Passed both Linux+ exams

antielvisantielvis Posts: 285Member ■■■□□□□□□□
A while back I decided I wanted to venture out of my Windows based career & actually do what I wanted to do. Linux admin. I decided I'd start with Linux+ and setup a CentOS server at home & started using Linux as my desktop OS exclusively.

Exam 101: First exam I didn't find that difficult. Much of it was review from my past when I worked with Linux exclusively. This exam is quite basic but once completed the course material you'll feel comfortable at the command line

Exam 102: More challenging than the first exam & a little more deeper than I expected. You come out of this exam with a decent foundation.

Thoughts:

- Two exams & not a walk in the park (unlike too many Comptia exams). The questions are straight forward without the wordy "theory" questions common with MS

- Just like CISCO exams the ONLY way to pass this is to actually lab lab lab. You cant' read a book and just visualize this stuff in your head

- I am reminded how flexible Linux is as an NOS.

Used the information I found in Technotes to study as well as CBT Nuggets series for Linux. I also watched "Linux in the Real World" in CBT Nuggets which gives you insight into more common networking functions (SAMBA, DNS, etc). Tell ya, Linux has come a long way since I used it in the late 90s/early 2000's. Their patching & software repositories & apt-get/yum are freaking AWESOME.

Next up: RHCSA, then hopefully a job.

PS. one of the first times I've really looked forward to studying/learning. Now if I can just figure out this python stuff I'll be fine.

Comments

  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    Nicely done. Congratulations.
  • lsud00dlsud00d Posts: 1,571Member
    Congrats on the L+ pass! You also now qualify for 3 other certs, namely the LPIC-1.

    I very much agree that, even being an entry-level cert, it is much harder than the other entry-level CompTIA exams.
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 4,004Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif

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  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    lsud00d wrote: »
    Congrats on the L+ pass! You also now qualify for 3 other certs, namely the LPIC-1.

    I very much agree that, even being an entry-level cert, it is much harder than the other entry-level CompTIA exams.

    I have yet to take it and have only taken Sec+, but I found Sec+ to be hard because it was mostly Windows related OS questions, nothing on Linux or Unix which I support on a daily basis, and obsure things I have no need to know. I just had to have it for the DOD.
  • BryzeyBryzey Posts: 260Member
    Congratulations On the pass and good luck with the rhcsa.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass!
    Awesome cert to have
    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
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  • lsud00dlsud00d Posts: 1,571Member
    brownwrap wrote: »
    I have yet to take it and have only taken Sec+, but I found Sec+ to be hard because it was mostly Windows related OS questions, nothing on Linux or Unix which I support on a daily basis, and obsure things I have no need to know. I just had to have it for the DOD.

    Well my viewpoint is that the S+ is more of a vocab test and the L+ is more of demonstrating knowledge considering it's a whole new OS (FHS was a lot to learn for it) and there are fill in the blank questions, like "path for hosts file?"; "/etc/hosts" etc. S+ on the other hand is largely vendor neutral concepts and is all multiple choice. Any sys admin with 3+ years XP should breeze through S+ IMO.
  • antielvisantielvis Posts: 285Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Security+ is an exam I've taken and passed. It's not tremendously difficult & I agree that it's a vocabulary/definitions test (eg, you'll need to know what XSS is). Surprisingly not that many admin's I know are actually well schooled in security. I think S+ has it's benefits for a Sys Admin whereas N+ or A+ would not.

    Thanks for the congrats, it's appreciated. And I have to say if you have not explore the Linux patching system & software repository system. In a Debian based distro you just type apt-get install <softwarepackage>. This is how you download Chrome for example. It BLOWS away all things Microsoft.
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