[lug] System administration book review

Evelyn Mitchell efm at tummy.com
Tue Apr 23 09:17:02 MDT 2002

The best book I've read recently on System Administration is _The Practice
of System and Network Administration_ by Limoncelli and Hogan (Addison
Wesley 2001).

It is not Operating System specific. 

What it does have is a thorough, clear explanation of the critical elements
and optional extras of the reponsibilities of system administrators and
their managers. From running a help desk, to fitting out a data center, to
everything inbetween, this book has practical advice which has come out of
both academic research and front line experience.

One of the parts which I was very surprised to see was the section on
social skills for system administrators. They discuss not only how to deal
with difficult people, how to manage your manager, and how to negotiate
with vendors, but also what you can do to make your work life as enjoyable
as possible.

Highly recommended for anyone who has to work with computers, networks and

Regards,                    tummy.com, ltd 
Evelyn Mitchell             Linux Consulting since 1995
efm at tummy.com               Senior System and Network Administrators

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