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Linuxiso.org: Integrate Linux Solutions Into Your Windows Network [Book Review]

Feb 08, 2001, 20:36 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This book provides all the steps needed for Microsoft Windows system administrators to integrate Linux servers into their existing environment. It covering topics from how to set up a Linux system for file and print sharing all the way to authenticating users on the network to a dial up access server. The author, Dustin Puryear, is a system administrator who manages Linux, SCO OpenServer and Windows NT servers. The book covers the fundamentals of the Linux operating system so no prior knowledge of Linux is required."

"The first chapter provides information into the inner workings of the system with plenty of detail to help grasp the concepts described. The text starts out with an overview of Linux and other operating systems. It points out the difference in UNIX and Linux. The advantages and disadvantages of Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems are summarized. The second chapter provides readers with a basic understanding of the command line interface and other basic command line utilities provided by the GNU Project. The first part of this chapter goes into shell programming. For Linux and UNIX system administrators shell programming is a necessity. Chapter three covers the basics of system administration. The commands used by administrators to manage user accounts are covered using the adduser, usermod and userdel commands. The creation of disk partitions is shown using the fdisk utility. While most distributions will have a front end GUI that will help in the creation of your partitions, fdisk provides more control over the creation of those partitions. The process of maintaining file systems (mounting, checking, and repairing) is also covered. This chapter describes how to set up your network using a number of command line tools: ifconfig, route, and testing using ping. It also shows how to set up print services using the line printer daemon and the basics of creating a new kernel for your system. The chapter wraps up with the Linux boot loader LILO."

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