Teaching System Administration

Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 10:00 – 10:45am in St. Johns


How would you teach system administration? What important princples and practices would you want students to learn?


I’ll describe my experience with teaching a University-level system administration course that combines academic education about principles and theories of system administration and computer science with practical information and hands-on learning using realistic projects, as a means of inspiring a more general discussion of how one can teach and train other system administrators. What do you wish you could have known in advance but learned from experience instead? How do you sort out the ideas and information that are most important from a field as wide-ranging and open-ended as system administration?

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