Posted by chuffykow on Fri 2 Sep 2005 at 13:36
I've been an active FreeBSD admin/user for the past five years, running it mainly on Intel hardware, and recently, sparc64 hardware. I've come to really enjoy how the OS is built, and the precision in which it is presented to the administrator. I decided to take my experiences to a more professional setting, and applied/interviewed for a FreeBSD admin position. After a bit of a wait, they informed me that the position was actually not going to be available, but they would like me to interview for a Debian admin position. I said I would be glad to come in. Whoops.
The position would be maintaining high-end servers, primarily focused on serving dynamic web content, with lots of large downloads/streaming content. I imagine the machines will have solid and proper raid hardware, and every other toy that is part of more expensive datacenter grade hardware. The hardware platform was not specified, but I imagine it is x86. I have a solid background in Apache(1,2,mod_ssl), BIND9, NIS/NFS, Samba, etc, but it's all geared toward FreeBSD. What words of wisdom and other bits of advice do the regular readers here have? I'm interested in common caveats, and other tidbits that can generaly only be gleamed from having used the system for a while. I'm of course going over the Debian Manuals (apt, securing, etc), but any advice long time users have tends to be worth a lot more in the long run.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions!