I need information on the following: I want to base this on what works for Red Hat
1) Tools to format/partition a harddrive, dual or single
Use disk druid with Redhat while installing, or cfdisk, fdisk.. etc.
2) How to find out what hardware specs you have, if you do not have manuals
Umm, before or after you install? If its before, crack open, look for model and brands. If after, use lspci or dmesg commands.
3) Basic installation but split for Web Server, FTP Server, Mail Server, Workstation, File Server, DHCP Server, DNS Server
Read the howtos at www.tldp.org
3) Trouble Shooting techniques, without any specisliased software, only usign what is available from the Distro for e.g. how to read the logs, how to boot/create boot floppy and troubleshoot
I think this is something you learn along the way..
4) Security - Best practises and how to
Read, read and read more.. got a great sticky in our security forum that points to a gazillion security related links.
5) Keeping up to date
Put yourself on mailing lists, keep an eye for patches, software updates from Distro or vendor, etc.
6) Helpfull tips on moving around Linux for e.g. easy to understand grep functions, searching, editing.......
ls, cd, grep, egrep, find, locate and well, man a command to learn more about it.. and learn a particular editor like vi, just about every *nix system in the world has vi on it or a clone, learn it and you'll be ok..
7) Connecting to networks, sharing over networks interacting with ms networks
Again, probably more howto's and manual readings at www.tldp.org
Also check out our LinuxAnswers, search our forums.. and so on..