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fenderman11111 10-04-2011 06:32 PM

what can a linux guy offer in an MS environment?
 
hello my lq friends, long time no talky! there have been approx. 1.67 million posts since my last login!

so ive missed you, general!

I went to a job interview today for an entry level IT position. they use all MS servers, vmware, and citrix xenapp, no linux at all. I wont be doing much as far as admin stuff is concerned, just working helpdesk for their branch offices.

one question i was asked that i thought would be relevant here: "as a linux guy, what can you bring to the table working for us?"

given that my would-be boss is a powershell nerd, and i am a bash and perl lover, how do you think you would answer this question? any ideas come to mind? Im a fairly knowledgable linux user in general, having been using linux since i was 15, and im 25 now.

what would you say?

food for thought, comments welcome.
thx, -b

netnix99 10-04-2011 09:19 PM

I would say that with your knowledge, your learning curve will shortened quite a bit. If you are good at shell scripting, you should be able to pick up the powershell syntax without too much trouble.

Now, where I think you could prove to be the most valuable.....introduce them to Linux when they need a solution to solve their next crisis....and do it fast, free (no software cost), and prove the stability of Linux. You may not convert the whole house to Linux, but you could prove the viability of Linux, and establish a need for your unique skill set for your new employer!!

Best of Luck!!!

SigTerm 10-04-2011 09:40 PM

Server maintenance, network administration. Also most scripting languages can be used on windows machine if you install the language. If you can program, then platform won't matter that much.

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Originally Posted by netnix99 (Post 4490215)
and do it fast, free (no software cost),

Don't forget about maintenance cost, please. Introducing your boss to linux (IMO) would be a bad idea unless boss requests it.

AnanthaP 10-04-2011 10:50 PM

As an entry level IT guy,
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Introducing your boss to linux (IMO) would be a bad idea unless boss requests it.
I second this vital suggestion. At the least you will risk coming across as too technical and therefore not being able to look at real issues.

OK

netnix99 10-05-2011 04:01 AM

wow.....I think I was a little misunderstood.... I'm not insinuating that you turn all the servers into Linux overnight. Let me give you a small example of what I mean...

Someone decided we needed a commercial IDS. They spent a LOT of money on an appliance plus it was costing about $1700 per year for the support/updates. This can be done with a PC, a free OS (i.e. fedora), and a free download of Snort. Even if you want to pay for the most current updates, it is still only $499 per year. This would be a considerable savings, and still supply the needed security for your environment.

I am also not suggesting you just "build it", just simply supplying ideas when asked your opinion on matters such as this. Since you are the odd man out, you may be asked your opinion just because it won't match what everyone else at the table is thinking....

Hope this helps clarify my point....

SigTerm 10-05-2011 05:13 AM

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Originally Posted by netnix99 (Post 4490382)
This can be done with a PC, a free OS (i.e. fedora), and a free download of Snort. Even if you want to pay for the most current updates, it is still only $499 per year. This would be a considerable savings, and still supply the needed security for your environment.

Even if you think that Linux solution will be less expensive, it doesn't mean that it'll actually work out this way.
Nothing is free, so don't forget to include the salary of the dude that is going to maintain linux machine into your calculation.

If you're an employee, suggest alternative (IF there's an opportunity) and let the boss decide whether to use linux or not. If you're the boss, then do whatever you want and be ready to face the consequences.

netnix99 10-05-2011 07:15 PM

1.
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Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4490424)
Nothing is free, so don't forget to include the salary of the dude that is going to maintain linux machine into your calculation.

2. If you're an employee, suggest alternative (IF there's an opportunity) and let the boss decide whether to use linux or not.

1. You are going to have to pay someone to maintain the IDS anyway...whatever platform its on.

2. That's why I said SUGGEST THE IDEA in my comment above....

I'm not trying to change the world here.... I merely gave an opinion. If my boss asks for a suggestion, I almost always offer a Linux solution.... If he wants a Windows solution, he asks one of the Windows administrators... I guess what I am trying to say is that he might have been hired partially because his ideas will not be identical to everyone else "IN-HOUSE"... they asked him WHAT HE COULD BRING TO THE TABLE......what he can bring is diversity..... if they didn't potentially want diversity, they would have hired a WINDOWS expert.....


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