[sf-lug] UNIX admin help!

Jim Stockford jim.stockford at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 11:35:20 PDT 2007

   oops, i forgot SAN and NAS. It helps if you can spell SANsurfer
or HBAnyware (these are names of GUI manager programs that
are used to configure Host Bus Adapters, usually PCI expansion
cards that allow communication via fibre cables to a fibre switch
onto a "fabric"--fibre cables going to storage arrays). NAS is
an ethernet, not fabric, equivalent.

   I also forgot to emphasize the networking angle. Start with the
network commands in the /bin directory.
   Ask lots of questions, hopefully to the list.

On 3/20/07, Jim Stockford <jim.stockford at gmail.com> wrote:
> Why, sure, to the extent I can.
>    Don't forget that you, Ola, have a user account on the sf-lug.com
> host. Any SF-LUG members can have shell accounts on the sf-lug.com
> box. You'll need a ssh client on your machine to access sf-lug.com
>    Email me privately, Ola, if you forgot things. Log in and try out
> commands per the following:
>    Take a look at the sf-lug web page; click the Red Hat certification
> study group sample pages. or click http://www.sf-lug.com/index1.html
>    The vi editor is important, so click the How2vi.html link.
> or click http://www.sf-lug.com/How2vi.html  Practice a bit!
>    Using the bash shell is the modern default on most Unix systems
> or at least an alternative (sometimes POSIX compliance requires
> the real Bourne shell /bin/sh ). Click the bash shell tutorial link or
> click http://www.sf-lug.com/BASHshscrOutline.html
>    Please, please complain about anything in the bash shell tutorial
> that is unclear or insufficient or otherwise unsatisfactory, please,
> please....
>    In my view the chief deficiency in the tutorial is that some
> important info is missing and the chief merit is that this includes
> most important info in a single place--I have yet to find another tutorial
> that brings together this number of essential concepts in a single,
> integrated spot.
>    Pay particular attention to the commands in the /bin directory.
> Complain, please, please, and demand that I come up with a
> grouping of those commands--those that have to do with filesystems,
> those that are shell programs, those that have to do with networking,
> etc.
>    What kind of Unix? The tutorial is pretty general, although with
> a Linux flavor. Solaris, HP-UX, AIX are all in play: generally a shop
> is one of the three with some hosts running Linux and with Windows
> looming outside on the users' desks.
>    What kind of machine room and NOC environment? these days
> sysadms are expected to know how to use big-bucks programs
> such as NetBackup and one or more monitoring programs and
> how to use console servers and so on.
>    There's the DB angle: they're everywhere, including in unexpected
> places (check your pants!). Oracle is a world of its own. There are
> little MySQL or PostgresSQL databases lurking under a variety of
> features....
>    There's the daemon angle: what's a server, which are used in
> your joint, where are their configuration files, how to start, stop,
> get status properly...?
>    How are your LDAP skills?
>    There's the policy angle, including allowed logins, use of sudo,
> host-application rules, external standards compliance....
>    On the SF-LUG.com RHCE/T study group page there's a Study
> Path section with pathetically few sub-pages, each with pathetically
> little further information. Please, please complain and demand that
> they are improved.
> and many, many thanks for asking.
> jim
>  On 3/20/07, Peters, Ola (MSCIBARRA) <Ola.Peters at mscibarra.com> wrote:
> >   Hi All,
> >
> > I have an up and coming interview for a job I am really interested in.
> > I need a down and dirty UNIX refresher course.  Is there anyone willing to
> > spend a bit with me for this?
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any and all help,
> >
> > Ola
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