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The Official Ubuntu Server Book


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Publisher Comments:

Ubuntu Server is a complete, free server operating system that just works, with the extra Ubuntu polish, innovation, and simplicity that administrators love.

Now, there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to getting up-and-running quickly with the newest, most powerful versions of Ubuntu Server. Written by leading members of the Ubuntu community,  The Official Ubuntu Server Book, Second Edition, covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu Server, whether you’re a beginner or a battle-hardened senior system administrator.


The authors cover Ubuntu Server from start to finish: installation, basic administration and monitoring, security, backup, troubleshooting, system rescue, and much more. They walk through deploying each of the most common server applications, from file and print services to state-of-the-art, cost-saving virtualization and cloud computing.


In addition, you’ll learn how to

  • Make the most of Ubuntu Server’s latest, most powerful technologies
  • Discover easy, fast ways to perform key administration tasks
  • Automate Ubuntu installs, no matter how many servers you’re installing
  • Quickly set up low-cost Web servers and e-mail
  • Protect your server with Ubuntu’s built-in and optional security tools
  • Minimize downtime with fault tolerance and clustering
  • Master proven, step-by-step server and network troubleshooting techniques
  • Walk through rescuing an Ubuntu server that won’t boot
  • Create your own private cloud computing infrastructure

The included disks contain the versions of Ubuntu Server you’ll need for different CPU architectures: Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS 64-bit CD, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32-bit DVD, both of which are supported by Canonical for five years.


Book News Annotation:

Rankin and Mako Hill, both distinguished system designers and authors, present the second edition of their comprehensive guidebook detailing Ubuntu Server, a Linux based, open source server operating system. The text covers all aspects of Ubuntu Server, from installation and troubleshooting to optimization tips, and contains chapters on security, automated installs, and rescue and recovery abilities, offering details for computer savvy newcomers as well as hardcore programmers and designers. The work is made possible in part by the Ubuntu design team, and authorized as the official technical manual for Ubuntu Server. Intended to be equally useful reading it cover-to-cover, or when opened to specific sections, the guidebook is organized from general to specific and necessary to ancillary. Two versions of Ubuntu Server are included on DVD, an i386 and a 64-bit version, for best use with your existing server hardware. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Kyle Rankin is a systems architect for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group, the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks, and he has contributed to a number of other O’Reilly books. Kyle is also a columnist for Linux Journal and has had articles featured in PC Magazine, TechTarget, and other publications.


Benjamin Mako Hill is a Seattle native working out of Boston, Massachusetts. Mako is a long-time free software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team, one of the first employees of Canonical, Ltd., and lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book. In addition to some technical work, his charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project’s first year. Mako is currently a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media and a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mako has continued his involvement with Ubuntu as a member of the Community Council governance board, through development work, and through projects such as this book.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Ubuntu Server

Chapter 1: Install

Chapter 2: Essential Systems Administration

Chapter 3: Package Management

Chapter 4: Kickstart and FAI

Chapter 5: Guide to Common Ubuntu Servers

Chapter 6: Security

Chapter 7: Backup

Chapter 8: Monitoring

Chapter 9: Virtualization

Chapter 10: Fault tolerance

Chapter 11: Troubleshooting

Chapter 12: Rescue and Recovery

Chapter 13: Ubuntu Support


Product Details

Rankin, Kyle
Prentice Hall
Hill, Benjamin Mako
Hill, Benjamin
Operating Systems - LINUX
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
August 2010
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.1 x 7 x 1.309 in 973 gr

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Database » Client Server
Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » General
Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » Linux
Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » Unix » Linux

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