It’s been a while since doing a guest post. Last time I was here I wrote about being a UCS newbie. Now I’m here writing about being a Linux newbie and my recent experiences learning the platform


Until now, I’ve been a Windows guy most of my life. I started on Windows 98 and ME and never really had a reason to jump into the Linux world, although I’ve been very interested in the other side. Before now, I’ve dabbled with FreeNAS, setting up home NAS solutions, owning a MAC and operating the UNIX environment via the command line. But professionally, I never had a great reason to expand my technical knowledge of the operating system.


Recently, I was contacted regarding a job opportunity that will require heavy Linux skills. I am always excited about new challenges and the role would be a great opportunity and career move. Plus, I’m always up for a challenge and one of my favorite parts of technology is having the chance to always learn something new. I jumped at the chance. What better way to prove to a hiring manager that I’m the man for the job than to have learned Linux from square one and walk into my first in-person interview with my LPIC certification.


I started by researching how to learn Linux. I’ve been successful with courses in the past, specifically Chris Bryants CCNA series (if you’re interested in CCNA or networking basics I highly recommend it). My search lead me to courses from Linux Academy. The site has in-depth video courses on everything Linux, from LPIC Level 1 & 2, AWS certifications, finding Linux jobs and much more. They have live labs built into many of the courses. The community is great, very responsive and has been incredibly helpful when I have questions. In the span of several weeks, I’ve almost completed the LPIC Level 1 exam 1 and my exam is scheduled.


At this point, to help my studying, I’m putting and trying Linux on everything I can. My home servers are running basic home web services and applications and I’m running virtual machines on my local box as well as AWS, and home networking gear. In the future, I plan to build out clusters using different Linux technologies on top of UCS (hopefully I will get to do it and write about it).


From here I’m shooting to get my LPIC Level 1 certification, the AWS solutions architect & SysOps Admin certifications by end of the year. I am passionate about pursuing a new opportunity working in the Linux field and expanding my Linux knowledge. So I will continue to work at it until I land this current opportunity or I will use the lessons learned from this interview experience to pursue other similar opportunities.


Thanks for reading and any advice or experiences you’ve had is always welcome!


Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers

Get to it!






UCSGuru answers questions. This is a great post.

Have a Question about Cisco UCS? Ask it Here!

Looks like IBM wants to complete in the IaaS market against UCS.

IBM makes a big bet on software-defined storage and hybrid clouds

If you are at Strata+Hadoop World this week checkout the Cisco UCS presence.

Cisco Big Data on Display at Strata+Hadoop World

Cisco is putting a good deal of effort into getting and keeping UCS in the “Big Data” party. It is a very good integration.

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data

Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data

The Cisco UCS for Big Data base rack solution is available through the Cisco SmartPlay program. Customers can use the configurations as shown, or as a starting point to build larger clusters.

Get configuration details on Cisco Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data.

Big Data Performance Capacity Balanced

Big Data Capacity with Flash

Big Data Capacity Optimized

Big Data Performance Optimized

What to do when Service Profiles can be made, but Chassis and Blades ain’t installed yet… Pre-provision a slot (See it and be it!).

Once the chassis/blades arrive they will auto-apply.

Right Click on Service Profile and "Change Service Profile Association"

Right Click on Service Profile and “Change Service Profile Association”

Select "Pre-provision a slot"

Select “Pre-provision a slot”

Select Chassis ID and Slot ID

Select Chassis ID and Slot ID


2 x 20 Chassis UCS 6248 and last day at VidLabs

This is video of my last day at VidLabs before moving to a new job. I did a quick video of two of my favorite UCS systems. Only left because my group was “dumped”.

Many have suffered greatly from this POS RAID controller.

Field Notice: FN – 63732 – UCS Product Family – LSI RAID Controller Impacted by Several Critical Issues – Replacement Required

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