Automating UNIX and Linux Administration

  • 9h 49m
  • Kirk Bauer
  • Apress
  • 2003

Wouldn’t you like to automate the tedious daily tasks of system administration? Automating UNIX and Linux Administration will show you how, by exploring existing tools and offering real-world examples. Parts of the book are Linux-specific, but most of it applies to a UNIX system, including multiple variants of UNIX. Author Kirk Bauer briefly overviews tools and technologies—and assumes preliminary knowledge about editing a configuration file or mounting a file system.

The techniques, methods, and tools in this book will help you manage a single system—but will prove especially powerful across multiple systems. No matter if the systems are desktops, servers, or Beowulf clusters—all of them will benefit from this automation. And managing five to five thousand systems will become a simpler task!

About the Author

Kirk Bauer has been involved in computer programming since 1985. He has been using and administering UNIX systems since 1994. Although his personal favorite UNIX variant is Linux, he has administered and developed on everything from FreeBSD to Solaris, AIX, and IRIX. He is the author of various open-source system administration programs such as AutoRPM and Logwatch.

Bauer has been involved with software development and system/network administration since his first year at Georgia Tech. He has done work for the Georgia Tech Residential Network, the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Bauer was one of the founders and the CTO of TogetherWeb in 2000, which was purchased in 2003 by Proficient Systems. He is currently a software architect with Proficient Systems, and continues to support and develop the collaborative browsing software and Linux-based network appliance created by TogetherWeb, including C++ server software that provides high scalability, high efficiency, and high reliability.

Kirk graduated from Georgia Tech in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Shortly thereafter, he began work on his first book, Automating UNIX and Linux Administration, which was published by Apress in September 2003.

In this Book

  • Introducing the Basics of Automation
  • Using SSH to Securely Automate System Administration
  • Creating Login Scripts and Shell Scripts
  • Pre-Installation—Network Preparation and Management
  • Automating and Customizing Installation
  • Automatic System Configuration
  • Sharing Data Between Systems
  • Packages and Patches
  • System Maintenance and Changes
  • System Monitoring
  • Improving System Security
  • Backing Up and Restoring Data
  • User Interfaces


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