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Old 09-17-2006, 10:34 AM   #1
adija
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So i got promoted to a Unix-Middleware Team..


Hello.
I'm a 28 year old Microsoft Sys Admin at a major Networking Company.
I Just got promoted to be a member in a Unix-Middleware team and i'm having mixed emotions.
I'm very excited joining this team of "Sharks" and deal with Real-Time High Level Systems, but i'm also terrified because i never touched nor seen Unix System in my life. I'm totaly microsoft. From head to toe.
Windows 2003? Sure. XP Pro? No Prblem. Active Directory ? Of course. Exchange? Piece of cake.
UNIX? what ? Linux? Excuse me?
So here i am. I installed SUSE and RED HAT on my personal computer and played with it for two days. It's nice but with all due respect it's so obvious why Linux will always stay an OS for Developers and Programers, but not mainstream.
Anyway , i'm hoping to learn a lot and hopefully not disappoint my new teammates.

 
Old 09-17-2006, 12:23 PM   #2
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New to unix Middleware

Quote:
Originally Posted by adija
Hello.
I'm a 28 year old Microsoft Sys Admin at a major Networking Company.
I Just got promoted to be a member in a Unix-Middleware team and i'm having mixed emotions.
I'm very excited joining this team of "Sharks" and deal with Real-Time High Level Systems, but i'm also terrified because i never touched nor seen Unix System in my life. I'm totaly microsoft. From head to toe.
Windows 2003? Sure. XP Pro? No Prblem. Active Directory ? Of course. Exchange? Piece of cake.
UNIX? what ? Linux? Excuse me?
So here i am. I installed SUSE and RED HAT on my personal computer and played with it for two days. It's nice but with all due respect it's so obvious why Linux will always stay an OS for Developers and Programers, but not mainstream.
Anyway , i'm hoping to learn a lot and hopefully not disappoint my new teammates.


Find the senior admin who you will be reporting to.
Tell him/her exactly what you said.
Request that you first be placed on systems, or commands, or
duties where you cannot do any damage.

Then ask him/her to teach you one new duty or task every day.

Unix is the one OS, where if you dont know what you are doing, you
can do an immense amount of damage in the blink of an eye.

Go to your local book store and drop $100-$200 on some unix basics.
Then study like crazy.

I want you to keep your job (even though I have no clue who you are)

IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO SOMETHING IN UNIX....ASK. NEVER GUESS!!
(ESPECIALLY ON PRODUCTION SYSTEMS!!!)

PS.

you said....
" It's nice but with all due respect it's so obvious why Linux will always
stay an OS for Developers and Programers"

This is an attitude I guarantee 100% you will change 180 degrees in 30 days.
I also do unix middleware administration. Last time I checked, Developers and
Programmers were pretty smart people. If they are using Linux , they must know
something you dont.

Last edited by teddymills; 09-17-2006 at 12:45 PM.
 
Old 09-17-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ We currently have 269,560 members, so some of us will disagree with you

To echo what was said above - ask questions, make notes, get some books and learn using Linux. It is a very powerful OS and, despite our obvious bias, most of us can objectively say it's more efficient and powerful then Windows.

Good luck in your new role. By the way, how did you get the job? and why did you apply since you have no experience at all? (These are honest questions, btw, not trying to trip you up or be a smartarse)
 
Old 09-17-2006, 02:19 PM   #4
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Thx 4 all your replies...

I'm gonna study like crazy coz i do want to excel in this job.
teddymills - u r right. Developers and Programmers r very smart ppl - but i'm not one of them.
I don't even know how to write scripts.
XavierP - to your q' i was approached by them. I was offered this job and i was told that
they needed someone who can learn. I know these guys for 6 years now and they know me.
At some areas we do have some co-working , but again their field is way out of my league.
For example-I can prepare a Citrix Server for their apps, Publish their apps and manage permissions
and make sure that all is up n running,but i wouldn't have a clue about these apps, how they work and what the hell they do.

Anyway, Thx for the replies and may the force be with us all...
 
Old 09-17-2006, 03:00 PM   #5
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another piece of advice, and i know it's been said before. have you a test computer at work and at home to play with. that way, if damage is done, just re-install the system. follow the gurus advice please and consider the test systems. with those, you can dive right into it without fear of causing any damage. and i'm sure your boss will be more than willing to help and teach you. congratulations on the promotion and for coming to this forum. this place is great and is full of very wise guru's.
 
  


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