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Old 02-25-2009, 02:14 AM   #1
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I want to become a Unix admin


I have a BA in information systems but have very little technical experience in the field. How to I begin learning Unix to eventually become a Unix/Solaris/Red hat admin. What kind of training do I need, where to get it and how long will it take.
Please point me to the most lucrative path of the trade.

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Old 02-25-2009, 02:19 AM   #2
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One piece of advice would be to make sure you are proficient in sed, awk and generally bash
http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/
http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/index.html
 
Old 02-25-2009, 03:42 AM   #3
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Bigmac18,

For admin related stuff, you can get a base idea of all the needed from
http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/

Keep always using the linuxquestions.org 's latest posts moving on your screen.

All the best and warm welcome to unix Administration.
 
Old 02-25-2009, 07:39 AM   #4
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You'll need this
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

more here
http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/linux/

you might want to just skim through this Linux/MS comparison; its useful to understand the different mindsets involved: http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Basically, hang out here and read as many qns & answers as possible, and try to come up with your own answers by research.
 
Old 02-25-2009, 11:35 AM   #5
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Thumbs up Thanks

Thanks, it helped me too.
 
Old 02-25-2009, 02:05 PM   #6
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Link.
 
Old 02-25-2009, 02:27 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigmac18 View Post
I have a BA in information systems but have very little technical experience in the field. How to I begin learning Unix to eventually become a Unix/Solaris/Red hat admin. What kind of training do I need, where to get it and how long will it take.
The way to become an administrator is to first become proficient as a user. If you have not already done so, install a system and get comfortable with using it.
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Please point me to the most lucrative path of the trade.
I don't know what to do with this----do you mean: "Where can one make the most money?"
 
Old 02-25-2009, 06:45 PM   #8
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don't know what to do with this----do you mean: "Where can one make the most money?"
If that's the case, forget linux, become a football player with 70000 per week! That's where the real money is.
 
Old 02-26-2009, 03:35 AM   #9
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www.linuxtopia.org
 
Old 02-26-2009, 09:40 AM   #10
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Get your hands on 3 or more cheap old computers (or newer ones if you can afford them) and set up a testing environment at home. One of these computers should be a Firewall/Router box, the second one a generic server (web, ftp, mail, samba, nfs, radius, etc) in the protected zone, the third one a honey pot box in a DMZ zone.

You can then test and play with all the possibilities of maintaining, updating and protecting all the services, check out the differences between the protected and DMZ zone, and also simulate some attacks against your own server locally, to see where your firewall or protection fails.

Reading tutorials is fine, but experiencing it for yourself is better.

In addition you should get yourself some certificate (maybe from RedHat), because it's cool if you get the experience, but Human Resources Departments will want to see written proof of your qualification (the HR people are those, who think that MSWord is an operating system).

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Old 02-26-2009, 09:51 AM   #11
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the HR people are those, who think that MSWord is an operating system.
Silly HR people... MS Office is the operating system! j/k
 
  


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