Principles of Network and System Administration

Principles of Network and System Administration

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This is a single, comprehensive resource that responds to the high demand for specialists who can provide advice to users and handle day to day administration, maintenance, and support of computer systems and networks. The author approaches both network and system administration from the perspective of the principles that do not change on a day to day basis. He shows how to discover customer needs and then use that information to identify, interpret, and evaluate system and network requirements. The new coverage includes Java services and Ipv6.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 646 pages
  • 188 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 1,156.67g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0470868074
  • 9780470868072
  • 1,800,445

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Principles of Network and System Administration focuses on the general principles involved in setting up, configuring and maintaining computer communities, and provides a conceptual overview of the subject. A robust discipline of System Administration is now coming of age and both academics and industry recognize the need to formalize the problems which system administrators tackle. Amongst these challenges are the need to design a network which is logical, efficient, easy to upgrade and secure. The system administrator also needs to keep track of the ever increasing amount of information, to ensure that problems are fixed quickly, and provide a comfortable environment for users. The breadth and complexity involved in adopting and integrating ever more sophisticated technology is covered in this greatly expanded new edition.

Whilst providing practical illustrations of technical specifics through examples, Burgess steers away from the overwhelming details of specific operating systems. Trainee administrators and students alike need to understand a wealth of issues relating to heterogeneous environments before understanding the quirks of any one particular system. Moreover this book teaches good practice for working in a global community of networked machines and organizations ? which extends beyond being technically savvy to being professionally and ethically responsible.


Broad coverage of Linux and other Unix versions, Windows, Macs and mainframes. Practical - supplemented with reference section containing practical recipes and advice. Vendor/Platform independent view of the technical, theoretical, practical and social/ethical aspects to Systems Administration. Strong pedagogy - end of chapter exercises plus teaching guide available from Website.

New to this edition:

More exercises Security expanded; now covers ISO 17799; fault analysis and diagnostics Covers Java services and Ipv6
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Table of contents

Preface to Second Edition. 1. Introduction. 2. System Components. 3. Networked Communities. 4. Host Management. 5. User Management 6. Models of Network and System Administration. 7. Configuration and Maintenance. 8. Diagnostics, Fault and Change Management. 9. Application Level Services. 10. Network Level Services. 11. Principles of Security. 12. Security Implications. 13. Analytical System Administration. 14. Summary and Outlook. A. Some Useful Unix Commands. B. Programming and Compiling. C. Example Telnet Session. D. Glossary. E. Recommended Reading. Bibliography. Index.
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About Mark Burgess

MARK BURGESS is associate professor at Oslo University College, Norway, and a member of SAGE, USENIX and the IEEE. He is an internationally respected scientist both in Computer Science and the Theoretical Physics and has won various prizes for his work on Computer Immunology and GNU cfengine. He was recently awarded The SAGE 2003 Professional Contribution Award, "For groundbreaking work in systems administration theory and individual contributions to the field".
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