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Linux Journal: Book Review --Linux System Administration

Feb 27, 2000, 03:23 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux System Administration is not the average ``how-to'' for the system administrator. Although it addresses some of the how-to's, it is more of a ``why-to''. The book is divided into 3 parts: Principles, Practicum and Services. Throughout, administration principles are emphasized, followed by practical suggestions."

"If you are responsible for your own Linux box at home or at work, you might let ``Recovery Planning'' slip, but when you are supporting the work of others in the enterprise, a recovery plan is essential. Computers will fail. Users will make mistakes. How will you respond? The authors present the interesting concept of a rescue partition and an auto-rescue configuration to automate recovery from some disasters..."

"There are two kinds of computer users: those who do backup, and those who will. The Backup chapter discusses practical solutions to the problem. Most computers are on a network today. Networking Technologies discusses IPv4, IPv6 and related protocols. This chapter has an extensive reading list.

"Do you have several systems to support? Wish they all had the same configuration? System Profiles gives good guidance here. This chapter has the best discussion of disk partitioning theory I have read..."

"Eric S. Raymond, writer of the book's Forward, says in a review on its back cover, ``This book is a reference for the experienced Linux administrators and a guide for new ones.'' I heartily agree and recommend a thorough reading."

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