides the details of the procedures needed to carry them out. It is not organized around the features of the Unix operating system, but around the various facets of a system administrator's job. It describes all the usual administrative tools that Unix provides, but it also shows how to use them intelligently and efficiently. Whether you use a standalone Unix system, routinely provide administrative support for a larger shared system, or just want an understanding of basic administrative functions, "Essential SystemAdministration" is for you. This comprehensive and invaluable book combines the author's years of practical experience with technical expertise to help you manage Unix systems as productively and painlessly as possible.

Preface
Introduction to System Administration
Thinking About System Administration
Becoming Superuser
Communicating with Users
About Menus and GUIs
Where Does the Time Go?
The Unix Way
Files
Processes
Devices
Essential Administrative Tools and Techniques
Getting the Most from Common Commands
Essential Administrative Techniques
Startup and Shutdown
About the Unix Boot Process
Initialization Files and Boot Scripts
Shutting Down a Unix System
Troubleshooting
Handling Crashes and Boot Failures
TCP/IP Networking
Understanding TCP/IP Networking
Adding a New Network Host
Network Testing and Troubleshooting
Managing Users and Groups
Unix Users and Groups
Managing User Accounts
Administrative Tools for Managing User Accounts
Administering User Passwords
User Authentication with PAMLDAP
Using a Directory Service for User Authentication
Security
Prelude
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Thinking About Security
User Authentication Revisited
Protecting Files and the Filesystem
Role-Based Access Control
Network Security
Hardening Unix Systems
Detecting Problems
Managing Network Services
Managing DNS Servers
Routing Daemons
Configuring a DHCP Server
Time Synchronization with NTP
Managing Network Daemons under AIX
Monitoring the Network
Electronic Mail
About Electronic Mail
Configuring User Mail Programs
Configuring Access Agents
Configuring the Transport Agent
Retrieving Mail Messages
Mail Filtering with procmail
A Few Final Tools
Filesystems and Disks
Filesystem Types
Managing Filesystems
From Disks to Filesystems
Sharing Filesystems
Backup and Restore
Planning for Disasters and Everyday Needs
Backup Media
Backing Up Files and Filesystems
Restoring Files from Backups
Making Table of Contents Files
Network Backup Systems
Backing Up and Restoring the System Filesystems
Serial Lines and Devices
About Serial Lines
Specifying Terminal Characteristics
Adding a New Serial Device
Troubleshooting Terminal Problems
Controlling Access to Serial Lines
HP-UX and Tru64 Terminal Line Attributes
The Hyla
FAX Fax Service
USB Devices
Printers and the Spooling Subsystem
The BSD Spooling Facility
System V Printing
The AIX Spooling Facility
Troubleshooting Printers
Sharing Printers with Windows Systems
LPRngCUPSFont Management Under X
Automating Administrative Tasks
Creating Effective Shell Scripts
Perl: An Alternate Administrative Language
Expect: Automating Interactive Programs
When Only C Will Do
Automating Complex Configuration Tasks with Cfengine
Stem: Simplified Creation of Client-Server Applications
Adding Local man Pages
Managing System Resources
Thinking About System Performance
Monitoring and Controlling Processes
Managing CPU Resources
Managing Memory
Disk I/O Performance Issues
Monitoring and Managing Disk Space Usage
Network Performance
Configuring and Building Kernels
Free BSD and Tru64HP-UXLinux
Solaris
AIX System Parameters
Accounting
Standard Accounting Files
BSD-Style Accounting
Free BSD, Linux, and AIX
System V-Style Accounting
AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris
Printing Accounting
Afterword: The Profession of System Administration
SAGE: The System Administrators Guild
Administrative Virtues
Appendix
Administrative Shell Programming
Index

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