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Old 02-27-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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User simulator

Hi there,

Sorry if this isn't the right forum.

I'm a linux enthusiast aiming to get a junior admin position in the market. So I am learning the operating system right now.

I am doing a project where I try to simulate a company internal network, and in order to make the project more realistic, I thought, maybe there is already a peace of software or a package of scripts that would basically simulate user activity on the machine?

I've tried to google one but havn't been able to find anything. I could try to write a set of scripts myself to make a small simulation of activity (say, the user opens a file, writes it, connects to a certain server for a few minutes), which would produce some activity as well as some log output (which would alow me to learn more in terms of log management, etc.), and put that on a loop, but I think that would take me quite a while, as well as the activity wouldn't be that realistic. I was wondering if there is already such a program somewhere? If there is, could someone point me to it?

Thank you in advance
Old 02-28-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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1. What you're looking for is automated test tools. There are some that fake being a user.
However, I've no idea if any are free; its a lot of work to build a good one.!
Maybe there are some cut-down free-for-students/evaluation versions.

2. Just think how much you'd learn by trying to build such a tool; you'd be an expert by the end

You may find these links handy for learning Linux
Old 02-28-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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Chiming in on docs; the Linux Documentation Project is a great place for learning, especially their guides.

Introduction to Linux

System Administrators Guide (dated 2005 but good general concepts)

I also recommend checking out/subscribing to my LQ blog. I occasionally document adventures in system administration working on infrastructure.

I also recommend going through and building your very own Linux From Scratch system at least once. I learned a lot from the process.


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