Official Ubuntu Server Book, The
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Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group, the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks, and he has contributed to a number of other O’Reilly books. Kyle is also a columnist for Linux Journal and has had articles featured in PC Magazine, TechTarget, and other publications.
Benjamin Mako Hill is a Seattle native working out of Boston, Massachusetts. Mako is a long-time free software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team, one of the first employees of Canonical, Ltd., and lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book. In addition to some technical work, his charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project’s first year. Mako is currently a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media and a researcher and Ph.D. Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mako has continued his involvement with Ubuntu as a member of the Community Council governance board, through development work, and through projects such as this book.
Ubuntu Server is a complete, free server operating system that just works, with the extra Ubuntu polish, innovation, and simplicity that administrators love.
Now, there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to getting up-and-running quickly with the newest, most powerful versions of Ubuntu Server. Written by leading members of the Ubuntu community, The Official Ubuntu Server Book covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu Server, whether you’re a beginner or a battle-hardened senior system administrator.
The authors cover Ubuntu Server from start to finish: installation, basic administration and monitoring, security, backup, troubleshooting, system rescue, and much more. They walk through deploying each of the most common server applications, from file and print services to state-of-the-art, cost-saving virtualization.
In addition, you’ll learn how to
- Make the most of Ubuntu Server’s latest, most powerful technologies
- Discover easy, fast ways to perform key administration tasks
- Automate Ubuntu installs, no matter how many servers you’re installing
- Quickly set up low-cost web servers and email
- Protect your server with Ubuntu’s built-in and optional security tools
- Minimize downtime with fault tolerance and clustering
- Master proven, step-by-step server and network troubleshooting techniques
- Walk through rescuing an Ubuntu server that won’t boot
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginners Ubuntu admins but thin book. So don't expect complete coverage,
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This review is from: The Official Ubuntu Server Book (Paperback)I am not a Linux expert but I've been working for IT for long time ago. So, right now, I could classify myself between intermediate and beginner Linux user. That said and after reading some chapters, I can precisely say this is a good beginners Ubuntu Server book. It covers a lot of material in an easy to read and concise way. No bluff here. Some theory follow by commands or the real way to execute it. The security portion, for instance, covers Ubuntu firewall configuration easy and quick; of course, is just an intro to that complex topic but will allow you to get something running immediately if what you need or want is concise advice. DNS, DHCP, SSH, Mail Server, Web Server topics are covered here but not so in depth. Chapter 2 covers console and linux command topic also, a must for every Linux Administrator. Again, not in depth coverage but enough for basic administration I think.
That said, I like the book. Overall is a good product. Easy to read, especially when you're... Read more
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great intro to Ubuntu for the non-Linux person,
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This review is from: The Official Ubuntu Server Book (Paperback)I'm not a Linux admin, I like to think of myself as a experienced Windows admin who uses basic troubleshooting skills to under stand Linux. I have worked with Bind and done basic administration on Linux desktop and server level, also using Linux at home. When I was researching books to learn more about Linux I found that many books fit into two categories, either they were extremely simple, demonstrating how to use the desktop or they were extremely complex, showing every little detail of the Linux operating system.
While I understand learning from the ground up is helpful, I prefer to have a server up and running, then reverse engineer the applications how it works. For me it's much more fun to have a working model than just read about it on paper. I like to have it running, then make changes, and if it breaks the system go back and see what caused it. Maybe it's my Windows experience but I like to work more on the maintenance and administration issue than battle issues... Read more
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Official Ubuntu Server Book (Paperback)I found this book really accessible. As someone who knows Linux, but is new to server setup, this book defines new commands well and sets up clear concepts without talking down to the reader. I was also really impressed with the flow. There was never a point where I felt lost, the arrangement of the documentation was easy to follow in putting the pieces together. A great book for beginners, and an excellent reference guide to anyone who needs a refresher.
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Online Sample Chapters
Table of Contents
About the Authors xxv
Welcome to Ubuntu Server xxvii
Free Software, Open Source, and Linux xxviii
A Brief History of the Ubuntu Project xxxii
Ubuntu Promises and Goals xxxix
Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation xliv
History of Ubuntu Server xlvii
Simple, Secure, Supported xlix
Chapter 1: Installation 1
Get Ubuntu 2
Boot Screen 3
Disk Partitioning 5
Server Roles 13
Installer Console 15
Reboot the System 16
Chapter 2: Essential System Administration 17
Basic Command-Line Administration 18
Ubuntu Boot Process 24
File System Hierarchy 40
Chapter 3: Package Management 51
Introduction to Package Management 52
Debian Packages 60
Package Management in Ubuntu 63
Making Your Own Packages 77
Chapter 4: Automated Ubuntu Installs 83
PXE Boot Server Deployment 111
Customize Automated Installs 117
Chapter 5: Guide to Common Ubuntu Servers 125
DNS Server 126
Web Server 135
Mail Server 144
POP/IMAP Server 156
OpenSSH Server 158
DHCP Server 160
Database Server 163
File Server 172
Chapter 6: Security 181
General Security Principles 182
SSH Security 192
Intrusion Detection 208
Incident Response 215
Chapter 7: Backups 221
Backup Principles 222
Drive Imaging 224
Database Backups 226
Chapter 8: Monitoring 249
Local Monitoring Tools 250
Chapter 9: Virtualization 279
VMware Server 297
Chapter 10: Fault Tolerance 309
Fault Tolerance Principles 310
Ethernet Bonding 338
Chapter 11: Troubleshooting 365
General Troubleshooting Philosophy 366
Localhost Troubleshooting 369
Network Troubleshooting 381
Hardware Troubleshooting 390
Chapter 12: Rescue and Recovery 395
Ubuntu Recovery Mode 396
Ubuntu Server Recovery CD 401
Ubuntu Desktop Live CD 406
Chapter 13: Help and Resources 415
Paid Support from Canonical 416
Internet Relay Chat 418
Mailing Lists 421
Online Documentation 422
Localhost Documentation 423
Local Community Teams 424
Other Languages 425
Tech Answers System (Launchpad) 425
Bug Reporting 425
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