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Course number U8583S
Length 5 days
Delivery method Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
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Price USD $2,500
CAD $2,750
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Course overview

This course is an extensive introduction focusing on the fundamental tools and concepts of Linux and UNIX. Beginners develop a solid foundation in UNIX, while advanced users discover patterns and fill in gaps in their knowledge. This course is 60 percent lecture and 40 percent hands-on labs.

Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable with computers
  • No familiarity with Linux or other UNIX operating systems is required

Audience

  • System and network administrators
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Operators and technical users

Supported Distributions

  • RHEL 7, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand and manage the Linux filesystem
  • Utilize input and output redirection
  • Manage file and directory permissions
  • Use shell basics and advanced features
  • Edit files with the vi editor
  • Create basic shell programs

Next Steps

  • Linux System Administration I (H7091S)

Benefits to you

  • Learn to use your Linux system effectively and save time by automating tasks with shell programs
  • Customize your Linux system to meet your individual needs

Course outline

Chapter 1 - What is Linux?

  • Unix and its Design Principles
  • FSF and GNU
  • GPL - General Public License
  • The Linux Kernel
  • Linux Kernel and Versioning
  • Components of a Distribution
  • Slackware
  • SUSE Linux Products
  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat Linux Products
  • Oracle Linux

Chapter 2 - Login and Exploration

  • Logging In
  • Running Programs
  • Interacting with Command Line
  • The X Window System
  • Starting X
  • Gathering Login Session Info
  • Gathering System Info
  • uptime
  • got root?
  • Switching User Contexts
  • sudo
  • Help from Commands and Documentation
  • whereis
  • Getting Help Within the Graphical Desktop
  • Getting Help with man & info

Lab Tasks

  • Login and Discovery
  • Help with Commands
  • Switching Users With su

Chapter 3 - The Linux Filesystem

  • Filesystem Support
  • Unix/Linux Filesystem Features
  • Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
  • Navigating the Filesystem
  • Displaying Directory Contents
  • Filesystem Structures
  • Determining Disk Usage With df and du
  • Determining Disk Usage (GUI)
  • Disk Usage with Quotas
  • File Ownership
  • Default Group Ownership
  • File and Directory Permissions
  • File Creation Permissions with umask
  • SUID and SGID on files
  • SGID and Sticky Bit on Directories
  • Changing File Permissions
  • User Private Group Scheme

Lab Tasks

  • Navigating Directories and Listing Files
  • Disk and Filesystem Usage
  • File and Directory Ownership and Permissions

Chapter 4 - Manipulating Files

  • Directory Manipulation
  • File Manipulation
  • Deleting and Creating Files
  • Physical Unix File Structure
  • Filesystem Links
  • File Extensions and Content
  • Displaying Files
  • Previewing Files
  • Producing File Statistics
  • Displaying Binary Files
  • Searching the Filesystem
  • Alternate Search Method

Lab Tasks

  • Manipulating Files and Directories
  • File Examination & Search Commands

Chapter 5 - Shell Basics

  • Role of Command Shell
  • Communication Channels
  • File Redirection
  • Piping Commands Together
  • Filename Matching
  • File Globbing and Wildcard Patterns
  • Brace Expansion
  • Shell and Environment Variables
  • Key Environment Variables
  • Which and Type
  • General Quoting Rules
  • Nesting Commands

Lab Tasks

  • Redirection and Pipes
  • Wildcard File Matching
  • Shell Variables
  • Shell Meta-Characters
  • Command Substitution

Chapter 6 - Archiving and Compression

  • Archives with tar
  • Archives with cpio
  • The gzip Compression Utility
  • The bzip2 Compression Utility
  • The XZ Compression Utility
  • The PKZIP Archiving/Compression format
  • GNOME File Roller

Lab Tasks

  • Archiving and Compression

Chapter 7 - Text Processing

  • Searching Inside Files
  • The Streaming Editor
  • Text Processing with Awk
  • Replacing Text Characters
  • Text Sorting
  • Duplicate Removal Utility
  • Extracting Columns of Text
  • Combining Files and Merging Text
  • Comparing File Changes

Lab Tasks

  • Processing Text Streams
  • Text Processing

Chapter 8 - Regular Expressions

  • Regular Expression Overview
  • Regular Expressions
  • RE Character Classes
  • Regex Quantifiers
  • RE Parenthesis

Lab Tasks

  • Pattern Matching with Regular Expressions
  • Extended Regular Expressions
  • Using Regular Expressions With sed

Chapter 9 - Text Editing

  • Text Editing
  • Pico/GNU Nano
  • Pico/Nano Interface
  • Nano configuration
  • Pico/Nano Shortcuts
  • vi and Vim
  • Learning Vim
  • Basic vi
  • Intermediate vi

Lab Tasks

  • Text Editing with Nano
  • Text Editing with Vim

Chapter 10 - Messaging

  • System Messaging Commands
  • Controlling System Messaging
  • Internet Relay Chat
  • Instant Messenger Clients
  • Electronic Mail
  • Sending Email with sendmail
  • Sending and Receiving Email with mailx
  • Sending and Receiving Email with mutt
  • Sending Email with Pine
  • Evolution

Lab Tasks

  • Command Line Messaging
  • Messaging with talkd
  • Command Line Email
  • Alpine

Chapter 11 - Command Shells

  • Shells
  • Identifying the Shell
  • Changing the Shell
  • Configuration Files
  • Script Execution
  • Shell Prompts
  • Bash: Bourne-Again Shell
  • Bash: Configuration Files
  • Bash: Command Line History
  • Bash: Command Editing
  • Bash: Command Completion
  • Bash: "shortcuts"
  • Bash: prompt
  • Setting Resource Limits via ulimit

Lab Tasks

  • Linux Shells
  • Bash History
  • Aliases
  • Bash Login Scripts
  • The Z Shell

Chapter 12 - Introduction to Shell Scripting

  • Shell Script Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Example Shell Script
  • Positional Parameters
  • Input & Output
  • Doing Math
  • Comparisons with test
  • Exit Status
  • Conditional Statements
  • Flow Control: case
  • The for Loop
  • The while and until Loops

Lab Tasks

  • Writing a Shell Script

Chapter 13 - Process Management and Job Control

  • What is a Process?
  • Process Lifecycle
  • Process States
  • Viewing Processes
  • Signals
  • Tools to Send Signals
  • nohup and disown
  • Managing Processes
  • Tuning Process Scheduling
  • Job Control Overview
  • Job Control Commands
  • Persistent Shell Sessions with Screen
  • Using screen
  • Advanced Screen

Lab Tasks

  • Job Control Basics
  • Process Management Basics
  • Screen Basics
  • Using Screen Regions

Chapter 14 - At and Cron

  • Automating Tasks
  • at/batch
  • cron
  • The crontab Command
  • crontab Format
  • /etc/cron.*/ Directories
  • Anacron

Lab Tasks

  • Creating and Managing User Cron Jobs
  • Adding System cron Jobs

Chapter 15 - Managing Software

  • Downloading with FTP
  • FTP
  • lftp
  • Command Line Internet - Non-interactive
  • Command Line Internet - Interactive
  • Managing Software Dependencies
  • Using the Yum command
  • Using Yum history
  • YUM package groups
  • Configuring Yum
  • yumdownloader
  • Popular Yum Repositories
  • Using the Zypper command
  • Zypper Services and Catalogs
  • The dselect & APT Frontends to dpkg
  • Aptitude
  • Configuring APT

Lab Tasks

  • Command Line File Transfers
  • Using Yum
  • Using Zypper
  • Managing Yum Repositories
  • Managing Zypper Repositories
  • Using APT
  • Adding an APT repository

Chapter 16 - The Secure Shell (SSH)

  • Secure Shell
  • ssh and sshd Configuration
  • Accessing Remote Shells
  • Transferring Files
  • Alternative sftp Clients
  • SSH Key Management
  • ssh-agent

Lab Tasks

  • Introduction to ssh and scp
  • SSH Key-based User Authentication
  • Using ssh-agent

Chapter 17 - Mounting Filesystems & Managing Removable Media

  • Filesystems Concept Review
  • Mounting Filesystems
  • NFS
  • SMB
  • Filesystem Table (/etc/fstab)
  • AutoFS
  • Removable Media

Lab Tasks

  • Accessing NFS Shares
  • On-demand filesystem mounting with AutoFS

Chapter 18 - Printing

  • Legacy Print Systems
  • Common UNIX Printing System
  • Defining a Printer
  • Standard Print Commands
  • Format Conversion Utilities
  • enscript and mpage

Lab Tasks

  • Printing
  • Configuring Print Queues

Appendix A - The X Window System

  • X Modularity
  • X.Org Drivers
  • Configuring X Manually
  • Automatic X Configuration
  • Xorg and Fonts
  • Installing Fonts for Modern Applications
  • Installing Fonts for Legacy Applications
  • The X11 Protocol and Display Names
  • Display Managers and Graphical Login
  • Starting X Apps Automatically
  • X Access Control
  • Remote X Access (historical/insecure)
  • Remote X Access (modern/secure)
  • XDMCP
  • Remote Graphical Access With VNC and RDP
  • Specialized X Servers

Lab Tasks

  • Remote X with XDMCP
  • Configure X Security
  • Configure a VNC Server
  • Configure a VNC Server
  • Configure a VNC Server
  • Launching X Apps Automatically
  • Secure X

Appendix A - Emacs

  • Emacs
  • The Emacs Interface
  • Basic Emacs
  • More Emacs Commands

Lab Tasks

  • Text Editing with Emacs

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