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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 Software Packages

Prior to this chapter, I've already walked you through several situations that required you to install a new package or two on your server, but we have yet to have any formal discussion on package management. In this chapter, we'll explore package management in more detail. The Ubuntu platform has a huge range of software available for it, featuring packages for everything from server administration to games. In fact, as of the time I'm writing this chapter, there are over 50,000 packages in Ubuntu's repositories. That's a lot of software and, in this chapter, we'll take a look at how to manage these packages. We'll cover how to install, remove, and update packages, as well as the use of related tools.

As we go through these concepts, we will cover:

  • Understanding Linux package management
  • Taking advantage of hardware...