[SATLUG] RE: SATLUG Digest, Vol 94, Issue 16

Rusel M reokie at live.com
Thu Nov 24 14:37:55 CST 2011

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> Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:54:22 -0800 (PST)
> From: Alex Bartonek <bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [SATLUG] I want to be a Linux SysAdmin, where do I start?
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> Get a job at hostgator or something like that.  They wont pay you a whole heck of alot but it will get your foot in the door.  Thats all you need.   There was a recent job posting on SATLUG, look at what they want...read up on that, learn it, know it..live it.  There are a ton of "Linux admins" but not a ton of good ones.   
> Another place to get your foot in is govt work.  They pay more (because contracts sometimes drop and you end up jobless) and you can network..meet other folks in your profesion..jump elsewhere etc.  For govt work, get certs...thats more valuable to them than a degree.  You gotta know your stuff though.
> -Alex
> --- On Thu, 11/17/11, Rusel M <reokie at live.com> wrote:
> From: Rusel M <reokie at live.com>
> Subject: [SATLUG] I want to be a Linux SysAdmin, where do I start?
> To: satlug at satlug.org
> Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:26 PM
> Hi, this is my first time hearing about SATLUG and I am planning to attend the next meeting on the 14th! I have a quick question related to Linux system administration:
> I am currently going to Palo Alto Community College for my AS in Computer Science. As of a year ago, Linux is my passion, and I have since switched my focus onto becoming a linux system admin. I currently have CrunchBang linux (Debian based) on my Laptop, but since I hear that most businesses are Red Hat based, I have CentOS installed on a Virtual Machine, and have beenlearning that for the past few days. What is the main distro I should study to become a system admin? Is a CS degree going to help with getting a job as a sysadmin?                            --
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Thanks for the advice! I am currently applying for intern/System Administrator I positions at Rackspace San Antonio, as I am still going to college and Rackspace is very close to where I am now. I spoke to one of the admins there and he said that they do not deal with any one specific linux distro, so im not sure how I would practically train my self in system administration with only one physical machine. He did give me a list of services that I need to learn. To quote him:
pbx (asterisk) web (nginx with php-fpm) dns (bind) log (splunk free edition) mail (postfix dovecot spamassassin (with pyzor/razor) clamav) storage (nfs to all servers for central gentoo stuff) auth (mit-krb5 openldap) managment (puppet) monitoring (icinga - package for gentoo also) sql (postgres)
So I still have alot to learn, haha. Here is a link to my resume if anyone is interested: https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/RMResume.pdf?w=4443068a


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