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Linux for System Administrators

By : Viorel Rudareanu, Daniil Baturin
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Linux for System Administrators

By: Viorel Rudareanu, Daniil Baturin

Overview of this book

Linux system administration is an essential aspect of maintaining and managing Linux servers within an organization. The role of a Linux system administrator is pivotal in ensuring the smooth functioning and security of these servers, making it a critical job function for any company that relies on Linux infrastructure. This book is a comprehensive guide designed to help you build a solid foundation in Linux system administration. It takes you from the fundamentals of Linux to more advanced topics, encompassing key areas such as Linux system installation, managing user accounts and filesystems, networking fundamentals, and Linux security techniques. Additionally, the book delves into the automation of applications and infrastructure using Chef, enabling you to streamline and optimize your operations. For both newcomers getting started with Linux and professionals looking to enhance their skills, this book is an invaluable hands-on guide with a structured approach and concise explanations that make it an effective resource for quickly acquiring and reinforcing Linux system administration skills. With the help of this Linux book, you’ll be able to navigate the world of Linux administration confidently to meet the demands of your role.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Linux Basics
Part 2: Configuring and Modifying Linux Systems
Part 3: Linux as a Part of a Larger System

Automation with Chef

In today’s technology-driven world, managing and maintaining infrastructure at scale has become increasingly complex. System administrators often face challenges in deploying and configuring numerous servers, ensuring consistency across environments, and efficiently managing updates and changes. Manual configuration processes are time-consuming, error-prone, and difficult to scale. To address these issues, automation has emerged as a crucial solution. Among the various automation tools available, Chef stands out as a powerful configuration management system that streamlines infrastructure provisioning and management.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive overview of automating infrastructure with Chef in the Linux environment. It aims to explore the various components of Chef and their roles, examine the benefits of using Chef for infrastructure automation, discuss real-world use cases, and analyze Chef’s strengths and limitations...