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. -- Peter Salus, Login - June 2000
"Burgess' fine book...is a well-articulated introduction to a corpus of guiding principles for systems administrators...I consider this an important book...I think that Burgess will become part of the required reading for future (and current) system administrators." - Peter Salus, USENIX Association