The Practice of System and Network Administration
||Author: Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christine Hogan|
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (14 August, 2001)
Sales Rank: 32,817
Average Customer Rating: 4.44 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Best book in its class.
If you are looking for a fundamentals book on Unix or Windows 2000 operating systems, go elsewhere. This book is completely about the methodologies for architecting, running and maintaining your IT data center. It's the best book in its class hands down.
Rating: 5 out of 5
If you're an experienced SysAdmin, then you will have already learned most of the hard lessons this book can help you avoid, but it can still be valuable to sit down and see them all presented in one place. Almost universally this book covers the "right way" to do things, and will essentially never become outdated, since it avoids discussion of any particular technologies (for the most part).
If you're new to system administration, then this book is your bible. Read it, digest it, and use its ideas in your work every day and you will be light years ahead of other sysadmins, who will be learning all of these lessons the hard way.
As for complaints about this book not having implementation ideas, of course it doesn't; the red book (now purple) or the O'Reilly book is perfectly good for that, that's not the point at all of this book. This book is discussing a methodology for system administration, not a nuts and bolts reference. It's can't be the only book about system administration on your desktop, but it should _definitely_ be there.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Wow Wow Wow!
Looking at the reviews under 4 stars, the reader clearly had a wrong idea about what to expect, or they don't realize how important it is to apply the ideas in this book. I am using this book as an independent study toward my Masters in Computer Science at Creighton University. I have had to write 3-6 page reports on every chapter. And then answer in detail every excercise question. I know this book well. If you run your IT department based on these principles, you are on the way to CTO or CEO. I cannot stress how good his ideas are and how important it is to implement in your organization. I have no doubt that the Celestial Kingdom's IT department uses this as an SA biblical reference. By the way, the author(s) is/are not my friends. Thanks for reading. Vote me to the top please.
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