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This comprehensive guide can help you administer Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 effectively in any production environment, no matter how complex or challenging.


Long-time Red Hat insider Tammy Fox brings together today’s best practices for the entire system lifecycle, from planning and deployment through maintenance and troubleshooting. Fox shows how to maximize your efficiency and effectiveness by automating day-to-day maintenance through scripting, deploying security updates via Red Hat Network, implementing central identity management services, and providing shared data with NFS and Samba.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Administration Unleashed contains extensive coverage of network and web services, from the Apache HTTP server and Sendmail email services to remote login with OpenSSH. Fox also describes Red Hat’s most valuable tools for monitoring and optimization and presents thorough coverage of security—including a detailed introduction to Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux).


  • Streamline deployment with Kickstart
  • Find, install, update, remove, and verify software
  • Detect, analyze, and manage hardware
  • Manage storage with LVM, RAID, ACLs, and quotas
  • Use Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on 64-bit and multi-core systems
  • Administer users and groups more efficiently and securely
  • Ensure trustworthy backup and rapid recovery
  • Script and schedule tasks to run automatically
  • Provide unified identity management services
  • Configure Apache, BIND, Samba, and Sendmail
  • Monitor and tune the kernel and individual applications
  • Protect against intruders with SELinux and ExecShield
  • Set up firewalls with iptables
  • Enable the Linux Auditing System
  • Use virtualization to run multiple operating systems concurrently


Part I     Installation and Configuration

Chapter 1 Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chapter 2 Post-Installation Configuration

Chapter 3 Operating System Updates


Part II Operating System Core Concepts

Chapter 4 Understanding Linux Concepts 

Chapter 5 Working with RPM Software

Chapter 6 Analyzing Hardware

Chapter 7 Managing Storage

Chapter 8 64-Bit, Multi-Core, and Hyper-Threading Technology Processors

Part III System Administration

Chapter 9 Managing Users and Groups

Chapter 10 Techniques for Backup and Recovery

Chapter 11 Automating Tasks with Scripts


Part IV Network Services

Chapter 12 Identity Management

Chapter 13 Network File Sharing

Chapter 14 Granting Network Connectivity with DHCP

Chapter 15 Creating a Web Server with the Apache HTTP Server  

Chapter 16 Hostname Resolution with BIND

Chapter 17 Securing Remote Logins with OpenSSH

Chapter 18 Setting Up an Em

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