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Other web sites about BSD:Additional pages on this web site, which may be of interest: Starting in the late 1970s, the University of California, BSD began to develop a series of utilities and tools for existing UNIX operating system. Eventually this developed into a complete operating system known as Berkley Unix, the Berkley Software Distribution or simply BSD. Modern descendants of this operating system, including FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD are in widespread use today. Additionally, because of the very liberal terms of the BSD license, source code from BSD operating systems has been used Linux, Solaris, UNIX System V and its derivatives, and even Microsoft Windows. Additionally, Apple's Mac OS X, is based on BSD.

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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD

By Michael W. Lucas

No Starch Press
Released: 2018-10-05
Paperback (704 pages)

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This updated edition of Michael W. Lucas' definitive volume on FreeBSD-based systems adds coverage of modern disks, the ZFS filesystem IPv6, redesigned jail and packaging systems, and virtualization, among dozens of new features added in the last 10 years.

FreeBSD is the muscle behind companies like Netflix and EMC. Any place where someone does heavy lifting on the Internet, you'll find FreeBSD. This newly revised edition of Absolute FreeBSD brings FreeBSD's strengths to bear on your problems and covers FreeBSD's newest features, all in the inimitable style that has made author Michael W. Lucas' system administration books so popular.

Any computer system is only as good as the system administrator's knowledge. Absolute FreeBSD teaches you everything you need to know about managing FreeBSD systems, from installation, configuration, and taking the system from "just working" to "working well." A cohesive focus on service delivery and best practice means that you can apply much of the book to other operating systems.

Absolute FreeBSD dives deep into server management, taking you beyond just making things work and into understanding why they work.

You'll learn:
  *  How to best install FreeBSD to meet your needs
  *  Which filesystem to use in your environment
  *  How to back up and restore critical data
  *  How to tweak the kernel, and when not to
  *  Network configuration, from activating interfaces to selecting congestion control algorithms
  *  How to manage UFS, ZFS, and other critical filesystems
  *  FreeBSD's software packaging system, including how to build your own package repository
  *  How and when to upgrade
  *  Techniques to build your own FreeBSD
  *  Advanced security features like blacklistd and packet filtering
  *  How to monitor and adjust performance
  *  Container-style virtualization with jails
  *  Diskless systems
  *  Panic management and bug reporting

With Absolute FreeBSD readers will get the solid introduction they need while fans of the earlier editions will expand their skills even further.

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails (It Mastery)

By Michael W Lucas

Tilted Windmill Press
Hardcover (246 pages)

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails (It Mastery)
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CONFINE YOUR SOFTWARE

Jails are FreeBSD's most legendary feature: known to be powerful, tricky to master, and cloaked in decades of dubious lore. Deploying jails calls upon every sysadmin skill you have, and more--but unleashing lightweight virtualization is so worth it.

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails cuts through the clutter to expose the inner mechanisms of jails and unleash their power in your service. You will:

  • Understand how jails achieve lightweight virtualization
  • Understand the base system's jail tools and the iocage toolkit
  • Optimally configure jail hardware
  • Manage jails from the host and from within the jail
  • Optimize disk space usage to support hundreds or thousands of jails
  • Comfortably work within the limits of jails
  • Implement fine-grained control of jail features
  • Build virtual networks
  • Deploy hierarchical jails
  • Constrain jail resource usage
  • And more!

Strip away the mystery. Read FreeBSD Mastery: Jails today!

"This is the sequel to Git Commit Murder, right ?"

/phk, creator of the jail system

Absolute FreeBSD: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD, 2nd Edition

By Michael W. Lucas

Brand: No Starch Press
Paperback (744 pages)

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FreeBSD—the powerful, flexible, and free Unix-like operating system—is the preferred server for many enterprises. But it can be even trickier to use than either Unix or Linux, and harder still to master.




Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition is your complete guide to FreeBSD, written by FreeBSD committer Michael W. Lucas. Lucas considers this completely revised and rewritten second edition of his landmark work to be his best work ever; a true product of his love for FreeBSD and the support of the FreeBSD community. Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition covers installation, networking, security, network services, system performance, kernel tweaking, filesystems, SMP, upgrading, crash debugging, and much more, including coverage of how to:

  • Use advanced security features like packet filtering, virtual machines, and host-based intrusion detection
  • Build custom live FreeBSD CDs and bootable flash
  • Manage network services and filesystems
  • Use DNS and set up email, IMAP, web, and FTP services for both servers and clients
  • Monitor your system with performance-testing and troubleshooting tools
  • Run diskless systems
  • Manage schedulers, remap shared libraries, and optimize your system for your hardware and your workload
  • Build custom network appliances with embedded FreeBSD
  • Implement redundant disks, even without special hardware
  • Integrate FreeBSD-specific SNMP into your network management system.

Whether you're just getting started with FreeBSD or you've been using it for years, you'll find this book to be the definitive guide to FreeBSD that you've been waiting for.

The Complete FreeBSD: Documentation from the Source

By Greg Lehey

Brand: O'Reilly Media
Paperback (714 pages)

The Complete FreeBSD: Documentation from the Source
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FreeBSD is by far the most popular version of BSD®, the legendary operating system that has contributed a great deal to every version of Unix® in use today (including Mac OS® X). Originally a community effort by the University of California at Berkeley, FreeBSD was aimed at making Unix a little friendlier and easier to use. By the time other free operating systems came along, BSD was firmly established and very reliable. And it continues to be today.For seven years, the FreeBSD community has relied on Greg Lehey's classic, The Complete FreeBSD, to guide them through its configuration and administration. The 4th edition, covering version 5 of FreeBSD, is now available through O'Reilly Community Press.The Complete FreeBSD is an eminently practical guidebook that explains not only how to get a computer up and running with the FreeBSD operating system, but also how to turn it into a highly functional and secure server that can host large numbers of users and disks, support remote access, and provide web service, mail service, and other key parts of the Internet infrastructure. The book provides in-depth information on installation and updates, back-ups, printers, RAID, various Internet services, firewalls, the graphical X Window system, and much more. Author Greg Lehey is a member of the FreeBSD core team and has been developing, documenting, and advocating for FreeBSD for nearly ten years. Whether you're an experienced Unix user or just interested in learning more about this free operating system and how you can put it to work for you, this do-it-yourself BSD documentation will provide the information you need.The Complete FreeBSD is the second release in the O'Reilly Community Press Series. Unlike classic O'Reilly animal books, which are created to fill an information void, the Community Press titles provide convenient printed copies of documentation that is already available online. O'Reilly's role in the series is limited to providing manufacturing and distribution services rather than editorial development, so that each Community Press title reflects the editorial voice and organization of the community that has created it.

FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS (IT Mastery) (Volume 9)

By Michael W Lucas

Tilted Windmill Press
Paperback (242 pages)

FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS (IT Mastery) (Volume 9)
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ZFS improves everything about systems administration. Once you peek under the hood, though, ZFS’ bewildering array of knobs and tunables can overwhelm anyone. ZFS experts can make their servers zing—and now you can, too, with FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS.

This small book teaches you to:

  • Use boot environments to make the riskiest sysadmin tasks boring
  • Delegate filesystem privileges to users
  • Containerize ZFS datasets with jails
  • Quickly and efficiently replicate data between machines
  • split layers off of mirrors
  • optimize ZFS block storage
  • handle large storage arrays
  • select caching strategies to improve performance
  • manage next-generation storage hardware
  • identify and remove bottlenecks
  • build screaming fast database storage
  • dive deep into pools, metaslabs, and more!

    Whether you manage a single small server or international datacenters, simplify your storage with FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS.

  • BHYVE: FreeBSD for Virtualization

    By Erick Engelke

    Independently published
    Paperback (41 pages)

    BHYVE: FreeBSD for Virtualization
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    BHYVEFreeBSD for VirtualizationFreeBSD now ships with BHYVE, a free and capable virtualization feature similar to HyperV and VMware, suitable for virtualizing VMs running FreeBSD, Windows, Linux, and others. In addition to examples installing FreeBSD, Windows and Linux with both UFS and ZFS, there are whole chapters dedicated to networking and firewall issues, disk issues including UFS and ZFS+snapshots, Graphics, VM migration with and without Suspend/Restore and Passthrough devices and using high speed NFS for VM storage. The Windows chapter discusses Microsoft licensing, simple resizing of disks, etc.Anyone with basic Unix/FreeBSD experience will find everything necessary to build powerful virtualization solutions.

    FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials (IT Mastery)

    By Michael W Lucas

    Tilted Windmill Press
    Paperback (240 pages)

    FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials (IT Mastery)
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    FreeBSD is one of the oldest and most featureful open-source Unix-like operating systems. FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials takes you on a deep dive into FreeBSD’s disk management systems. You’ll learn about: * identifying your storage hardware * the Common Access Method * GEOM–FreeBSD’s powerful and flexible stackable storage system * GUID Partition Tables, the modern disk partitioning standard * MBR/disklabel partitioning, used by older and embedded systems * avoiding common partitioning errors * aligning partitions to the physical disk, for peak performance * the high-performance Unix File System * tuning UFS to fit your environment and load * Two ways to journal filesystems, and when to use each * The GELI and GBDE disk encryption systems, and when to use each * Software-based disk mirroring, striping, RAID-5 and RAID-10. * Custom FreeBSD installs And more! Don’t just configure your storage. Understand it. Get FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials today!

    FreeBSD Handbook 1/2

    By FreeBSD Documentation Project

    Ingramcontent
    Paperback (422 pages)

    FreeBSD Handbook 1/2
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    The FreeBSD newcomer will find that the first section of this book guides the user through the FreeBSD installation process and gently introduces the concepts and conventions that underpin UNIX. Working through this section requires little more than the desire to explore, and the ability to take on board new concepts as they are introduced.
    Once you have traveled this far, the second, far larger, section of the Handbook is a comprehensive reference to all manner of topics of interest to FreeBSD system administrators. Some of these chapters may recommend that you do some prior reading, and this is noted in the synopsis at the beginning of each chapter.

    As the project became so big project over the years, we had to split this reference manual in two parts that are two separate physical books. To keep it consistent with the digital manual, the references and page numbers cover both physical books as it were one. Therefore please note that you probably want to have both parts.

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