By Roderick W. Smith

More and more, Linux is used to force networks in mission-critical environments -- and system/network directors operating in these environments should have a long way deeper services than ever sooner than. complicated Linux Networking selections up the place traditional Linux books depart off, supporting skilled Linux procedure and community directors accomplish extra -- and resolve extra difficulties -- than they could with the other booklet. Its breadth and intensity make it a great single-volume reference for each Linux expert. The booklet is based into 4 sections, every one necessary to the operating Linux administrator: Low-Level Configuration, neighborhood community Servers, net Servers, and community safety and Router capabilities. In-depth assurance comprises: kernel and TCP/IP configuration, replacement community stacks, server startup scripting, DHCP configuration, Kerberos authentication, printer sharing, mail protocols, distant login servers, GUI entry, distant approach management, community backups, iptables firewalls, and VPNs. The book's vast part on web companies indicates the best way to deal with digital domain names and safe websites; study Apache log documents; and run FTP servers; and includes distinctive assurance of SMTP-based e-mail platforms. one of the subject matters coated in unprecedented intensity: configuring Kerberos; operating time servers, font servers, and chroot jails; and utilizing Samba's scripting features to burn CDs and create PDFs. for each skilled Linux procedure or community administrator, and for Linux strength clients with network-related obligations.

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In the first case, the task of loading network drivers is easy, because it's done when the kernel loads. For some cards, though, you may need to pass parameters to the driver via kernel boot options. conf. conf line, as part of a kernel definition, tells the kernel to look for the eth0 device (the first Ethernet card) at I/O port 0x240: append="ether=0,0,0x240,eth0" You can include several options within the quotes after append= by separating them with spaces. You can use this trick to force a particular Ethernet card to link itself to a particular network card on a multi-interface system by identifying the I/O port used by a specific card.

In most cases, you'll need to attend to at least two drivers: one for the low-level hardware and another for the network protocol. Sometimes one or both of these will require additional drivers. For instance, a USB modem may require you to load two or three drivers to access the modem. com to register it. Thanks Using a DHCP Client If your local network has a DHCP server, you can configure Linux to obtain its IP address from this server automatically, by using a DHCP client. This client sends a broadcast message on its local network segment to search for a DHCP server.

The ro option specifies that the kernel should initially mount this partition read-only, which is standard practice. ) LOADLIN can be a useful tool for testing new kernels, if you prefer not to adjust your LILO setup initially. It's also a good way to boot Linux in an emergency, should LILO become corrupt. org) is an open source version that should do the job. LOADLIN ships on most Linux distributions' installation CD-ROMs, usually in a directory called dosutils or something similar. com to register it.

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