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Good book for server admin? matthewamzn
I'm looking for a good book about linux servers running Fedora Core. Any recommendations?
Not specific for Fedora but the O'Reilly book "Linux Server Hacks" has much in it that I find useful in tending my machines.
Is there a specific problem you're having?
"A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux."
I like that it runs the gamut, from basic shell skills to system administration to rebuilding the kernel to Samba to Apache configuration to IPTables.
You may need another more-specific book if you need to do a LOT with any one thing (perhaps Apache, for example) but it's a pretty complete how-to on all of the subjects it convers. That is, for example, it will tell you a lot about how to set-up an Apache server, but not every nuance.
Do you folks actually use the books? I've bought so many books but find them of limited use when compared to rolling up one's sleeves and sitting at a terminal session. jtara
Do you folks actually use the books?
I certainly do.
For one thing, I'm one of those old fogies who likes to read away from the screen. A book is a lot easier to skim and get an overview than is online documentation.
Or were you suggesting that one just poke and pray? (You didn't mention documentation - just sitting in front of a terminal session.)
The latter (WITH the documentation) might be appropriate to learn just enough to solve a specific task at hand. And I realize that a lot of professionals don't have enough time to do more than that.
I find books a lot more useful for learning the full breadth of a subject.
And why do that, I hear you ask?
Because it's handy to already know how to solve a problem when you are presented with it.