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Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration, 3rd Edition

Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration, 3rd Edition

Terry Collings, Kurt Wall

ISBN: 978-0-471-77731-1

Apr 2007

992 pages

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  • Starts with the basics of Red Hat, the leading Linux distribution in the U.S., such as network planning and Red Hat installation and configuration
  • Offers a close look at the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Fedora Core 4 releases
  • New chapters cover configuring a database server, creating a VNC server, monitoring performance, providing Web services, exploring SELinux security basics, and exploring desktops
  • Demonstrates how to maximize the use of Red Hat Network, upgrade and customize the kernel, install and upgrade software packages, and back up and restore the file system
  • The four CDs contain the full Fedora Core 4 distribution


Part One: System and Network Administration Defined.

Chapter 1: Duties of the System Administrator.

Chapter 2: Planning the Network.

Chapter 3: Standard Installation.

Chapter 4: Kickstart Installation.

Chapter 5: Exploring the Desktops.

Chapter 6: System Startup and Shutdown.

Chapter 7: The File System Explained.

Chapter 8: Examining the System Configuration Files.

Part Two: Network Services.

Chapter 9: Managing the X Window System.

Chapter 10: Configuring Printers.

Chapter 11: TCP/IP Networking.

Chapter 12: The Network File System.

Chapter 13: The Network Information System.

Chapter 14: Connecting to Microsoft and Novell Networks.

Chapter 15: Configuring a Database Server.

Chapter 16: Creating a VNC Server.

Chapter 17: Providing Additional Network Services.

Chapter 18: Optimizing Network Services.

Part Three: Internet Services.

Chapter 19: What Are Internet Services?

Chapter 20: Configuring BIND: The Domain Name System.

Chapter 21: Configuring Mail Services.

Chapter 22: Configuring FTP Services.

Chapter 23: Configuring a Web Server.

Chapter 24: Providing Web Services.

Chapter 25: Optimizing Internet Services.

Part Four: System Administration.

Chapter 26: Keeping Your System Updated with up2date and the Red Hat Network.

Chapter 27: Upgrading and Customizing the Kernel.

Chapter 28: Configuring the System at the Command Line.

Chapter 29: Administering Users and Groups.

Chapter 30: Installing and Upgrading Software Packages.

Chapter 31: Backing Up and Restoring the File System.

Chapter 32: Performance Monitoring.

Part Five: System Security and Problem Solving.

Chapter 33: Exploring SELinux Security.

Chapter 34: Implementing Network Security.

Chapter 35: Troubleshooting and Problem Solving.

Appendix A: Bash Shell Scripting.


New Chapters to this edition include:

Configuring a Database Server: installing, configuring, and basic testing of two open source relational databases, MySQL and PostgreSQL, and the major commercial database, Oracle

Creating a VNC Server: how to create a VNC server using Fedora Core and RHEL to enable telecommuters and other remote employees to access a Linux-based LAN and LAN-based services without needing to be in the office. This chapter also describes how to configure a Linux system as a VNC client.

Providing Convenience Services: how to set up non-essential LAN-based convenience services including a time server (NTP), a PalmPilot sync server, a content management system, and a streaming multimedia server.

Providing Web Services: how to add common and popular Web-based services to a basic Web server including mailing lists, blogs, Web-based email, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), RSS feeds, and site search functionality.

Exploring SELinux Security Basics: SELinux is the new (evidently preferred) security model for Fedora- and RHEL-based systems, so this chapter describes how SELinux's policy-based security works and how to work with SELinux.

Exploring the Desktops: default RH desktop, GNOME, will be explained. Coverage will also be provided for KDE. Some of the most used applications, such as a web browser, email client, multimedia and productivity applications will be described.

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  • New material. Coverage of RHEL4, exercises added throughout the book, and 4 CDs with full Fedora Core 4 installation. New coverage on SE Linux security basics, the desktop and applications, Network File Systems version 4, how to configure a database server, now to create a VNC server, how to provide web services (IRC, RSS feeds, mailing lists)and how to provide convenience services such as a CMS, a streaming multimedia server, a PalmPilot sync server, and time server (NTP).