Training program to make a Novice System Administrator
I’ve put together a program to make entry-level Linux system administrators
because we need more to maintain the IT fabric of modern civilization.
The program is self-paced, using online resources. This is not training I deliver personally, rather I will guide you to quality training resources, in the correct sequence, and work with you to debug any stops. There is no fee to me for this program. The training takes 2-3 months full-time and costs about USD 1,000 for the online training courses and books. You’ll need a practice computer you can install Linux on.
Pre-requisites: Aspirants need to know how to use a computer for basic tasks (e.g., Web, email, word processing).
Part I – Linux Essentials
Part II – The Linux Command Line
Part III – Linux System Administration
$499 (includes certification exam)
Video training from oreilly.com
Free with a 10 day Safari trial
Part IV – Certification (optional)
Part V – Introduction to Computer Science (can be done after starting work)
In addition, I recommend the following professional library (you can build it up as you start earning in your new profession):
Summary of All Costs
Total cost: $1029.72
Time investment needed: 2-4 months full-time or 6-12 months part-time
Code of Ethics
As a professional system administrator, study and commit yourself to our Code of Ethics
And a crucial ingredient to success (and I’m being entirely serious): Spend plenty
of time during your training reading up on what you’re studying on the Unix & Linux Stack Exchange
Elective – Learn How to Make a Web Site
Exercise: Setup a personal site, e.g., like Mark Burgess has
There is an excellent WordPress tutorial at http://websitesetup.org/
To learn the underlying technology, HTML/CSS, I recommend http://websitesetup.org/html-beginners-guide/
Also, you can write in Markdown and use pandoc to convert to HTML. Try it!
Elective – Learn How to Use strace to Spy on Your Programs
Elective – Postgres Database Administration
“The Accidental DBA” (or, Administering PostgreSQL When It’s Not Your Job) to those just getting into Postgres database server administration. Josh Berkus, from the PostgreSQL Core Team, presented it in 2015 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoQRGl_P2aQ (2.5 hour video)) and the original (2012) slides by Christophe Pettus at http://thebuild.com/blog/2012/06/04/postgresql-when-its-not-your-job-at-djangocon-europe/