Sys Admin
Pocket Survival Guide (PSG)

Howdy there! This is my collection of notes that I have collected over the years as a Sys Admin. I am sharing them here hoping that they will be useful to you. These are concise notes to refresh your mind on how to do certain things, maybe you know what need to be done on one platform but don't know the commands on another. Or maybe just pointers for you to read up the relevan man pages or know what to google for :) They are work in progress, I know I need to polish up my notes so that other can make sense of them. As time permits...--which never really happens :-/

Thanks for those who have send kind and encouraging words to me, it is nice to know that these notes are actually useful for someone other than myself!
And special thanks to those who send me notes about mistakes, some pretty bad ones that could have caused someone to loose his/her job! So, be warned, check the man pages etc when doing something that could have negative impact (unexporting file system, shrinking volume, etc)!

Products Review


  1. A Rosetta Stone of Unix OS Languages (as per the author). It is a pretty good translation between the many different Unix OS.
  2. A Rosetta Stone of Unix Shell Scripts
  3. Static table map of Unix OS commands from
  4. AIX vs Solaris commands mapping
  5. Advanced Horizons has pretty good, concise info on AIX, Linux, Windows, Hardware, etc.
  6. Online Unix books (Mostly in Russian, some in English)
  7. Samba-CIFS
  8. Google for bookshelf
  9. .

Lighter Readings
  1. Unixville Geeks galore :)
  2. Folklore on computer and companies (currently only apple).
  3. The New Hacker's Dictionary Hilarious read for the insiders. book ISBN 0262680920
  1. HTML Validator
  2. Synergy Two computers, two monitors, ONE keyboard and mouse, with cut and paste!! synergy.conf
  3. crypt generation web form for generating encrypted password
  4. ASCII Art Generator, kinda like web-based figlet, pretty cool :) Another version hosted by a friend of mine.
  5. Free Digital Certificate for secure web servers, etc.
  6. Sunfreeware main mirror site hosted by
  7. .


About me

I have been "hacking" computers for 10+ years now. I started liking to fiddle with OS since college days in FIU, and it is still a hobby when I am not hiking and biking or studying for biotech :-)

Copyright info about this work Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike2.5 License.
Pocket Sys Admin Survival Guide: for content that I wrote, (CC) 2005,2009 Tin Ho [ tin6150 (at) ] some rights reserved. Some contents are "cached" here for easy reference. Sources include man pages, vendor documents, online references, discussion groups, etc. Copyright of those are obviously those of the vendor and original authors. I am merely caching them here for quick reference and avoid broken URL problems.
DOC URL, Where is the "home" PSG ? My home "server" has the latest update, should be up most of the time now ;-P Last updated 2009-10-17
Other caches in decreasing order of update frequency: (Google site, they are changing their policy and I may not be update these pages in the near future. Last updated 2009-10-10) (Yahoo seems to be pulling the plug on GeoCities. Last updated 2008-03-22) (no longer updated as of 2007-06) (no longer updated as of 2007-05)


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