FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator

Course Code: RHFT1V7

Duration: 4 days


FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator Course Overview

This highly practical instructor led FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator course is designed to give experienced LINUX/UNIX administrators practical experience in the administration of a Red Hat Linux 7 System to the level required by the Red Hat Certified Systems Administration (RHCSA) certification.

This class will have a high, practical content and will be delivered at a fast pace. Delegates should have strong command line experience of UNIX/LINUX, including but not limited to: cp, grep, mkdir, vi, ssh, tar, gzip, useradd and be capable of using man pages.

This course is targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat curriculum and makes for an ideal practical refresher course prior to taking the RHCSA examination.

A great skills transfer course for system administrators already experienced in administering other Linux/UNIX systems such as: Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, SUSE to name but a few.

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

Course Objectives

On completion of the FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator course, the delegate will have a greater technical awareness of the system and will have acquired practical experience of the key administration duties on a Red Hat Linux system. They will possess the essential knowledge required to study towards the official Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) qualification.

Who will the Course Benefit?

The FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator course is suitable for experienced LINUX/UNIX System Administrators who need to acquire knowledge of the key administrative tasks required to administer a LINUX system. This course will teach the necessary skills to enable the student to work towards the RHCSA certification.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Use the command line to manage files and directories
  • Manage users and groups on a local system
  • Use Cockpit for Administrative Tasks
  • Control access to files and directories with Linux extended file system permissions
  • Monitor and Manage Processes and System logs
  • Install and Manage software using rpm, yum and RHN
  • Control and monitor system processes using systemd
  • Configure IPV4 & IPV6 and test Network Interfaces
  • Configure Partitions, File systems and Swap space
  • Use logical Volume Manager (LVM) and understand Stratis
  • Secure systems using SELinux, basic Firewalls (firewalld) and Access Control Lists (ACL's)
  • Schedule repetitive tasks using cron and at
  • Install the Operating System using kickstart
  • Mounting CIFS/Samba and NFS File shares
  • Configure System Logging (rsyslog) and use journalctl
  • Install and Manage KVM virtual machines
  • Troubleshoot Systems

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator Training Course

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions


  • Logging in and command line access
  • Getting Help - man pages, info, /usr/share/doc
  • Sources of information available on the WEB
  • Remote Desktop Access - both secure and insecure


  • Configuring Network Interfaces
  • Controlling Network Devices: ifup/ifdown
  • Configuring IPV4 & IPV6 dynamic and static networking
  • Network Tools ifconfig, ip, ethtool etc
  • Configuring basic NTP
  • Connecting NIS and LDAP clients to corresponding servers
  • Linking to a system using ssh and vnc
  • Synchronising files with rsync
  • Exercise


  • Authentication policies and User Private Groups
  • Supplied Red Hat Tools - system-config-users and Cockpit
  • Password management using passwd, chage etc
  • Managing user profile files
  • Extended file permissions including suid,sgid
  • Access Control List (ACL's)
  • Switching to another user
  • Connecting to a centralised administration server
  • Exercise


  • Monitor CPU and memory usage
  • Check disk utilisation
  • System Log Files
  • Monitor system logs
  • rsyslogd
  • Analysing and rotating logfiles
  • Exercise

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator Training Course


  • The Red Hat Package Management system
  • Installing removing software manually using rpm
  • RPM queries and verifying packages
  • Dependency problems and resolution
  • Updating the Kernel from RPM's
  • Other RPM features
  • Exercise


  • The YUM and dnf management tool
  • Software repositories
  • Accessing repositories from a client
  • Updating your system with Red Hat Network


  • SELinux
  • Management of SELinux
  • Easy configuration and customisation of SELinux
  • Configuring and using ssh and scp
  • Basic Firewall management
  • Exercise


  • Understand and configure disk partitioning
  • LUKS encrypted partitions
  • Exercise

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator Training Course

Session 9: LVM VOLUMES

  • Basic LVM design and configuration
  • The Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Creating LVM file systems
  • Resizing LVM file systems
  • Exercise


  • Kernel Design
  • Dynamic Modules
  • Loading and removing modules
  • Using kernel arguments
  • Changing Tuneable Parameters
  • Exercise


  • How Kickstart works
  • Sections within a Kickstart configuration file
  • Pre and Post Kickstart processing
  • Creating a Kickstart file
  • Creating the Linux Install Server
  • Differing ways of starting a Kickstart installation
  • Exercise


  • The systemd deamon
  • Control Services using systemctl etc.
  • System Shutdown and Reboot management

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator Training Course


  • Virtualisation concepts
  • Install a KVM virtual system
  • Checking for supported hardware
  • Start and shutdown a virtual system
  • Exercise


  • Configuring client access to a Network Filesystem Server (NFS)
  • Providing CIFS access
  • Configuring autofs
  • Exercise


  • Understanding the boot process
  • The Rescue Environment
  • Overriding Boot Levels from grub
  • Common boot problems and their resolution
  • Exercise
  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.


This course will aid the delegate in their preparation for the following exams:

  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA): EX200

Attending this course will help the delegate gain many of the skills and product knowledge requirements as outlined in the exam objectives. Studying this course and its associated reference materials can form part of the preparation to achieve certification. Experience, practice, self-study and aptitude are also key requirements for exam success.

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience. The Red Hat website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.


This course assumes a strong prior knowledge of the LINUX/UNIX operating system. The content of the Administering Red Hat Linux 7 - Part 1 course is the minimum level of knowledge required for attendance on this course. Delegates should be experienced Linux/UNIX Administrators.

Course Reviews

A well paced course for someone with 1-2 years general (even non-RHEL) experience that helps fill in gaps in knowledge. Knowledgeable and extremely professional trainer who delivers the content very well, and creates a very good overall atmosphere for learning.

- Systems Developer - Academic

Fantastic RedHat training. I have fully achieved the objective of the course and also very happy with the entire training. The instructor is one of the best I have come across. His knowledge of the subject is amazing and he was able to address all the queries in no time. I would strongly recommend him to other students and work colleagues.

Vishal - IT Technical Specialist - IT

Brilliant Trainer. Explained everything in detail and kept the training interesting at all times. Went above and beyond the scope of the course if required. Biscuits helped too. I would recommend this course to anyone.

Arif - Unix System Administrator

This has been by far the best course I have been on. Well organized, the manual which was sent out is so useful and something I will be using in my role. An excellent teacher and I felt the training was excellent despite the trainer having to lecture a group of people at various stages with their Linux knowledge from beginners to experts this did not affect the way I felt I was personally trained. I would recommend this course. Thanks again.

Katie - IT

This is my second Stay Ahead course and as with the last one, I thought this to be excellent. The last course I did was in person, so was concerned the online course might not be as easy to follow; I am pleased to say this was most definitely not the case. The trainer was superb and explained the course contents extremely well. I would thoroughly recommend both the course and the instructor; hopefully I will get the opportunity to do more courses with Stay Ahead in the future.

Mark - Unix Systems Engineer

Excellent instructor who kept us interested all week and explained everything clearly. He was very patent and sociable made the course very enjoyable


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