Learning Linux-based server technology

Hi Guys,

   I am a MS system admin with 15+ years of experience.

   Recently I was looking into Linux-based systems to revitalize old servers, but I don't have experience with them.

   Could you please point me where should I look, and onto which distribution to focus, and maybe what is the easiest way to learn how to integrate them.

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I'd look into Zentyal. It is very simple to setup, use and administer. Most things are configured and monitored via a web-browser. You can set up different modules depending on what you will want the server to do.

Sanga CollinsSystems AdminCommented:
I too highly recommend starting with Zentyal. Gives you the ability to get under the hood if needed but presents most high level functions in an easy to use web interface. Your 15 year MS experience will make it an easy transition. Zentyal is based on Ubuntu so you also get to learn one of the Top5 linux flavors.

Although Zentyal has an implementation of exchange modeled email services, I recommend Zimbra for trying out email setups. Zimbra for my experience runs best on CentOS. This is a little more involved since you will need to use the command line more to get rolling, but it will teach you another Top5 linux flavor and between Ubuntu + Centos you will be well on your way to mastering linux based OS.

a quick note: if you have old server 2003 installer, create a virtual machine in virtualbox on the zentyal server and install server 2003 or 2008. Join this server to the domain and you can use it to get a view from the windows side on what the Zentyal server is doing. Very helpful when trying to apply GPO's for example, or setting up print services.

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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thank you both. I checked Zentyal, and it sure looks good.

I will try both Zentyal, and Zimbra!
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