Automating System Administration with Perl

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If you do systems administration work of any kind, you have to deal with the growing complexity of your environment and increasing demands on your time. Automating System Administration with Perl, Second Edition, not only offers you the right tools for your job, but also suggests the best way to approach specific problems and to securely automate recurring tasks.

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Automating System Administration with Perl: Tools to Make You More Efficient

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Overview

If you do systems administration work of any kind, you have to deal with the growing complexity of your environment and increasing demands on your time. Automating System Administration with Perl, Second Edition, not only offers you the right tools for your job, but also suggests the best way to approach specific problems and to securely automate recurring tasks.

Updated and expanded to cover the latest operating systems, technologies, and Perl modules, this edition of the "Otter Book" will help you:

  • Manage user accounts
  • Monitor filesystems and processes
  • Work with configuration files in important formats such as XML and YAML
  • Administer databases, including MySQL, MS-SQL, and Oracle with DBI
  • Work with directory services like LDAP and Active Directory
  • Script email protocols and spam control
  • Effectively create, handle, and analyze log files
  • Administer network name and configuration services, including NIS, DNS and DHCP
  • Maintain, monitor, and map network services, using technologies and tools such as SNMP, nmap, libpcap, GraphViz and RRDtool
  • Improve filesystem, process, and network security

This edition includes additional appendixes to get you up to speed on technologies such as XML/XPath, LDAP, SNMP, and SQL. With this book in hand and Perl in your toolbox, you can do more with less — fewer resources, less effort, and far less hassle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006396
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 670
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science. He has spent the last 25 years as a system/network administrator in large multi- platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He was also the program chair of the LISA 2005 conference and one of the LISA 2006 Invited Talks co-chairs.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Filesystems

Chapter 3: User Accounts

Chapter 4: User Activity

Chapter 5: TCP/IP Name and Configuration Services

Chapter 6: Working with Configuration Files

Chapter 7: SQL Database Administration

Chapter 8: Email

Chapter 9: Directory Services

Chapter 10: Log Files

Chapter 11: Security

Chapter 12: SNMP

Chapter 13: Network Mapping and Monitoring

Chapter 14: Experiential Learning

The Eight-Minute XML Tutorial

The 10-Minute XPath Tutorial

The 10-Minute LDAP Tutorial

The 15-Minute SQL Tutorial

The Five-Minute RCS Tutorial

The Two-Minute VBScript-to-Perl Tutorial

The 20-Minute SNMP Tutorial

Colophon

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