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Linux Transfer for Network Admins

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by Michael Jang
Edited by Elizabeth Zinkann

ISBN: 1-930919-46-8
Length: 310 pgs
Formats Available: Printed (incl. ebook) or Ebook only
Printed book format: Paperback, 7"x9"
Ebook format: PDF
Price ($US): 49.95
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Press date: December, 2003

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Linux has always been popular as a Web server, but its penetration into the desktop market continues to grow in 2003. At the same time, companies are getting increasingly tired of security problems and privacy, licensing and pricing issues with Microsoft Windows. As a result, more and more companies are taking a look at using Linux as a file server that communicates with both their Windows and Linux desktops.

But the core architecture of the Linux operating system is fundamentally different than Microsoft Windows. While many of these differences are transparent to an end user, they aren't to a network administrator responsible for setting up a file server and using it as the manager of user rights and permissions over the network. Such an administrator has to know the concepts as well as the functions of the internals of the operating system.

This book delves into how the Linux operating is constructed and how it works, all from the point of view of an administrator experienced both with computers in general and Windows architecture in particular. Then it covers the installation and configuration of a network file server, with user management as well as file and directory sharing, again, discussed with the perspective of a Windows network administrator in mind.

Finally, the book describes how to implement sample scenarios connecting Windows and Linux workstations to a file server as well as sharing other resources, such as printers and how to replace a an existing Windows domain controller with a Linux server.

Companies are considering Linux as their tool of choice not only for back room Web servers and firewalls, but also for the workhorse file servers that their entire user base depends on. This book shows the experienced Windows network administrator how to convert from a Windows-based server to a Linux based one.

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