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Old 01-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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Total newbie needs course work recommendations

Background: 1995-04 worked as tech recruiter, so I'm not totally ignorant of the industry. But I've been out of the industry too long to know what's hipe and what's right. Now as a business owner I have need of running my own mail and file servers for my business. I do not have any background in Linux, mail or systems administration. At 50 yrs old I don't want to go back and get a CS degree. I just want to make sure I am getting the right basics and not learning any bad habits from the start. Suggestions on most common languages, classes, coursework, or anything to take. I'm not looking to hire out as an admin just be able to maintain my own Ubuntu mail server and win file server. Would like to convert win file server to Linux. I am lousy at DIY books and will be searching out local college or tech classes.

To any younger folks searching this post, do not use this as an example to get by without getting a degree. In nine years I only placed one guy without a degree. But he went to a tech school before there were degrees in computer science. Get a degree in computer science or electrical engineering if you want a job. No one makes good money with just a cert in the real world!
Old 01-25-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Unfortunately for you, if you're doing this yourself, you should really learn the ins and outs of everything you do. That means you'll be DIYing a lot of it yourself. There's no class that will tell you exactly how your setup should be done. You don't want to have a mail server set up that gets hacked because you didn't have the right configuration set and then with access to the mail server they can do some real damage to the rest of your network (for example). If you do things half-assed, your only going to make more work (and heartache) for yourself in the end. There are no shortcuts in life.
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Hey there!

Welcome to the pack!
Okay, let's see, where to start...
There may be options (as the penguins from Madagascar say...) as running a ready made server. Reading is a good one, but bare-hands practice is the best.
Got an old PC around? Use that. Install Debian, it's complete and has a great doc-base. As soon as you're confident, get a real server of course...
File servers....I dont really like that stuff. I'd go for an FTP server. Pretty easy to set up and easy to maint. VSFTPD is a good one, I use it myself.
Okay, a mail server, there are some links around, this one seems pretty complete...there's even a topic I found here...on this forum...

Looking forward to aiding you on...
What biz are you running there?



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