[BSDCert] possible to cover all BSDA in a 3 to 5 day training?
louis at bertrandtech.ca
Tue Feb 5 21:49:26 EST 2008
Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> I have taught over 16 commercial multi-day classes covering BSD
> administration which have also included some extras like shell
> fundamentals, some Apache HTTPD, packet filtering (IPFW, PF, or IPF)
> basics, postfix or sendmail basics, and BIND basics. I am currently
> planning a class to be held near DFW Texas the second week of April. I
> have used basically the same *BSD course outlines that I have improved and
> modified over six years. So I am wondering if I should completely change
> my course outline and courseware to just specifically cover "BSDA" (so I
> would cut out a lot of what I currently cover but add a lot more).
> What do you think about: Is it possible to cover all the BSD Certification
> Group BSDA (BSD Associate) Certification Requirements in a 3 to 5 day
> I don't think it is, especially since it should cover some installation
> and some steps specific for four BSD operating systems.
> Also, is it more of a selling point or more value to have a well rounded
> "BSDA" course versus a BSD-specific admin course that also covers some
> Apache HTTPD, packet filtering (IPFW, PF, or IPF) basics, postfix or
> sendmail basics, and BIND basics?
> I am curious about your thoughts on this.
> Jeremy C. Reed
> p.s. A few months ago, I started building a database of BSD and open
> source trainers. Many from this list emailed their details. I am slowly
> working on a website that will highlight the skills taught and locations
> of trainers.
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You probably experienced this with your existing courseware: it depends
on the skill level of the participants and their prior experience with
*nix. I expect someone with prior Linux or commercial UNIX would migrate
easily and you'd have time to cover the various specialized tools on
each e.g. pkgsrc vs. ports. Someone coming in from a Windows admin or
little sysadmin experience would hit a brick wall. It takes time for the
knowledge to "soak in".
I'd like to do a 10-week night school BSDA track course at the community
college where I teach, but I'm not sure to whom it would be marketed so
I haven't seriously worked on a syllabus.
Louis Bertrand <louis at bertrandtech.ca>
Bowmanville ON Canada
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