Originally Posted by rjo98
Right now I can log into the servers, and that's about it.
How do you log in?
Directly on the keyboard and screen of the physical system?
I assume your regular workstation is a Windows PC on the same LAN or VPN, so the best way for you to log into Linux is with some program running on your Windows PC.
You should install Cygwin on your Windows PC and within the Cygwin setup make sure you get both putty and xwin.
xwin is a good program for doing Linux GUI operations using Windows as a terminal.
putty is a good program for doing Linux text only operations using Windows as a terminal.
There are many alternatives to each. But the Cygwin versions of those two are good enough they are worth trying at minimum as a standard of comparison for any other you try.
Originally Posted by rjo98
I read something somewhere that the Fedora is all GUI so that wouldn't me with RHEL since that's all command line?
All the command line stuff is available in Fedora, but more importantly (given your Windows experience) all the GUI stuff is available in RHEL.
It may have been inconvenient enough to get the display drivers working right in those servers that the previous admin never bothered. So you might be stuck with command line only on the physical console of the server. But people normally don't touch the physical consoles of Linux servers.
I expect some Linux display manager (GDM or KDM) and some Linux desktop (Gnome, KDE, etc.) is already installed on each of those servers, so you can use the server in GUI mode as soon as you connect to it with some program such as Cygwin xwin.
If KDE isn't already installed, you should install it. The "yum" command line program in RHEL is pretty easy to use to install common things like KDE.
As a Windows user, you will probably prefer KDE to Gnome. If both are installed, you get to choose one each time you log in and you can set a default so you can usually skip that choice.
Once you are in KDE (or in Gnome but also have KDE installed) you can run a program called konqueror. That is a combination of file browser, web browser, help browser and a few other things. I don't use it as a web browser. But as an experienced Windows user, I've come to expect a good GUI file browser. I think Konqueror is the best choice.
Also as a new Linux admin, you will be reading a lot of "man" and maybe "info" and other forms of badly structured Linux online help. The default browsers for reading those (such as "less" for "man" pages) are pretty lame as help browsers. Konqueror is a much more convenient program for reading online help and searching within the help, etc.
I think Konqueror is installed automatically when you install KDE. Depending on choices made by the previous admin, probably they are already installed.
If you want to setup a test system to give you more flexibility to try things and make mistakes without harming live servers, I suggest you get Centos rather than Fedora.
With Centos it will be easier to match the setup of the existing RHEL systems.
If your Red Hat upgrade contracts have expired, Centos is also the best choice to replace RHEL. Play with the latest version of Centos to see if it is enough better than the version of RHEL you are using (assuming that isn't the latest RHEL).