The first edition of this book became known for its thorough and lucid
coverage of some of the toughest topics in system administration including
DNS, sendmail and security. The new edition will focus on many open source
tools that have gained acceptance since 1/e was published, including Nagios
for network monitoring.
Most titles on Linux administration focus on the configuration of a single box.
LAH was the first title in this area to focus on the administration of a Linux
system in a production environment. Linux Administration Handbook
examines how Linux systems behave in real-world ecosystems, not how they
might behave in ideal environments. The Second Edition incorporates the
changes in Linux systems in the past 18 months, which include current versions
of RedHat, SuSE and Debian systems, new topics like Logical Volume
Manager, X11 basic administration and Nagios. Chapters on system admin
policy, bind, sendmail and security have been updated.