[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now

x
?
Solved

Want to learn Linux System Administration

Posted on 2012-03-13
8
Medium Priority
?
618 Views
Last Modified: 2012-03-18
I know little to nothing regarding the Linux operating system but would like to. I'd like to legally download a free version of Linux that I could install and work with. I'm not looking for a desktop OS but rather a server OS because I want to learn Linux administration. Anyhow, of all the distributions out there, which would be the best to learn? Bear in mind I didn't say easiest, but rather the best. Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:mcpp661
8 Comments
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:John-Charles-Herzberg
John-Charles-Herzberg earned 332 total points
ID: 37717494
This is the book I used and love it.

Sams Teach Yourself UNIX System Administration in 24 Hours (Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours)

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-System-Administration-Hours/dp/0672323982
0
 
LVL 29

Accepted Solution

by:
fosiul01 earned 336 total points
ID: 37717506
you can chose
Centos or debian.

Centos is a copy of Redhat

Debian and ubuntu are same .

basic is same for both Version ..
but commands are little bit different ..

example
centos use yum , debian you apt-get


both Centos and debian has their Desktop ( I mean GNOME)
but as an Admin, you really dont want to use GNOME,
you have to be good in command line ..

so get some book, download either Centos or debian ..

and start reading and practice ..
its not that hard .. people think linux is hard

but Its not ..
0
 
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

by:legolasthehansy
legolasthehansy earned 336 total points
ID: 37717507
Red Hat is a widely popular OS. A mirror OS to Red Hat is CentOS (www.centos.org) which you can download and install on a machine.
There is a lot to learn on Linux Administration (as like anything for that matter).
You can start with downloading the OS and installing it on your own (without the graphical installer) which is itself a good learning curve although it is much easier to do now.
Next try configuring services on it by reading online sites. Try doing some Linux certifications.
0
Get your Disaster Recovery as a Service basics

Disaster Recovery as a Service is one go-to solution that revolutionizes DR planning. Implementing DRaaS could be an efficient process, easily accessible to non-DR experts. Learn about monitoring, testing, executing failovers and failbacks to ensure a "healthy" DR environment.

 
LVL 30

Assisted Solution

by:Kerem ERSOY
Kerem ERSOY earned 332 total points
ID: 37717524
Hi,

First of all, You can download any Linux distro from the internet. It should be free. Some come with a support contract and you're entitled to their support and updates only with a valid contract. But apart from that I don't think using any distro as it is available over the net is not illegal. This being said you can start with a Server distro such as  Scientific Linux or CentOS which are both derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux or you can start with a Clent user firendly distro such as Ubuntu or Fedora. There are plenty of help over the internet for both kinds.

When it comes to learn I'll suggest you this book. This is free and open:
http://tldp.org/LDP/sag/html/index.html

You might like to take a look at this one too: http://linux.about.com/od/nwb_guide/a/gdenwb_idx.htm

I'll Suggest you to deide any of the approaches I've mentioned above and start hands-on experimenting too along with the documents.

Cheers,
K.
0
 
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

by:maeltar
maeltar earned 332 total points
ID: 37718621
On top of what has already been posted, install VirtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/), which is a virtual machine environment (Like VMWare, but free), install a flavour of Linux, use it, break it fix it, DOCUMENT what you do and methods you use, the beauty is, on your initial build, take a snapshot, then if you break it totally, you can just trash it use the snapshot and you do not have to worry about spending an hour re-installing.

Use and experiance cannot be replaced with reading a book, they run hand in hand, get some books, and a system to practice on, lots of coffee and prepare for lots of hours learning/breaking/building/swearing..

Hope it goes well..

S
0
 
LVL 25

Assisted Solution

by:madunix
madunix earned 332 total points
ID: 37718741
Get Centos http://www.centos.org/

LHN, HTF will give you a good picture about Linux
http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/
http://www.howtoforge.com/
http://www.linux.org/lessons/
http://linuxsurvival.com/
http://linux.die.net/
http://www.cheat-sheets.org/#Linux

Keep yourself updated with http://www.linux-magazine.com/  and http://www.linuxjournal.com/

Try to use Linux as much as you can, troubleshooting it on daily basis
http://trouble-maker.sourceforge.net/  Its good practice, generates problem descriptions.

A collection of Unix/Linux/BSD commands and tasks which are useful for IT work or for advanced users..  http://cb.vu/unixtoolbox.xhtml

Check out the http://beginlinux.com/  they got a got CBT for linux and other Open source packages.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:mcpp661
ID: 37734085
Every comment was helpful so I'm going to award points to all posters. Thank you all for your suggestions.
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:maeltar
ID: 37734219
Thank you for the points and good luck..
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

How many times have you wanted to quickly do the same thing to a list but found yourself typing it again and again? I first figured out a small time saver with the up arrow to recall the last command but that can only get you so far if you have a bi…
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how we can use conditional statements using Python.
Learn how to get help with Linux/Unix bash shell commands. Use help to read help documents for built in bash shell commands.: Use man to interface with the online reference manuals for shell commands.: Use man to search man pages for unknown command…
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month19 days, 7 hours left to enroll

834 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question