Within the last year in working my current job my employer has started to make a shift on our project being more focused on our primary Operating Systems of Microsoft Windows and Solaris UNIX to Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux. One of the major problems is the two main system administrators (Myself the Certified Windows Admin and my partner Ed, the Solaris UNIX Admin) working on this project were NOT Linux literate, myself more so than my partner. The other problem we had was obtaining the Red Hat Linux Software; the main problem with this was not really getting the software as it was to having to buy the mandatory “Support” in order to legally use the software. Believe it or not Red Hat has found a way to basically charge for the use of what is supposed to be a free Operating System.

So my partner Ed did some asking around and found CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) which is essentially a exact Clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, right down to the version numbering system. The only real difference between CentOS and Red Hat is the operating system is labeled with CentOS and not Red Hat; the other is there is no “mandatory support” that has to be brought in order for it to be used.

So with choice of Linux OS in hand our Lead wanted us to start loading around a dozen or so PC’s with the CentOS but we still had the problem of not knowing whole lot about this OS. So I went to my best friend in the whole wide world Google and found a gentlemen from the UK by the name of Andrew Mallet (Not of any relation to Andrew Edney of Connected Digital World) who has posted over 30 plus videos on the CentOS 6 operating system alone on his you tube channel theurbanpenguin. I immediately started within the next few days watching his videos which helped me immensely in doing my job.

So I have now decided to pass on what I have learned on to our readers here at Connected Digital World, I hope you enjoy.


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John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.