FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator

Course Code: RHFT1V8

Duration: 5 days

 
 

FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator Course Overview

This highly practical instructor led FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator course is designed to give experienced LINUX/UNIX administrators practical experience in the administration of a Red Hat Linux 8 System to the level required by the Red Hat Certified Systems Administration (RHCSA) certification.

System administrators already experienced in administering other LINUX/UNIX systems such as Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and SUSE will gain valuable skills in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system administration.

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

The delegate will learn modern system administration techniques and commands to administer a Red Hat Linux system. The command line is demonstrated and used extensively throughout the course.

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.

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 Red Hat 8 System Administrator course, the delegate will have a greater technical awareness of the system and will have acquired practical experience of the key administration tasks required to administer a Red Hat Linux system.

Who will the Course Benefit?

This FastTrack Red Hat 8 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 Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system.

This course will teach many of the necessary skills to enable the delegate to work towards achieving the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Managing files and directories via the command line
  • Using system manual pages and documentation
  • Configuring IPv4 and IPv6 Network Interfaces
  • Configuring the Network Time Protocol
  • Creating and managing users and groups
  • Controlling access to files and directories using extended permissions
  • Creating and managing Access Control Lists (ACL's)
  • Monitoring and managing processes and system logs
  • Controlling and monitoring system processes systemd
  • Installing and managing software using rpm, yum
  • Red Hat Network
  • Creating software repositories
  • Securing systems using SELinux
  • Configuring the Red Hat firewall
  • Creating disk partitions and filesystems
  • Configuring swap space
  • Creating and resizing LVM Volume Groups and Logical Volumes
  • Understanding Stratis layered storage
  • Tuning the Linux kernel
  • Installing the operating system using Kickstart
  • Manage processes and systemd
  • Scheduling automated tasks using at, cron and anacron
  • Configuring a Network File System (NFS) server
  • Configuring a Samba server (CIFS)
  • Installing, creating managing virtual machines using KVM
  • Using Cockpit for administrative tasks
  • Configuring system logging
  • Viewing and configuring the system journal
  • Deploy containers with Podman and Buildah
  • Troubleshoot Systems

FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator Training Course

Course Introduction

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

Session 1: ACCESSING THE SYSTEM

  • Logging in and command line access
  • Getting help using manual pages and other sources
  • Sources of information available on the Internet
  • Remote Desktop Access from Windows and Linux systems
  • Exercise

Session 2: NETWORKING AND REMOTE SERVICES

  • Configuring Network Interfaces
  • Controlling Network Devices
  • Configuring IPV4 & IPV6 dynamic and static networking
  • Capturing and analysing network packets
  • Configuring the Network Time Protocol
  • Connecting NIS and LDAP servers
  • Synchronising files with rsync
  • Exercise

Session 3: USER AND FILE ADMINISTRATION

  • Authentication policies and User Private Groups
  • Managing users via the command line and graphical tools
  • Password considerations and management
  • Managing user profile files
  • Extended file permissions
  • Configuring Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Connecting to a centralised administration server
  • Exercise

FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator Training Course

Session 4: SYSTEM MONITORING

  • Monitor CPU and memory usage
  • Checking disk utilisation
  • Configuring system logging
  • Managing process priorities
  • Monitoring system logs
  • Analysing and rotating logfiles
  • Viewing and configuring the system journal
  • Exercise

Session 5: SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT

  • Red Hat Package Management system
  • Querying and verifying packages
  • Dependency problems and resolution
  • Updating the Kernel from RPM's
  • Other RPM features
  • Red Hat Subscription Manager
  • Exercise

Session 6: MANAGING SOFTWARE WITH YUM

  • Installing and removing packages via yum and dnf
  • Rolling back software installations and updates
  • Creating and accessing software repositories
  • Accessing repositories from a client
  • Configuring yum plugins
  • Exercise

Session 7: DATA SECURITY

  • Managing SELinux contexts and booleans
  • Viewing SELinux decisions
  • Modifying the SELinux policy
  • Configuring SSH
  • Copying data to remote systems
  • Firewall management with firewalld
  • Exercise

FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator Training Course

Session 8: DISK PARTITIONING

  • Partitioning disks and creating filesystems
  • Check and repair filesystems
  • Encrypting filesystems with LUKS
  • Creating file and partition swap space
  • Exercise

Session 9: LVM VOLUMES AND STRATIS

  • Creating LVM Volume Groups and Logical Volumes
  • Resizing LVM filesystems
  • Creating and managing Stratis layered storage
  • Exercise

Session 10: MAINTAINING THE KERNEL

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

FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator Training Course

Session 11: INSTALLING RED HAT LINUX USING KICKSTART

  • Automating a Red Hat installation
  • Creating a Kickstart installation file
  • Pre and Post Kickstart processing
  • Creating the Linux installation server
  • Performing a Kickstart installation via NFS, FTP and HTTP
  • Exercise

Session 12: MANAGING PROCESSES AND SYSTEMD

  • systemd deamon
  • Control Services using systemctl
  • View systemd Units and Control Groups
  • System Shutdown and Reboot management
  • Exercise

Session 13: SCHEDULING FUTURE TASKS

  • Scheduling one-off tasks with at
  • Scheduling tasks with cron
  • Managing system cron files
  • Automating tasks with anacron
  • Exercise

Session 14: ACCESSING DATA ON REMOTE SYSTEMS

  • Configuring a Network Filesystem Server and client (NFS)
  • Configuring AutoFS maps and wildcards
  • Configuring a Samba server and client (CIFS)
  • Performing DNS queries
  • Exercise

FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator Training Course

Session 15: MANAGING VIRTUAL SYSTEMS

  • Virtualisation concepts
  • Checking for supported hardware
  • Installing a KVM virtual system
  • Manage virtual systems via graphical and command line tools
  • Start and shutdown a virtual system
  • Exercise

Session 16: DEPLOY CONTAINERS WITH PODMAN AND BUILDAH

  • Linux Container overview
  • Advantages of Containers vs Virtualization
  • Replacing Docker with Red Hat Buildah

Session 17: TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Understanding the boot process
  • Rescue Environment
  • Overriding Boot Levels from grub
  • Common boot problems and their resolution
  • 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.

Examinations

This FastTrack Red Hat 8 System Administrator training course will aid the delegate in their preparation for the following exams:

  • Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA): EX200
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE): EX294

This course leads to RHCSA certification. Attending this course, together with the Red Hat 8 System Administration - Part 3: Linux Automation with Ansible course leads to RHCE certification.

Attending this course will help the delegate gain many of the skills and product knowledge requirements as outlined in the exams 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.

Requirements

This course assumes a strong prior knowledge of the Linux operating system, and significant experience working with Linux as a system administrator is recommended.

The delegate will be expected to already understand fundamental Linux computing concepts, to the level covered on the Red Hat 8 System Administration - Part 1 course, as a minimum level requirement for attendance.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Reviews

I found this course very engaging and informative. It really helped me get a good understanding of many areas of Linux including many I was not aware existed. The course notes were very thorough. The exercises were both relevant and easy to understand as well as accurate. For the Lecturer himself. Mark did an excellent job of teaching this course, he took it at a very good pace and really made sure I understood the concepts he was teaching. He also allowed plenty of time for me to raise any questions I had as well as taking additional time to work through them with me. Overall a very good course taken by a very good lecturer.

Philip - Database Engineer - September 2021


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