Published several years ago these O’Reilly books are still useful & relevant for the current and new system administrators. Although these books may not cover latest version of operating systems yet these explains very well the underlying technical details and process which have not changed over the years.
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1. Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix Administration
by Æleen Frisch
“A classic system administration books last released in year 2002 but still much relevant and helpful for system administrators”
Targeted at beginners, provides hand on approach to real world by explanation and examples. Several Unix flavors such as AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Solaris, Tru64 along with Linux environments are covered along with DHCP, USB devices, automation tools, SNMP , network management, LDAP and PAM topics.
2. Learning the UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
by Jerry Peek , Grace Todino-Gonguet , John Strang
“Great introduction level book for Unix beginners””
3. Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
by Ellen Siever and Stephen Figgins
“1000 page Linux reference book that should always be within reach””
4. Classic Shell Scripting
by Arnold Robbins and Nelson H.F. Beebe
Must have shell scripting book filled with lots of examples”
5. Sed & Awk
by Dale Dougherty
“A must have reference to enhance skill in Sed and awk with real world examples”
6. Learning the vi and Vim Editors: Text Processing at Maximum Speed and power
“Must have book to learn and master vi and its leading clone vlm”
7. bash Cookbook : Solutions and Examples for bash Users
by Carl Albing
“A must have bash Cookbook with scenario and solution style writing with detailed explanations”
8. Bash Pocket Reference: Help for Power Users and Sys Admins
By Armold Robbins
“Great handy Pocket reference with clear and organized presentation.”
9. TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition; O’Reilly Networking)
by Craig Hunt
“Must have TCP/IP network administration book for network and system administrators.”
10. DNS and BIND
“Still one of the indispensable books out there about DNS and Bind”
Recommanded for new and intermediate network and DNS administrator . A number of clear examples of the configuration files, along with insightful and helpful hints surely will help keep you out of trouble.