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Red Hat Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide [Paperback]

Narender Muthyala
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Book Description

Jan. 24 2003 0072226315 978-0072226317 1
Perfect for systems and network administrators migrating from Windows NT to Linux, or experimenting with bringing Linux into their network topology. Even novice users will find plenty of helpful information on administering the open source operating system—including installation, initial configuration, using the bash command shell, managing files, managing software, and granting rights to users.

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Essential Skills--Made Easy!

Authors Michael Turner and Steve Shah deliver sound instruction and valuable information in this structured learning tool. Valuable to systems and network administrators migrating from Windows to Linux, it is also perfect for novice users. Coverage includes all areas of administering the open-source operating system such as installation, initial configuration, using the BASH command shell, managing files, managing software, and granting rights to users. Step-by-step content, easy-to-understand examples, and useful networking projects reinforce learning. Features the latest versions of Red Hat Linux and the kernel--plus, important comparisons between Linux, Windows 2000, and Windows .NET.

Designed for Easy Learning:

  • Modules--Each concept is divided into logically organized modules (chapters), ideal for self-paced learning
  • Critical Skills--Each module opens with the specific skills covered in the module
  • Mastery Checks--End-of-module reviews test knowledge using short-answer, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions
  • Ask the Experts--Q&A sections throughout are filled with bonus information and helpful tips
  • Progress Checks--Quick self-assessment sections check your progress
  • Projects--Practical exercises show how to apply the critical skills learned in each module
  • Blueprints--Key Linux configurations are illustrated in detail

About the Author

Narender Reddy Muthyala is currently working at one of the leading financial firms in Manhattan as a Level 3 infrastructure support engineer. Narender was a Senior Unix Administrator at a Unix reseller in Michigan, where he supported pre, post-sales implementation and support of AIX, HP-UX, IRIX and SOLARIS. Narender is also certified not only on Cisco and MCSE but all the above mentioned unix platforms. He has also taught Unix classes at a college on SCO Unix, part time. Prior to that he worked for a CAD/CAM molding company in Michigan, where he customized many processes by scripting. Narender graduated in 1992 from Wayne State Uninversity in Detroit with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get my feet wet!! Feb. 19 2003
Format:Paperback
I've messed around with a bit of UNIX at work as a shell account user, but with this economy, it never hurts to know more tech and be a little less dispensable, so I wanted to set up my own system at home and get my hands dirty.
This book has been a miracle, helping me get through everything from setting up the basics on an old computer I had sitting in the garage (nice to get more use out of it) to implementing a GUI, setting up server daemons, even doing some troubleshooting.
I think I'd have had a slower start if I hadn't already had some basic UNIX experience (navigating, copying files, using a non-GUI text editor) but beyond that, I thought this book was really useful and quite helpful. It's going to be on my reference shelf for a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome relief Feb. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm a pretty good windows jock who actually writes batch code to get things done. My company recenty started using RedHat and it took me a while to find a book focused on RedHat Linux that presented topics in a clear and cohesive manner. The organization is good and the writing style clear. Honestly, if I had actually picked up this book first, I would have been far more willing to try RedHat on my own time before having it forced onto me at the office.
Highlights: good for windows jocks needing to understand how Linux is put together; very clear and easy to read
No real gripes. The cover is kind of obnoxious but on the other hand, it never gets lost under my messy desk. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid read Feb. 20 2003
Format:Paperback
New users to Linux (Power Users or Windows Admins) will find this book a solid read. I'm not sure how it would be as a beginner's book with no previous experience. I suppose even a beginner could use it, since it covers all the important parts of administration, Linux or whatever. It contains lots of skill building exercises and projects, as well as reusable blueprints. It emphasizes basic areas small business system's administrators would use It covers topics like file systems, backups, printers, user management, security (SSH), various GUIs, task automation, etc. It covers stuff like Apache, sendmail and nameservers, talking to Windows with Samba, exceptionally well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for a beginner March 4 2003
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Format:Paperback
I think this book accomplishes exactly what the title mentions, "A Beginner's Guide". I guess I thought myself as in the "beginner" category, but after reading this book, I realized that I was not and needed something with a bit more depth to help me. But in any case, it was a good read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome relief Feb. 19 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a pretty good windows jock who actually writes batch code to get things done. My company recenty started using RedHat and it took me a while to find a book focused on RedHat Linux that presented topics in a clear and cohesive manner. The organization is good and the writing style clear. Honestly, if I had actually picked up this book first, I would have been far more willing to try RedHat on my own time before having it forced onto me at the office.
Highlights: good for windows jocks needing to understand how Linux is put together; very clear and easy to read
No real gripes. The cover is kind of obnoxious but on the other hand, it never gets lost under my messy desk. :)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid read Feb. 20 2003
By John Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
New users to Linux (Power Users or Windows Admins) will find this book a solid read. I'm not sure how it would be as a beginner's book with no previous experience. I suppose even a beginner could use it, since it covers all the important parts of administration, Linux or whatever. It contains lots of skill building exercises and projects, as well as reusable blueprints. It emphasizes basic areas small business system's administrators would use It covers topics like file systems, backups, printers, user management, security (SSH), various GUIs, task automation, etc. It covers stuff like Apache, sendmail and nameservers, talking to Windows with Samba, exceptionally well.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get my feet wet!! Feb. 19 2003
By Greg Bulmash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've messed around with a bit of UNIX at work as a shell account user, but with this economy, it never hurts to know more tech and be a little less dispensable, so I wanted to set up my own system at home and get my hands dirty.
This book has been a miracle, helping me get through everything from setting up the basics on an old computer I had sitting in the garage (nice to get more use out of it) to implementing a GUI, setting up server daemons, even doing some troubleshooting.
I think I'd have had a slower start if I hadn't already had some basic UNIX experience (navigating, copying files, using a non-GUI text editor) but beyond that, I thought this book was really useful and quite helpful. It's going to be on my reference shelf for a while.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for people looking to start with Linux Feb. 11 2005
By A. Rungta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I used this book to teach a Beginners Linux Administration class, and found it to be a great book.

The only downfall, and this does not really matter at the beginners level, is -- this book is written with Red Hat 8 when we have had 3 oor 4 versions after that.

Beyond that this is a great book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Provides what it says Nov. 26 2004
By Jaewoo Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is strictly a beginner's guide to Linux. The author goes to great lengths to explain only the rudimentry. For example, the author explains around 12 useful commands for the beginners and ignores the rest. Of course, there are far more commands to learn to be truly competent with Linux.

If you already know how to install and configure Linux, stay away from this book. On the other hand, if you just learned how to spell Linux, then this book is a good place to start. Just remember to buy an another more advanced reference to raise your understanding.

My only gripe about this book is that the author lacks strong understanding of Windows but criticizes it nonetheless. For example, the author claims that when a Windows GUI crashes, the entire OS crashes with it. This WAS true....about ten years ago.
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