Upgrading and Repairing Servers
As the price of servers comes down to the level of desktop PCs, many small- and medium-sized businesses are forced to provide their own server setup, maintenance and support, without the high-dollar training enjoyed by their big corporation counterparts. Upgrading and Repairing Servers is the first line of defense for small- and medium-sized businesses, and an excellent go-to reference for the experienced administrators who have been asking for a reference guide like this one for a long time! It's all here in one, incredibly useful tome that you will refer to again and again.
Inside is in-depth coverage of server design and implementation, building and deploying, server hardware components, network and backup operations, SAN, fault tolerance, server racks, server rooms, server operating systems, as well as SUN Microsystems servers. No other computer hardware book has ever dared tackle this enormous topic - until now!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A better title would be "Introduction to Server Technology",
This review is from: Upgrading and Repairing Servers (Hardcover)I've thought a lot about the other review which is well written, but perhaps expresses a more personal disappointment than an accurate reflection of the value of the book for others.
I would agree that if one were to attempt to use the book to "upgrade and repair" servers, one would be disappointed.
But, then again, no single book could competently and exhaustively provide that information. That's what personal experience is for, from hands-on, to conferences, to the literature and the Internet. Thank goodness we won't be replaced by a book!
Instead, this book does provide a sound background to current products for implementing data centers. The history provided I think gives an essential background for making proper choices in maintaining an existing center, or creating a new one. Maintenance and history is crucial -- rarely do we have the opportunity to develop a center from scratch. And, if building from scratch, the information is quite up-to-date... Read more
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Not much value for the admin in the trenches,
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This review is from: Upgrading and Repairing Servers (Hardcover)This book is great if you're interested in page after page of the history of the CPU. Or if you want a schematic of every motherboard and all it's traces. I mean really, if I've got a server that's giving me problems is one of the things that's high on my To Do list "be sure to check traces on M-bd"? Give me a break.
If you're looking for a book that provides practical information for upgrading and maintaining servers this book misses the mark, almost completely. It's crammed full of all the wrong information and reminds me of so many of the tech's I've dealt with from time-to-time over the years that have (for one reason or another) become so completely out of touch with the real world "hands on" activities the typical system and/or network admins deal with on a day-to-day basis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great But Eagerly Awaiting Updated Material,
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This review is from: Upgrading and Repairing Servers (Hardcover)As usual Scott Mueller is thorough, but unless you must have this now, I recommend waiting until an updated book is released because there are many new technologies that are missing. The book did not intentionally leave newer content out--simply, the technologies were not common at the time of publishing (as they are now).
As a result, I rate this as five stars because I chose to purchase this book knowing that new technologies (post publishing) are not included in the book. I will absolutely purchase the update as soon as it is published.
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Table of Contents
1. History of Server Technology.
2. Server Design and Implementation.
3. Server Microprocessors.
4. Server Chipsets.
5. Server Motherboards & BIOS.
7. The IDE Interface.
8. The Small System Computer Interface (SCSI) Bus.
9. I/O System Hardware.
10. Backup Operations.
11. Network Operations.
12. Disk Subsystems- Definition.
14. Fault Tolerance.
15. Power Protection.
17. Server Racks.
18. Server Rooms.
19. Server Platforms-Network Operating Systems.
20. SUN Microsystems Servers.
21. Building, Upgrading And Deploying Servers.
22. Server Testing and Maintenance.
B. List of Acronyms.
C. Vendor Database.
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