So, I'm starting a hosting company with a large enough customer base to edge past the "break even" point. I'm buying these customers from a friend in the hosting industry. I have a solid business plan, and an aggressive marketing strategy. What I don't have is the linux knowledge or savvy or understanding. Where do I get this vital information??
There are loads of books to teach you Linux, but it will probably take a while to learn it. Maybe try using Windows Server? I'm not actually sure whether it is suited to Web Hosting though, I'm going to be in the Gaming Industry myself.
//Edit: Had a look around, and found these, if you're not in the UK just have a look on www.amazon.com for 'Linux' in books.
Hire an admin or get a managed server FOR SURE. You will have kiddies in your server within 24 hours if you don't secure that thing up before you even plug it in to the switch.
It is well worth it to spend the extra money on a managed or even semi managed dedicated server, it will save you many headaches in the future and will allow you to please your customers. From what I remember customers hate downtime.
Best of luck in your new venture!
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there area lot of server monitor companie to take care of the nitty-gritty for you till you are over that learning hump. Also go to the book store and get a book like Linux in a Nutshell or Running Linuxand read it and practise.