View Poll Results: Could I administer a linux computer lab?

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  • Sure, that doesn't sound impossible.

    43 58.90%
  • Eh, maybe, but you're jumping in the deep end without floaties.

    22 30.14%
  • No way. This has "catastrophic failue" written all over it.

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Thread: Could I administer a computer lab?

  1. #1
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    Could I administer a computer lab?

    Ok, so it's an odd topic, but I'm kinda curious. There's a temporary student job about to open up in my college. They basically just want someone to maintain a computer lab and some servers, all running Suse Linux. It pays very well, so I'm wondering if I can pull it off.

    I've been using linux as my only OS (other than at work) since Warty. I don't know anything particularly special about the OS, or administration in general, other than the fact that I've installed dozens of distros on several machines and I'm getting to the point that I can troubleshoot problems and know where to look for solutions.

    The lab is used for computational fluid dynamics, so I think it'll be mostly grad students and probably lightly used. It's estimated as a 10 hr/month job (salaried), so it doesn't sound like I'd be loaded with issues... meaning if I looked at it as a 20 hr/week job I'd probably have enough time to sort out whatever issues crop up.

    So, do you think I could pull it off?

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    Well, it doesn't sound impossible. Creating or migrating such a pool is a lot of work and quite difficult (as i've found out), some administering and maintaining shouldn't be too difficult, at least not if you're prepared to do some learning.

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    I'd vote, but someone doesn't know how to spell failure.

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    Quote Originally Posted by sanderella View Post
    I'd vote, but someone doesn't know how to spell failure.
    Heh, woops. Been a long day. Fingers are tired.

    @Wolki: I very much enjoy learning. I'm a compulsive tinkerer. I've got Arch Linux running in Windows with coLinux, and an ssh server going in the Arch Linux so I can log in with my other computer... all just for the hell of it. What worries me is that I'll get in over my head and have a bunch of disgruntled, headhunting faculty members. The biggest appeal of this job is that it's one last chance to tack some fancy sounding experience onto my resume, and that kinda backfires if I can't do a decent job.
    Last edited by hizaguchi; September 8th, 2006 at 09:12 PM.

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    ok, i'll vote to be a failue

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    If the network is already set up (by a compotent guy) and you just need to be the admin... Sure. It will take some learning, but it's not at all impossible. Setting up such a network is another issue, because you might overlook some security issue.
    But I mean no harm nor put fault
    On anyone that lives in a vault
    But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him.

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    Shouldn't have trouble.
    Look at these materials some of which I'm using to study for the LPI exams, if you can safely say you know most/all of that then there shouldn't be a problem!

    http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/article...mentals-p1.xml
    http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/articles/

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    Quote Originally Posted by hizaguchi View Post
    I very much enjoy learning. I'm a compulsive tinkerer.
    The first is good, the second is a liability. Administration is a completely different mindset than desktop usage. You don't want to tinker unless and until something breaks. Find what works, and leave it alone!

    As for whether to try for the job: Shoot for the sky, man. The number of people who have gotten where they are through a BS resume and on-the-job learning is not inconsiderable.

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    Dude - go for it. You can't sail the ocean until you pull away from the dock.
    Robb Topolski
    Cape Cod, MA USA

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    Re: Could I administer a computer lab?

    Thanks for the input everybody. I've got an interview Thursday! We'll see how it goes.

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