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Good book for server admin?

   
11:03 pm on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm looking for a good book about linux servers running Fedora Core. Any recommendations?
1:11 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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?

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1:37 am on Jan 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"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.

3:38 am on Jan 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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.
5:43 am on Jan 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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.

 

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