[wellylug] Learning server admin (was Re: Just discovered server is not serving up pages)

John Durham john.modec at xtra.co.nz
Thu Jan 20 12:30:55 NZDT 2011

On 20/01/2011 12:10 p.m., Tim McNamara wrote:
> On 20 January 2011 11:51, John Durham <john.modec at xtra.co.nz
> <mailto:john.modec at xtra.co.nz>> wrote:
>     Is there a page of Cent-OS commands I can learn from to start
>     dealing with the server issues? It seems like an appropriate time to
>     learn some. Do you agree?
> There are many, many pages. I recommend Server Fault as a good place to
> start looking. They have questions[1] that seem pretty orientated to .
> Some things to be aware of:
>   - make sure you ask smart questions [2]
>   - embrace CLI
>   - take some time to understand what a package is. Once you've
> discovered how useful they are, you'll never need to download software
> from vendors' webpages.
>   - almost all Unix variants tend to use the same applications. So,
> don't necessarily restrict yourself to CentOS tutorials.
>   - however, locations of config files & names of packages can be a pain.
> Upshot is that when you're configuring your CentOS system, follow their
> instructions (or those of Red Hat, Fedora). However, when you want to
> lean how to use the find command, all tutorials should be equally valid.
> Best of luck
> Tim
>    @timClicks
> http://timmcnamara.co.nz
> [1]
> http://serverfault.com/questions/112134/good-starting-resources-for-system-administration
> [2] http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
This seems like good advice. Thanks for taking time to send it. Everyone 
needs to start somewhere.
I suspect there is a manual for Cent-OS here on a shelf or in a drawer. 
That could make a good way to begin.
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