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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Introduction to System Administration

    1. Thinking About System Administration

    2. Becoming Superuser

    3. Communicating with Users

    4. About Menus and GUIs

    5. Where Does the Time Go?

  2. Chapter 2 The Unix Way

    1. Files

    2. Processes

    3. Devices

  3. Chapter 3 Essential AdministrativeTools and Techniques

    1. Getting the Most from Common Commands

    2. Essential Administrative Techniques

  4. Chapter 4 Startup and Shutdown

    1. About the Unix Boot Process

    2. Initialization Files and Boot Scripts

    3. Shutting Down a Unix System

    4. Troubleshooting: Handling Crashes and Boot Failures

  5. Chapter 5 TCP/IP Networking

    1. Understanding TCP/IP Networking

    2. Adding a New Network Host

    3. Network Testing and Troubleshooting

  6. Chapter 6 Managing Users and Groups

    1. Unix Users and Groups

    2. Managing User Accounts

    3. Administrative Tools for Managing User Accounts

    4. Administering User Passwords

    5. User Authentication with PAM

    6. LDAP: Using a Directory Service for User Authentication

  7. Chapter 7 Security

    1. Prelude: What's Wrong with This Picture?

    2. Thinking About Security

    3. User Authentication Revisited

    4. Protecting Files and the Filesystem

    5. Role-Based Access Control

    6. Network Security

    7. Hardening Unix Systems

    8. Detecting Problems

  8. Chapter 8 Managing Network Services

    1. Managing DNS Servers

    2. Routing Daemons

    3. Configuring a DHCP Server

    4. Time Synchronization with NTP

    5. Managing Network Daemons under AIX

    6. Monitoring the Network

  9. Chapter 9 Electronic Mail

    1. About Electronic Mail

    2. Configuring User Mail Programs

    3. Configuring Access Agents

    4. Configuring the Transport Agent

    5. Retrieving Mail Messages

    6. Mail Filtering with procmail

    7. A Few Final Tools

  10. Chapter 10 Filesystems and Disks

    1. Filesystem Types

    2. Managing Filesystems

    3. From Disks to Filesystems

    4. Sharing Filesystems

  11. Chapter 11 Backup and Restore

    1. Planning for Disasters and Everyday Needs

    2. Backup Media

    3. Backing Up Files and Filesystems

    4. Restoring Files from Backups

    5. Making Table of Contents Files

    6. Network Backup Systems

    7. Backing Up and Restoring the System Filesystems

  12. Chapter 12 Serial Lines and Devices

    1. About Serial Lines

    2. Specifying Terminal Characteristics

    3. Adding a New Serial Device

    4. Troubleshooting Terminal Problems

    5. Controlling Access to Serial Lines

    6. HP-UX and Tru64 Terminal Line Attributes

    7. The HylaFAX Fax Service

    8. USB Devices

  13. Chapter 13 Printers and the Spooling Subsystem

    1. The BSD Spooling Facility

    2. System V Printing

    3. The AIX Spooling Facility

    4. Troubleshooting Printers

    5. Sharing Printers with Windows Systems

    6. LPRng

    7. CUPS

    8. Font Management Under X

  14. Chapter 14 Automating Administrative Tasks

    1. Creating Effective Shell Scripts

    2. Perl: An Alternate Administrative Language

    3. Expect: Automating Interactive Programs

    4. When Only C Will Do

    5. Automating Complex Configuration Tasks with Cfengine

    6. Stem: Simplified Creation of Client-Server Applications

    7. Adding Local man Pages

  15. Chapter 15 Managing System Resources

    1. Thinking About System Performance

    2. Monitoring and Controlling Processes

    3. Managing CPU Resources

    4. Managing Memory

    5. Disk I/O Performance Issues

    6. Monitoring and Managing Disk Space Usage

    7. Network Performance

  16. Chapter 16 Configuring and Building Kernels

    1. FreeBSD and Tru64

    2. HP-UX

    3. Linux

    4. Solaris

    5. AIX System Parameters

  17. Chapter 17 Accounting

    1. Standard Accounting Files

    2. BSD-Style Accounting: FreeBSD, Linux, and AIX

    3. System V-Style Accounting: AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris

    4. Printing Accounting

  18. Chapter 18 The Profession of System Administration

    1. SAGE: The System Administrators Guild

    2. Administrative Virtues

  1. Appendix A Administrative Shell Programming

    1. Basic Syntax

    2. The if Statement

    3. Other Control Structures

    4. Getting Input: The read Command

    5. Other Useful Commands

    6. Shell Functions

  2. Colophon