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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

Benefits of automating infrastructure with Chef in Linux

Automating infrastructure with Chef in Linux significantly improves operational efficiency. It reduces manual configuration efforts, enabling administrators to deploy and manage infrastructure at scale. Chef’s idempotent operations ensure that configurations are applied only when necessary, saving time and reducing errors.

Consistency and scalability

Chef ensures consistent configurations across distributed environments. By defining the desired state in cookbooks and recipes, administrators can easily replicate configurations across nodes, ensuring uniformity and eliminating configuration drift. Chef’s scalability allows for easy addition or removal of nodes, accommodating dynamic infrastructure requirements.

Reduced human error

Automating infrastructure with Chef minimizes human error by removing manual intervention. Chef’s declarative approach ensures that configurations are applied consistently...