Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition

FreeBSD empowers. Absolute FreeBSD empowers absolutely.

PREORDER NOW — The critically-acclaimed FreeBSD guide, now expanded, revised, and updated!

“When was the last time you could physically feel yourself getting smarter while reading a book? If you are a beginning to average FreeBSD user, Absolute FreeBSD 2nd Ed (AF2E) will deliver that sensation in spades. Even more advanced users will find plenty to enjoy.”
Richard Bejtlich, TaoSecurity founder and president

FreeBSD is the muscle behind companies from Netflix to EMC. Any place where someone does heavy lifting on the Internet, you’ll find FreeBSD. Absolute FreeBSD brings FreeBSD’s strengths to bear on your problems.

Any computer system is only as good as the system administrator’s knowledge. Absolute FreeBSD teaches you everything you need to know about managing FreeBSD systems, from installation, configuration, and taking the system from “just working” to “working well.” A cohesive focus on service delivery and best practice means that you can apply much of the book to other operating systems.

” . . . a very fine piece of work. It isn’t about how to implement BSD solutions. It’s about managing systems ‘in situ.'”
–Peter Salus, UNIX historian, on the 1st edition

Managers ask “Why is it slow?” “How fast is it working?” “How many users can our current hardware handle?” Sysadmins ask “Can I set up a local software package repository?” “Where is that function, anyway?” “What do I do with this crash dump?” Absolute FreeBSD, from No Starch Press, answers these and more!

Absolute BSD taught new sysadmins how to build and manage a FreeBSD server. Absolute FreeBSD dove deep into server management, taking you beyond just making things work and into understanding why they work. This third edition of Absolute FreeBSD updated all that knowledge and covers FreeBSD’s newest features.

You’ll learn:

  • How to best install FreeBSD to meet your needs
  • Which filesystem to use in your environment
  • How to back up and restore critical data
  • When and how to tweak the kernel, and when not to
  • Network configuration, from activating interfaces to selecting congestion control algorithms
  • Managing both UFS and ZFS, as well as FreeBSD’s other important filesystems
  • FreeBSD’s software packaging system, including how to build your own package repository
  • How and when to upgrade
  • How to build your own FreeBSD
  • Advanced security features like blacklistd and packet filtering
  • Monitoring and Adjusting Performance
  • Container-style virtualization with jails
  • Diskless systems
  • Panic management and bug reporting

New readers will still get the solid introduction they need, but fans of the earlier editions will expand their skills still further.

All in the inimitable style that has made Lucas’ system administration books so popular.

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