My work is transitioning to 100% Ubuntu servers. Should I focus on Linux training?

RedGaiterRedGaiter Member Posts: 83 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi Everybody,

I recently, within the last 2 weeks, started studying for 70-410 because I felt it would be good to achieve the MCSA Server 2012 certification. That being said, I currently work in the IT helpdesk of a company that primarily develops iOS applications. So, everybody is running an OS X machine / tablet. Currently, our servers are a mix of OS X and Ubuntu, both physical and virtual. In october, we are transitioning to have mostly Ubuntu servers, with one Server 2012 machine acting as a replacement for Dropbox.

Should I continue down the MCSA/E path, or should I pursue LPIC-1, RHCSA, and RHCE?

From what I've learned on the job so far, I do enjoy working in the UNIX/Linux terminal, but I also feel very much at home if I'm on a Windows machine.


  • 10Linefigure10Linefigure CCNP R&S, Security+ USAMember Posts: 368 ■■■□□□□□□□
    You can look here: and it may be advantageous to put Ubuntu on a home computer to play around with. And grab a book on Linux such as Linux+ or you can go into RHCSA. You may want to avoid directly studying/testing for LPIC as there are not many resources and Linux+ gives you LPIC automatically. RHCSA will probably give you the best ROI if you can dedicate to it.

    Good luck!
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  • 5ekurity5ekurity Member Posts: 346 ■■■□□□□□□□
    As a traditional Microsoft guy pulling double duty in the Linux world now, I'd recommend looking into Linux Academy to get yourself more familiar with the different distributions and follow along with the instructor. You can spin up servers on the fly and SSH into them; if you break something, just delete and rebuild the server in a minute.
  • HeeroHeero Member Posts: 486
    Linux is a very valuable skill to have. I think you should definitely start learning linux.
  • NinjaBoyNinjaBoy Member Posts: 968
    My work is transitioning to 100% Ubuntu servers. Should I focus on Linux training?

    Yes... Your work is going to be supporting and administering Linux servers, focus on that. Simple.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,227 Mod
    Study for Linux+ and LPIC-1. Install Ubuntu and start using it. Gain experience on the job, then shoot for RHCSA...this is a good chance for you to start your career with Linux :)
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    If you plan on staying at this job, study Linux.

    You could always study up on Windows Server afterwards. But it'd be more advantageous to get familiar w/ Linux now since that's what'll be needed on the job.
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  • xenodamusxenodamus Member Posts: 758
    Another vote for Linux Academy here. I'm also a Windows guy working through their course and the learning environment is great. The instant server build is the best part in my opinion. I'm a sysadmin, so sure...I know how to install an OS on a VM. But I don't want to waste my time staging systems....I want to learn Linux. Linux Academy allows me to do just that.

    All of that to say...yes, if I were you I would use this as an opportunity to gain some Linux knowledge/experience. Personally, I feel that learning Linux is making me a better Windows admin as well.
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  • bridgestonebridgestone Member Posts: 36 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Dude, as a guy who works in Windows and cannot get any Linux exposure, you don't know how lucky you are. It is very hard to get Linux jobs without prior professional Linux experience.

    You're sitting on gold. Take advantage of that.
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