Advice for newbie systems administrator?
July 5, 2007 8:23 AM Subscribe
I will be starting a new job this Monday as a systems admin for a small company, and I was wondering, what are some good resources that might be helpful for someone like me?
posted by erpava to work & money (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Company background: This is a small place of only about 10 people that does the majority of its business online. From what I learned in the interview, they use an Exchange server for email and contact information. They have all relatively new Dell desktops running XP.
Responsibilities: Keep the systems running smoothly. Make updates and changes to the website.
My background: I'm a college student who is happy to have found what appears to be a stable job with flexible hours and decent pay. I don't plan on working at this place for more than two years, just until I finish school. I don't have a ton of experience working with networks, but I know my way around a computer and I have some PHP and SQL proficiency, which was mentioned as a prerequisite in the original job description.
My question: What are some good resources that might help me learn more about regular sysadmin duties and help me get through problems that I might encounter? I'm looking for anything, here; forums, blogs, articles, books, or even just some advice. The person who currently holds my position is leaving soon, but he will be training me for at least a week.
Keep in mind that this is not a very high paying job so I don't expect to have to do anything too crazy or difficult.