am 28. April 2010
As I first saw this book I was a little frustrated about the 1150 pages. ;-)
But now a month later I can tell that it was more than worth the time reading it. Beyond the classical view of system administration You will gain a very deep understanding not only how thing work but also why they work the way they do.
A lot of historical information help understand the techniques applied in daily admin-work and long term planing of larger systems and networks.
What is covert:
Networking (protocolls, Services (DNS, DHCP etc.) email, monitoring, etc. ),
Backup & Recovery,
Accounting and user / groupmanagement
and all these for FreeBSD, Tru64, Linux, HP-UX, AIX and Solaris based systems
and the 7 administrative virtues => You have to read the book to find out more. It's worth the time !!
The writing style is extremly convenient not only for the humorous look at the liaison of users & administrators and droughty technical aspects.