Welcome to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Introduction to System Administration.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Introduction to System Administration contains introductory information
for new Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators. It does not
teach you how to perform a particular task under Red Hat Enterprise Linux; rather, it
provides you with the background knowledge that more experienced system
administrators have learned over time.
This guide assumes you have a limited amount of experience as a Linux
user, but no Linux system administration experience. If you are
completely new to Linux in general (and Red Hat Enterprise Linux in particular), you should
start by purchasing an introductory book on Linux.
Each chapter in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Introduction to System Administration has the following
Generic overview material — This section discusses the topic
of the chapter without going into details about a specific operating
system, technology, or methodology.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux-specific material — This section addresses aspects of
the topic related to Linux in general and Red Hat Enterprise Linux in particular.
Additional resources for further study — This section
includes pointers to other Red Hat Enterprise Linux manuals, helpful websites, and books
containing information applicable to the topic.
By adopting a consistent structure, readers can more easily read the
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Introduction to System Administration in whatever way they choose. For
example, an experienced system administrator with little Red Hat Enterprise Linux experience
could skim only the sections that specifically focus on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, while a
new system adminstrator could start by reading only the generic overview
sections, and using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux-specific sections as an introduction to
more in-depth resources.
While on the subject of more in-depth resources, the
Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Administration Guide is an excellent resource for performing
specific tasks in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment. Administrators requiring more
in-depth, factual information should refer to the
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Reference Guide.
HTML, PDF, and RPM versions of the manuals are available on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Documentation CD and online at http://www.redhat.com/docs/.
Although this manual reflects the most current information possible,
read the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Release Notes for information
that may not have been available prior to our documentation being
finalized. They can be found on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux CD #1 and online at http://www.redhat.com/docs/.
Unless otherwise noted, all information contained in this manual apply
only to the x86 processor and processors featuring the Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T)
and AMD64 technologies. For architecture-specific information, refer to the
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation Guide for your respective architecture.