I was delighted to receive a copy of The Definitive Guide to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server by Sander van Vugt, because of two things: first of all, I greatly enjoyed another book by the same author (Pro Novell Open Enterprise Server), and second I’m feverishly working on a project which will ultimately be based on SLES 10. Definitive SLES10The book’s subtitle says Everything you need to know to install, configure, and administer Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Platform, and that would appear to be true. After a good introduction and the ubiquitous Finding your way on the command line, van Vugt dives right into administration of the system (users, permissions, file system, storage, software, processes and logging), and those twelve chapters are followed by networking, printing, file sharing, mail (with Postfix), OpenLDAP, Network Time Protocol (NTP), Apache, DNS & DHCP and even the Squid web proxy cache. I cannot think of anything missing there! ;-) In Part 4, the reader learns about clustering with HeartBeat and shared storage including a good overview of DRBD, the Distributed Replicated Block Device, and iSCSI. Individual chapters are dedicated to the SUSE Firewall, as well as to XEN virtualization software included in SLES 10. The chapter on Service Location Protocol wasn’t deep enough for me as it is a bit too much of a tutorial, but Creating an Installation Server more than made up for that. This is a must read book for anybody who is considering to deploy SLES 10; it belongs on the desk of every administrator. Apress have posted chapter 2 Exploring SUSE Linux Enterprise Server up for reading, and the full table of contents is here.

LDAP, Books, DRBD, and Linux :: 03 Feb 2007 :: e-mail