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“As an author, editor, and publisher, I never paid much attention to the competition–except in a few cases. This is one of those cases. The UNIX System Administration Handbook is one of the few books we ever measured ourselves against.”    –From the Foreword by Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media “This book is fun and functional as a desktop reference. If you use UNIX and Linux systems, you need this book in your short-reach library. It covers a bit of the systems’ history but doesn’t bloviate. It’s just straightfoward information delivered in colorful and memorable fashion.”   –Jason A. Nunnelley

“This is a comprehensive guide to the care and feeding of UNIX and Linux systems. The authors present the facts along with seasoned advice and real-world examples. Their perspective on the variations among systems is valuable for anyone who runs a heterogeneous computing facility.”   –Pat Parseghian

The twentieth anniversary edition of the world’s best-selling UNIX system administration book has been made even better by adding coverage of the leading Linux distributions: Ubuntu, openSUSE, and RHEL.  

This book approaches system administration in a practical way and is an invaluable reference for both new administrators and experienced professionals. It details best practices for every facet of system administration, including storage management, network design and administration, email, web hosting, scripting, software configuration management, performance analysis, Windows interoperability, virtualization, DNS, security, management of IT service organizations, and much more. UNIX® and Linux® System Administration Handbook, Fourth Edition, reflects the current versions of these operating systems:

Ubuntu® Linux
openSUSE® Linux
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
Oracle America® Solaris™ (formerly Sun Solaris)

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Average Rating: 4.653846153846154 out of 5 rating Based on 26 Ratings

"Ing" - by M. van Gemert on 24-SEP-2013
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This book is an excellent starting point for newbie's to master linux administration but is also very handy for experienced administrators to keep within grasp.
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"good networking chapter" - by chadmichael on 18-APR-2013
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The networking chapter explains the fundamentals of TCP/IP networking in a clear, sufficiently detailed fashion.  Hihgly recommended to get the nitty gritty on how networking works, both specifically in linux hosts as well as in generl.
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"Great Book." - by wrondon on 10-NOV-2011
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Excellent explanations and best practices. I really recommend it.
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"Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook" - by chipkeefer on 24-MAY-2011
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I have the paper versions of the purple (third? edition) of this book.  I also have the green Linux edition of this book.  The purple one was a gold mine of information. I eagerly bought the Linux one, which turned out to be shallow and pretty much useless.

I am happy to report that this new edition is a complete revision of the purple book, with well-rendered integrations of the Linux information, and done in the spirit of the USAH previous editions; in-depth coverage of each topic, each completely and painstakingly updated. It is very clear that a great deal of care and attention was given to every bit of this edition of the book.  I thank Evi and crew for a tremendous job!

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