What book would you recommend as a reference for Ubuntu server administration?

I'd like to not limit this to server-edition. I'm biased toward development environments that need to strike a balance somewhere between desktop & server.

One book per answer, please - vote answers up/down as you feel appropriate. If you feel the book is biased towards/good for particular tasks, please mention them.

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The Ubuntu Server Guide(PDF) is free and written by the Ubuntu developers.


I recommend the Official Ubuntu Server Book.

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If you work with your Ubuntu Local team you can get a free copy of the Ubuntu Server book as Jono mentioned and is posted on the Fridge here: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/2094.

Also I enjoyed this one: Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server Administration: From Novice to Professional even though it is a bit older

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