Linux System Administration

This course teaches how to administer a hetrogeneous Linux environment. Topics include organization, control, administration, installation, patching/upgrading, performance and emergency procedures all reinforced by hands-on exercises. This course will use a Linux distribution to present ideas and concepts used in all Linux systems and highlight the differences. The course is taught with the Systemd boot process in addition to the System V init boot process.


  • Your Role as a System Administrator
    • Your Job and Its Challenges
    • Remote root Access Issues
    • Linux PAM Issues that Impact Access
    • Setting Up root’s Environment
  • The File System
    • The root File System
    • Linux File Systems – ext2 and ext3
    • Linux Virtual File System layer
    • Useful File System Commands
    • The Network File System (NFS)
    • Auto-mounting NFS File Systems
  • File Security
    • Symbolic and Absolute chmod
    • The umask
    • Directory Permissions
    • The Special bits
    • Finding Files with Specific Permissions
    • Using chown and chgrp
  • User Account Management
    • Users
    • Groups
    • Security
    • Standardization
  • Run Level Control (Startup and Shutdown)
    • Boot Process and Initialization
    • LILO and GRUB
    • Controlling startup processes
    • Single user mode
    • Rescue mode
    • PXE Booting
  • Partitioning
    • Hard Drive Terminology
    • Creating Partitions
    • Making a File system
    • Checking a File system
    • Mounting a File system
    • Logical Volume Management
  • System Management
    • General Management Tools
    • Scheduling Tools
    • Reporting Tools
    • Transferring Tools
    • Symbolically Linking
    • The sudo command
  • Networks
    • The OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Subnets and Sub-netting
    • CIDR Notation
    • Network Utilities
  • Quick Start Applications
    • Apache Quick Start
    • Samba Quick Start
  • Printing Systems
    • Old Printing Systems
    • The CUPS Printing System
    • Troubleshooting Printing Systems
  • Install
    • Custom Install
    • Updating/Patching

This course is designed for individuals who are new to the administration of a Unix environment.


  • Introduction to UNIX, Linux or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the vi editor

The student will be able to administer a Unix system and understand how to use Unix tools to provide a stable and secure environment. This course provides the foundation to build on more advanced topics.

  • PC Workstation for use during training
  • Student Manual
  • Unix and Linux Administration Handbook (Prentice Hall PTR)

  • Intermediate Unix & Shell Scripting
  • DNS and DHCP Administration

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