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Overview

FreeBSD is a powerful, flexible, and cost-effective UNIX-based operating system, and the preferred server platform for many enterprises. Includes coverage of installation, networking, add-on software, security, network services, system performance, kernel tweaking, file systems, SCSI & RAID configurations, SMP, upgrading, monitoring, crash debugging, BSD in the office, and emulating other OSs.

Designed for new system administrators with basic UNIX knowledge, this guide's main focus is on FreeBSD and how to build a high-performance server, secure it, prepare crash dumps and interoperate with other systems.

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Network engineer and systems administrator Lucas presents a guide to the Unix-based operating system. Chapters cover installation, back up and recovery, system performance, networking, security, software management, managing network services, email services, filesystems and disks, crash debugging, Web and FTP services, and preliminary information on ways to turn BSD into a desktop operating system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886411746
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Bio Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensiv

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Table of Contents

1 Installation
FreeBSD Hardware 1
Downloading FreeBSD 2
Hardware Setup 5
Actually Installing FreeBSD 6
Partitioning 10
Root 11
Swap Space 12
/var, /usr, and /home 13
A Second Hard Drive 14
Post-Install Setup 16
Restart 24
A Note on Editors 24
2 Getting More Help
Why Not Mail First? 25
The FreeBSD Attitude 26
Man Pages 27
The FreeBSD Documentation 30
The Mailing List Archives 30
Other Web Sites 31
Using FreeBSD Problem-Solving Resources 31
3 Read this Before You Break Something Else! (Backup and Recovery)
System Backups 38
Tape Devices 38
Controlling Your Tape Drive 39
Backup Programs 42
Restoring from an Archive 48
Recording What Happened 51
Revision Control 51
Single-User Mode 57
The Fixit Disk 59
4 Kernel Games
What Is the Kernel? 62
Configuring Your Kernel 63
Loading and Unloading Modules in Multi-User Mode 70
Customizing the Kernel 71
Building Your Kernel 80
Booting an Alternate Kernel 83
Adding to the Kernel 84
Tweaking Kernel Performance 85
Sharing Kernels 87
5 Networking
Network Layers 89
The Network in Practice 92
Ethernet 95
Connecting to an Ethernet Network 101
6 Upgrading Freebsd
FreeBSD Versions 110
Upgrade Methods 114
Building a Local CVSup Server 127
7 Securing Your System
Who Is the Enemy? 134
FreeBSD Security Announcements 135
Installation Security Profiles 137
Root, Groups, and Permissions 137
Changing Permissions 141
File Flags 144
Securelevels 146
Programs That Can Be Hacked 149
Putting It All Together 153
8 Advanced Security Features
Traffic Control 155
TCP Wrappers 156
Packet Filtering 164
Jail 175
Monitoring System Security 182
If You're Hacked 183
9 Too Much Information About /etc
Varieties of /etc Files 185
Default Files 186
10 Making Your System Useful
Making Software 228
The Ports and Packages System 230
Using Packages 235
Using Ports 243
Upgrading Ports and Packages 251
11 Advanced Software Management
Startup and Shutdown Scripts 258
Managing Shared Libraries 260
Running Software from the Wrong OS 264
Installing and Enabling Linux Mode 268
Using Multiple Processors--SMP 272
12 Finding Hosts with DNS
How DNS Works 277
Basic DNS Tools 278
Configuring a DNS Client: The Resolver 283
DNS Information Sources 285
A Real Sample Zone 297
Making Changes Work 299
Starting Named at Boottime 300
Checking DNS 300
Named Security 301
Controlling Information Order 302
More About BIND 302
13 Managing Small Network Services
Bandwidth Control 303
Public-Key Encryption 308
SSH 314
System Time 320
Inetd 323
14 Email Services
Email Overview 327
Email Programs 331
POP3 339
15 Web and FTP Services
How a Web Server Works 348
The Apache Web Server 348
Virtual Hosting 368
.NET on FreeBSD 372
FTP 373
16 Filesystems and Disks
Device Nodes 379
The /etc/fstab File 381
Disk Basics 382
The Fast File System 383
What's Mounted Now? 386
Dirty Disks 387
Mounting and Unmounting Disks 388
Soft Updates 390
Virtual Memory Directory Caching 391
Mounting Foreign Filesystems 391
Filesystem Permissions 393
Removable Media and /etc/fstab 394
Creating a Floppy 394
The Basics of SCSI 396
FreeBSD and SCSI 398
Adding New Hard Disks 400
17 RAID
Hardware vs. Software RAID 405
RAID Levels 406
Software RAID 406
18 System Performance
Computer Resources 424
Disk Input/Output 425
Network Bandwidth 425
CPU and Memory 425
When Swap Goes Bad 432
Real-World Performance Tuning 436
Lessons Learned 442
19 Now What's It Doing?
Status Mails 443
Logging with Syslogd 444
Reporting with SNMP 452
Long-Term Monitoring with MRTG 462
20 System Crashes and Panics
What Causes Panics? 473
Responding to a Panic 475
Using the Dump 479
Serial Consoles 487
Submitting a Problem Report 494
21 Desktop Freebsd
Accessing File Shares 500
Serving Windows File Shares 506
Accessing Print Servers 506
Local Printers 508
X: A Graphic Interface 509
Desktop Applications 510
Afterword
The Community 517
What Can You Do? 518
Getting Things Done 519
Do It! 521
Appendix Some Useful Sysctl Mibs 523
Index 533
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    Should be called absolute FreeBSD, not BSD

    From the title, you think it would support NetBSD, OpenBSD, GravityBSD, DragonflyBSD, or even Darwin, but as the self proclaimed guru of FreeBSD see's it, the only BSD is FreeBSD.

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