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Book review: Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two

If you are looking for cool useful Linux tips and tricks collection then this book is necessary read for you. It covers everything from authentication to recovering data from Linux servers. Both William von Hagen and Brian Jones (and contributors) have done a remarkable work to put together Linux Tips & Tools for Connecting, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting system. I am dam sure most new Linux (and experienced) sys admin find the stuff to improve your skills that result into a better productivity at the end of day.
The best thing about this book is you do not have to be a Linux guru. Any one with basic knowledge of Linux can go ahead with this book’s step-by-step instruction to accomplish task. The book is divided into ten easy-to-understand chapters:

Linux Authentication
This chapter is all about authentication issues. It includes centralize logins with LDAP and other security tips related authentication mechanism.

Remote GUI Connectivity
If you ever need graphical remote desktop from any OS to any OS then this chapter is for you. It covers the way your windows XP desktop can be access from Linux desktop or vice versa. It also paid attention to security related issues while you access systems remotely.

System Services
This chapter starts with the importance of centralized servers to satisfy the requirements of many client computers. It provides systematic hacks to setup DHCP, DNS, NTP etc. It also covers setup of Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) to handle and manage print jobs from modern operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X, and Linux/UNIX.

Cool Sysadmin Tools and Tips
If you are looking to impress your friend(s) with nifty commands then this perfect topic for you. It covers tools and techniques that are new to most readers, and which result into enhance your productivity. The best thing is coverage of soft skills for sys admin such as time management to talking to management!

Storage Management and Backups
Disk storage and backup are the most important topic for any sys admin. Indeed, it is a responsibility of any computer system is to provide enough storage space to enable users to get their work done. It covers LVM, RAID and other handy backup techniques. However, I strongly feel more coverage needed for backup topics.

Standardizing, Sharing, and Synchronizing Resources
Well if you have centralized resources then this topic will help you to know how to maintain centralized resources. With this chapter, you can setup quick and dirty NAS then setup a web farms or an NFS server or simply use samba for cross platform file sharing.

Protect your network/server from crackers. You can detect known types of Trojan horses, setup fileystem integrity, setup IDS (intrusion detection system) for monitoring all incoming network requests to your system.

Troubleshooting and Performance
If you or someone else misconfigured your system, it will result into poor performance of server. In this chapter, you will find the tools and techniques to troubleshoot system. At then end, you should have a better performance and server. It will explain how to troubleshoot resource hogs on your systems and networks.

Logfiles and Monitoring
This chapter covers the monitoring of server and network. It explains how to setup centralized log server so that logs will be available all the times to you. The goal of this chapter is to show you how to get data you don’t currently have, and how to use data you do have in more useful ways.

System Rescue, Recovery, and Repair
Data recovery is one the most important activity. It covers recovering of deleted files, partitions from crashed system. This chapter also covers how to permanently delete files and wipe hard disks permanently.

This book will act as an excellent recourse on what to tweak where, why to tweak it, and how to do so. This book provides hacks that give you all that information to enhance system performance especially if you are a new to Linux.


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