— The USENIX homepage. A professional organization
dedicated to bringing together computer professionals of all
types and fostering improved communication and innovation.
— The System Administrators Guild homepage. A USENIX
special technical group that is a good resource for all system
administrators responsible for Linux (or Linux-like) operating
Most books on system administration do little to cover the
philosophy behind the job. However, the following books do have
sections that give a bit more depth to the issues that were discussed
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Reference Guide; Red Hat, Inc. —
Provides an overview of locations of key system files, user and
group settings, and PAM configuration.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Security Guide; Red Hat, Inc. —
Contains a comprehensive discussion of many security-related
issues for Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Guide; Red Hat, Inc. —
Includes chapters on managing users and groups, automating tasks,
and managing log files.
Linux Administration Handbook by Evi
Nemeth, Garth Snyder, and Trent R. Hein; Prentice Hall —
Provides a good section on the policies and politics side of
system administration, including several "what-if" discussions
Linux System Administration: A User's
Guide by Marcel Gagne; Addison Wesley Professional
— Contains a good chapter on automating various
Solaris System Management by John
Philcox; New Riders Publishing — Although not specifically
written for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (or even Linux in general), and using the term
"system manager" instead of "system administrator," this book
provides a 70-page overview of the many roles that system
administrators play in a typical organization.