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UNIX Administration

A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Effective Systems & Network Management, 1st Edition

By Bozidar Levi

CRC Press

768 pages | 80 B/W Illus.

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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.

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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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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

About the Series

Internet and Communications

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS087000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COM043000
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General