[BSDcert] About the methodology (that will be?) used in the BSD cert.
adm at celeritystorm.com
Sat Mar 26 01:58:21 EST 2005
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I was reading the FAQ, and could not that, according to it, there isn't
any solid ground about the methodology that will be used to certify a
I gave it some thinking and came out with the following..
Why not test the skills of the person as a system administrator
(recompile kernel, upgrade the system, ask what he/she would do under x
or y circumstance, keep ports up to date, make partitions, use base
utilities, etc), and this would certify as: BSD Administrator.
Then it could have like sub-categories. For example, if the candidate
wished not only to become a certified BSD Administrator (someone who can
take care of the good health of a BSD system), he could be a "certified
BSD web administrator", and the exam would account for stuff related to
apache. Then a "certified BSD mail administrator", accounting for
proficiency with MTAs, spam protection, etc etc. Think you get the point.
This would help to narrow down further the skills of a person. Because
if companies are looking for BSD Certified administrators, for example
to administer a large webserver, how will they know if that person knows
about webserver security/configuration? After all, he/she could be very
proficient with database servers, but have only a small set of skills
So the schema would be something like:
"Base" certification: BSD System Administrator
and then "Sub" (should find a better name for this :P) certifications,
like certified mail administrator, certified database administrator, etc
- which would state this person is a certified BSD administrator, and
can do database administration under the OS.
IMO this would help employers choosing people who more closely match
their needs, as, previously stated, a person who admins BSD might/will
not know about everything one can do with it.
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