[kwlug-disc] Seeking Linux admin course

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Thu Apr 12 18:13:34 EDT 2012


On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 12:54:26PM -0400, Colin K wrote:
> With discussions being tossed around about " [kwlug-disc] article: Linux
> skills in demand, wages up". What sort of education could I seek in either
> Toronto Ontario or in kw

I think this is a relevant question. I wish I had a good answer to it. 
My suspicion is that for the most part training courses and
certifications are of limited use. People on the list have spoken
highly of the hands-on Red Hat certifications, however.

I am hardly the kind of person that is relevant to the article in
question, but I find that new things come up all the time, and it is
my job to understand and troubleshoot them despite never having heard
of them before. In that vein, the most important skills I know are: 

- A basic toolkit so that you can navigate around servers
- Being able to make observations (through logfiles, sniffing, etc)
- Being able to break down problems into smaller steps
- Avoiding jumping to conclusions
- Knowing what to ask Uncle Google


One document I have found useful describes different levels of system
administration: 
http://static.sage.org/field/jobs-descriptions.html

Sorry I can't be of more insight. But there are very experienced
administrators who are pulling in Benjamins and Queen Elizabeths, and
maybe they will share the strategies they used to get training and/or
become awesome.

- Paul

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