noswaithnoswaith Member Posts: 8 ■□□□□□□□□□
I knocked out Network+ and Security+ last year. Currently preparing to take the second test for Linux+ and then move on to a prep course with Linux Academy for RHCSA. I am also considering studying and buying a home lab for the CCNA. Does this make sense to do this, or are these tracks too divergent?

Thanks for the feedback :)


  • Options
    DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Linux and Networking are a great combo. Any systems person should have some networking knowledge. Alternatively, automation skills and/or knowledge of the server endpoints on the network are invaluable for networking person.

    Beyond the certs, what are your career goals?
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
  • Options
    UnixGuyUnixGuy Mod Posts: 4,567 Mod
    Excellent goals. Finish them and aim for RHCE/CCNP after, you can't go wrong with this path. You will learn a lot. Make sure you LAB LAB LAB

    Learn GRC! GRC Mastery : https://grcmastery.com 

  • Options
    noswaithnoswaith Member Posts: 8 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I just recently moved into IT. Currently doing desktop support, but looking to advance to either a sysadmin position for RH or into a network position.
  • Options
    LevithanLevithan Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Im looking to do this as well and have already set up a lab with RHEL 6 and 7, but the going is slow because work has taxed my free time. Any ideas on what sort of jobs you could expect with that combo? At my pevious job our management servers were on linux , as well as monitoring. Perhaps somewith with IaaS?
  • Options
    varelgvarelg Banned Posts: 790
    I wonder what made you go for RHCSA since you mentioned you are getting Linux+. The combination of Linux+ and CCNA should be a great one, already.
  • Options
    thatguy67thatguy67 Member Posts: 344 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Those are two very legit entry-level certs. And Linux and networking are not too divergent, especially with the prospect of Cumulus Linux.
    2017 Goals: []PCNSE7 []CCNP:Security []CCNP:R&S []LCDE []WCNA
  • Options
    Muhammed HMuhammed H Member Posts: 93 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Sorry for going off the topic; does having RHCSA level knowledge really gonna help someone to find a job as Linux admin? Because so far I have seen, even for junior Linux admin level jobs, employers look for people with couple of years of Linux experience. Not only that, they want candidates to know Nagios, chef/puppet/ansible , SQL etc etc.
  • Options
    JustFredJustFred Member Posts: 678 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Yeah the demands are crazy, but if you know about 3 things on their list, i think you'd do fine.
    [h=2]"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." Spock[/h]
  • Options
    9bits9bits Member Posts: 138 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I think if you're just starting in IT, it's good to have entry level certs in three core areas: administration, networking, and security. So for example, RHCSA, CCNA, and Security+ would be good entry level certs to go after. But once you've kind of got a path figured out and you've got a company willing to pay for certs, it's best to pick a single direction in line with your job and go that way.
  • Options
    danny069danny069 Member Posts: 1,025 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I'm always for the hands on/physical aspect, but for the CCNA I don't think it is necessary. All you need is packet tracer. But, if you can afford it, then I say go for it. Get the appropriate cables and you can ssh to the console port via hyper terminal or putty.
    I am a Jack of all trades, Master of None
  • Options
    noswaithnoswaith Member Posts: 8 ■□□□□□□□□□
    My employer values RHCSA over Linux+, so if I want to score a SA job that is what I will have to do.
  • Options
    _root_root Banned Posts: 14 ■□□□□□□□□□
    It makes plenty of sense..to me..because I'm doing this.
    Well, I just passed RHCSA today, so gotta get started for CCNA (..and RHCE) :D
  • Options
    VeritiesVerities Member Posts: 1,162
    Congrats on the pass for RHCSA. Networking is a super important building block, so you can't go wrong with those types of certifications. As you get into higher levels of SA in the Linux field its more about experience than certifications. So if you want to continue moving upwards, learn as much as possible, spread out into the network services (i.e. DNS, DHCP, Apache, SQL) and keep on top of new open source technologies. There are so many marvelous tools that are free and they can help you immensely moving forward (i.e. Zabbix, Ansible) as a SA. Your ability to succeed in the Linux field depends on how much you want to invest in learning new things that can save your company money and allow you to do your job more efficiently.
Sign In or Register to comment.