Originally posted by nucleotide The first question has been addressed in various threads in various ways so forgive my repetition.
Knowing nothing at all of server administration which company would be best to go with?
I am ready to learn the management side of things but initially I would like the vps to be setup, made secure, functional and ready to go, and then some good hand holding from there on in.
Three names keep coming up each offering similar packages which makes it difficult to make my choice, ie. Power vps, Servint, and Liquid web.
Based on the above who do you think would be best.
Second question. What are the differences between the various linux systems, fedora core, redhat etc.
If I learn how to manage one system is that knowledge immediatly transferable to any of the others?
Question 1 - I can onlys peak for servint as they are the only company out of the ones you mention that I have used, but I would say they could easily accomodate your needs. They will secure the vps in nearly any way you ask if you email their noc. Their support is amazing and the forums are a great asset esp to those new to management.
Question 2- ecluding the variations between versions, and focussing only on the different between distros, they all run pretty much the same core, the linux kernel (if we are strictly talking abotu linux distros and not including unix) but have a different approach to using and packaging it. Yes knowledge is transferable but not all distros will do the same thing in the same way, not all the same 3rd party programs will be installed by default but when you get deep down to it there isnt a truly huge difference, its not like the difference between windows and mac osx, more like the difference between windows xp pro and xp home (ok thats probably pretty poor but it will do).
I would recommend picking a company that provides or is willing to provide software updates and a helping hand along the way.
I would still personally choose to have the server secured by an alternate party rather than having the DC "secure" it for me.
Just test their support ahead of time - most VPS providers will be willing to help you along the way with any questions that you have.
#2. Yes - all the same core, all of the 'tools' and knowledge is basically 100% transferrable. Once you know how to do it on one system you'll quickly learn or figure out how to do it on an alternate. Some may have different commands to perform updates and whatnot but once you've got the idea down you'll be beyond set and ready!
//It's simple enough - keeping things running and patched to some degree, and very enjoyable to learn.
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