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October 7, 2011

Rick Leir
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» LPI Linux Certification

LPI Linux Certification in A Nutshell 3rd edition, Adam Haeder, O’Reilly, 2010

This certification may be useful to Linux system admins. Too bad they have left out virtualization, which most job reqs will include. It will appear in a ‘level 3 specialty’. In any case, the book is a good summary of Linux admin tasks. 450 pages.

May 5, 2011

Rick Leir
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» Practical Guide to Ubuntu

A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux, Mark G. Sobell, ( 2011)

You will find this useful if you are using any Linux Distro, not just Ubuntu. 1200 pages, with a DVD.

February 26, 2011

Rick Leir
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» CompTIA Linux+

book coverCompTIA Linux+ Complete Study Guide Exams LX0-101 and LX0-102, Roderick W. Smith, (- 2010)

If you want to get certified, this will help.

February 3, 2011

Rick Leir
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» Linux bible : boot up to Ubuntu, Fedora

book coverLinux bible : boot up to Ubuntu, Fedora, KNOPPIX, Debian, SUSE, and 13 other distributions / Christopher Negus, Wiley 2011

Here is an updated version of the user and admin manual for Linux. You can enjoy many hours of poking through and trying out all the tools and packages discussed in this book.  It contains a DVD and a CD containing various distros. At 800 pages, this is a fat book.

August 24, 2010

Rick Leir
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» Ubuntu on A Dime

book coverUbuntu on A Dime – The Path to Low-cost Computing, James Floyd Kelly, 2009

If you want a cheap but powerful computer, this book will help. It has 30 pages discussing hardware selection for Linux, then 200 pages introducing you to Ubuntu. It suggests you spend $250 on components to build the PC, but I know of surplus stores that sell equivalent PC’s for $100.

March 2, 2010

Rick Leir
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» Fedora 11 and Red Hat Enterprise

book coverFedora 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux bible / Christopher Negus, Eric Foster-Johnson, Wiley, 2009.

Here are 1000 pages for the Fedora admin. The book will be useful at the beginner and intermediate level. Most of it applies to any current Linux distro. It includes a live CD and an installation DVD. The live CD can be used in most PC’s, without installing anything to the hard disk, and will allow you to experience Fedora Linux. When you are hooked, pop in the DVD and install your system.

February 3, 2010

Rick Leir
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» Ubuntu Linux Secrets

book coverUbuntu Linux Secrets / Richard Blum, Wiley, 2009

Here is a user manual which also gets into systems admin. Only about 20 pages are about the command line, which tells you how far Ubuntu has come in the last few years. 800 pages.

September 24, 2009

Rob Echlin
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» Microsoft Sysinternals - Live?

I track some Microsoft lists, and this message I found scary. You have to trust Microsoft to not only not-be-evil, but also to have perfect security - at the personnel level as well as the network and server.

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July 14, 2009

Rick Leir
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» CompTIA Linux+ certification

CompTIA Linux+ certification / Michael Jang, McGraw-Hill, 2008

If you think certification is useful for Linux admins, here is a good book for you. Otherwise, you will find this a good beginner to intermediate guide. 350 pages.

June 29, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Beginning the Linux command line

book coverBeginning the Linux command line / Sander van Vugt, Apress, 2009

Some of this is basic, but it gets interesting with yum, zypper, tunneling, samba, kernel modules, and bash scripting. 350 pages.

June 25, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Beginning Portable Shell Scripting

Beginning Portable Shell Scripting : From Novice to Professional / Peter Seebach, Apress, 2008

Many years ago I learned scripting by reading the boot time scripts in SunOS or System III. Life would have been so much easier with this excellent book! You need this book when you are writing an installer for a software product. Or automating something like backups with cron. Or checking that your machine is secure. Or…

June 18, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Linux all-in-one desk reference

Linux all-in-one desk reference for dummies / by Emmett Dulaney, Wiley, 2008

This book will help you install and administer a Linux system. 600 pages. Includes a DVD with the top 4 distros.

June 16, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Ubuntu Linux secrets

Ubuntu Linux secrets / Richard Blum, Wiley 2009

You will like this book if you are new to Linux. However, the folks over at Canonical will not like the wording of this title, after all the good work they have been putting into support and documentation. 800 pages.

June 10, 2009

Rick Leir
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» LPIC-1 : Linux Professional Institute Certification

LPIC-1 : Linux Professional Institute Certification study guide / Roderick W. Smith, Wiley, 2009

This certification may be useful to Linux system admins. In any case, the book is a good summary of Linux admin tasks. 550 pages. The CD contains practice questions and the book in pdf.

June 2, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Linux networking cookbook

Linux networking cookbook / Carla Schroder, O’Reilly, 2008

Here is a book on system administration for Linux.  It is practical and really useful.

1Introduction to Linux Networking
2Building a Linux Gateway on a Single-Board Computer
3Building a Linux Firewall
4Building a Linux Wireless Access Point
5Building a VoIP Server with Asterisk
6Routing with Linux
7Secure Remote Administration with SSH
8Using Cross-Platform Remote Graphical Desktops
9Building Secure Cross-Platform Virtual Private Networks with OpenVPN
10Building a Linux PPTP VPN Server
11Single Sing-on with Samba for Mixed Linux/Windows LANs
12Centralized Network Directory with OpenLDAP
13Network Monitoring with Nagios
14Network Monitoring with MRTG
15Getting Acquainted with IPv6
16Setting Up Hands-Free Network Installations of New Systems
17Linux Server Administration via Serial Console
18Running a Linux Dial-Up Server
19Troubleshooting Networks

Legendary ORA quality. 600 pages.

Get it here at OPL

» Ubuntu 8.10 Linux bible

Ubuntu 8.10 Linux bible / William von Hagen, Wiley, 2009

Here is a good user manual for Ubuntu Linux. You can spend many hours trying out all the tools discussed here. 1100 pages.

Get it here at OPL

May 27, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Ubuntu kung fu

Ubuntu kung fu : tips, tricks, hints, and hacks / Keir Thomas, Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2008

You will find Ubuntu Linux even easier to use after reading this book, and you will find Ubuntu even more powerful. 350 pages.

Get it here at OPL

April 28, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Managing the human factor in information security

Managing the human factor in information security : how to win over staff and influence business managers / David Lacey, Wiley, 2009

Here is a really useful book for the IT admin in charge of security. Attackers con insiders too easily, and we need to counter the problem with the help of all employees. “I’m really interested in reading this book and, frankly, once it’s published, I’ll be one of the first to buy it.” — Dr. Eugene Schultz

Get it here at OPL

» Professional Microsoft Search : SharePoint 2007 and Search Server 2008

Professional Microsoft Search : SharePoint 2007 and Search Server 2008 / Thomas Rizzo, Wiley, 2008

Here is yet another Sharepoint book, 350 pages.

Get it here at OPL.

April 16, 2009

Rick Leir
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» Mac OS X for Unix geeks

Mac OS X for Unix geeks / Brian Jepson, O’Reilly, 2008

Here is a book that will be really useful with my next Mac. Though there are 400 pages, this feels like a compact book because it is printed and bound nicely.

Get it here at OPL