by Karl Kopper
May 2005, 464 pp.
This book is currently out of stock, but the ebook is still available
The Linux Enterprise Cluster explains how to take a number of inexpensive computers with limited resources, place them on a normal computer network, and install free software so that the computers act together like one powerful server. This makes it possible to build a very inexpensive and reliable business system for a small business or a large corporation. The book includes information on how to build a high-availability server pair using the Heartbeat package, how to use the Linux Virtual Server load balancing software, how to configure a reliable printing system in a Linux cluster environment, and how to build a job scheduling system in Linux with no single point of failure. The book also includes information on high availability techniques that can be used with or without a cluster, making it helpful for System Administrators even if they are not building a cluster. Anyone interested in deploying Linux in an environment where low cost computer reliability is important will find this book useful.
The CD-ROM includes the Linux kernel, ldirectord software, the Mon monitoring package, the Ganglia package, OpenSSH, rsync, SystemImager, Heartbeat, and all the figures and illustrations used in the book.
About the Author
Karl Kopper has worked with distributed computing environments on many platforms, including Linux, Windows, Macintosh, a wide variety of UNIX platforms, and Tandem mainframes. As a consultant for a private wholesale food distribution company, he worked on the conversion to a new business system the Linux Enterprise Cluster described in the book that has worked flawlessly to date. When he's not building Linux clusters and studying free software projects he enjoys spending time in the garden, growing food with friends and family.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE LINUX SERVER
Chapter 1: Starting the Services
PART TWO: HIGH AVAILABILITY LINUX
Chapter 4: Synchronizing Servers with Rsync and SSH
PART THREE: CLUSTER THEORY AND PRACTICE
Chapter 10: The Ideal Cluster
PART FOUR: MAINTENANCE AND MONITORING
Chapter 17: Simple Network Management Protocol and Mon
Appendix A: Downloading Software
"A nice balance between detailed, hand-holding exposition and getting the concepts you need to be able to extend the recipes into your environment."
"An excellent resource. . . No matter what your needs are. . . if you're serious about designing and implementing a low-cost production cluster using free software, this book's for you."
"One of the best computer books I have ever read. The writing is excellent, the subject matter wonderful, the level of detail just right for most people. If I had a rating system it would get all five stars."
"Kopper knows his stuff. . . and has a knack for explaining things. If you’re interested in building a cluster at work, and need the motivation, the book is worth it. It’ll give you the motivation, and the peace of mind."
LEC is "a seriously practical work which should readily prove its worth within enterprise scenarios."
“A remarkably thorough introduction."
"I can see a battered copy of it, always lying around in the server room. Battered, because it is so frequently referenced by the sysadmins in maintaining their clusters."
"This book is fascinating, and while it is quite technical in places, it also explains the topics clearly enough for those not quite so familiar with Linux to develop an understanding of what a cluster is."
Q&A with author Karl Kopper
"The Linux Enterprise Cluster goes through every step needed from start to finish to build a cluster of Linux computers capable of supporting an entire enterprise reliably and cost-effectively."
"This book provides a step-by-step guide to building a Linux cluster, including how to use the Linux Virtual Server load balancing software and how to configure a reliable printing system in a Linux cluster environment."
"Overall, this book contains most of what you'll need to build an enterprise cluster. You can, of course, buy a Linux cluster off the shelf from companies such as Orion Multisystems, but you will still need a book like this to help you successfully administer it and exploit its capabilities."
"Kopper takes the reader through the process of building a Linux cluster powerful enough to service an entire organization using a distributed, fault-tolerant computing resource that has no single point of failure."