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richard_ablitt:
Does anyone have any advice about starting a career in system administration? I've been using Linux for about 10 years at home and have used most of the main distributions. I've got a web server set up on a Scientific Linux virtual machine using the ISPConfig hosting control panel, and I passed the RHCSA exam in December.

I've been doing agency work until now, and have had a range of office, factory and laboratory jobs.
Thanks
Richard

Mad Penguin:
Yup, learn IPV4 inside out, make sure you know all the standard office tools like postfix, samba, dhcpd, learn some bash, then have a play with either puppet or chef.

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richard_ablitt:
Thanks, I hadn't come across Puppet or Chef before so I'll set up some more VMs and try them out. I've run a mail server in the past, but unfortunately my ISP seems to be blocking port 25 now. I tend to use NFS and autofs on my network, but I'm comfortable with Samba as well.

Mad Penguin:
Personally I think Chef is pure evil, and I've not used Puppet, but they figure in 4 out of 5 job specs I see.

No ISP should block port 25 - I'd get a new ISP if I were you ... :)

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richard_ablitt:
It'll be a few months before the contract ends but I'll probably get a different one after that

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