UNIX System Administration

Course Code: USA

Duration: 5 days

 
 

UNIX System Administration Course Overview

This Unix System Administration training course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the administration of a SVR4 compatible Unix System. Practical work will concentrate on the basic SVR4 unix commands rather than vendor-specific administration menu driven or GUI tools.

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

Course Objectives

To provide the knowledge and skills needed to maintain successful day-to-day operation of a UNIX system.

Who will the Course Benefit?

IT staff responsible for the maintenance and day-to-day running of a SVR4 compatible UNIX system. Typically, where several different versions of UNIX systems are supported and the delegate needs knowledge of administration procedures common to all that adhere to SVR4 standards.

The UNIX System Administration course assumes knowledge of the Unix Operating System to the level covered in the UNIX Introduction course. Some unix shell programming experience may also prove advantageous; this can be gained on the UNIX Shell Programming course.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Adding, changing and deleting users and user groups
  • Managing user passwords
  • Configuring login files
  • Running background tasks at regular intervals
  • Creating file systems
  • Mounting, monitoring and repairing file systems
  • Managing file access
  • Backing up and restoring files and directories using standard utilities
  • Managing swap space
  • Adding printers to the system
  • Monitoring and controlling print jobs
  • Starting and shutting down the system
  • Customising start-up and shutdown procedures
  • Monitoring system performance with the sar utility
  • Configuring syslog to manage system event messages
  • Carrying out various housekeeping procedures to manage disk space

UNIX System Administration Training Course

Course Introduction

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

Session 1: THE ADMINISTRATOR'S ROLE

  • Role of a System Administrator
  • Using the root login
  • Using and tracking the use of su
  • The sysadm menu system

Session 2: ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

  • Users, user groups and related system files
  • Adding new users and user groups (useradd, groupadd)
  • Changing and deleting users and user groups (usermod, userdel,
  • groupmod, groupdel)
  • Password and login control (passwd)
  • User communication facilites (wall, /etc/motd)
  • Exercise

Session 3: LOGIN FILES

  • The Bourne and Korn shell environments
  • Environment variables
  • The system profile /etc/profile
  • The user's .profile
  • The Korn shell start up file .kshrc
  • Korn shell options
  • Listing environment variables and aliases
  • Skeleton directories
  • Exercise

UNIX System Administration Training Course

Session 4: BACKGROUND JOBS

  • Starting background Jobs (&)
  • Using the nice command
  • Using cron processes
  • Creating crontab entries
  • Using the crontab command
  • The at command
  • Exercise

Session 5: FILE SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

  • Physical disk organisation
  • UNIX partition slices
  • File system device names
  • File system types
  • File system structure
  • File system creation (mkfs)
  • Mounting and unmounting file systems (mount, umount)
  • Checking and repairing file systems (fsck)
  • Monitoring free space (df)
  • Exercise

Session 6: FILE ACCESS

  • File access criteria - users, groups and permissions
  • Default permissions with umask
  • Changing file attributes with chmod, chown and chgrp
  • Testing permissions with su
  • Exercise

UNIX System Administration Training Course

Session 7: BACKUP AND RESTORE FACILITIES

  • Using the cpio command
  • Using the tar command
  • Using the dd command
  • Backup and restore services
  • Exercise

Session 8: MANAGING SWAP SPACE

  • Listing, configuring and disabling swap space (swap)
  • Exercise

Session 9: TERMINALS AND PRINTERS

  • Managing terminals
  • Using the stty command
  • Terminal model capabilities and commands (infocmp, tput)
  • The LP print service
  • LP print service files
  • Printer configuration (lpadmin)
  • Printer maintenance - managing printer status, job queues etc.
  • (lphsut, lpsched, /etc/init.d/lp, accept, reject, enable, disable, lpmove, lpusers, lpstat, cancel)
  • Printing from copies of files
  • Stopping banner output
  • Exercise

UNIX System Administration Training Course

Session 10: SYSTEM STARTUP AND SHUTDOWN:

  • The /etc/init procedure
  • System run states
  • The /etc/inittab file
  • System startup procedures and processes
  • System shutdown procedures and processes (init, shutdown)
  • Recovery from boot failure
  • Exercise

Session 11: BASIC NETWORKING

  • Basic networking overview
  • Network hardware
  • Network software
  • Network addressing - IPv4
  • Network masks and subnets
  • Routing
  • Network commands (hostname, ifconfig, netstat, telnet, rlogin, ssh, ftp, sftp, rcp, scp, rsh, ping)
  • Client-Server environment
  • Servers
  • Networking services overview NIS, NIS+, DNS, LDAP NFS, DHCP
  • Exercise

Session 12: PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

  • Performance management
  • System performance tools
  • System activity reporting using the sar command
  • General performance
  • Specific areas of performance
  • Excessive paging
  • Disk I/O performance
  • CPU performance
  • Using the timex command
  • Exercise

UNIX System Administration Training Course

Session 13: KERNEL CONFIGURATION

  • System configuration
  • Configuration guidelines
  • Reducing disk I/O
  • Increasing user memory
  • Improving CPU performance
  • Special case tuning needs
  • The configuration process (/etc/conf/cf.d, idtune, idbuild)

Session 14: SOFTWARE INSTALLATION

  • Operating system installation
  • Other software installation (pkginfo, pkgadd, pkgrm)
  • Exercise

Session 15: SYSLOG

  • Syslog configuration
  • The /etc/syslog.conf configuration file
  • Editing the syslog.conf file
  • Logging telnet, ftp and other network daemons
  • Testing syslog logging (logger)
  • Exercise

Session 16: GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING

  • Managing files and directories
  • Checking file space used
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Saving disk space
  • File system organisation
  • Helpful hints
  • Exercise
Notes:
  • 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.

Requirements

This UNIX System Administration course assumes good knowledge of a Unix operating system in an Enterprise environment to the level covered in the UNIX Introduction course. Alternatively, relevant experience of UNIX or Linux servers is required, preferably within an Enterprise environment.

Knowledge of UNIX Shell Programming to the level covered on the UNIX Shell Programming course would also be beneficial.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Reviews

Excellent course which has been tailored to my needs. The trainer has been fantastic all week. I would highly recommend this course to other candidates.

Jonathan - Storage & Backup - Retail / Hire


Most pleased that the instructor went beyond the standard documentation to provide more specific/relevant material with reference to web available documentation to illustrate items in a manner that tailors the course beautifully and will benefit future work.

Steven - Technical Services Manager (Networks) - NHS


Great teaching, loved the course and I gained a lot from it. Thank you.

Callum - UNIX ADMIN - IT


Very enjoyable course. Very relevant to our day to day jobs. Very well presented course, trainer really knows his stuff.

Robert - Service support engineer - Communications


Great course. Good location. Mark was brilliant, very clear and concise with course content. Very helpful. Will definitely recommend.

Jon - Accountancy


I would recommend for anyone who wish to learn the Unix Operating System.

Ransford - IT/AV Analyst - Academic


Public Scheduled Events

Classroom & Live Virtual Instructor-Led Training

Duration: 5 days

Price: £1,895.00 exc. VAT 


Start Date Options Spaces  
14 Feb 2022
StayAhead Virtual Courses available 
Spaces Book Now 
13 Jun 2022
StayAhead Virtual Courses available 
Spaces Book Now 
10 Oct 2022
StayAhead Virtual Courses available 
Spaces Book Now 
 

Live Virtual Classroom

 
Join live instructor-led classroom training from the comfort of your home or office.
All the convenience and benefits of the classroom experience without the hassle and costs of travel and accommodation.
 
 



Our Customers Include

 
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
missing image
 
 



Our Course Curriculum

 
 
 
 
Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Instagram E-Mail
 
+44 (0)20 7600 6116
Enquiries@StayAhead.com
Copyright © 2021 StayAhead Training Ltd
Cookies   /   Privacy Policy