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Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional Paperback – Dec 18 2007
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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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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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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!
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.
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.
While the book is geared towards Ubuntu, the majority of the topics can be associated with other GNU/Linux systems with very little or no changes at all. For instance; the command line section helps the user become more familiar with how commands are used with a Linux server system. It also demonstrates how to use the VI text editor which can be a daunt task for new admins. For advanced command line use, chapter 7 covers everything to get someone started in learning how to script which can be used to automate system tasks.
A great reference in this book, is the chapter about virtualization. Virtualization is becoming more and more dominate when it comes to budget and green computing needs. This chapter covers everything from what software you should use to setup and configuration of both the virtualization software and the guest Operating System.
All in all, Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional, is a well written book and can be used by either seasoned administrators, new techs entering the field, or someone just looking to expand their knowledge. I give this book a solid recommendation and will encourage everyone to pick up a copy.
These tools make server administration easy for a beginner, but missing throughout the book.
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