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Advice - Linux admin

By gowthamarunachalam ·
is linux admin is good ? i decided to go on it and do certification. please guide me

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Not sure what you want to know here

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Advice - Linux admin

Administering any Linux System is a breeze. Particularly when you compare it to a Windows System.

If you are asking is there lots of work the simple answer is no where near as much as for Windows but then again the work that is there is generally at the Higher End of things as those companies who use Nix have things far more valuable to protect that the companies who predominately use Windows.


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I disagree in part with HAL9000

by Poettone In reply to Advice - Linux admin

Yes, being a Linux Admin is considered a good career path, I disagree however in that it's a breeze, and that it's easier than Windows. Windows has become pretty easy in the way of performing tasks etc as most if not all are GUI related (Can use PowerShell), whereas a true NIX environment goes, the only requirement is "screen" for managing everything on the system. The concepts can be difficult at first and even with a seasoned professional at the helm, it can be as easy or as hard as managing windows.

Personally speaking, I feel that to be a true Linuxhead and have things be a "breeze" you have to be a special kind of person and these things will come to you naturally. If not, then you are in for a very steep learning curve, but one I'm sure you can handle with enough motivation and drive to succeed.

I would start off by getting as many test computers that you can find and start downloading and installing various flavors of Linux and hoping onto youtube and searching for anything your interested in. This will give you a solid foundation to work with and if you mess things up you can easily start over from scratch. If you aren't able to find spare machines, you can always download Oracle or VMware PLayer and setup some VM's to work with.

I would advice to start learning the bash shell and it's various commands/functions as you will be using it, or a similar shell 100% of the time.

I wish you the best in your endeavor..


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bash 100% of the time?

by Jaqui In reply to I disagree in part with H ...

with every modern ditro coming with full gui tool set for admin function, not really.

you can usually get the admin task done quicker and easier in a terminal, but it is not the only way.

where linux is far easier to administer is that the admininstration tasks can all be set up to run automatically far easier than in windows.
if you [ during/after install ] turn off the graphic boot and set the system to display boot messages, you can see if something needs special attention because it isn't loading right, or as quickly as it should..
windows and mac do not offer that fantastic feature that truly benefits the admin. they both insist on LYING TO YOU BY CONCEALING INFORMATION.

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Linux Admin is good

by markp24 In reply to Advice - Linux admin


I was brought into the filed under windows (3.1, with Dos 5 , yes im dating myself) but used SCO unix (very lightly) and Solaris. But since 2000 All windows Environments. Windows to me is eay, but sometimes the path you need to take to do things is clunky. I did the RHCSA and RHCE classes and have my RHCSA cert. I will tell you Linux admin is logical and to me makes sense. Everything I learned in that classe as well as loading variaois version s and learing on my own can all be applied to windows. you can actually use a linux shell in windows (cygwin for example) which allows you to use Linux commands in windows.. Also you can make a Linux Boot CD or USB stick and do some great recovery work on windows or linux systems.
From what I have been seeing most goverment and educational centers have moved their server environments over to a Linux dist. (Redhat, Ubuntu seem to be the most popular)

I hope that helps

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