Four essential downloads for Linux administrators and those who want to be one

Do you know what CRON is? How do I set password policies from the Linux CLI? How to use SELinux? If you answered no to any of these questions, these downloads are for you.

Linux is a crucial part of the modern digital world we live in, and for good reason: it’s powerful, it can run on almost anything, and it’s open source – that is, free. For those who know how to use it, Linux is a great tool. For those who do not know how to use it, it is as obscure as ancient Aramaic.

Fortunately, it’s not difficult to master the basics of Linux, which are often enough to propel you to mastery in no time. These four downloads represent some of the most essential things you need to know about Linux, such as where to find help with various Linux distributions and related software, the 10 most important things to know if you want to become a Linux administrator, the best Linux administration practices and how to manage user accounts from the command line interface (CLI).

That’s not to say that these downloads are only useful for future Linux administrators. Linux experts may still need a refresher every now and then, and these could be valuable additions to a personal resource bundle.

Checklist: Essential Support Sites for Linux Administrators

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with any operating system, Linux included. For those times when you break it past the point of repair, these websites can help you connect with experts, and they also serve as knowledge bases for different Linux distributions and associated software. This downloadable PDF also contains some tips on how to find answers to hard-to-find Linux questions.

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Tips for Managing Linux User Accounts

Quick: Sit in front of a Linux machine, open the command line interface, and configure custom password requirements for all users in a domain. If you can’t do it without getting help, then this document is for you. The Linux CLI is the most reliable and powerful way to use Linux, but it requires learning many very precise commands. When users need help now, you need to know these commands or know exactly where to find them so you don’t keep a frustrated user waiting while you google them.

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10 things to learn if you want to become a Linux administrator

It’s easy to take the automatic functions of operating systems like Windows for granted. Linux doesn’t hold your hand that way. If you want to be able to administer Linux systems, you need to know how to use many tools and CLI commands that allow you to get things done faster, which you will find in this download.

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Best practices for Linux administrators

Like any other type of system, Linux has a set of best practices that must be followed in order for systems to function properly and securely. Things like how to manage updates and schedule tasks, how to end-of-life Linux system, additional security features that should be enabled and more.

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Sam D. Gomez