Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two: Tips & Tools for Connecting, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting

Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two: Tips & Tools for Connecting, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting

by William von Hagen, Brian K. Jones
     
 

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Today's system administrators deal with a vast number of situations, operating systems, software packages, and problems. Those who are in the know have kept their copy of Linux Server Hacks close at hand to ease their burden. And while this helps, it's not enough: any sys admin knows there are many more hacks, cool tips, and ways of solving problems than can

Overview

Today's system administrators deal with a vast number of situations, operating systems, software packages, and problems. Those who are in the know have kept their copy of Linux Server Hacks close at hand to ease their burden. And while this helps, it's not enough: any sys admin knows there are many more hacks, cool tips, and ways of solving problems than can fit in a single volume (one that mere mortals can lift, that is).

Which is why we created Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two, a second collection of incredibly useful tips and tricks for finding and using dozens of open source tools you can apply to solve your sys admin problems. The power and flexibility of Linux and Open Source means that there is an astounding amount of great software out there waiting to be applied to your sys admin problems -- if only you knew about it and had enough information to get started. Hence, Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two.

This handy reference offers 100 completely new server management tips and techniques designed to improve your productivity and sharpen your administrative skills. Each hack represents a clever way to accomplish a specific task, saving you countless hours of searching for the right answer. No more sifting through man pages, HOWTO websites, or source code comments -- the only resource you need is right here. And you don't have to be a system administrator with hundreds of boxen to get something useful from this book as many of the hacks apply equally well to a single system or a home network.

Compiled by experts, these hacks not only give you the step-by-step instructions necessary to implement the software, but they also provide the context to truly enable you to learn the technology. Topics include:

  • Authentication
  • Remote GUI connectivity
  • Storage management
  • File sharing and synchronizing resources
  • Security/lockdown instruction
  • Log files and monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • System rescue, recovery, and repair

Whether they help you recover lost data, collect information from distributed clients, or synchronize administrative environments, the solutions found in Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two will simplify your life as a system administrator.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
O'Reilly's original Linux Server Hacks gave sysadmins 100 indispensable timesavers, tips, and solutions. This new Volume 2 offers 100 more: all of them elegant, fun, well tested, and extremely useful.

To begin, there's a full chapter on authentication in heterogeneous environments, a favorite topic of coauthor Bill von Hagen. You'll also find up-to-date collections of tips on remote connectivity, system services, storage management, security, troubleshooting, performance optimization, monitoring, system rescue, and more.

A few of our favorites: recognizing emerging problems in logfiles; booting crippled systems for diagnosis; cutting down on restore requests; using script to train junior admins; integrating Windows printing with CUPS; synchronizing multiple servers' root environments; using journaling to accelerate restarts; using your laptop as a makeshift console. That's just a taste. Your favorites may vary, but rest assured, you'll find plenty of them. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596553272
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/22/2005
Series:
Hacks
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
File size:
7 MB

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Meet the Author

Bill von Hagen is a seasoned Linux/Unix systems administrator and computer collector. He writes articles and product reviews for Linux Planet, Linux Today, Linux Format, and Linux Magazine. He is the author of several technology books including "Hacking the TiVo, Second Edition" (Muska and Lipman), "The Definitive Guide to GCC" (Apress), and co-author of "SUSE Linux 9 Bible" (Wiley). In a past life, he was the drummer for a hardcore punk rock band, The Cynics.

Brian K. Jones is a system administrator in the department of computer science at Princeton University.

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