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Mastering Ubuntu Server. - Second Edition

By : Jay LaCroix
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Mastering Ubuntu Server. - Second Edition

By: Jay LaCroix

Overview of this book

Ubuntu Server has taken the data centers by storm. Whether you're deploying Ubuntu for a large-scale project or for a small office, it is a stable, customizable, and powerful Linux distribution that leads the way with innovative and cutting-edge features. For both simple and complex server deployments, Ubuntu's flexible nature can be easily adapted to meet to the needs of your organization. With this book as your guide, you will learn all about Ubuntu Server, from initial deployment to creating production-ready resources for your network. The book begins with the concept of user management, group management, and filesystem permissions. Continuing into managing storage volumes, you will learn how to format storage devices, utilize logical volume management, and monitor disk usage. Later, you will learn how to virtualize hosts and applications, which will cover setting up KVM/QEMU, as well as containerization with both Docker and LXD. As the book continues, you will learn how to automate configuration with Ansible, as well as take a look at writing scripts. Lastly, you will explore best practices and troubleshooting techniques when working with Ubuntu Server that are applicable to real-world scenarios. By the end of the book, you will be an expert Ubuntu Server administrator who is well-versed in its advanced concepts.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)

Managing Users

As an administrator of Ubuntu-based servers, users can be your greatest asset and also your biggest headache. During your career, you'll add countless new users, manage their passwords, remove their accounts when they leave the company, and grant or remove access to resources across the filesystem. Even on servers on which you're the only user, you'll still find yourself managing user accounts since even system processes run as users. To be successful at managing Linux servers, you'll also need to know how to manage permissions, create password policies, and limit who can execute administrative commands on the machine. In this chapter, we'll work through these concepts so that you'll have a clear idea of how to manage users and their resources.

In particular, we will cover:

  • Understanding when to use root
  • Creating and removing users...