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Thread: Ubuntu, OSX, Windows Desktop environment help

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Ubuntu, OSX, Windows Desktop environment help

    I'm getting out of the current company I work for as a 2nd line technician and have been approached by another company that wants me to interview for the Linux Admin job they have.

    I have to answer some pre-interview questions of which some are quite vague and could be answered in several ways.

    I want to get this right so I'd like to get some other opinions on what they are asking, the first three questions really.

    Question one could be answered with, SAMBA (smbfs),CIFS,VM's

    Maybe I'm out of my depth with this job but I do have a fair amount of experience with Linux, OSX, Windows.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Pre-Interview Questions - Linux Desktop Administrator

    1. Which technologies would you use to handle a desktop environment that consists in
    equal parts of Mac OS, Windows and Linux desktops? Please list at least 6, and indicate
    any which you would need to research further before implementing.

    2. List three general ways in which you could address security in the age of cloud
    computing? (from the standpoint of enterprise IT systems)

    3. How would you handle offline access to shared drives on Mac OS X laptops? Are there
    any situations in which this could result in data loss? (Answer in three sentences or less)

    4. What system or methods do you currently use for tracking software licenses? Please list
    two pros and two cons of this approach.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    United States
    Xubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Re: Ubuntu, OSX, Windows Desktop environment help

    The questions are fairly open ended; there could be a variety of correct responses.

    If CIFS would do the job, but you like SAMBA better, answer with SAMBA.

    If you think the best security measures involve steel doors on the server room and epoxy in the terminals' USB ports, answer that way.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Re: Ubuntu, OSX, Windows Desktop environment help

    I think question 1 wants you to list 6 areas where compatability problems arise and technologies used for them. So don't just list 6 different solutions for network sharing. Think about one or two technologies for email, document standards, authentication, printing, etc. so that you can come up with 6.

    Not sure about question 2 since I'm not sure what an enterprise IT system means. I think the answer depends on whether the interviewing company is providing a "cloud" for their employees (i.e. employees log into virtual machines and do their work) or is the company going to use a "cloud" from another company and want to host IT systems like payroll, email, and shared documents on it. I would guess the latter in which case you'd probably mention things like requiring encryption (via VPN?).

    Question 3: I don't know anything about Mac shared drives, but I suspect there are widely known solutions/issues leading to the rationale for a 3-sentence answer.

    Overall, I would guess that if you answer without any obvious goofs, you'd move onto the actual in-person interview stage. They probably just want to weed out the worst candidates. Good luck.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Porirua, New Zealand

    Re: Ubuntu, OSX, Windows Desktop environment help

    The best answer is probably the one that shows the interviewer that you either know the answer, or that you would be able to find out in sufficient time to get the job done reasonably quickly and proficiently.

    edit: closed for staff review. Is this "homework"?
    Last edited by lisati; October 5th, 2012 at 12:53 AM.
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