* designing a network which is logical and efficient
* deploying large numbers of machines which can be easily upgraded later
* deciding what services are needed
* planning and implementing adequate security
* providing a comfortable environment for users
* developing ways of fixing errors and problems which occur
* keeping track of the enormous amount of ever increasing amount of information
Whilst providing practical illustrations of technical specifics through examples, Burgess steers away from the overwhelming details of specific operating systems. Trainee administrators and students alike need to understand a wealth of issues relating to heterogeneous environments before understanding the quirks of any one particular system. Moreover, this book teaches good practice for working in a global community of networked machines and organisations---which extends beyond being technically savvy to being professionally and ethically responsible.
* Broad coverage of Linux and other Unix versions, Windows, Macs and mainframes
* Practical - supplemented with reference section containing practical recipes and advice.
* Vendor/Platform independent view of the technical, theoretical, practical and social/ethical aspects to Systems Administration
* Strong pedagogy - end of chapter exercises plus teaching guide available from Website