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Hi there. Could anyone recommend a good Systems admin book which deals with or has very informative chapters on system builds / live server builds / patching / backup / process management.
Do O'Reilly have something which covers the above ?
Thanks very much.
These things are very dependent on the OS - each major Linux distribution uses their own tools for installation and software management, so the best place to start is the documentation that your chosen distributions offer. Linux may have a bad reputation WRT documentation, but the big distributions actually offer very good documentation for their products.
Backups cover a very wide range of scenarios and products. The most well-known work is by W. Curtis Preston:
You may want to give "The Practice of System and Network Administration" a try. It covers the breadth of duties that most system administrators deal with. The 2nd edition just came out, btw.
I thought about recommending this, but wasn't sure if the OP was looking for just technical info. IMHO it's the most valuable IT-related book I've ever read, partly because it teaches concepts and good practice rather than being yet another book that shows you how to install Sendmail. I can't say enough good things about it.