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Old 03-13-2011, 02:46 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by jlb365 View Post
I passed the 2 first rounds of phone interview (technical interviews + background).The hiring manager is very technical and I was straight to him about my lack of Linux experience but he was very impressed with my dedication and drive in doing things.
So, he recommended me to learn linux as much as I can for the next and final interviews (which consists of a full day onsite and being squeezed by 5 different senior engineers..), as the company uses linux and it is an essential skill.
if they have confidence in you, then you should too
He said that I don't need to be an expert but at least know about 20 to 30% of the stuff. I was frank to him, that I am willing to learn, as with every technologies, you need to learn it and being able to put them in practice.
I think that is why, he told me he is giving me about 10days or so, to learn as much as possible before he puts me for the final interviews, as Linux and scripting questions will be asked...
Again, Thanks everyone, and wish me Luck....I let you know if I get the job or not...
i saw a lot of good links for tutorials on here, they should be enough. But I'd still recommend, focus on learning terminal commands first-then learn how they go into a script. Terminal commands are fairly fundamental, and even where there's differences in format or syntax, the concept is usually the same.

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Old 03-14-2011, 03:42 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jlb365 View Post
To answer some of your queries, the job I am going for is a networking support engineer (I think it is Tier1).
OK, now you've said networking support engineer, I'll re-emphasis that you should look at some of the networking commands; ping, netstat, ifconfig, traceroute, etc and if you have chance to look at DNS, DHCP that would be good, too.

My guess would be that as the most junior person in the department, you'll start off on some of the more boring jobs, but there will be the chance to learn from some of the more experienced employees, and if you show determination to learn, that will be encouraged. If you are reliable and competent, you'll get more challenging stuff to do as time goes on.

You may want to think how you would answer the question 'And where would you like to be in 5 years time'. You may also want to ask about training, because most organisations in this position understand that you will learn faster with something other than just the 'throw him in the deep end' approach.

Originally Posted by jlb365 View Post
I think that is why, he told me he is giving me about 10days or so, to learn as much as possible before he puts me for the final interviews, as Linux and scripting questions will be asked.
It could be that, it could be more to do with their internal timing, it could be a bit of both; you won't find out until the day.

Originally Posted by jlb365 View Post
Again, Thanks everyone, and wish me Luck....I let you know if I get the job or not...
Good luck and do give us feedback on how it went.
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hey,first of all if you'll ever encounter problems with a linux system in enerprise they need to be fixed fast.

you start better with slackware and read it's documentation. update the system and setup networking and u'll pretty much have a taste of how linux systems work.

and yeah the links people gave you are pretty useful. first learn how a linux system's like a house , if there's no base , you can build the house but it will fall...

so slackware could help you get thee base.
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Thanks again for all your advices.. I am very happy to have found such a nice communittee here and all the helpful people.
I have now my date for my final interview (25th March). Totally terrified as I have never done a full day interview before..
I was wondering,as a Linux engineer, how do you go around to troubleshoot a server or problem in Linux??
I have read commands like "ps", "ps -aux" to see the running processes and "df" to check disk space but am sure it might have others important and useful one. How do I restart and stop a process??
I found a nice tutorial that really teaches me the basics ( with sims but I think this is really basic and maybe it is for the most used commands.
Thanks again everyone..
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take a look on unixacademy they have good training dvds for a beginner. I'm on a second exam now and it is a good training
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Take Salasi's advice for network stuff. Here is the RH Admin manual and it is a fairly easy read (as these things go)
If they are RH based (eg RHEL/Centos etc) then at the admin level you'd usually use the 'service' cmd to stop/start a service.
As above though, be honest with them; 10 days is nowhere near enough to 'learn Linux', so just try to absorb some basics (eg bash shell ie terminal cmds) and the network cmds. Have a basic idea about firewalls, mention (& google) the /etc/services file.
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I know this is an old post but this can be relevant to anyone today who is new to Linux and wanting a career in it one way or another. I have been involved with Linux for almost 1.5 years but not the entire time was devoted towards it. At first I wanted to learn Security and being absolutely new to it, I was surprised I managed to learn so much in the 2-3 months I devoted to it. I did spend all my days and nights on it, sleeping only 5-6 hours per night. However, I realized that it probably wasn't my field so I quit. I still used the knowledge I gained from it very much in my every day life. I had continued using Linux but I had my backtrack 4 R2 installed. I wanted to install programs but couldnt because backtrack 4 R2 was outdated. The updates get frozen. Just 4 months ago, I was real tired of that and read a post somewhere that it isn't a real Operating system. I knew it was based on Debian so I just downloaded and installed Debian and I fell in love with it. It was a real operating system. I messed around on it, then I decided to take the plunge.

I have been on the computer every single day and night for the last 4 months learning as much as I can about Linux. I have two T43 thinkpads. One has Debian on it and one has CentOS 6. I dont like RH but I know that most business use them. I prefer Debian hands down. Having said that, I am extremely organized and make notes and back them up everywhere. I have an entire director full of commands and configuration files of both Debian and CentOS. I have over 20GB of mp4 videos downloaded from youtube and organized into any folder you can imagine: Administration (including bash syntax, awk, sed, grep, regular expressions, and overall administration), RedHat, Networking (anything to do with networking, routers, IP, DNS, DHCP, FTP, SSH, IPTABLES), Programming (bash,perl,python) System (hardware,system calls, etc), Security (and hacking videos), and even Windows (Yes even windows will come to play in an Enterprise, maybe a back end MYSQL database server or whatnot). I also SAVE web pages sometimes. I never depend on bookmarks for anything as you never know when they come down although I do have massive bookmarks also organized. Everything is backed up multiple times. I have put alot of work into to and being someone that is very active, much of the drawback is that I sit all day which I hate, its very very consuming, I have no life, etc but I know that it will pay off.

In the last 4 months, I have learned a MASSIVE amount of information. I came in barely knowing basic commands in linux. I did know how to navigate around the system, I knew some security, hacking, etc. But a lot of my friends who even know Linux tell me I am ready for a sysadmin job right now but I beat myself up and abuse myself. I want to know more before I apply. This never ends either. Its endless in this field, especially with Linux. I can learn just the BASH shell and it would take me many years to master commands and different flags and syntaxes for those and probably still never remember them. Notes are absolutely crucial.

I put in a total of 6 months combined and looking to put another 3-6 months in before I take the RHCSA and then the RHCE exam and start applying for a serious job. I could never imagine learning linux in 10 days. In fact, some projects I work on that I havent even mastered yet ALONE takes 10 days, like messing around with incremental backups for instance over SSH. Or I sometimes setup a lab, my last one was with LVM over RAID, failing and removing drives and rebuilding the arrays, etc etc. All this is done by self-study. I know I will never learn everything and sometimes it stresses me out but google, this forum, books and my notes have been a tremendous help in keeping me sane and moving forward with my decision to be a sys admin. Good luck to anyone who is doing the same. All I can say is, if you want it bad enough, you'll do it. Just try to keep yourself healthy and sane. I workout daily, eat properly, have a girlfriend, etc.

Originally Posted by Ignotum Per Ignotius View Post
I'd just like to endorse what 'ole jefro said about being open about your lack of Linux experience: unless you want the job so badly that you're prepared to take on the stress of cramming Linux day and night for several months, then I'd suggest you make it clear to your prospective employer what you can & cannot do and how much of your spare time you are realistically going to be able to devote to catching up. Of course it'll mean that you run the risk of being rejected, but it's better than bluffing your way into a nightmare.

That said, I'll wish you good luck with your next interview, however you decide to play it.

...And --- when reading my advice about going for a job --- bear in mind that I'm a slacker.

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