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Old 08-09-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
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Learning Linux, Switch from Windows.


Hello all,

I am learning Linux and trying to convert my knowledge into a new job. I have several questions to better understand the Linux enviroment:

1. Is there a parallel to Windows Domain, Active Directory console or Exchange console.

2. Without using a GUI, how can a server ( the only server in an environment) be manage, users, shares network access etc. by a Network Admin.

3. What is a good first certification to acquire?

4. What is the official Linux website, Linux.com Linux foundation.com Linux.org???

Thanks for all the help. I am sure there will be more questions to come.

Jimmy King
 
Old 08-09-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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Managing a Linux Enviroment

Hello all,

I am trying to switch from a Windows environment to a Linux. I work as a Windows admin and have a few question about a Linux Admin. All these question involve a single server environment:

1. How, without a GUI, can you manage user account, network share, network share access and printer shares?

2. Is there a parallel to a Windows Domain, Active Directory console, Email server console (Exchange System Manager)?

3. Which distro is a best for a single server learning network?

4. What is the best certification to acquire?

Thanks,

Jimmy King
 
Old 08-09-2009, 04:02 PM   #3
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Your two posts were almost the same---I have merged them into one thread.

Welcome to LQ!!

A few answers:

There is no official Linux website---Linux and Open Source are all about community. The "official websites" are for the individual distributions. See http://distrowatch.com

You can do all of your setup and adminstration from a terminal (command line)--regardless of whether it is for a server, desktop, etc.

There is no best distro.

The only certificate to bother with is the one required by a place that you want to work.

Good luck
 
Old 08-09-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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Hello all,
Hi, welcome to LQ!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimmy King View Post
I am trying to switch from a Windows environment to a Linux. I work as a Windows admin and have a few question about a Linux Admin. All these question involve a single server environment:

1. How, without a GUI, can you manage user account, network share, network share access and printer shares?
By editing text files.
Or using something like WebMin.


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Originally Posted by Jimmy King View Post
2. Is there a parallel to a Windows Domain, Active Directory console, Email server console (Exchange System Manager)?
I don't know what a console in respect to the service you're
mentioning is ... there's a server console, and you can start & stop
services, view logs, edit configuration. But that's not on a
per-service basis, but rather a per server basis.

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3. Which distro is a best for a single server learning network?
The one you're planning to use in the long run. Seriously.
While you can have any service going in any distro there's
idiosyncrasies in the way different distros handle the set-up
for different services. So the basic question will be: do you
need pay-for support in the long run? Are you happy to go plain
open-source with community support (and of course w/o SLAs)?


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4. What is the best certification to acquire?

Thanks,

Jimmy King
None. Practice matters. That said: RH certs are pretty hands
on. Trying to get one of those will actually require experience
on top of "knowledge".



Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 08-09-2009, 04:04 PM   #5
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Your two posts were almost the same---I have merged them into one thread.
One of the posts had been moderated by the board software :/

He's not to blame for this "dupe".



Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 08-09-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
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One of the posts had been moderated by the board software :/He's not to blame for this "dupe".
Cheers,
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OooooooooKAY!!....It's a good thing that I said nothing critical, n'est-ce pas?
 
Old 08-09-2009, 04:31 PM   #7
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Ok. Thanks. Sorry for the double post/ post being moved thing.

Jimmy King
 
Old 08-09-2009, 06:17 PM   #8
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In addition to the above answers, here are some good links to tutorials etc
http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
http://tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-G...tml/index.html
http://www.linuxtopia.org/

As said, you don't need a cert, but the RHCT/RHCE is fully hands on and will test your ability as well as your knowledge.
In the commercial world its the best known.
If you are planning for a serious usage ie at work, then a distro that has long term support eg Red Hat Enterprise Linux (aka RHEL: with paid support) or CENTOS (free version of RHEL) is recommended.
See also Suse & UBUNTU LTS.
 
  


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