You should! Linux Network Servers is for anyone who wants to learn how to build a departmental server or an Internet server using Linux. The book doesn't assume that you know everything about Linux. But it does assume that you have a good understanding of computers and IP networks, and a basic understanding of Linux commands and Linux system administration. If you feel that you need to brush up on these topics, start with Linux System Administration (Stanfield and Smith, Sybex, 2002). It is an excellent introduction to Linux system administration, and will give Linux users all the background they need. If you're coming to Linux from a Windows NT background, you may want to start with Linux for Windows NT/2000 Administrators (Minasi, York, and Hunt, Sybex, 2000).
Linux Network Servers does not provide yet another review of the basics. Instead, it provides insight into how to get network service up and running quickly with information designed for professional system administrators.
Linux growth is making sharp inroads into the currently installed base of Unix servers. If you're a Unix professional retraining for a job as a Linux system administrator, this book is for you. You'll benefit from the detailed information on Linux-specific commands. Additionally you'll be pleased by the tremendous similarity between the two systems. This book may be all the information you need to move from Unix to Linux.
Linux system administrators will find this book invaluable as their primary resource for information on network services. Even administrators of servers dedicated to specific tasks, such as web servers or DNS servers, will find this book a useful companion text. Although such an administrator may rely on Linux Apache Web Server Administration or Linux DNS Server Administration as a primary resource, this book provides the insights into how other services work and how they are configured, which are helpful to anyone running a Linux server.
This book is not simply a reference to network server configuration options. Instead, it provides insight into how real servers are actually configured. This book helps you understand how things really work so that you can make intelligent configuration decisions that relate to your environment. No book, no matter how well-thought-out or how long, can provide accurate examples for every possible situation. This book strives to provide you with the information you need to develop the correct solution for your situation on your own.
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