[kwlug-disc] Linux certs and employability
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Mon Jul 29 15:44:49 EDT 2013
On 29/07/13 15:23, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> We got a request over the website feedback form from somebody who is
> interested in getting into Linux administration. Here is part of the
> I am a Windows Admin but I always liked Linux and I really believe
> that it is time for me to do something about this.
> Now, i would like you to tell me what courses I should take to become
> a Linux Admin.
> I use Linux on daily bases at home, I am pretty comfortable with it
> but I would like to do more than using it at home. You know what I
> I will write back to this person, but I am not sure what advice would
> be helpful.
> Are there standard, good-quality certs that get people in the door?
> People used to recommend the Red Hat certs. Is that still the case? Do
> the LPI certs mean anything?
> Those who are in position to hire: what sorts of things are you
> looking for in sysadmins? What path would help get this person from
> where they are now (Windows admin, personal Linux experience) to a
> place where you would consider hiring them as a Linux admin?
> - Paul
I made the switch from Windows sysadmin to Linux sysadmin about ten
years ago. The number one advice I give people is "switch your daily use
laptop/desktop to Linux". Nothing teaches you faster than using
something day in and day out.
I had a couple false-starts when I tried dual-booting Windows/Linux
because inevitably, I'd run into a learning curve annoyance and I'd just
switch back to what I knew because I just wanted to get something done.
Only after I went 100% Linux did the learning curve feel shallower than
an OS install and I was finally able to get over those humps.
As for how specifically to do this; That's a broader question. I don't
have number, but I would guess that RHEL (and it's clones like CentOS)
are the most common server distros out there, from a big-business
perspective. Red Hat offers numerous certification options that are
highly regarded in big business.
I would not worry about jumping into certification on day 1 though. I
would suggest installing and using Fedora (RHEL's "upstream") distro and
just take time to play and get used to it. RHEL 7 will introduce a *LOT*
of changes over previous RHEL releases, and it will be based on a Fedora
18/19 hybrid, so it's a great place to start.
After s/he's past the initial learning curve, then I would suggest
looking at certification options. By that time, s/he will have a much
better idea of what parts of Linux they find interesting. There are
many, many different ways to be an admin and certifications are
generally not super cheap. :)
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