Essential System Administration

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O'Reilly & Associates, 1995 - Computer engineering - 758 pages

Essential System Administration takes an in-depth look at the fundamentals of Unix system administration in a real-world, heterogeneous environment. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced administrator, you'll quickly be able to apply its principles and advice to your everyday problems.

The book approaches Unix system administration from the perspective of your job -- the routine tasks and troubleshooting that make up your day. Whether you're dealing with frustrated users, convincing an uncomprehending management that you need new hardware, rebuilding the kernel, or simply adding new users, you'll find help in this book. You'll also learn about back up and restore and how to set up printers, secure your system, and perform many other system administration tasks. But the book is not for full-time system administrators alone. Linux users and others who administer their own systems will benefit from its practical, hands-on approach.

This second edition has been updated for all major Unix platforms, including SunOS 4.1, Solaris 2.4, AIX 4.1, Linux 1.1, Digital Unix, OSF/1, SCO Unix Version 3, HP/UX Versions 9 and 10, and IRIX Version 6. The entire book has been thoroughly reviewed and tested on all of the platforms covered. In addition, networking, electronic mail, security, and kernel configuration topics have been expanded substantially.

Topics covered include:

  • Starting up and shutting down your system
  • Adding new users
  • Managing processes
  • System security
  • Organizing and planning file systems
  • Planning and performing backups
  • Setting up pointers
  • TCP/IP networking
  • Setting up email
  • Adding terminals and disk drives
  • Setting up and using the accounting system

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This text is the bible for "Network Design and Implementation," the "named" course for Networking Management at Sacred Heart Junior College... for good reason, it gives a very good introduction to the ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Frisch has been a system administrator for over 15 years. She looks after a very heterogeneous network of UNIX and Windows NT systems.

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