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How can a Linux Administrator improve their shell scripting and automation skills?

In my organization, I work with a group of NOC staff, budding junior engineers and a handful of senior engineers; all with a focus on Linux. One interesting step in the way the company grows talent is ...
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Path to a sys admin career - education versus experience [closed]

I already have a bachelor's degree but it's in the humanities (art history). I want to get a job working in systems administration, and am wondering how to go about it. At this point I don't have ...
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1answer
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Areas of Linux for freshers [closed]

I am a fresher who recently got a job in Linux Admin - maintaining some servers for a client. The server might be a mix of web and app servers, could you please suggest in what areas I need to learn ...
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Career advice, past linux sysadmin, now finishing Bsc in Computing, feeling obsolete [closed]

Hello wonderful serverfault people, I've been spending quite some time fumbling through a variety of sources trying to find some advice related to my own situation. At first I didn't feel comfortable ...
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Difference between a sysadmin with 500-600 servers and a sysadmin role supporting 10000+ servers [closed]

Can anyone give me a practical example of how a system admin (or two) looking after Citrix farms of 15/20/40 servers in size differs from a team of admins looking after farms with numbers in the 000's ...
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What qualifications are required for a fresher to be a system administrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What a beginner should know/learn for sysadmin job? I am a student and want to be a system administrator. But I don't know that what types of qualification are expected ...
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Do I need a system adminstrator? [closed]

Just wondering at what point it was worth hiring a system administrator when you're selling hosted software. Most of the IT companies I can think of start with programmers polyvalent enough to handle ...
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2answers
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Went from developer to IT Manager. Advice to survive? [closed]

I was living a happy life as the sole developer in a manufacturing company when, out of the blue, my boss the IT Manager decided to leave. I was semi-promoted to his position (sort of), but I'm having ...
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1answer
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sources of knowledge and interaction with other sysadmins [closed]

I'm new to the sysadmin world and I'm trying to get up to speed on all the facets of the job. To avoid asking stupid questions at work I'm trying to use forums or q&a sites like serverfault. ...
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Server Admin for Noobs [closed]

I'm a total noob when it comes to Servers. I've been designing websites for about four years, and I'm completely self-tought (22 years old)... I want to get away from Mediatemple because they don't ...
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Preparing For Interview - 'IT Incedent Management & Senior Service Desk' [closed]

I have recently been accepted for an interview for a position with the state government in NSW, for the position of 'IT Incedent Management & Senior Service Desk'. I have been to interviews ...
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Career Change To Sys Admin - Advice Appreciated [closed]

I am looking for a bit of advice regarding a career change. I have had a look through some of the other threads with similar questions although most are a few years old now so maybe the advice has ...
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2answers
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How do I successfully transition from network administrator to IT Manager? [closed]

I've been a tech for over a decade. I was recently bumped up to IT Manager at my ~75 person company, and now manage a staff of four junior technicians of varying talent and ability. My boss doesn't ...
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4answers
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Transitioning from Finance to IT careers - degree required? [closed]

I'm interested in making a transition from a finance career to one in IT, most likely sysadmin with a focus on network security although that may change as I get my feet wet. I have some light VBA ...
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4answers
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Career Advancement [closed]

I have worked in consulting for a 2 years dealing mainly with small to medium sized businesses doing work ranging from PCs, networks and server administration. I am looking at the possibility of a ...
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1answer
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Getting My “Foot in the Door” [closed]

What would be a great job to get "my foot in the door" for Network Administration? I am currently about to receive an associate's degree and was going to go onto getting a Bachelor's degree.
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1answer
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How to make the jump from consumer support to enterprise support?

I am currently a high level consumer break/fix technician responsible for about 300-400 repairs a month. I am good at my job, but bored, and I want to move into the enterprise side of my company, ...
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2answers
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How to grow to be global sysadmin of an organization?

Bit of a non-technical question but I have seen questions of the career development type on here before so hopefully it is fine. I work for a fast growing but still small organization (~65 ...
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engineer tech support [closed]

i joined as engineer tech support in Origin infosystems. my qualification is b.e cse 2010 passed out.and i am in chennai. me working now in a client company(tcseserve). they offering package of 5.5k ...
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Difference between Sys Admin and NOC Specialist?

I am a fresh graduate student and I am looking trough job boards all day long for junior positions. My goal is to start a career in sys admin, of course. Today I find an open spot near my area as a ...
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6answers
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Is .NET experience a good thing or a bad for a Sr. Sysadmin?

I'm a sysadmin and become pretty good at ASP.NET development and .NET in general. Is there a chance that my .NET skills may be a disadvantage to me? What would the pointy-haired-boss think? The ...
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4answers
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What skills or traits should a “Sr. Systems Engineer” have? [closed]

I'd like to know what sklls or traits you expect to see when you see someone with the title "Sr. Systems Engineer". Do certifications matter? If so, which ones? Do you expect them to obtain any ...
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1answer
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Degree Major Choice [closed]

I have about 10 years of experience in IT and a handful of certifications and am planning on going to university and getting a bachelor's degree. My experience has been progressive up to this point ...
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How to enter the field with 0 experience and a A+ cert? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What a beginner should know/learn for sysadmin job? To explain my situation, right now I am a high school senior with an A+ certification, and am aiming for the Net+ and ...
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6answers
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What do I need to know about Information Technology (IT)?

I have been a longtime reader of Stack Overflow but this is my first time posting. I have been struggling greatly with respect to my future and I have decided to ask the huge community here. ...
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1answer
260 views

Best network certification [closed]

I'm interested in learning network design to the point where I can apply for a job with it and my more general experience of computers and networking (I'm quite experienced - 20 years in the ...
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1answer
557 views

Which IT field should I choose in my career from sysadmin , developer [closed]

I am about to finish my degree and I want to choose one IT field where I can rise in my life with experience and salary goes beyond US$100K or more after some years of experience. So can you please ...
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4answers
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Is it a good choice to switch from software developer to system administrator?

I've been just graduated and now having a hard choice: continue to be a (average) software developer or switch to system administrator. I have some background coding experiences, but it's not enough ...
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5answers
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System Administrator? Or Systems Administrator? [closed]

I've seen both variations in job titles. Which do you use?
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8answers
628 views

How did you find your current job? [closed]

I'm a student looking for a job as a Jr. Sys Admin / Information Security position. The moment I click search from simplyhired.com or dice.com my job gets complicated. It's so hard to spot the ones ...
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13answers
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What are some IT jobs where you don't sit at a desk for 8-10hrs a day? [closed]

Like a lot of people in IT I sit at a desk for 8-10hrs/day working on stuff that needs to get done "now". That usually means eating unhealthy lunches at my desk, and sometimes dinner too. This does ...
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4answers
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KVM graphical tools and employment

I saw a job classified asking for a Linux admin who could administer KVM based vm's. I can do so if I use virt-manager or some form of graphical tool, but I'm not really familiar with all of the ...
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Administrators: People interaction and Working hours? [closed]

Do admins get to meet a lot of new people on a daily basis at work? And what kind of people domain do they interact with? Secondly, I've had this myth for a long time that unlike programmers, ...
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What is 'FizzBuzz' for system administrators? [closed]

FizzBuzz is a simple test of programing ability, often used by employers to weed out people who can't actually program. Is there an equivalent test for system administrators and general IT guys? ...
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SysAdmin Career Question: Internal or Client Based

ServerFault Community, It seems there are two positions SysAdmins find themselves in, either you are working for a non-IT services based single client (your employer) and providing in-house IT ...
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2answers
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System Admin experience for young developers [closed]

relatively inexperienced (~1 year out of school) developer here and SO newbie :). What's the best way for a developer to sharpen their sysadmin skills/gain experience? I'm a developer for enterprise ...
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If you could go back in time would you still choose IT? [closed]

I am a new grad and am looking for work in IT likely as a Unix admin. What I would like to ask all of you, is if you could go back in time would you still choose a career in IT? or was it the biggest ...
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Should i do MCSE 2003 or MCITP for Windows Server 2008 [closed]

HI guys , I want to go in networking and windows field . Currently I am in Web design field but i want to go in window Administration. I want to do MCSE. Should i go for 2008 server or 2003 server.
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moving from 50% time sysadmin to full time sysadmin?

I am 26 and I have worked at a software consultancy company for four years. My time is mixed 50% between doing development, and I guess simple sysadmin tasks. Tasks would include things like: setting ...
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1answer
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Additional training for a Mac sysadmin

My coworkers and I were recently told by our manager to submit proposals for training this year for consideration. I've heard it said before "training is available if something worthwhile can be ...
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1answer
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Please help me decide which ms cert I should get and when

I'm looking to get some training and certifications but I'm having a bit of a difficult time deciding on which cert(s) to get and when. Right now my company is running windows server 2k3 and exchange ...
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2answers
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Any comments on career with FBI Cybercrime & Forensics? [closed]

I'm interested in if anyone here as a better inside perspective on what working for the FBI as a Special Agent in their Cyber program is like. The majority of online articles are focused towards the ...
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How to encourage Windows administrators to pick up scripting?

When I worked as an administrator in my first job, I was frustrated that our administration processes with Windows servers were a series of point-and-clicks; we could never match the level of ...
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Based on my past DBA experience, what DBMS should I specialize in?

I would like to have feedback from the serverfault community about my database administration career. I used to use mainly Linux for 14+ years. I worked as a network administrator at a small ISP, ...
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8answers
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I read computer science, I don't have any certification yet, but I want experience

Everybody in my school seems to be crazy about certification. A lot are not going for their internship, but rather certification. I'm doing my intership and I'm gaining lots of experience in the ...
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3answers
299 views

How/when do you study?

Would be interesting to find out how other sysadmins are educating themselves. I find myself in the need of constantly learning new things. I prefer to spend more time on the subject and know it ...
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4answers
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Editing client password on a live system - how bad a mistake is this?

I was tasked with adding some users to Active Directory today. I did all of this, however, I had a list of 20 users to add. Of this list, it listed 5 users already added. The list's instructions were ...
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next career step [closed]

I'm almost 40 year old. I've had a lot of different jobs in different areas. I've worked as truck driver, painter, help runner at a big banking company, i was self employeed (painting, construction, ...
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“Organizational issues” — sore spots of IT? [closed]

Is it common for "organizational issues" (such as politics, organizational inertia, and selective hearing -- think Dilbert) to cause more IT problems than computers and servers do? Likewise, is it ...
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From developer to sysadmin vs. from sysadmin to developer [closed]

Did you start as a sysadmin and later turned a developer? Or viceversa? What prompted the change? Which career do you like more? What advantages have you found from the transition? Tell us your ...