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    Cool First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    I am making the big jump from the telecom/networking world, into the server admin realm! (Finally!)

    My first day of work is tomorrow!

    Could not think of a better place to ask for tips/pointers/advice.

    I am bringing 2 of my favorite LIVE cd's. 2 Live USB drives. (All 4 with differen't flavors)
    iPad, Laptop (Fedora 18), Android Nexus 4

    Pen. Paper. Console Cable. Zip ties. My favorite mouse/keyboard. Rubix cube. All of my literature. Chargers.

    Any thing I am forgetting?

    Any good advice?

    I will take anything I can get, I am pretty excited / apprehensive.

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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    A dry clean towel.
    Splat Double Splat Triple Splat
    Earn Your Keep
    Don't mind me, I'm only passing through.
    Once in a blue moon, I'm actually helpful
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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    Lunch!

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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    Quote Originally Posted by Megaptera View Post
    Lunch!
    A jug of coffee is good enough.
    Splat Double Splat Triple Splat
    Earn Your Keep
    Don't mind me, I'm only passing through.
    Once in a blue moon, I'm actually helpful
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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    ..Just what I needed to here. Thanks all! I think I am putting a little to much thought into this thing.

    And yes I have plenty of coffee, and just put a good towel in my bag.

    I will try not to panic.

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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    I think you're taking too much stuff with you, surely the company will provide a desktop/laptop for you to use? Try to enjoy your first day, it's a stressful experience anyway without worrying what to take with you.

    I'd take my phone, maybe my ipad for lunch/breaks and some cash and probably leave it to that. You'll spend most of the day, setting up ID's, security badges and trying to remember where the toilet is!

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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    Congratulations EmmEight!

    A few personal thoughts:
    • You'll have basically 2 clients: IT/corporate and your users. IT will set up the rules and guidelines, and your users would use infrastructure.
    • Think as your job as providing a service (that means to both of your clients).
    • Have patience and understanding with your users (tech savvy and not).
    • Most important thing with dealing with 'ugly' situations (emergencies, angry users, services down, etc): take the proper attitude. This is usually described as emotional stability, you don't get angry no matter what, keep your coolness, professionalism, etc.

    Best Regards.

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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    Quote Originally Posted by mr-woof View Post
    I think you're taking too much stuff with you, surely the company will provide a desktop/laptop for you to use? Try to enjoy your first day, it's a stressful experience anyway without worrying what to take with you.

    I'd take my phone, maybe my ipad for lunch/breaks and some cash and probably leave it to that. You'll spend most of the day, setting up ID's, security badges and trying to remember where the toilet is!
    I am fairly confident a computer will be provided. The more important question on my mind is... Will an OS be provided??

    Thanks for the tips though. I feel quite better.

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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    I suspect you will be introduced to an existing, functioning system.
    Post results of your first day!
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    Re: First Day as "Linux Server Admin"

    As Iowan has said, I'm sure the system be up and running and you'll get the chance to ease in gradually. Post back some thoughts tomorrow

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