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second edition, "Introducing the Basics of Automation," by Nate Campi and Kirk Bauer.
Automating standard system administration on Linux distributions or Unix nodes can save time, provide consistency throughout your system, and ensure expert configuration, regulatory compliance, and reliability of your system. Nate Campi and Kirk Bauer have updated their book Automating Unix and Linux System Administration, second edition to help you reduce headaches and workloads. Take advantage of our free download of Chapter 1, "Introducing the Basics of Automation."
The authors prefer cfengine for task automation, and warn those in the Unix world familiar with cron jobs to "think of cfengine as a next-generation cron daemon." By building your network using cfengine, the network build will work without user intervention on any hardware you prefer.
The book's focus is how to make your job as a system administrator easier and more efficient, and is targeted at both new and seasoned professionals. The authors suggest that the automated system administration will work in large and medium-sized businesses, application service providers, Web server farms, and Beowulf clusters as well as with Unix-based network appliances. System administrators will attain a thorough grasp of cfengine, kickstart and shell scripting for automation. After reading all chapters and following the exercises in this book, the reader will be able to set up anything from a Linux data center to a small office network.
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About the Authors:
Nate Campi is a Unix and Linux system administrator by trade, and is currently working as a Unix operations manager in San Francisco. His system administration experience is almost entirely with companies with large-scale Web operations based on open source software.
Kirk Bauer is a systems engineer with F5 Networks, and has been involved in computer programming since 1985. He has used and administered 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 HP-UX. He is the author of various open source products, including Logwatch. Bauer has been involved with software development and system/network administration since his first year at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has done work for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and DHL. In 2000, Bauer was a founder and the chief technology officer of TogetherWeb, which was purchased in 2003 by Proficient Systems.