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.
CompTIA Linux+ Complete Study Guide Exams LX0-101 and LX0-102, Roderick W. Smith, (- 2010)
If you want to get certified, this will help.
Linux 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.
Ubuntu 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.
Fedora 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.
Ubuntu 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.
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.
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.
Beginning 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Here is a book on system administration for Linux. It is practical and really useful.
|1 – Introduction to Linux Networking|
|2 – Building a Linux Gateway on a Single-Board Computer|
|3 – Building a Linux Firewall|
|4 – Building a Linux Wireless Access Point|
|5 – Building a VoIP Server with Asterisk|
|6 – Routing with Linux|
|7 – Secure Remote Administration with SSH|
|8 – Using Cross-Platform Remote Graphical Desktops|
|9 – Building Secure Cross-Platform Virtual Private Networks with OpenVPN|
|10 – Building a Linux PPTP VPN Server|
|11 – Single Sing-on with Samba for Mixed Linux/Windows LANs|
|12 – Centralized Network Directory with OpenLDAP|
|13 – Network Monitoring with Nagios|
|14 – Network Monitoring with MRTG|
|15 – Getting Acquainted with IPv6|
|16 – Setting Up Hands-Free Network Installations of New Systems|
|17 – Linux Server Administration via Serial Console|
|18 – Running a Linux Dial-Up Server|
|19 – Troubleshooting Networks|
Legendary ORA quality. 600 pages.
Here is a good user manual for Ubuntu Linux. You can spend many hours trying out all the tools discussed here. 1100 pages.
You will find Ubuntu Linux even easier to use after reading this book, and you will find Ubuntu even more powerful. 350 pages.
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
Here is yet another Sharepoint book, 350 pages.