Greetings! My goal.

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  1. CKroll

    CKroll New Member

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    Hello everyone and greetings from Michigan! It's a pleasure to be a part of this community and to finally dive into Linux, an area I've wanted to learn about for some time. Linux is uncharted territory for me, and in addition to interest I'm also here to learn in preparation for a job interview with a Linux based web hosting company. Potentially my first IT job. I've got a few books in my library including "The Linux Command Line A Complete Introduction" , "The Linux Bible (Eighth Edition)" and "LPIC-1 Study Guide (from Sybex)". I've been given a list of topics to study, and I was wondering if anyone can offer any tips or advice on how to approach it. I'm great with self-study as I just recently passed the CCNA, but I'm not sure how I should go about this challenge. I currently have a VMware machine with Ubuntu installed and another with CentOS. I would really appreciate any help. Thank you.

    Here is the list of topics:




    · File permissions (chmod) /ownership (chown)

    · Basic commands (ls, zcat, less, vi)

    · Performing backups

    · Whitelisting IPs

    · How to copy (rsync)

    · How to move a file (with mv)

    · Location/Names of config files

    · How to find things

    · Familiarity with file systems and partitions

    · Understand basic system diagnostics

    · Where to get help with a command

    · How to diagnose DNS issues

    · How to diagnose Email issues

    · Understand Qmail and how it functions

    · Understand email blacklists and how they function


    · Learn how to read email delivery reports

    · Be able to move files and on a server and et proper ownership

    · Be able to find group and user id’s

    · Learn how to SCP, SFTP, and FTP files from command line

    · Understand DNS records and what they are used for. (A, CNAME, PTR, TXT, SPF, MX, and so on)

    · Understand virtualhost files and how they work

    · Setup ssh on a server

    · Configure ssh keys

    · Generate a private key and CSR from command line
  2. rstanley

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  3. Videodrome

    Videodrome Active Member

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    Find out if this web hosting company has a preference for a certain flavor of Linux. Some companies want "Red Hat" people. That could include learning off of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, or CentOS. I think at first, you could get by with CentOS since it is kind of a free community spinoff of Red Hat.

    Other companies might be looking for Ubuntu people or possibly Debian. I think most of the command line even including the package manager should be basically the same between these two as Ubuntu is kind of based on Debian.

    Regarding the Terminal, I would suggest a few basics like Navigating the file tree with CD command. Trying some Text editors like Nano and of course Vi which you listed. Read up on the Grep command and the Sudo command.

    In Ubuntu, try working out the Terminal based application package installer with the "apt-get" command.

    In CentOS, try installing application packages with the "yum" command.

    Maybe have a little fun and look for a small free game. In Ubuntu try "apt-get install chromium-bsu". Hint: might need to use the Sudo command.
  4. CKroll

    CKroll New Member

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    Hi Videodrome, thanks for returning the favor and pointing me in the right direction. :] Their servers are CentOS based.
  5. Videodrome

    Videodrome Active Member

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    Yup. Welcome to the board. I'm also from Michigan.
  6. CKroll

    CKroll New Member

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    Thanks. No kidding. Where at if you don't mind me a****g?
  7. Videodrome

    Videodrome Active Member

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    Iron Mountain in the U.P.
  8. CKroll

    CKroll New Member

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    I've yet to ever make it up to the U.P. Do you enjoy living in Iron Mountain?
  9. rstanley

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    Can you take this to a private conversation? You are far off-topic. Thank you!
  10. Videodrome

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    It's okay I guess. I think Escanaba is nicer.

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