Red Hat Systems Administrator

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Red Hat Systems Administrators work on Linux operating systems. They configure, implement, and deploy systems and take care of security issues, besides managing system backups and adding and removing users. They are a part of a team that handles daily tickets and devises and implements various technology solutions.

They need to be good team players with excellent communication skills. They also need to have an analytical bent of mind.

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Job description

Red Hat System administrators should have experience in managing virtualization platforms, such as KVM, VirtualBox, VMWare or Hyper-V. They should understand TCP/IP, Active Directory, NTP, DNS, and DHCP, among others. Administrators need to have experience in handling NFS, CIFS, and SMB permissions. They need to have the capability to build multiple servers simultaneously. Besides, administrators need to monitor systems and validate the integrity and accessibility of all server resources, hardware, systems, and key processes.

They need to review system and application logs, and have experience in managing anti-virus solutions, such as McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator or Palo Alto Traps, and be well-versed with scripting of Bash, Perl, Ruby, and Python. They should know Java, Tomcat, and JBoss software applications.

Finally, Red Hat System Administrators must carry out hardware upgrades, make performance tuning, and resource optimization whenever required and have experience with OpenStack environment and applications.

It would be helpful if they know Oracle and MS SQL databases, and storage technologies, such as EMC SAN/NAS or NetApp.  

Educational requirements for Red Hat Systems Administrators

Administrators require a bachelor’s degree in information systems or computer science or related discipline along with a keen understanding of the Unix-based operating system. If they are conversant with Cisco switches and Netbackup and database knowledge, it would be beneficial.

Future for Red Hat Systems Administrators

Despite their core competencies in security and networking, administrators need to learn new tools and technologies. Experience in OpenStack, an open cloud computing platform, will make a world of difference to their careers, according to linux.com. Administrators would stand to gain if they keep themselves abreast of security and emerging networking skills, it adds.

Salary of Red Hat Systems Administrators

The average salary of a Red Hat Systems Administrator is $72,762 per year in the United States, according to glassdoor.co.in.

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