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Debian 7: System Administration Best Practices

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Rich Pinkall Pollei

Familiarize yourself with Debian 7 in record time using this comprehensive guide, and learn best practices the painless way through numerous examples and real-life situations. Invaluable for administrators and Debian users alike.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783283118
Paperback124 pages

About This Book

  • An in-depth look at Debian administration subjects
  • Discover what distinguishes Debian from other Linux distributions
  • Learn how to install, maintain, and administer Debian Linux

Who This Book Is For

Debian 7: System Administration Best Practices is for users and administrators who are new to Debian, or for seasoned administrators who are switching to Debian from another Linux distribution. A basic knowledge of Linux or UNIX systems is useful, but not strictly required. Since the book is a high level guide, the reader should be willing to go to the referenced material for further details and practical examples.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Debian Basics for Administrators
Linux distributions
The three branches
Other differences
The Debian Project
Summary
Chapter 2: Filesystem Layout
Partition tables
Filesystem types
Partitioning
Encryption
Installing Debian
Summary
Chapter 3: Package Management
Package managers
Package selection and maintenance
Keeping current
Foreign packages
Upgrading your system
Summary
Chapter 4: Basic Package Configuration
Configuration files
Configuration utilities
Local configuration trends
Apache configuration
Other examples
Summary
Chapter 5: System Management
Startup and shutdown
Filesystem maintenance
Display managers
Summary
Chapter 6: Basic System Security
User administration
Debian hardening packages
Firewall tools
Intrusion detection
A final word on remote logging
Summary
Chapter 7: Advanced System Management
Remote backups
Configuration management
Clusters
Webmin
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how the new Universal Extensible Firmware Interface affects Linux installation
  • Discover ways to lay out and organize disk storage
  • Explore Debian package management features and maintenance
  • Familiarize yourself with routine system management, including startup, shutdown, file maintenance, and display management
  • Discover basic security practices, including user maintenance, firewalls, and special considerations for the root account

In Detail

Debian is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, with over 37 thousand software packages available in several architectures. Debian 7 is the latest version of this universal operating system and provides the foundation for thousands of web servers. It is easy to install, stable, and provides mechanisms for system security.

Debian 7: System Administration Best Practices provides valuable background information, tips, and advice on the major areas of installing, maintaining, and administering Debian Linux, from single systems to clusters. Learn what makes Debian the most stable and popular Linux distribution for Internet sites.

Debian 7: System Administration Best Practices is an overview of what administrators need to know in order to effectively administer Debian Linux systems, providing guidance and advice on what is available, and what experience has shown to work best. Starting with what distinguishes Debian from other Linux distributions, you will learn about the Debian project. Learn about the ways systems are booted, and how best to lay out disk partitions, and the basic methods to install and configure Debian software packages. Discover how to manage Debian systems, from bootup to shutdown, and what security measures may be required for your peace of mind, as well as advice on advanced topics that include high availability clustering.

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