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Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional [Paperback]

Sander van Vugt
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Dec 18 2007 1590599233 978-1590599235

You love it as the world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution, and now Ubuntu is available at a server near you. Embracing the very same features desktop users have grown to love, system administrators are rapidly adopting Ubuntu due to their ability to configure, deploy, and manage network services more effectively than ever.

Practical Ubuntu Server Administration guides you through all of the key configuration and administration tasks you’ll need to know. Whether you’re interested in adopting Ubuntu within a Fortune 500 environment or just want to use Ubuntu to manage your home network, this book is your go-to guide to using the distribution securely for a wide variety of network services. Topics include file, print, web, and FTP management, command-line tips and tricks, automated installation, configuration and deployment processes, and kernel management.

What you’ll learn

  • Effectively and securely install, update, and deploy your Ubuntu server.
  • Configure your server to operate most effectively for a wide variety of purposes, including as a web server, FTP server, and a file and printer manager.
  • Rev up your command-line knowledge by taking advantage of little-known shell-related features, tips, and tricks.
  • Remotely manage your server through a wide-variety of services.

Who is this book for?

System administrators and application developers seeking to use Ubuntu as a Linux server

About the Apress Beginning Series

The Beginning series from Apress is the right choice to get the information you need to land that crucial entry-level job. These books will teach you a standard and important technology from the ground up because they are explicitly designed to take you from “novice to professional.” You'll start your journey by seeing what you need to know—but without needless theory and filler. You'll build your skill set by learning how to put together real-world projects step by step. So whether your goal is your next career challenge or a new learning opportunity, the Beginning series from Apress will take you there&emdash;it is your trusted guide through unfamiliar territory!

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About the Author

Sander van Vugt is an independent trainer and consultant, living in the Netherlands and working throughout the European Union. He specializes in Linux and Novell systems, and has worked with both for over ten years. Besides being a trainer, he is also an author, having written more than 20 books and hundreds of technical articles. He is a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) and holds LPIC-1 and -2 certificates, as well as all important Novell certificates.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kickstart for newcomers to the Linux world Sept. 16 2009
As an engineer and graduate student, I always had this curiosity to make the move to Linux but going from "poweruser" to "somewhat stranded" was a bit of a concern since I dont really have much time to loose relearning stuff.

I decided to make the jump and read this book cover to cover and devoured it. In less than a week I was much more at ease under Linux that I had ever been under any Operating Systems (even those I develop myself, as this is part of my job !!).

It's the best introduction to Linux's shell I have ever seen and also offers a really good picture of the Linux ecosystem. File system, package management, hardware, security, network... Name it !!

The fact that the title states "Server Administration" kind of shadows the fact that this books could (should?) also be read by desktop users. While it may go a little farther than the average user expects, there's still plenty of precious stuff in there and the author makes everything simple and clear. Also, this book is targeted at Ubuntu but would definitely apply to pretty much any Debian environment.

It's been quite a while now since I have read this book and I have gone through many others and I still go back to this one every now and then for a quick reminder.

For those more concerned about the "reading experience", the book is concise and divided well enough to jump straight to a chapter looking for a quick answer and yet, the text and language is human enough to read from cover to cover (got late to work quite a few times, being absorbed reading...)

Server or Desktop user, you want to move to Linux? Read it. You just moved to linux and feel a bit lost and less efficient than yesterday ? Read it. You're at ease under Ubuntu but the graphical interface starts to feel a little limited ? Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to linux server administration March 8 2008
By J. Wells - Published on
As many have made the switch to Ubuntu linux on their desktops a plethora have resources have sprung up in the form of websites and books helping users adapt. That hasn't been so much the case with Ubuntu server but this book helps to fill that gap. For those such as myself coming from a Windows background this book is a great introduction to linux server administration.

Written with the novice in mind it strikes a good balance between usefulness and not being overly verbose. Not an easy accomplishment for books of a technical nature. While the book is aimed at the Ubuntu distribution much of the system administration topics covered are not exclusive to Ubuntu.

As someone new to linux I learned a lot about basic topics like file system management, permissions, working with the command line, and much more. Read this book and you may not be a linux server guru but you will certainly have a strong foundation in linux systems administration. Highly recommended!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to start your own Ubuntu Server. Enterprise or Home server. Feb. 17 2008
By A. Adamou - Published on
This is a long awaited book for the Ubuntu enthusiasts. If you are a regular Ubuntu user and you want to switch to a system administrator or setup your own Ubuntu server, this is the right book. It is a brief walkthrough which familiarizes readers with basic to advance concepts. The best part is that doesn't require any previous knowledge. I have been working with Linux the last 7 years and there are information and tips in the book that were new to me.
Make sure to create a reference sheet when you are reading as you will need it as you move through the chapters, especially if you have no previous Linux experience.
Chapters 5-6 and 10-11 proved to be the most useful because they cover everything you need to know to start your own webserver or file sharing. If you really want to become an administrator you will need to spend some time learning Linux hardening techniques since the book covers basic security techniques for an everyday server. The author added useful references to cover more details.
I highly recommend this book for people who want to setup their own Ubuntu servers and learn everything that an administrator should know.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Ubuntu Administration July 2 2008
By Harold McFarland - Published on
Ubuntu has become one of the fastest growing and arguably most friendly Linux distributions over the last few years. This book is designed to help someone who has no knowledge of Linux become a basic system administrator. While it will not make them an expert among people who know Linux well it will make them sufficiently knowledgeable to do most of the common administrative functions.

The author starts with installing Ubuntu server and moves into information that most Ubuntu users do not understand such as using the command line interface, working with files, and understanding the directory structure. Once the reader has this basic understanding he moves them to some of the common tasks like using software repositories to install and update software packages and user accounts, groups, permissions, access control lists, quotas, an PAM modules. However, the book could use an expanded section on firewalls as this is a major part of Linux server administration.

Other important areas covered include a chapter on writing shell scripts. the basics of SSH and tunneling, DNS, DHCP, NTP, using Ubuntu as a file and print server (cups, NFS, and Samba configurations), Apache, virtual hosts, PHP, MySQL, FTP, and virtualization. For many of these areas, including Samba, Apache, PHP, and MySQL, the coverage is just the minimum you need to know. This is expected as there are complete volumes written just on each of these subjects that are larger than this book. This books still gives you a solid introduction to these subjects that is appropriate for the audience the author is trying to reach.

This book is a great introduction to Ubuntu Server administration and moves the reader from the novice to lower intermediate level but really not close to a professional Ubuntu administrator. Nonetheless, it is recommended for those new to Ubuntu servers as it does touch on and provide a working knowledge of pretty much all the most common areas of Linux server administration.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Linux Book May 10 2008
By J. Hernandez - Published on
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This book should be called "Beginning Linux Server Administration." If that were the title, I would actually give it 5 stars. This IS a well written book but for Ubuntu/Debian Server administration I believe it has a good number of gaps. IE, In apache, adding a virtual host is added and removed using the a2ensite command which creates the Symbolic link.

These tools make server administration easy for a beginner, but missing throughout the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could contain more detail. April 22 2009
By Richard B. Park - Published on
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This book contains all the right topics, but makes assumptions about a beginner's expericence level. Some of the examples do not work and could be corrected using errata from the publisher, but none seems to exist. The author was very responsive to my questions and offered to have the publisher send me the updated version of the book (Amazon is not selling the latest) and I've yet to receive anything from the publisher. I would like to see the examples better tested and documented (thus the 3 stars) as most everything related to server admin is covered.
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