Linux Level 2 - Advanced Linux Administration Training

We offer private customized training for groups of 3 or more attendees.

Course Description

This five-day course provides the student with the knowledge to perform system administrator tasks relating to the administration of filesystems, including set uid bit for permissions, partition management, mounting and unmounting, disk diagnostics, RAID, LVM and NFS disk types, and disk quotas. The course finishes with administration of hardware devices, basic networking, including TCP/IP, and system troubleshooting.
Course Length: 5 Days
Course Tuition: $1690 (US)


Linux Level I or equivalent experience.

Course Outline


Advanced Permissions
Special Permission: setuid
Special Permission: setgid
Special Permission: sticky bit
Access Control Lists

Administering Partitions
Device names
Virtual filesystems vs. physical filesystems
Why have partitions?
Which partitions should you create?
Creating and modifying partitions with fdisk
Creating and modifying partitions with parted
The mkfs command
The mke2fs command
Create a partition label

Mounting filesystems
What is mounting?
The mount command
Mount rules
The umount command
umount rules
Mounting automatically at boot
The mount -a command
The umount -a command
Review: the df command
Mounting CDs and floppy disks
Swap partitions and files

Administering the Filesystem
Filesystem details
The mke2fs command
The ext2 and ext3 filesystems
Why filesystems break
Fixing filesystems with fsck
fsck examples
Displaying filesystem attributes
Modifying filesystem attributes

RAID basics
Hardware & software RAIDs
RAID levels
The mdadm command
RAID disk recovery

Logical Volumes
What is LVM?
LVM terms
Initializing hard disks or partitions
Creating a Volume Group
Activating and deactivating a Volume Group
Deleting a Volume Group
Deleting a Physical Volume from a Volume Group
Adding a Physical Volume to a Volume Group
Displaying Volume Group information
Displaying Physical Volume information
Creating a Logical Volume
Displaying Logical Volume information
Using a Logical Volume
Extending a Logical Volume
Reducing a Logical Volume
Making backups using snapshot
Deleting a Logical Volume

Network Filesystems
What is NFS?
NFS benefits
NFS daemons
Starting server daemons
Setting up a NFS server
Setting up a NFS client
Using automount

Disk Quotas
Configuring a filesystem to support disk quotas
Initializing the disk quota database
Assigning quotas to user accounts
Assigning quotas to group accounts
Working with soft limits
Displaying quota information
Issuing warnings
Turning quota checking on and off
Hardware Management
Device Nodes
Displaying hardware information
Configuring hardware

Advanced X Configuration
X Window System components
The process of starting X Window Server
X Window security with xhost
X Window security with xauth
X Window security with ssh
X Font Server

Shell Scripting
Scripting basics
Review of Variable Usage
Review of Quoting
if statements
Test conditions
while loops
until loops
The break statement
The continue statement
The case statement
for loops
Exit Status
Advanced Input/Output

Fundamentals of TCP/IP
TCP/IP-based protocols
IP addresses
IP routing

TCP/IP Configuration
Configuring a network interface
Global network settings
DNS client settings
The Name Service Switch configuration file
Network configuration utilities

Printer Management
LPD and LPRng
Setting up a CUPS printer
Printing Files
Monitoring the print queue
Canceling print jobs
Specifying a default printer
Printer classes
Checking printer status
Managing the print queue
Printing with different priorities
Controlling printer status
Moving print jobs
Recovering from printer problems
Removing a printer

User Access Problems
System Boot Problems
Problems with the X Window System
Networking Problems
Filesystem Problems
Using the Troubleshooting Steps
Using Recovery Run Levels
The Rescue Environment

Appendix A - Preparing for Certification Exams

Appendix B - Preparing for RHCE and RHCT Exams

Appendix C - Preparing for the LPI Exams

Appendix D - Preparing for the Linux+ Exam

Course Directory [training on all levels]

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Linux Unix Uses & Stats

Linux Unix is Used For:
Desktop Mainframe Computers Mobile Devices Embedded Devices
Year Created
Linux supports many efficient tools and operates them seamlessly. Because it's architecture is lightweight it runs faster than both Windows 8.1 and 10. 
Because Linux is an open-source software,  anyone can contribute code to help enhance the users’ experience i.e., adding features, fixing bugs, reducing security risks, and more.
Software Development:
The terminal in Linux is a *wild card*. You can do almost anything with it. This includes software installation, application and server configurations, file system management, and etc.
Open-source projects benefit from having an attentive community. As a result, Linux is more secure than Windows. Instead of installing anti viruses to clean malware, you just have to stick to the recommended repositories. 
Developers have the convenience of running servers, training machine learning models, accessing remote machines, and compiling and running scripts from the same terminal window. 
Linux is free (you can put it on as many systems as you like) and you can change it to suit your needs.
Learning Curve: 
Linux is not for everyone, there is a learning curve in switching to Ubuntu. To actually learn Linux efficiently would take a user one to several years.
No Tech Support:
Unlike Windows, there isn’t a dedicated tech support, so getting help for things is up to you. 
Designer Compatabilty:
Linux is not as user friendly as Windows or as ‘straight out of the box design’ As an example for design choices, Adobe hasn’t released any of its products to Linux users. So it’s impossible to run them directly. The Ubuntu alternative is a free software called GIMP. 
Gaming Capabilities: 
Most games aren’t available in Linux. But that’s not to say you can’t make it happen, it's just not as easy.   
Linux Unix Job Market
Average Salary
Job Count
Top Job Locations

New York City
San Francisco 

Complimentary Skills to have along with Linux Unix
The following are types of jobs that may require Linux skills.  The top 15 job titles on that mention Linux in their postings are:
- DevOps Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Java Developer
- Systems Engineer
- Systems Administrator
- Senior Software Engineer
- Network Engineer
- Python Developer
- Linux Systems Administrator
- Software Developer
- System Administrator
- Linux Administrator
- Linux Engineer
- Senior Java Developer
- C++ Developer

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