FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator

Course Code: RHFT1

Duration: 4 days

 
 

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator Course Overview

This highly practical instructor led FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator course is designed to give experienced LINUX/UNIX administrators practical experience in the administration of a LINUX system to a level required by the Red Hat Certified Systems Administration certification. This course is targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat curriculum and will enable the student to work towards the RHCSA qualifications. This class will have a high, practical content and a fast pace. Delegates should have a strong command line experience of UNIX/LINUX including cp, grep, mkdir, ssh, tar, useradd, cups, be capable of using man pages and DHCP, to name just a few.

This course can also be used as a practical refresher course prior to taking the RHCSA examination.

Course Objectives

On completion of the FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 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 6 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.

This course assumes a strong prior knowledge of the LINUX/UNIX operating system. The content of the Administering Red Hat Linux 6 - Part 1 course is the minimum level of knowledge required for attendance on this course.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Install the Operating System using kickstart
  • Configure and test Network Interfaces
  • Configure a basic Apache Web Server, FTP and DHCP servers
  • Share data using the CIFS/Samba and NFS File sharing systems
  • Administer password ageing and configure an LDAP client
  • Secure systems using SELinux, Firewalls and Access Control Lists (ACL's)
  • Configure Partitions, File systems and Swap space
  • Install and Manage software using rpm, yum and RHN
  • Configure Advanced System Logging (rsyslog)
  • Manage Processes and system logs
  • Install and Manage KVM virtual machines
  • Troubleshoot Systems

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator Training Course

Course Introduction

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

Session 1: ACCESSING DOCUMENTATION

  • Getting Help - man pages, info, /usr/share/doc
  • Sources of information available on the WEB

Session 2: BASIC CLIENT NETWORKING

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

Session 3: USER and FILE ADMINISTRATION

  • Authentication policies and User Private Groups
  • 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

Session 4: SYSTEM MONITORING

  • Monitor CPU and memory usage
  • Check disk utilisation
  • System Log Files
  • Monitor system logs
  • Syslogd and klogd Configuration
  • Advanced syslogd Configuration
  • Analysing and rotating logfiles
  • Exercise

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator Training Course

Session 5: SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT

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

Session 6: DATA SECURITY

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

Session 7: DEPLOY WEB, FTP and DHCP SERVERS

  • The Apache and Tux Web Servers
  • Apache server configuration files
  • Apache Configuration Directives
  • Virtual Host Management: Name and IP Based Access
  • HTTP and SELinux
  • The FTP Service using vsftpd
  • Copying files using sftp
  • Configuring a DHCP server
  • Exercise

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator Training Course

Session 8: PARTITIONING AND LVM VOLUMES

  • Understand disk partitioning
  • LUKS encrypted partitions
  • Basic LVM design and configuration
  • The Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Creating LVM file systems
  • Resizing LVM file systems
  • LVM Snapshots
  • Exercise

Session 9: MAINTAINING THE KERNEL

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

Session 10: INSTALLING RED HAT LINUX USING KICKSTART

  • 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

FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 6 System Administrator Training Course

Session 11: CHANGING RUN-LEVELS

  • The init program and run levels
  • The boot Sequence explained
  • The grub boot manager
  • The upstart process
  • The startup scripts
  • Control Services using chkconfig, ntsysv etc.
  • Changing Run-Levels
  • System Shutdown and Reboot management
  • Exercise

Session 12: MANAGING VIRTUAL SYSTEMS

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

Session 13: ACCESSING REMOTE SYSTEMS

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

Session 14: TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Understanding the boot process
  • The Rescue Environment
  • Using the anaconda rescue environment
  • The Networked 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 course is targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat curriculum and covers some of the major topics for the exam, and thus will enable the student to work towards the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) qualifications.

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

Experienced Linux/UNIX Administrators.

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