The Linux Academy Show and Giveaway!

I’m excited to finally announce, The Linux Academy Show and Giveaway! During this special show we will be giving out FABULOUS PRIZES! To enter, check out the giveaway details.

Prizes aren’t enough? Well wait, theres more!
We’ve been working on some new and previously unmentioned content that is sure to delight and surprise you!

Sill not enough? We’ve got some BIG features we’ve been working on that you won’t find anywhere else!

♬ It’s time to play the music! ♬
♬ It’s time to light the lights! ♬
♬ It’s time to win some prizes on the Linux Academy Show tonight! ♬

CentOS 7: Upgrading from CentOS 6.x In Place

One of the newest things added to CentOS 7 is the capability to do an in place upgrade of CentOS 6.x to CentOS 7. In the past, the only official method of upgrading major versions of CentOS was to wipe and reinstall everything. Having said that, there were always processes you could follow with varying levels of success (based on straying from the official repositories and how customized your setup and package list was). We have run through this process now about a half dozen times, with varying levels of success, so let’s talk about some of the successes and failures.

Getting started with Amazon's new Zocalo

A few days ago Amazon announced that they were to release there new application stack called Zocalo.  Zocalo is a cloud based document sharing and collaboration tool.  Zocalo is very similar to the features that are provided by DropBox however have a much more mature enterprise integration.  In fact you can integrate users and there permissions using your existing Active Directory environments.  Using the zocalo service you are able to setup what is called a zocalo site.  Zocalo sites are hierarchies that you use to share both internally with your organization as well as externally across organizations.  You can access your files using any device such as iPhones, androids, and kindle fire’s.

colaborateHere at the Linux Academy we are already taking full advantage of this new service to collaborate and and check-in things like new lab guides.  We can easily comment on our lab guide to the original owner of the document so that they can receive feedback right within the zocalo portal.  You can see revisions and versions of each uploaded file as well so you have a fully managed progression when working with new publications etc.

Today I am very excited to announce we already have three video lessons that walk you through setting up your first Zacolo site as part of the Hybrid AWS Technologies course at  The first overview video is actually available publicly.  The rest of the Zacolo videos walk us through using it and collaborating with teams.  And in the near future I will even release a lesson on integrating user access via Active Directory.


New Live Lab!™: Resizing Or Changing A Root EBS Volume

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of our newest AWS self-paced and hands-on Live Lab!™, Resizing Or Changing A Root EBS Volume.

This lab is a standalone lab which means you can take it without it being part of a course. It was created to go along with our AWS Certified SysOps – Associate Level certification prep course. While we were learning about monitoring and performance metrics as they relate to AWS and more specifically EBS we thought it would be helpful to learn how to change EBS volume type from SSD to Provisioned IOPs and/or increase the partition size which also increases the base rate IOPs for your volume.

The lab is one hour long and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes! Not only is the lab guide available for download for your own personal notes and future reference, we also provide a video for the Live Lab!™ in the AWS Certified SysOps – Associate Level course.

The Linux Interview: Technical and Practical Questions and Preparation

Congratulations! You are here because you landed an interview where Linux is either a key part or the entire focus of your prospective position. In this article, we are going to cover both practical (general interview) and technical topics that you can use to help you be prepared for that discussion.

Interview Checklist
We won’t spend a lot of time on general interview preparation, but it won’t hurt to go over a quick list of items to consider, bring or have prepared:

  • Notepad and Pen – this servers a couple of purposes. It will give you something to do with your hands (we all get nervous) and it will help you focus on the conversation, you can write down key points, items you have questions on or want to circle back to as well as things that you need to follow up on later
  • Dress Appropriately – many technical jobs have a more casual dress standard, however, you don’t have the job yet. Particularly if you have not asked, shirt, slacks and tie are minimum, a suit (male or female) preferred.
  • Research – do a little research on the company. There is a wealth of material available on most company websites, be sure to look them up. At the end of the interview when you are asked if you have any questions for them (standard end question), you can have one or two prepared that let them know you took the time to learn about what they do.
  • Be Early – sometimes it is not enough to be on time. Many times an interview will start with you needing to complete a formal application when you arrive. Get there 20 minutes early so you can get paperwork out of the way and start the conversation on time. Being respectful of their time is a key indicator of how you will be as an employee.