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UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, 5th Edition

By Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein, Ben Whaley, Dan Mackin
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UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook is today’s definitive guide to installing, configuring, and maintaining any UNIX or Linux system, including systems that supply core Internet and cloud infrastructure.

Updated for new distributions and cloud environments, this comprehensive guide covers best practices for every facet of system administration, including storage management, network design and administration, security, web hosting, automation, configuration management, performance analysis, virtualisation, DNS, security, and the management of IT service organisations. The authors—world-class, hands-on technologists—offer indispensable new coverage of cloud platforms, the DevOps philosophy, continuous deployment, containerisation, monitoring, and many other essential topics.

Whatever your role in running systems and networks built on UNIX or Linux, this conversational, well-written guide will improve your efficiency and help solve your knottiest problems.

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Table of contents
  • Part I. Basic Administration
  • 1. Where to Start
  • 2. Booting and Shutting Down
  • 3. The File system
  • 4. Access Control and Rootly Powers
  • 5. Controlling Processes
  • 6. User Management
  • 7. Storage
  • 8. Periodic Processes
  • 9. Backups
  • 10. Syslog and Log Files
  • 11. Software Installation and Management
  • 12. The Kernel
  • 13. Scripting and the Shell
  • 14. Configuration Management
  • Part II. Networking
  • 15. Physical Networking
  • 16. TCP/IP
  • 17. Routing
  • 18. DNS: Domain Name System
  • 19. NFS: Network File System
  • 20. HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol
  • 21. SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
  • 22. Directory Services
  • 23. Electronic Mail
  • 24. Web Applications
  • 25. Network Management and Debugging
  • Part III. Operations
  • 26. Continuous Integration and Delivery
  • 27. Security
  • 28. Cloud Computing
  • 29. Containers and Virtualization
  • 30. Monitoring
  • 31. Performance Analysis
  • 32. Policy and Politics
Features & benefits
  • Covers today's hottest sysadmin topics, including cloud computing, containerization, and continuous delivery
  • Addresses storage management, network design/administration, web hosting, automation, configuration management, performance analysis, virtualization, DNS, security, and more
  • Fully updated for latest versions of all major Linux distributions
  • Now complemented by instructor resources for classroom use
Author biography

Evi Nemeth pioneered the discipline of UNIX system administration. She taught and mentored computer science students at the University of Colorado Boulder, was visiting faculty member at Dartmouth College and UC San Diego, and helped bring Internet technology to the developing world through her work with the Internet Society and the United Nations. 

Garth Snyder has worked at NeXT and Sun and holds a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College and an MD and an MBA from the University of Rochester. 

Trent R. Hein (@trenthein) is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about practical cybersecurity and automation. Outside of technology, he loves hiking, skiing, fly fishing, camping, bluegrass, dogs, and the Oxford comma. Trent holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.

Ben Whaley is the founder of WhaleTech, an independent consultancy. He was honored by Amazon as one of the first AWS Community Heroes. He obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Dan Mackin’s (@dan_mackin) long-standing passion for technology inspired him to get a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He applies Linux and other open source technologies not only in his day job, but also to automation, monitoring, and weather metrics collection projects at home. Dan loves spending time with his wife and dog, skiing, movies, sailing, and backcountry touring.