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ISBN 9780849313516
Published May 29, 2002 by CRC Press
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Book Description

To configure and maintain an operating system is serious business. With UNIX and its wide variety of "flavors," it can be especially difficult and frustrating, and networking with UNIX adds still more challenges.

UNIX Administration: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Effective Systems & Network Management is a one-stop handbook for the administration and maintenance of UNIX systems and networks. With an outstanding balance of concepts and practical matters, it covers the entire range of administrative tasks, from the most basic to the advanced, from system startup and shutdown to network security and kernel reconfiguration. While focusing on the primary UNIX platforms, the author discusses all of the most common UNIX “flavors,” including Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, AIX and SGI IRIX. Three chapters of case studies offer a practical look at UNIX implementation issues: UNIX installation, disk space upgrade, and several emergency situations that every administrator must expect to face at some point.

Diverse yet detailed, filled with examples and specific procedures, this is the one book that both the novice and the seasoned professional need to learn UNIX administration and effectively perform their daily system and network-related duties.

Table of Contents

Contents Section I: UNIX ADMINISTRATION

UNIX – INTRODUCTORY NOTES


UNIX Operating System
User's View of UNIX
History of UNIX
UNIX System and Network Administration

THE UNIX MODEL - SELECTED TOPICS


Introduction
Files
Devices and Special Device Files
Processes

UNIX ADMINISTRATION STARTERS


Superuser and Users
UNIX On-line Documentation

System Information

Personal Documentation


Shell Script Programming

SYSTEM STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN


Introduction
System Startup
BSD Initialization
System V Initialization
Shutdown Procedures

UNIX FILESYSTEM MANAGEMENT


Introduction to the UNIX Filesystems
UNIX Filesystem Directory Organization
Mounting and Dismounting Filesystems
Filesystem Configuration
Few Other Filesystem Issues
Managing a Filesystem Usage

UNIX FILESYSTEM LAYOUT


Introduction
Physical Filesystem Layouts
Logical Filesystem Layout
Disk Space Upgrade

USER ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT


Users and Groups
Maintenance of User Accounts
Disk Quota
Accounting

UNIX SYSTEM SECURITY


UNIX Lines of Defense
Password Issues
Secure Console and Terminals
Monitoring and Detecting Security Problems
UNIX LOGGING SUBSYSTEM
The Concept of System Logging
System Logging Configuration
Accounting Log Files

UNIX PRINTING


UNIX Printing Subsystem
Printing Subsystem Configuration
Adding New Printer
UNIX Cross-Platform Printer Spooling

TERMINALS


Terminal Characteristics
The tset, tput and stty Commands
Pseudo Terminals
Terminal Servers

UNIX BACKUP AND RESTORE


Introduction
Tape-Related Commands
Backing-up a UNIX Filesystem

Backup and Dump Commands
Restoring Files from a Backup
Tape Control

TIME RELATED UNIX FACILITIES


Network Time Distribution
Periodic Program Execution
Programs Scheduled for a Specific Time
Batch Processing
Section II:  NETWORK ADMINISTRATION

NETWORK FUNDAMENTALS


UNIX and Networking
Computer Networks
A TCP/IP Overview
TCP/IP Layers and Protocols

TCP/IP NETWORK


Data Delivery
Address Resolution - ARP
Remote Procedure Call
Configuring the Network Interface
Super Internet Server
DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM
Naming Concepts
UNIX Name Service - BIND
Configuring named
Using nslookup

NETWORK INFORMATION SERVICE – NIS


Purpose and Concepts
NIS Paradigm
NIS Management
NIS vs. DNS

NETWORK FILE SYSTEM – NFS


NFS Overview
Exporting and Mounting Remote Filesystems
Automounter
NFS - Security Issues

UNIX REMOTE COMMANDS


UNIX r-commands
Securing the UNIX r-commands
Secure Shell - SSH

ELECTRONIC MAIL


Email Fundamentals
sendmail Configuration
Parsing an Email Address
Testing sendmail Configuration
Mail User Agents

UNIX NETWORK SUPPORT


Common UNIX Network Applications
Host Connectivity
Section III: SUPPLEMENTAL UNIX TOPICS

X WINDOW SYSTEM   


An Introduction to the X Window System
The X Display Managers
Access Control and Security of X11
The User X Environment
Miscellaneous

KERNEL RECONFIGURATION


Introduction to Kernel Reconfiguration
Kernel Configuration Database
BSD-like Kernel Configuration Approach
Other Flavored Kernel Configurations

MODEMS AND UUCP


Introduction to Modems
UNIX Modem Control
Third-party Communication Software

Introduction to UUCP
UUCP Commands, Daemons and Related Issues
Configuring a UUCP Link
UUCP Access and Security Consideration

INTRANET


Introduction into Intranet
Intranet Front-End Services
Inside the Intranet
Section IV: CASE STUDIES

UNIX INSTALLATION


Introductory Notes
UNIX Installation Procedures
Supplemental Installations

UPGRADE A DISK SPACE


Adding a Disk
Logical Volume Manager Case Study

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS


Introductory Notes
Lost Root Password
Some Special Administrative Situations

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"It is written for serious Unix administrators that need a comprehensive Unix resource. The book is well organized into four sections: UNIX Administration, Network Administration, Supplemental Unix Topics, and Case Studies…  for admins who want a single, first-rate reference guide to Unix, UNIX Administration: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Effective Systems & Network Management will fit the bill quite well.
—Ben Rothke, CISSP, Senior Security Consultant, in Unix Review
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