The Definitive Guide to CentOS

By Peter Membrey , Tim Verhoeven , Ralph Angenendt

Author Peter Membrey provides the first definitive reference for CentOS, the workhorse Linux distribution that does the heavy lifting in small and medium-size enterprises without drawing too much attention to itself.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-1930-9
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2009
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $39.99
  • eBook Price: $27.99
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CentOS is just like Red Hat, but without the price tag and with the virtuous license. When belts have to be tightened, we want to read about an OS with all the features of a commercial Linux variety, but without the pain. The Definitive Guide to CentOS is the first definitive reference for CentOS and focuses on CentOS alone, the workhorse Linux distribution, that does the heavy lifting in small and medium-size enterprises without drawing too much attention to itself.

  • Provides tutorial and hands-on learning but is also designed to be used as a reference
  • Bases all examples on real-world tasks that readers are likely to perform
  • Serves up hard-won examples and hints and tips from the author's experiences of CentOS in production

What you’ll learn

  • See why CentOS is an ideal platform for deploying services on the same level as Redhat Enterprise Linux without the cost.
  • Prepare and install a CentOS server from scratch.
  • Install and configure core services.
  • Follow best practices for managing and administering the server and its services.
  • Integrate enterprise features in CentOS/Red Hat networks.
  • And finally, move away from Fedora, which has great features, but is not meant to be a server OS!

Who this book is for

Both beginning and experienced system administrators who want to have an industrial–strength Linux server distribution at their fingertips.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing CentOS
  2. Installing CentOS
  3. Getting Started with CentOS
  4. Using Yum
  5. Using Apache
  6. Setting Up Mail
  7. Understanding DNS
  8. Setting Up DHCP
  9. Sharing Files with Samba
  10. Setting Up Virtual Private Networks
  11. Using Core Builds
  12. Using High Availability
  13. Monitoring Your Network Using Nagios
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On page 47:
Under the description of /root it says "This directory is the root home area" then "When asked the location of
a particular file, people will often say, “I put it in root.” Generally they are referring to the root home area, although if you can’t find the file there, the next place to check before complaining would be in the /root directory."

But you have just said that /root is the root home area so looking in the same place again would not make much sense. It would make more sense if it said look in the root directory (without the \ in front of root) or just look in \

On page 96:
In the declaration of AuthName there is a trailing "S" outside of the string declaration.

Currently it is:

AuthName "Secret Secure Area"S
If entered this way I got an error.

When entered as:

AuthName "Secret Secure Area"
Everything worked as planned.