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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. (July 17 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471823031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471823032
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,071,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edited 11/22/02.
I bought this over a year ago and was not impressed, initially. However, I am re-reading it in light of new responsibilities, and I'm changing my opinion, slightly.
First of all, if you are a serious system administrator, you should own, read, and work to the principles outlined in this book.
With that said, there were two items that I felt detracted from the presentation.
First was, there was much text devoted to particular operating systems (both *nix and Windows). Whether you're dealing with Linux, Unix, or BeOS, it's the principles that matter, not the implementation.
The second was that cfEngine, a systems configuration engine, was used to demonstrate the principles. This works on Unix - and again, detracted from the overall presentation of the "Principles" in the title I bought it for.
So, bottom line, the book is worth a read. Spend some time working to understand and apply the principles in your environment. If you can implement some of the specifics of the author's techniques, that's all the better.
11/10/02 update: "The Practice of System and Network Administration" is in. Short verdict, it's worth the money.
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This work is a good one on the non-technical side of system adminsitration. It does not deal with stuff like HOW to install a system, but the WHYs, such as WHY you want to properly document your installations.
This sort of work has been needed for a long time, since "The Keys to Successful Unix System Management" went out of print. However, this work may be a bit too academic for many admins. They might find the recent "Practice of System and Network Administration" to be a bit better. If you can afford both, do so.
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This book is completely filled with nonsense. Did this guy ever take any classes or instruction on what is he writing about? What qualifications does he have? Spend you money on a real networking book from a qualified author.
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Peter Salus, Login - June 2000 Another winner! I keep Nemeth et al. and AEleen Frisch at hand for referencing the systems admin tasks we all need to do. Burgess' fine book is something ``completely different.'' It is a well-articulated introduction to a corpus of guiding principles for systems administrators. And as we live in a world of heterogeneity, Burgess ``covers'' Unix, Unix-like, DOS, Windows, Mac, Amiga, and NT systems.
Burgess says that he wants to express a sound and logical way to approach networked systems. While I can find nits (that's a reviewers job, isn't it?), I consider this an important book. More and more talk of certification can only lead to a body of knowledge and a set of tenets that are 'required.'
I think that Burgess will become part of the required reading for future (and current) systems administrators.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A pretty good work on the non-technical side of sysadmining Oct. 2 2001
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Format: Paperback
This work is a good one on the non-technical side of system adminsitration. It does not deal with stuff like HOW to install a system, but the WHYs, such as WHY you want to properly document your installations.
This sort of work has been needed for a long time, since "The Keys to Successful Unix System Management" went out of print. However, this work may be a bit too academic for many admins. They might find the recent "Practice of System and Network Administration" to be a bit better. If you can afford both, do so.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Organization and Topics Good. Oct. 17 2002
By Sojournalist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Edited 11/22/02.
I bought this over a year ago and was not impressed, initially. However, I am re-reading it in light of new responsibilities, and I'm changing my opinion, slightly.
First of all, if you are a serious system administrator, you should own, read, and work to the principles outlined in this book.
With that said, there were two items that I felt detracted from the presentation.
First was, there was much text devoted to particular operating systems (both *nix and Windows). Whether you're dealing with Linux, Unix, or BeOS, it's the principles that matter, not the implementation.
The second was that cfEngine, a systems configuration engine, was used to demonstrate the principles. This works on Unix - and again, detracted from the overall presentation of the "Principles" in the title I bought it for.
So, bottom line, the book is worth a read. Spend some time working to understand and apply the principles in your environment. If you can implement some of the specifics of the author's techniques, that's all the better.
11/10/02 update: "The Practice of System and Network Administration" is in. Short verdict, it's worth the money.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Peter Salus, Login - June 2000 Nov. 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Salus, Login - June 2000 Another winner! I keep Nemeth et al. and AEleen Frisch at hand for referencing the systems admin tasks we all need to do. Burgess' fine book is something ``completely different.'' It is a well-articulated introduction to a corpus of guiding principles for systems administrators. And as we live in a world of heterogeneity, Burgess ``covers'' Unix, Unix-like, DOS, Windows, Mac, Amiga, and NT systems.
Burgess says that he wants to express a sound and logical way to approach networked systems. While I can find nits (that's a reviewers job, isn't it?), I consider this an important book. More and more talk of certification can only lead to a body of knowledge and a set of tenets that are 'required.'
I think that Burgess will become part of the required reading for future (and current) systems administrators.
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I had order this for my oldest son for Christmas...it was mailed out to me in time to give it to him. I was what he had wanted and he loved it. Thanks
4 of 82 people found the following review helpful
This guy is a complete ningkumpoop! Sept. 3 2001
By Debra Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is completely filled with nonsense. Did this guy ever take any classes or instruction on what is he writing about? What qualifications does he have? Spend you money on a real networking book from a qualified author.

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