>> My new job requires that I learn UNIX and also some Microsoft IT duties.
>> Where are some of the best sources where I can go? I should mention this- I
>> am not the type who reads manuals; I learn more by visuals, and by "doing."
>> Anybody, please make a suggestion or two!
>If you don't read manuals you'd be better off getting a new job.
Let me expand on that just a little. If webworks just does not
like reading manuals at all, the new job advice is excellant.
There is no hope at all for a unix sysadmin who is not at home
with constantly researching manuals. (And indeed, typically
they are the type of people who read tech manuals for
entertainment too, just looking for fun and interesting things
they never noticed before.)
If webworks actually meant he/she doesn't mind reading manuals,
but it just doesn't do the trick as far as learning, and that
he/she then needs to try it in order to understand fully and
retain the skills learned, then there is hope.
If that is the case, perhaps the best way to learn is to have a
"test" box that you can abuse with newbie ideas that crash
everything. You certainly do not want to learn about disk
partitioning by practicing on the company's database server! If
the company has only one unix box, they need to buy a second one
for the admin to use as a testbed.
One idea that helps is to have a box at home that is similar to
what you are admin'ing at work. There are advantages and
disadvantages though. The inbred nature of working only with
one system leads to thinking there is only one "right" way for
many things that are actually done a variety of ways on
different platforms. That is particularly easy for a
hands-on/visual learner to misjudge. The solution to that is to
use a different unix platform at home, just to provide that
variety. (Of course if you use 2 or 3 different platforms at
work, there is no difficulty at all!)
If that all sounds like an exciting adventure, then that might
be the right job after all. If it sounds like something far too
complex to even contemplate, then there are better employment
Ukpeagvik (Barrow, Alaska)