Automating UNIX and Linux Administration / Edition 1by Kirk Bauer
Pub. Date: 09/14/2003
Wouldnt you like to automate the tedious daily tasks of system administration? Automating UNIX and Linux Administration will show you how, by exploring existing tools and offering real-world examples. Although some of the book is Linux-specific, most of the information applies to any UNIX system, including material on automating tasks across multiple/i>
Wouldnt you like to automate the tedious daily tasks of system administration? Automating UNIX and Linux Administration will show you how, by exploring existing tools and offering real-world examples. Although some of the book is Linux-specific, most of the information applies to any UNIX system, including material on automating tasks across multiple variants of UNIX. Author Kirk Bauer briefly overviews tools and technologiesand assumes preliminary knowledge about editing a configuration file or mounting a file system.
The techniques, methods, and tools in this book will help you manage a single systembut will prove especially powerful across multiple systems. No matter if the systems are desktops, servers, or Beowulf clustersall of them will benefit from this automation. And managing five to five thousand systems will become a simpler task!
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- Edition description:
- 1st ed 2003. Corr. 3rd printing
- Product dimensions:
- 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)
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Hot off the presses: I just received this book yesterday. So far I've only read the introduction and the chapter on ssh and skimmed through the rest and it's fantastic! I'm not sure how much new stuff I expected when I ordered it, but it's already exceeding my expectations. I'm already finding out things I didn't never realized about ssh, and the side commentary on different ways of using ssh within scripts to administer across multiple machines is just sublime. The author looks way beyond just slapping together some scripts to automate routine tasks, and presents some professional and robust approaches for automation, covering single machine administration, multiple machine and cluster administration, push/pull approaches, automation script propagation, automation dependencies, automated error state identification and correction, installation configuration, automating backup and recovery, and security. (Lots of discussion on security throughout -- it's clearly written for the real world.) Throughout, the author demonstrates nuances to each of these problems that show real thoughtfulness and mastery and teaches how to approach these issues equally thoughtfully and professionally yourself, rather than just offering a cookbook of scripts on different topics. It's got me thinking about all the routine crud I do in totally new ways already. I already know I need to go back and re-read it slower to process it (and in front of a keyboard to try stuff out). This is definitely a book that will be on my 'ready reference' shelf for a long time to come.