Essentials of Linux System Administration (SPVC) (LFS201-SPVC)


This Linux system administration course will give you the background and experience you need to administer an enterprise Linux environment. You'll learn how to install new systems with a variety of Linux distributions, how to configure systems with new hardware and software combinations, and more.

This course is:
  • 100% online and self-paced (similar to our edX Introduction to Linux course)
  • Full of content and labs developed by our expert trainers
  • Designed to give you a fundamental understanding of skills and knowledge necessary to be a system administrator
  • Excellent preparation for the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam.

System administrators and users who already have basic exposure to Linux or another Unix operating system constitute the target audience for this class. Anyone who is looking to acquire practical knowledge in the field of system administration in enterprise environments will save significant time by attending this Linux Administration class. Linux Administration should also be considered a necessary step for anyone who is considering more advanced classes in the Engineering or Architect tracks. The concepts covered in Linux Administration constitute an important building block for anyone looking to attend more advanced classes, in particular - Linux Network Management.
Attendees should already have prior exposure to a Linux or UNIX system and practical experience with the command line interface at an introductory level. Basic tools such as text editors, file utilities and basic tasks are assumed to be well understood prior to this course.

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Course Outline

This course covers:
  • Preface
  • System Startup and Shutdown
  • GRUB
  • init: SystemV, Upstart, systemd
  • Linux Filesystem Tree Layout
  • Kernel Services and Configuration
  • Kernel Modules
  • Devices and udev
  • Partitioning and Formatting Disks
  • Encrypting Disks
  • Linux Filesystems and the VFS
  • Filesystem Features: Attributes, Creating, Checking, Mounting
  • Filesystem Features: Swap, Quotas, Usage
  • The Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 Filesystems
  • The XFS and btrfs Filesystems
  • Logical Volume Management (LVM)
  • RAID
  • Local System Security
  • Linux Security Modules
  • Processes
  • Signals
  • System Monitoring
  • Process Monitoring
  • I/O Monitoring and Tuning
  • I/O Scheduling
  • Memory: Monitoring Usage and Tuning
  • Package Management Systems
  • RPM
  • DPKG
  • yum
  • zypper
  • APT
  • User Account Management
  • Group Management
  • File Permissions and Ownership
  • Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)
  • Backup and Recovery Methods
  • Network Addresses
  • Network Devices and Configuration
  • Basic Troubleshooting
  • System Rescue