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Kapil Sharma , Mohammed J. Kabir , Peter C. Norton , Nathan Good , Tony Steidler-Dennison

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Aug. 20 2004 Wrox Professional Guides
What is this book about?

Professional Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is a complete professional guide to setting up, configuring, and deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the corporate production environment. The book focuses on Enterprise Server and Advanced Server features, including the key areas of high availability with the Red Hat Cluster Suite, Red Hat Network Control Center, and Red Hat Enterprise applications such as the Content Management System and portal server. Other key unique features include kernel tuning for various performance profiles; advanced Apache configuration; Tux installation/maintenance; building high-performance FTP servers; building high-performance mail servers (which means replacing Sendmail); Mailing list management; how to efficiently add, remove, or modify 100 users at the same time; and a discussion of disk quota management and monitoring.

What does this book cover?

The key features of the book include the following:

  • How to install and setup RHEL 3
  • How to deploy RHEL 3 in production environment
  • How to manage an RHEL system using Perl and shell scripting
  • Advanced administration tools
  • How to use Red Hat network service
  • Details on installation and setup of security tools
  • Ability to use and deploy High Availability solutions provided with RHEL 3
  • Performance tuning
  • How to use monitoring tools
  • Ability to use RHEL to provide scalable infrastructure solutions.

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From the Back Cover

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is a fully supported, robust, and easily managed system for enterprise use. This book offers a complete professional guide to setting, configuring, and deploying RHEL 3 AS (Advanced Server), ES (Enterprise Server), and WS (Workstation) editions in the corporate production department.

You will begin with a complete overview and setup instructions for RHEL 3, then examine the Red Hat Network, improvements in the filesystem, and storage management, including ACL (Access Control List), RAID, and LVM. You will move on through High Availability products, an overview of Web, Email and Directory services, printing with CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) software, and file sharing with SAMBA and NFS. Finally, you’ll study security issues, scripting, and online resources for RHEL 3.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to implement and deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 for desktop, production servers, and mission-critical applications
  • Details of Red Hat Enterprise products, including Red Hat Cluster Suite, Red Hat Content Management System, and Red Hat Portal Server.
  • Kernel tuning for various performance profiles
  • Basic and advanced security policies and methods of implementation
  • How to use the Red Hat Network to keep your system updated
  • Efficient ways to add, remove, or modify dozens or hundreds of users simultaneously

Who this book is for

This book is for system administrators who need to deploy and administer Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 systems efficiently and securely. You should have a basic understanding of Linux/Unix operating systems and preferably, some hands-on experience with Red Hat Linux.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Kapil Sharma developed a keen interest in Linux and open source technology in the mid-90s and has been working on various Unix systems and Internet Security technologies for more than 10 years. He is a postgraduate in business computing and has deployed many Unix, high-availability, clustering, and Internet security projects. He is a Sun certified system administrator (SCSA) and Sun certified network administrator (SCNA). He is also actively involved in the open source community and has contributed many technical articles on system and network security. He enjoys working on new challenges in Internet security, Internet architecture design, and various Unix flavors. He also fancies technical writing and thereby sharing his knowledge with the community. He maintains a consulting company that provides Unix and Internet security solutions, and a Web site with loads of security resources at www.linux4biz.net.

Mohammed J. Kabir is CEO and founder of EVOKNOW, Inc. His company (www.evoknow.com) develops software using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), Java, and C++. It specializes in custom software development and offers security consulting services to many companies around the globe.
When he is not busy managing software projects or writing books, Kabir enjoys riding mountain bikes and watching sci-fi movies. Kabir studied computer engineering at California State University, Sacramento, and is also the author of Apache Server 2 Bible, Apache Server Administrator’s Handbook, and Red Hat Server 8. You can contact Kabir via email at kabir@evoknow.com.

Peter Norton has been working with Unix and Linux for over a decade. He has worked at companies large and small solving problems with Linux. He is an officer of the New York Linux Users group, and can be found on the nylug-talk mailing list. He currently works for a large company in New York City. He’s a vegetarian who enjoys playing capoeira angola, drinking German beer, learning Portuguese, indoor rock climbing, and sunshine.

Nathan A. Good is a software engineer, author, and all-around computer nerd living in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. His computer expertise can best be described as “jack of all trades, master of none.” He has been administering and using Red Hat Linux boxes since RH 5, and has used many other distributions as well. He has also administered Sun, HP-UX, and AIX servers, and Windows servers and PCs.
Nathan has done programming in Java, Perl, PHP, C, C# and ASP.NET, and Bash shell scripting. He’s also worked with Delphi, but he doesn’t tell anyone.

Tony Steidler-Dennison is a freelance PHP/MySQL developer and longtime Red Hat Linux user. His coding credits encompass a wide range of applications, including robotic telescope control software, online personal information management tools, and online job site spidering. As an author, he was the original editor of “Lockernome’s Penguin Shell” newsletter and contributes frequently to Linux Journal. He’s also dabbled in the political arena, serving as the principal PHP/MySQL developer for the Wesley Clark for President campaign in 2003–2004.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for RHEL 3 Linux Gurus Sept. 28 2004
By B. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A book written in this fashion has been needed for a long time. I found it to be a very easy read and filled with the day to day task that new and seasoned Red Hat administrators come in to contact with every day.

I have spent many hours reading other Red Hat books but never found one particular book to encompass all that I needed. This book does that and more. The newbies will find it easy to understand, as the veterans will find it a usefull resource for those times when an answer is needed right away.

If you are new or a veteran to RH EL 3 GET THIS BOOK, it will save tons of time, and provide the answers you are looking for.

Wrox has picked a winnner w/ Mohammed J. Kabir, I have been a fan of his writing style for a long time, although some may disagree, he writes in a very clear concise manner, which will help the newbs out there to grasp a concept and method.

Bernie Johnson

Sr. Linux Admin
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book On What To Do Next With Your RHEL 3 System March 30 2005
By Henry E. Alubowicz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can recommend this book for those, who have just installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (aka RHEL 3) and

are wondering what to do next with it; but have no significant Linux/Unix experience to fall back on.

For the more seasoned RHEL 3 SysAdmin, you'll probably want to thumb through it before deciding to buy it.

This book is notch or two above a starter book on RHEL 3. There are not that many books like this out

there, so for this reason alone it may be worth the purchase.

I read this book back in January 2005. Writing a review about it was easy. Why? Because the authors

repeatedly state throughout their book, what it is they are trying to cover in RHEL 3 and what they

are NOT going to cover. They do a very good job of sticking to their objectives.

The authors cover many of the services and applications which are commonly configured on RHEL 3. They

admit it is not a comprehensive coverage, nor is meant to be. {SysAdmins will have varied opinions on

what should and shouldn't be included in this book. SysAdmins having opinions is a given. :) }

The authors selections are as good as any. They are also trying to deal with keeping the book down to a

readable size, i.e., less than 700 pages. Many of the chapters and topics in this book, are already

separate books unto themselves.

Each chapter is a survey of one or more solutions/services/applications. The authors forewarn you,

these are not all the possible combinations of the same. The authors pick one example and work

through an implementation of it. The examples are a good mix of Command Line (CLI) and Graphic User

Interface (GUI). Most of the time further references, usually URLs are included in each chapter.

I personally liked chapters 4 - 6 on Storage Management, HA (Clustering) and Red Hat's WAF (Web

Application Framework). Storage Mgmt and HA/Clustering are of particular interest to me and the

Red Hat WAF stuff was new for me.

The authors covered NFS and automounting (autofs), but omitted NIS. {Remember SysAdmins' have

opinions.} Manually doing NFS mounts is fine, if you have just a few systems. Once you get over a

couple of dozen systems requiring NFS mounts, then automounting is the next logical step. Its also

equally common to do automounting in conjunction with NIS. Yes, I know NIS is going to be replaced

by LDAP and NIS+ is dead. But using NIS and NFS automounting together is still quite common and

will continue to be for some time. (Security-wise; NIS & NFS are only done inside the firewall.)

The authors also covered file sharing via Samba. But LDAP just got a skimpy couple of pages.

Authors' choice, I guess?

My other curious observations was their coverage of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Python, Perl, PHP...).

They covered LAMP pieces in the book and in the last chapter without actually using the word "LAMP".

One of the authors is involved with LAMP through his company. So why not use the word? To quote

John Madden, "What was that all about?". I just thought it a strange omission, considering...

Red Hat has just recently released RHEL 4. So how long will this book on RHEL 3 be relevant?

Probably at least through this year (2005) and longer and/or until someone writes the RHEL 4 version.

Note, there are still folks out there running RHEL 2.1.

My background is, I've been in IT for over 20 yrs as a IT Mgr, SysAdm, System Architect and System

Engineer. I worked with various flavors of Unix since 1985 and with Red Hat since version 3.0.3

back in 1996. My current Linux flavor of choice is Fedora Core 2 (soon to be 3).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For the Beginner Sept. 21 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Linux used to be so simple. You went to your favorite book or computeer store and sitting on the shelf was a shrink wrapped red box that contained all you needed. You followed the directions and in a short time you had Linux running on your system. Of course back then we didn't worry much about security. HA (High Availability) was an acronym that hadn't been invented yet. MySQL was a ... Well never mind! The world simply isn't like that any more.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the stable, supported heavy duty version of Linux intended for stable, mission critical applications. This book clearly describes what you get with RHEL and how to utilize these components to build an enterprise level server. It presumes that you have some knowledge of Linux and probably you should have some working experience with some kind of Linux distribution. Given that, if you are a systems administrator and want to learn about RHEL, or you're now assigned a security responsibility, high availability, server farms or the like, this is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Linux Pro June 24 2008
By TLAW_DBA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Even though the book is written for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 you can still find in the book something that might help you in your quest for knowledge about Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Overall it is a good book.
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