Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition

Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition

The Complete Guide to FreeBSD
by Michael W. Lucas
September 2018, 784 pp.
ISBN-13: 
978-1-59327-892-2

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FreeBSD is the muscle behind companies like Netflix and EMC. Any place where someone does heavy lifting on the Internet, you’ll find FreeBSD. This newly revised edition of Absolute FreeBSD brings FreeBSD’s strengths to bear on your problems and covers FreeBSD's newest features, all in the inimitable style that has made author Michael W. Lucas' system administration books so popular.

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.

Absolute FreeBSD dives deep into server management, taking you beyond just making things work and into understanding why they work.

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
  • How to tweak the kernel, and when not to
  • Network configuration, from activating interfaces to selecting congestion control algorithms
  • How to manage UFS, ZFS, and other critical filesystems
  • FreeBSD’s software packaging system, including how to build your own package repository
  • How and when to upgrade
  • Techniques to build your own FreeBSD
  • Advanced security features like blacklistd and packet filtering
  • How to monitor and adjust performance
  • Container-style virtualization with jails
  • Diskless systems
  • Panic management and bug reporting

With Absolute FreeBSD readers will get the solid introduction they need while fans of the earlier editions will expand their skills even further.

Author Bio 

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He’s a regular speaker and instructor at systems administrator conferences throughout the United States. Lucas is the author of the critically-acclaimed Absolute BSD, Absolute OpenBSD, Cisco Routers for the Desperate, and PGP & GPG, all from No Starch Press.

Table of contents 

Introduction
Chapter 1: Getting More Help (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 2: Before You Install (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 3: Installation Walk-Through
Chapter 4: Start Me Up! The Boot Process
Chapter 5: Read This Before You Break Something Else! (Backup and Recovery) (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 6: Kernel Games (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 7: The Network (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 8: Configuring Networking (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 9: Securing Your System (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 10: Disks, Partitioning, and GEOM (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 11: The Unix File System (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 12: ZFS (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 13: Foreign Filesystems (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 14: Exploring /etc (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 15: Making Your System Useful (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 16: Customizing Software with Ports (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 17: Advanced Software Management (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 18: Upgrading FreeBSD (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 19: Advanced Security Features (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 20: Small System Services (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Chapter 21: System Performance and Monitoring
Chapter 22: Jails
Chapter 23: The Fringe of FreeBSD
Chapter 24: System (and Sysadmin) Crashes and Panics
Chapter 25: Afterword