SSH Mastery: OpenSSH, PuTTY, Tunnels and Keys

Rated 4.63/5 based on 9 reviews
Secure Shell (SSH) lets systems administrators securely manage remote systems. But most people only use the bare minimum SSH offers. Used properly, SSH simplifies your job.

This book saves you from sifting a decade of obsolete online tutorials and quickly gets you running:SSH with the OpenSSH server and the PuTTY and OpenSSH clients.

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About Michael W Lucas

Michael W Lucas lives in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed nonfiction books and assorted short stories. His interests include martial arts and Michigan history.

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Review by: Pietro Cerutti on Dec. 11, 2012 :
A very well written book. It covers the basics everybody dealing with remote unix boxes should master, plus a few more advanced topics for the curious. Easy to follow and pleasant to read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ilari Stenroth on May 31, 2012 :
For me the book didn't taught anything new which was a disappointment. The book didn't give any examples how to manage users public keys in cloud environment or enterprise server farms. The author could have mention for example FreeIPA as a solution for managing public keys.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jonathan Leech-Pepin on May 23, 2012 : (no rating)
Great Book!

I've mostly used ssh in the past for very simple things, mostly remote access with or without keys. This book provided me a much more in depth knowledge of ssh and the examples were relevant to some of the changes I've considered implementing.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kbotnen on March 26, 2012 :
Great book!

As a beginner to ssh it was absolutely good reading. The author stress the point that this is not "do it all", but "do what you need" book. A smart approach in my opinion. The language is easy to read, and the examples are relevant for everyday use. He also points out that he leave the old days behind, focus on how the stuff works right now, today.

I have used many of his example, customized them to my need and secured my environments in a better way than before I read the book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Marraccini on March 11, 2012 :
This is a very thorough and easily understood reference on SSH. Michael W. Lucas covers myriad use cases, and he is careful to include many examples of what is best practice and what must be avoided when using this powerful tool. He includes how to use keys, tunneling, VPN, and other ways to safely use SSH to expand productivity. I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stefan Johnson on March 08, 2012 :
The author's writing style is a breath of fresh air. I've enjoyed his Absolute OpenBSD book in the past, and am looking forward to the revised edition. Michael W. Lucas is a master of presenting the material in an easy to read and comprehend format that is both entertaining and informative. This ebook is no exception.

I did note a couple of errors in the ebook I downloaded. While reading about the print version, I note that the author mentions "all known errors have been corrected," so I can assume these have been addressed. The errors were minor details and a quick trip to google resolved the issue when trying to determine why the particular item I was trying did not work as written.

This is a must have for the bookshelf for any serious sysadmin, network admin, or IT security professional, in my not so humble opinion. 6 stars out of 5 (except SmashWords won't let me vote that high.)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chris Smith on Feb. 15, 2012 :
Excellent addition to the IT library!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Henrik Kramshoej on Feb. 15, 2012 :
Great little book about SSH - even though the name includes mastery it contains the things you should know if you work with OpenSSH.

I like the tone and writing style, and also specifically books that won't just tell you about features to use, but also have the guts to say "this feature is not to be used, never" and then won't even include it - root logins are bad, period!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: James Turner on Jan. 20, 2012 :
Whether your a UNIX system administrator, user or enthusiast, you've probably used OpenSSH at least once in your life. SSH Mastery provides lots of good information for beginner and seasoned ssh users.

SSH Mastery also presents a lot of cool OpenSSH functionality without a lot of filler text. In around 150 pages, Mr. Lucas even manages to provide instructions for those users stuck on Windows.

This is my new goto reference of all things OpenSSH.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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