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u/sold_myfortune · 37 pointsr/cybersecurity


You should be aiming to eventually get a position as a Security Operations Center (SOC) analyst.

A SOC analyst position gives you some insight into a whole range of different information security problems and practices. You'll see incoming recon and attacks, your org's defenses and responses, and the attacker's counter responses. You'll get experience using a SIEM. You'll become familiar with all of the tools in place and start to figure out what works and what doesn't. You'll learn the workflow of a security team and what the more senior engineers do to protect the enterprise. After a couple of years, you'll probably have a much better idea about your own interests and the path you want to pursue in your career.

Here's how you get there:

Step 0: Make a habit of using spellcheck, then proofreading what you've written.

Step 1: Get the Network+ certification (Skip the A+, it's a waste of time for your purposes). You MUST understand IPv4 networking inside and out, I can't stress that enough. A used Net+ study guide on Amazon should be less than $10. Professor Messer videos are great and free:

Mike Meyers has about the best all in one Network + book out right now, you can get that from Amazon. You can also check out Mike Meyers' channel on Youtube, he has a lot of Network+ videos:\_qc-eOU

Step 2: Start learning some basic Linux. The majority of business computing is done on a unix type platform, this will not change anytime soon.

For Linux, I'd highly recommend "Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook" by Evi Nemeth, et al. The information is presented in a way that is comprehensible to regular people. You can get a used copy of the fourth edition for about $15.00. The second edition got me through my first three jobs back in the day :)

Step 3: Get a techie job, probably in entry level tech support or helpdesk. You have to do a year or two here to get some practical experience.

Step 4: Get the Security+ certification.

Step 5: While in your tech support job try to do every security related task you can.

Step 6: Attend Bsides conferences (very cheap), there is almost certainly one within a couple hours of you.

Step 7: Join a local hackers group similar to NoVA Hackers or Dallas Hackers.

Step 8: Network with everyone you can at security conferences and in your hackers group.

Step 9: After you get those certs and some technical work experience, apply for every SOC position you can.

Step 10: Take the free online Splunk class while you're waiting.

Step 11: Keep going until you get that SOC analyst job.

Guess what, you're an infosec professional!

That SOC analyst job should pay between $50K and $60K. You'll stay there for a year to eighteen months and get a couple more certifications, then leave for a new job making $75K to $85K. After five years in the tech/cybersecurity industry you should be at $100K+.

u/KrogerKing · 23 pointsr/homemadexxx

Learn how to access all service guides and manuals.... Learn unix/linux basics. Maybe build a small home lab, you can buy cheap servers and networking equipment online. Never say "I don't know" say "I will have to do some research". Nobody knows everything... Google is your friend.... When you are at work do not browse this sub.. Start reading up on that things they want you to work on now.......I am not an admin but work in data centers every day fixing servers. Been in the industry for 13 years.... still get worried about people finding out I have no idea what I am doing lol

Great Guide
UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook

u/fuzzyfuzz · 18 pointsr/linuxadmin

I have the UNIX and LINUX System Administration Handbook It's awesome and has a pirate boat on the front, so you know it's good. It's great for best practices type stuff, and there's a little bit of sysadmin humor mixed in.

I also have the Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible which is good for CLI reference.

Other than that, you can find a ton of stuff on the web. Is there anything in particular you are looking for?

u/veruus · 12 pointsr/linuxadmin

The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook - 4th Edition

[TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols - 2nd Edition] (

These should be part of every ops department's library, if not already in your own personal one.

u/julietscause · 12 pointsr/sysadmin

This is one of the best Unix/Linux books ive come across when it comes to learning Unix/Linux

I cant recommend it enough for people trying to get into open source operating systems.

What I did on my main machine was setup a virtual machine (virtual box is free) and use it to do everything in whatever distro I picked.

Ive been digging Centos 7 with MATE desktop lately.

u/OgreMagoo · 11 pointsr/sysadmin
u/achthonictonic · 9 pointsr/sysadmin

cc him on code reviews for your day to day scripts and proactively go over the small ones with him, line by line, a few times a week.

I have a list of exercises(pm me if you are intested) from: -- I assign 4 of these exercises weekly and go over it in 1:1s. Buy him a few books, and explain that you can't send him to a conference because of budget issues this year, but you want to invest in his career development -- it will go along way to building the mentor-mentee relationship.

The thing I like about this book, its age does give a good historical perspective, but the questions at the end of the chapters are easily adapted into good questions to fit a particular environment.

I've used this approach to bring up 3 jr linux sysadmins so far.

u/dontgetborn · 8 pointsr/linuxquestions

I've heard that this is the best handbook for UNIX/Linux administration:

u/theevilsharpie · 8 pointsr/sysadmin

> windows server/services?

Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN are Microsoft's main reference portals for operations and development, respectively.

For structured learning, Microsoft offers their MCSE Program. Each exam covers a specific topic, and there are learning objectives and links to reference material available. Microsoft Press will usually have a self-study guide available for each exam.

There's also the Microsoft Virtual Academy, but I've never used it and can't vouch for its quality. Of course, it's free, so....

> linux server/common services? (Could be distro specific)

For professional use, the most commonly used Linux distributions are RHEL/CentOS and Ubuntu. (Debian is also popular, but it's close enough to Ubuntu that you can lump the two together.)

Both RHEL and CentOS have documentation available:
RHEL Documentation Page
Ubuntu Server Guide

RHEL's documentation is far more thorough and complete. However, Ubuntu has community support in the form of the Ubuntu Forums and Ask Ubuntu, and I've personally found it easier and faster to find specific information and solutions for Ubuntu.

For structured learning, Red Hat has a certification track available (which is obviously focused on Red Hat technologies), and LPI has a certification track that is more vendor-neutral. There are self-study books available for Red Hat's certifications, but they are all outdated for the current exams, and I don't recommend buying them until they're revised for RHEL 7.

For self-study, the closest thing to a Linux system administration bible that currently exists is the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook. However, it's a bit dated in certain respects.

Linux support and documentation, like its development, is spread out over the Internet. If you're looking for how to do something, usually the best place to start is Google. Searching for "[stuff] Ubuntu" or "[things] CentOS" will usually send you to the right place. Stack Exchange is also a pretty good resource:

  • Stack Overflow, for scripting and coding questions
  • Server Fault, for questions regarding system and network administration
  • UNIX and Linux, for questions about Linux in general

    > Networking

    Networking education is split into two worlds: theoretical/academic computer networking, and practical, vendor-specific networking.

    For theoretical networking, your best bet is to pick up a textbook. We recently had a thread discussing recommendations.

    For practical, vendor-specific networking, the big player is Cisco. Cisco has a certification track available with course objective and reference materials. For self-study, anything written by Wendell Odom is gold; however, bear in mind that you really need a lab for self-study to be effective.

    Other companies, like Juniper or HP, also have networking certifications available, but I only recommend them as a supplement.

    Lastly, while I describe Cisco's training as "practical," that doesn't mean that the theoretical aspect of networking is unimportant for a professional. There is an industry-wide push toward software-defined networking, and if your SO wants to get in on that, she'll need to have a firm understanding of computer networking theory.

    > NetSec

    Hardcore NetSec isn't really my field, but /r/netsec has a Getting Started Guide with some resources available.
u/perfecthashbrowns · 8 pointsr/linux

This has been one of my favorite books:

And I read through this entire book:

They are both great!

Edit: I can't type much because my internet is going out regularly at the moment, otherwise I'd love to elaborate further.

u/mickbayne · 7 pointsr/linuxadmin

I suggest getting a copy of the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook.

u/TheLightingGuy · 7 pointsr/sysadmin

If you want him to get a firm grasp on it, There's this book as well:

A friend of mine works for one of the guys who wrote it and my understanding is that it's teaches you more than you thought you knew about linux.

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/networking

Honestly, this book is absolutely excellent in explaining the working world to you. It's Unix/Linux centric, however gives you awesome tools to tackle your day to day job.

u/Alives · 6 pointsr/sysadmin

See also:

Read this book:
UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition) [Paperback] Evi Nemeth (Author), Garth Snyder (Author), Trent R. Hein (Author), Ben Whaley (Author)

u/BitpatternDesignator · 6 pointsr/sysadmin

A must read is UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition):

u/tdk2fe · 6 pointsr/linux4noobs

Get the Unix and Linux Administration Handbook, 4th Edition, by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent Hein and Ben Whaley.

This book covers both Ubuntu and other Linux flavors, along with traditional Unix. It is my defacto go-to when I need to look up a topic, and goes into incredible detail about not only how to do things, but also some of the theory behind them. A good example is that it explains how to set up a DNS server, but also details how DNS actually works.

For something cheaper - just google the Rute Manual. This also details a wide array of OS concepts and how they are embodied in Linux.

And while your learning - i'd like to throw this tidbit that I absolutely love from the Rute guide:

>Any system reference will require you to read it at least three times before you get a reasonable picture of what to do. If you need to read it more than three times, then there is probably some other information that you really should be reading first. If you are reading a document only once, then you are being too impatient with yourself.

>It is important to identify the exact terms that you fail to understand in a document. Always try to backtrack to the precise word before you continue.

>Its also probably not a good idea to learn new things according to deadlines. Your UNIX knowledge should evolve by grace and fascination, rather than pressure

u/NoOneLikesFruitcake · 5 pointsr/sysadmin

I found this book in a thread and I've gone through the first four chapters so far. I only got it a little while ago but I really do like how it reads, and the amount it covers is nice. Check out the table of contents on amazon and you'll see what I mean about the coverage.

Other than that we're looking at the same kind of stuff. Let me know if you get any good leads :P

u/SwimDeep · 5 pointsr/sysadmin

I found the first version of the sys admin book by Evi Nemeth et al helpful years ago. I know a couple people who have found newer versions helpful too. Here is a link to the latest..

u/bradym80 · 5 pointsr/learnprogramming

There is a good explaination about the history of Unix and Linux at the beginning of this book.

You could also watch revolution OS. Or just use youtube.

u/HedonicLife · 5 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

ATLien325's comment explains that terminology in a pinch, but it's not really going to get you very far on your way to learning how to hack. Your best bet would be to pick up books like this, this, and this. Then you'll have an idea of how programs, file systems, and networking work behind the scenes and you are much better situated to begin to learn how to hack them.

You're also going to need to learn how to effectively use a search engine.

u/chadillac83 · 5 pointsr/linux

Read this, found it amazingly useful and packed full of knowledge, I recommend this book even to Linux noobs that are trying to get a better feel of the system for desktop use... once they have the basics down that is.

u/joker_toker · 5 pointsr/linuxadmin

I'd like to humbly suggest the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook for your new admin. It's starting to show its age a bit (published 2010), but still communicates many of the core responsibilities of administrators in a clear manner with historical context.

Also, take a look at the Linux System Administration and Linux Web Operations LiveLessons, which are more current and may be helpful if the new guy learns from video tutorials.

Disclaimer: I am the author.

u/delias_ · 4 pointsr/linuxadmin

Fundamentals is what you need to know to get through some first round interviews. Explain the boot process in detail from pressing the power button to getting a login prompt -- how does init work, how do run levels work, how does systemd differ? What is getty? pam?

DNS is so much more than just what that rap covers, so if you put it on your resume you better damn well know it. Tell me about the concept of glue records, what is a root hints file, know how to use dig at the very least, how do you switch the order in which the resolver library checks it sources? What is the truncated bit in a DNS packet for?

Know debugging and tracing beyond the usual "top" or "sar" to get real detailed data on what a process is doing. Strace, ltrace, tcpdump, gdb (how to take a stack trace and dump a core), sysdig, perf events, dtrace4linux, vmstat, slabtop, pmap, etc

DHCP is another one like DNS that people like to say they know, but you should know about DHCP relay/ip helper, pxeboot, the actual protocol order of events. Check it out in wireshark.

How do processes and threads differ, really? Lots to talk about here even down to shared memory space, system calls, etc

What is swap, really? What are page faults? How does kswapd behavior change when you don't run with swap?

Know Netstat/ss. Know that tcp is a state machine. What does a bunch of SYN_SENT in netstat imply? Difference between tcp's RST and FIN?

Stateful vs stateless is more than just a tcp/udp difference, it's a fundamental concept to so many aspects of technology.

Basically know what's in this book:

u/foofusdotcom · 4 pointsr/sysadmin

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the System Administrator's Handbook. I've got editions 1, 2 and 3 on my bookshelf.

u/off_z_grid · 4 pointsr/linux

First off, what are you doing now?

Here is some advice from a 20-year sysadmin who does devops and hobbyist development stuff:

Buy this book. You won't get better advice from anyone anywhere. It's expensive, but BUY THE FREAKIN BOOK:

Install some VM system like VitualBox and start playing with either Debian OR Ubuntu, AND CentOS. Install both numerous times and give yourself some extra partitions to format and play with. Read about some feature or thing and then go mess with it.

Eventually go after RHCSA/RHCE.

Learn the bash shell. Learn how to write real scripts with while/until loops and if/thens, arrays, and other stuff. That'll take time, but put some focus on it.

Don't get overwhelmed. Just start learning one thing, then the next, and go from there. The rabbit hole goes deep.

u/ihatefarts · 4 pointsr/linuxadmin

This book has saved my ass countless times. It has a bunch of great knowledge and gives you a chance to catch up on things you might have forgotten. I highly recommend you purchase this and keep beside your desk/cube, at least until you become familiar with the job duties.

u/sysopsbkms · 4 pointsr/sysadmin

First get yourself a copy of the Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook by Evi Nemeth (who is still missing at sea).

u/djsupersoak · 4 pointsr/sysadmin

I would highly recommend you check out the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook.

It not only goes over a baseline of technical sysadmin (especially linux) concepts, but really shows you how to be a good admin. There is more to it than technical know-how. I'd recommend picking this one up.

u/canoe_lennox · 3 pointsr/CentOS

If you are looking for a dead tree, this book here has been recommended by a number of people I know.

u/wombatsquad · 3 pointsr/ITCareerQuestions

Step 1: Buy and read this

u/matthewdtwo · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

I found this to be helpful when I started out. The details are a bit outdated at this point, but it's still got many relevant points.

u/guffenberg · 3 pointsr/linux

I second this one

It could be a good idea to check which books some well regarded universities are using.

u/peppajiggapuff · 3 pointsr/linux

I find reading books is the best way to expand ones horizon on a certain topic. UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook should be an excellent read for you.

u/ryanklee · 3 pointsr/linux
  • Read books. Like this.
  • Try other *NIXs.
  • Compile your kernel.
  • Build (and maybe maintain) a package for your distro.
  • Learn some shell scripting in bash.
  • File detailed bug reports.
u/SneakyPhil · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

This is a very good book. Debian-isms you can learn as you go, but system administration concepts are useful throughout many distributions.

Other than that you have to set goals for yourself. Have you tried starting up 2 virtual machines and had them communicate with each other?

u/stanwell_ · 2 pointsr/linux

I would recommend this one

u/poply · 2 pointsr/linux4noobs

I hear this is great UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook

Although I can't personally vouch for it.

u/trabant00 · 2 pointsr/linux

Find an intern job at a small company that does linux based IT consulting, there are plenty of those. The pay will be shit, the hours will be long but what you'll really looking for is a good tutor. Read

u/nomeansnook · 2 pointsr/linuxclass

If you're talking about this book, it's one of my favorites. It's the book I've recommended as a supplement to everyone I've taught thus far.

u/issmkc · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

>nice error message

Oh yeah, reminds me of those gems:

ERROR: Root device mounted successfully, but /sbin/init does not exist.
Bailing out, you are on your own now. Good luck.

Uhhuh. NMI received for unknown reason 20.
Dazed and confused, but trying to continue

Linux is good and informative when something screws up and you can usually debug and fix most issues using a combination of google/documentation/logic/common sense barring incompatible/broken hardware, but the general public doesn't want to study ULAH to be able to use their computer, thus the downvotes.

u/coniferhugger · 2 pointsr/linuxadmin

Instead of buying tons of books, you might want to look at Safari Books. I have the 10-book bookshelf subscription, and it is seriously plenty. Pros, you have instant access to a massive library of tech books. Cons, you are stuck reading on your computer/tablet/phone (I did try reading a few chapters on my Kindle, but the didn't care for the experience).

Books I would suggest:

  • UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook - this is seriously a great book, that will make any admin better.
  • Time Management for Systems Administrators - has a lot of good tips for time management, but some things are a little dated.
  • The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition - This is a great read on how to be a better system administrator.

    I'm not a huge fan of training videos, but generally watch recordings from conferences. Although, I do really enjoy the format of vimcasts though.

    As for general advise, I did see someone recommend looking for an MSP. If you are looking to be a Linux SysAdmin, I wouldn't recommend this route as you are going to be supporting MS installations. Personally, I started doing help desk for a web company and moved up from there. Also, I worked hard to create my opportunities within each position. You'll have to put yourself out there and be patient, It took me 4 years to earn the official title of Systems Administrator (in a small-ish town). The key to this is finding a good Sr. SysAdmins who are willing to mentor you, and some environments/people aren't conducive to this.


    BTW, I have a B.A. in Political Science, so don't be ashamed to rock that Philosophy degree. You will see a lot of posting that are looking for a B.S. in Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Rocket Surgery, but seriously don't even worry about that. Most job postings are a list of nice to haves, and most places really only care that you have a degree.

    I've been recruited by and interviewed with some very respectable tech companies. I just usually have to explain how I got into tech with a political science degree. In an interview, having the right attitude and knowing your stuff should say more than your major in college. But, you will also run into elitist douche bags who knock your degree/doubt your abilities because you don't have a B.S. in CS/CE. If you work with these people, your work should speak for itself. Don't try and get caught up into a pissing match with them. If it is an interview (as in someone you might work for), practice interviewing never hurts.
u/feaks · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I think you meant this book.

>Information in this book generally applies to all of our example systems unless a
specific attribution is given. Details particular to one system are marked with the
vendor’s logo:

>Ubuntu® 9.10 “Karmic Koala”
>openSUSE® 11.2
>Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5.5
>Solaris™ 11 and OpenSolaris™ 2009.06
>HP-UX® 11i v3
>AIX® 6.1

u/Medicalizawhat · 2 pointsr/linuxadmin

I recently got a job as a junior admin and found Unix and Linux System Administration to be really good. There is also a nice CBT Nuggets series on Linux which is a great overview, especially when watched while reading LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell as the book complements the videos.

If he already knows another programming language Dive Into Pythion is great for getting up to speed quickly.

u/robscomputer · 2 pointsr/linuxadmin

A few of my favorite books I reference and recommend. Just a note, many of these are older and can be purchased used for much less. Also if you can afford it, get a Safari subscription. I use my work Safari subscription but this alone has saved me from my book buying habit. Now I only buy "must have" books. :)

Official Ubuntu Server book - I really like this book as the writing style helped me "get it" with Linux. Kyle Rankin has a very good method of showing you the technology and then a quick run down to get the server working, followed by some admin tips. It's a just scratching the surface type of book but it's enough to get you started. I rarely use Ubuntu now, but this book helped me understand DNS and other topics that were IMHO harder to grasp from other books.

As a bonus, this book also has an entire chapter dedicated to troubleshooting. While this sounds obvious, it's a great read as it talks about dividing the problem, how to approach the facts, etc. Stuff a seasoned admin would know but might be hard to explain to a new admin.

The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction - You can read this book for free on the site, but having a paper copy is nice. As mentioned, you should have a very solid understanding of the command line. In my experience, I have seen co-workers struggle with basic shell scripting and even understanding how to make a single line for loop. This book covers the basics, moving to shell scripting and I think it's a good solid reference guide as well.

DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux Server Best Practices - This book is referenced a few times here but I'll throw another comment for it. Another book from Kyle Rankin and has the same straight to the point writing style. It's very quick reference and simple enough that you could give this to a new sysadmin and he or she could get started with some of the basic tools. While the book covers a good selection of basic services and tools, it's easy to get deeper into a chapter and find it's only discussing a handful of troubleshooting steps. The idea with this book is it's a quick reference guide, and if you want to get deeper into troubleshooting or performance, take a look at other books on the market. Either way, this is a great book I keep on my desk or reference through Safari.

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition) - Another popular book based on the comments here. This is a pretty big book, thin pages, but it's like a small brick of UNIX/Linux knowledge. While it's starting to get dated, it does give a great reference to many topics in the system administration world. The chapters can dive deep into the subject and offer more than enough information to get started but also understand the technology. The e-mail chapter I thought was great as well as the DNS. I think of this book as a overall guide and if I want to know more, I would read a book just on the subject, that's if I need more information. One thing to point out is this book makes use of different OS's so it's filled with references to Solaris, different UNIX versions, etc. Not a problem but just keep in mind the author may be talking about something outside the scope of vanilla Linux.

Shell Scripting: Expert Recipes for Linux, Bash and more - I found this book to be a good extenstion of the Linux Command Line book, but there are many many other Bash/Shell scripting books out there. The author has many of the topics discussed on his site but the book is a good reference for scripting. I can't stress enough how important shell scripting is. While it's good to know a more formal language like Python/Perl/etc, you are almost certain bash will be on the machine you are working on.

Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud - I can't comment on this book beyond the first chapter, I'm still reading it now but it's reading similar to Brendan Gregg's site, and that's a great thing. If you don't know who this guy is, he's one of the top performance guys in the Solaris and now Linux world. He has some great infographics on his site, which I use for reference.

Use method for Linux

Linux Performance

Example of Linux performance monitoring tools

Hope this helps!

u/xgunterx · 2 pointsr/linux
u/Lunarblu · 2 pointsr/linux

I recommend this book to everyone I taught Linux to. As some people have already commended on learn to program first. Linux knowledge will come.

u/cstoner · 2 pointsr/linuxadmin

Last time I remember leafing though this guy it was still very relevant.

It's a lot of basic UNIX/Linux nuts and bolts stuff.

u/Havilland · 2 pointsr/linux_mentor

The Unix and Linux systems administration handbook is also worth it’s money.

If you are doing more with virtualization and automation have a look at vagrant, it will help you get an environment up and running quicker.

As soon as possible also try out other virtualization stacks as kvm, xen and lxc. These are some of the most used and free ones. VMware is the paid contender in most places.

u/hanshagbard · 1 pointr/linux

Best thing there is to do is learn the basics of the operating system and how everything works first, that is if you really want to know how everything works and have a chance of doing something in linux.

Check out

I used it when i got to really learn linux and it really helped me understand exactly what everything was.

u/dx4st · 1 pointr/sysadmin

~]$ uptime
12:03:29 up 441 days, 20:31, 2 users, load average: 0.52, 0.37, 0.30

This is a huge advantage in terms of SLA's.

Cost of ownership and operation

Web servers, databases, vpn solutions, proxy servers, analytics, sftp servers, esxi whiteboxes, so on and so forth.

There are many sites out there that can provide information.
I still use this on occasion: Linux SysAdmin Google to find the pdf.

Many HowTo websites out there too. Pick something and just build it out.

As rdkerns stated, linux admins do make more $$$

u/ashayh · 1 pointr/linux

No one has mentioned this (and it's predecessors) so far???
Unix and Linux administration handbook.

u/there1sn0sp00n · 1 pointr/linux4noobs

Thanks for your comments. For now, I will go with this: UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, 4th Edition.

u/DustyGeek · 1 pointr/sysadmin

If you're looking for more of a learning book I'd go for the Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook 4th Edition. Covers most of the basic to advanced stuff and crosses distro's quite nicely.

u/pat_trick · 1 pointr/sysadmin
u/arusso23 · 1 pointr/sysadmin

Might be good to keep this book on hand.

u/Calmwinds · 1 pointr/sysadmin

I was recommended this book, and in my opinion it's quite good. I could link you to a torrent full of every book you could possibly need for stuff like this, but PM me though. <-- Great!

u/jezzmo · 1 pointr/sysadmin

First :
How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook

u/ghostrider176 · 1 pointr/linux

>Any good books you would recommend?

I never really read any technical books on Linux. Most of my training on Linux has come from working for various vendors and institutions as well as a fair bit of hands on experience (both on the job and off in my lab at home).

I've seen the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook mentioned in this subreddit a few times so I assume it's gotta be decent. I remember reading the sample of it somewhere and confirming that what was inside was exactly what I would expect from such a book.

If you're looking for online help then I can help you a bit more with that. First off, the Linux From Scratch project is really time consuming, tedious, and probably over your head (it's still over mine, don't get discouraged). I went through the project once and didn't even come close to finishing it. Towards the end of my attempt I was really just skipping large sections of text and going through the motions of compiling things. However, I still learned some good points about the inner workings of a GNU/Linux system and recommend the project to all people who want an advanced understanding of it; Even if you abandon your lab of it or fail it miserably, I'd wager you'd still walk away with something of value.

The Arch Linux Wiki, or "ArchWiki" as it's referred to on their website, is a surprisingly informative community information repository. It has its faults: You won't find everything you're looking for, some tutorials are little more than hastily pasted step by step guides with absolutely no explanation, and as expected it's written for the Arch Linux distribution. However the utilities and programs Arch uses are the same that every other Linux distribution uses and, much like the Linux From Scratch project, visiting and poking around a bit my steer you on the way to a stronger understanding.

Finally, The Linux Documentation Project is a good bookmark to have (though I don't go there much any more).

u/niqdanger · 1 pointr/linuxquestions Yes, its older but the theories and practices are the same, even if the details have changed some. Plus tools like vmstat, iostat, top and du are still the same years later.

u/r00g · 1 pointr/hacking

The Linux Bible looks good. I would highly recommend the Linux System Administration Handbook as a wonderful resource as well.

u/up_o · 1 pointr/CompTIA

If you have a good sized library, they may have this book.

In totality it of course isn't about the n10-006. But the networking chapters took me that extra mile to pass the exam. It walks you through how to read a routing table, provides enough history (though not too much) to remember features of networking technologies via developmental necessity through time.

While it is still very much overview, the way it was written truly offered something more than all the usual exam prep.

Also, I found messer's study group videos invaluable. Many of them you can listen to on drives, as I did. Though some do require you to look at an image, he is kind enough to read off questions and the possible answers before diving into the solution. Also, subnetting in your head is good for you.

Best of luck.

u/e1618978 · 1 pointr/MrRobot

Here is a start. It is a big book and has been sitting on my shelf unread since I bought it, but it gets good reviews.

u/misplaced_my_pants · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Any opinions on this book?

u/systemadamant · 1 pointr/sysadmin
u/joshlove · 1 pointr/devops

The Linux Administration handbook. It's simply fantastic.

u/timlepes · 1 pointr/linuxadmin

I few years ago my youngest brother got his first IT job, and he fell right into an admin role. He too is very sharp. I bought him the following books as a gift to get him started...

The Practice of System and Network Administration, SecondEdition - a few years old but has lots of fundamentals in there, still well worth reading. Hoping for a third edition someday.

Tom Limoncelli's Time Management for System Administrators

I see others have recommended this great book, and I wholehartedly agree: UNIX and Linux System Adminstration, 4th Edition. I was sad when Evi's ship was lost at sea last year. :-( You could tell she loved sailing old wooden ships... just look at the cover. A great loss; she did so much for our community.

Additionally, I will second or third anyone recommending works by Brendan Gregg. I got the Kindle version of Brendan's Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud. I really like this book. It was written to be a good foundational book for the next several years. I am planning to get a hard copy version too. While you're at it, check out these links...

Brendan Gregg:

Tom Limoncelli:

Introduce him not only to books, but online resources and communities like /r/linuxadmin :-)


u/Batolemaeus · 1 pointr/de

Es gibt ein Buch, dass man sich mal besorgen kann:

Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook

Das ist praktisch ein Standardwerk. Teilweise etwas veraltet, aber in praktisch allen Grundsätzen korrekt. Das Buch findet man häufig in den Regalen von alten Graubarten.

Wenn du ein wenig suchst, findest du bestimmt irgendwo ein pdf oder epub. ist die offizielle Seite zum Buch, aber sie scheint down zu sein.

Abgesehen davon: Lerne Google. Stackexchange. Lerne durch machen. Mach kaputt, am besten in einer VM mit lecker Snapshots.

u/asthealexflies · 1 pointr/linuxadmin

Agree with the comments posted by others. I would suggest the book bellow, which will give you a really nice all round grounding into all thinks *nix.

Gets the fundamentals and you can tackle any system from a good level of base knowledge. Also a great bible for the shelf.

u/rickjuice · 1 pointr/pics

>There is quite literally 0 things my Mac can do competently that my Windows computer cannot, but there are things that my Windows computer can do that my mac absolutely cannot.

Also OSX is unix based not linux based.

u/got-trunks · 1 pointr/sysadmin

One book that helped me get the meta was the unix and linux system administration bible seriously . Very good overview of the relevant technology and a lot on how the admin should approach things and think about things. From the software, to the hardware, to politics and policies

u/RoosterTooth · 1 pointr/linuxadmin

Good information! I also have a wonderful 1200 page book I just bought to start reading too!

u/0x4c47 · 0 pointsr/linuxquestions

First: Calm down. They also want you to work for them. It's not like they just have an endless pool of job candidates.

Technical skills are obviously important but other personal traits are much more important. Are you willing to learn? Do you like working in teams? Stuff like that. Technical skills can often be obtained more easily than personal traits. Be confident. If they ask you many technical questions and you can't answer many of them: Don't despair. Be honest about what you know and don't know. Be prepared to present in what particular technical things you have some experience.

If you want to read on Linux and Unix system administration, I recommend this book:

(DM me for tips on how to get it)

u/fish1232 · 0 pointsr/learnprogramming

Chapter 2 is about scripting and the shell. Focusing on bash/perl/python.