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Old 12-12-2003, 12:23 PM   #1
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Question Getting Certified as a Sysadmin

I was thinking of getting certified as a Linux systems administrator both as a backup (if I get laid off) and as a way to better my credentials. My question is:

Will certification (i.e. A+) help me out?
What type of certification is best?

I have no desire to work on Windoze boxen, so I would appreciate replies about everyones favorite distro.

Thanks in advance,

Old 12-12-2003, 01:11 PM   #2
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Take a look at LPI certification:

I'm not certified myself, but I know a few folks that are. They don't seem to get paid more than others, but they do seem to have an easier time getting a job...

Anyway, I just moved to Slackware, and I'm not going back. I've used a few distros, but slack is so nice and clean!
Old 12-12-2003, 01:15 PM   #3
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A+ isn't going to help any IMHO to become a Unix/Linux Admin. To me A+ is the equivalent to 6 months actual IT experience.

I'd vote go with the LPI or possibly the RHCE certificate.

You could also look into the Solaris Certs as well.
Old 12-12-2003, 01:27 PM   #4
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well i have been planning this for years, and i finally decided to get my ass in gear recently...anyways A+ has nothing to do with being a sys admin, technically...its basically fixing machines and knowing how a machine works, a fixing by troubleshooting, etc....i mean its not going to hurt to have it, cause the more certs the merrier :P, but its not going to get you a sys admin job is what i am getting at..... anyways the route i took was the following...i got my A+, then Network+, and that is where i stand as of around the end of january i am going to go write my Linux+ cert...after that my next plan was having Linux+, network+, and gives me knowledge of both networking and linux..which should give me somewhat of a chance in the field....also i was considering LPI also...which is what was mentioned above...
so don't have the train of thought of what one cert you need to pursue this, just try and get as many as you can...but of course related to what you want...
Old 12-12-2003, 03:21 PM   #5
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As far as a distro goes, I've worked in several. Mandrake, Suse, Redhat, Fedora....I just installed Slackware about a week ago. I will not be going to anything else. Slack is, IMHO, the very best out there. Also, if you want to really LEARN Linux, as opposed to distros like Mandrake that try to do everything for you, but you really don't know what they did to be able to fix it in case something goes wrong, Slackware is the way to go.

But, that's just my two cents worth.
Old 12-12-2003, 04:18 PM   #6
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Nevermind. Was thinking I was in another post..

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Old 12-12-2003, 08:10 PM   #7
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I have taken the Linux+ test and passed. It was kind of hard, but not real hard. I would suggest if you are a "beginner" to just take Linux+ or LPI to see how you do. If you can't pass Linux+ I don't think you should jump right into RHCE

Also........You may not want to work on Windows boxen but it may be something that you have to do. We all have to do some things we don't like to do sometimes


Old 12-12-2003, 08:27 PM   #8
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Whitehat is right, yet again, Linux often replaces M$ Servers and thier function geared towards M$ Desktops. Alot of companies go with linux cause they can have the same functionality at nowhere near the same cost. So, chances are, under normal circumstances, you will have to know and work with M$ in some way, shape, or form in many a sys. admin job relating to linux. But, this is as always just IMHO,
Old 12-21-2003, 07:42 PM   #9
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What is RHCE? And could someone give us a link to where we can check it out.
I am VERY interested in getting myself a Linux System Administration for several reasons.

Also, Can anyone recommend a book or guide to becoming a CLSA (Certified Linux System Administrator) ?

Old 12-22-2003, 01:00 AM   #10
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A+ is not worth much unless you want to be a PC Tech or Help Desk. Network+ is a good cert to get.

LPI covers administration and is distro neutral. I don't think Linux+ covers very much administration, if at all.
Old 12-22-2003, 05:32 AM   #11
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As for distributions, if you want to become a sysadmin, you should probably learn a bit about Linux, so I'd recommend Linux from Scratch ( IMO it's the best distro out there. It's very fast (I have a boot-time of less than 20s) and you learn lots.
Old 03-23-2004, 01:52 PM   #12
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The Linux+ cert was pretty easy. For sysadmin it depends on what type of systems you will be working with and what type of work you would like to do. I have my MCSA, because I work with with Microsoft products at my job. I also have my Linux+ certification cause I thought it would be useful both personally and professionaly.
The Network+ certification is a good certification to get in order to get a basic understanding of Networking. Once again a basic understanding. I am thinking about getting the LPI certification, but as it doesn't affect, increase my job, I can't cost-justify the time and money.


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