Unix System Administration career and reference information


Sys Admin - oriented
www.usenix.org/sage/ SAGE: the System Administrators Guild is a Special Technical Group of the USENIX Association. This is the key professional society for system administration in general, with a bit of a Unix bias. Sponsors the annual LISA conference. Membership includes a subscription to the journal  :login.

The SAGE Job Descriptions are a de facto standard for distinguishing between the duties of Novice, Junior, Intermediate/Advanced, and Senior system administrators.

SAGE has recently developed a certification program.

http://www.uuasc.org/ UUASC: the Unix Users Association of Southern California has monthly meetings in El Segundo (first Thursdays) and in Irvine (second Mondays). It is a great place to pick up diverse knowledge and network with other sys admins. No dues; all are welcome!
General computing and Information Technology
http://www.acm.org/ Association for Computing Machinery. There is a Los Angeles chapter and a student chapter at Loyola Marymount.
http://www.computer.org/ IEEE Computer Society. There is a Los Angeles Council.

References on the Web
Sys Admin - oriented
www.sun.com/bigadmin Sun's system administration portal
www.stokely.com/unix.sysadm.resources Celeste Stokely's reference site
unix.about.com/library/weekly/aa030501a.htm A brief overview of skill areas and links
General Unix
www.ugu.com Unix Guru Universe
bhami.com/rosetta.html Bruce Hamilton's table of commands for different Unix flavors, grouped by function.


  Nemeth, Snyder, Seebass, and Hein, Unix System Administration Handbook (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall, August 2000. "The Bible". Covers Solaris 7, HP-UX 11.00, Red Hat Linux 6.2, and FreeBSD 3.4
  Nemeth, Snyder, and Hein, Linux Administration Handbook. Prentice Hall, March 2002. Linux-specific version of the above. Covers Red Hat 7.2, SuSE 7.3, Debian 3.0.
  Craig Hunt, TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd ed.). O'Reilly, April 2002.
  Aeleen Frisch, Essential System Administration (3rd ed.). O'Reilly, 15 August 2002
O'Reilly and Prentice-Hall generally publish the most titles of interest to Unix system administrators.


www.sysadminmag.com Sys Admin: the journal for Unix system administrators

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last edit: 2002.08.02 Bruce Hamilton