Course Overview

This is an accelerated course combining the topics in the Enterprise Linux Systems Administration and Enterprise Linux Networking Services courses.

CLASS INFORMATION
Price: 
$2,800
Duration: 
5 days
Version: 
O02
  • Topics include: installation and configuration; the boot process; user and group administration; filesystem administration, including quotas, FACLs, RAID and LVM; task automation; client networking; SELinux; software management; log files; troubleshooting; security with SELinux and Netfilter, DNS concepts and implementation with Bind; LDAP concepts and implementation using OpenLDAP; Web services with Apache; FTP with vsftpd; caching, filtering proxies with Squid; SMB/CIFS (Windows networking) with Samba; and e-mail concepts and implementation with Postfix combined with either Dovecot or Cyrus.

  • Module 1: LINUX ORIENTATION

    • FSF and GNU
    • GPL General Public License
    • Linux Kernel and Versioning
    • Components of a Distribution
    • Red Hat Linux Products
    • SUSE Linux Products

    Module 2: LINUX KERNEL & HARDWARE

    • Hardware Discovery Tools
    • Configuring New Hardware with hwinfo
    • Hardware and System Clock
    • Console
    • Virtual Terminals
    • Keyboard & locale configuration
    • Serial Ports
    • SCSI Devices
    • USB Architecture
    • Defining a Printer
    • Tape Libraries
    • Managing Linux Device Files
    • Kernel Hardware Info /sys/
    • /sys/ Structure
    • udev
    • Kernel Modules
    • Configuring Kernel Components and Modules
    • Handling Module Dependencies
    • Configuring the Kernel via /proc/
    • Random Numbers and /dev/random
    • System Tools

    Module 3: SYSTEMD OVERVIEW

    • System Boot Method Overview
    • systemd System and Service Manager
    • systemd Targets
    • Using systemd
    • Linux Runlevels Aliases
    • Legacy Support for SysV init

    Module 4: GRUB2/SYSTEMD BOOT PROCESS

    • Booting Linux on PCs
    • GRUB 2
    • GRUB 2 Configuration
    • GRUB 2 Security
    • Boot Parameters
    • Initial RAM Filesystem
    • init
    • Systemd local-fs.target and sysinit.target
    • Systemd basic.target and multi-user.target
    • Legacy local bootup script support
    • System Configuration Files
    • RHEL7 Configuration Utilities
    • SLES12 Configuration Utilities
    • Shutdown and Reboot

    Module 5: SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE

    • RPM Architecture
    • Working With RPMs
    • Querying and Verifying with RPM
    • Updating the Kernel RPM
    • Using the Yum command
    • Using the Zypper command
    • YUM package groups
    • Zypper Services and Catalogs
    • Configuring Yum
    • YUM Repositories
    • Rebuilding Source RPM Packages
    • Software Tools Comparison Matrix

    Module 6: LOCAL STORAGE ADMINISTRATION

    • Partitioning Disks with fdisk & gdisk
    • Resizing a GPT Partition with gdisk
    • Partitioning Disks with parted
    • Filesystem Creation
    • Mounting Filesystems
    • Filesystem Maintenance
    • Resizing Filesystems
    • Managing an XFS Filesystem
    • Swap
    • Filesystem Attributes
    • Filesystem Creation and Management

    Module 7: LVM & RAID

    • Logical Volume Management
    • Implementing LVM
    • Creating Logical Volumes
    • Activating LVM VGs
    • Exporting and Importing a VG
    • Examining LVM Components
    • Changing LVM Components
    • Advanced LVM Overview
    • Advanced LVM: Components & Object Tags
    • Advanced LVM: Automated Storage Tiering
    • Advanced LVM: Thin Provisioning
    • Advanced LVM: Striping & Mirroring
    • Advanced LVM: RAID Volumes
    • gnome-disk-utility
    • SLES Graphical Disk Tool
    • RAID Concepts
    • Array Creation with mdadm
    • Software RAID Monitoring
    • Software RAID Control and Display
    • LVM and RAID: Unix Tool Comparison

    Module 8: REMOTE STORAGE ADMINISTRATION

    • Remote Storage Overview
    • Remote Filesystem Protocols
    • Remote Block Device Protocols
    • NFS Clients
    • NFS Server Configuration
    • Implementing NFSv4
    • AutoFS
    • AutoFS Configuration
    • SAN Multipathing
    • Multipath Configuration
    • Multipathing Best Practices
    • iSCSI Architecture
    • Open-iSCSI Initiator Implementation
    • iSCSI Initiator Discovery
    • iSCSI Initiator Node Administration
    • Mounting iSCSI Targets at Boot
    • iSCSI Multipathing Considerations

    Module 9: USER/GROUP ADMINISTRATION

    • Approaches to Storing User Accounts
    • User and Group Concepts
    • User Administration
    • Modifying Accounts
    • Group Administration
    • Password Aging
    • Default User Files
    • Controlling Login Sessions
    • RHEL DS Client Configuration
    • SLES DS Client Configuration
    • PAM Overview
    • PAM Module Types
    • PAM Order of Processing
    • PAM Control Statements
    • pam_wheel.so
    • pam_limits.so
    • User/Group Administration Comparison Matrix

    Module 10: SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

    • Security Concepts
    • Tightening Default Security
    • Security Advisories
    • Fine Grained Authorizations with Polkit
    • File Access Control Lists
    • Manipulating FACLs
    • Viewing FACLs
    • Backing Up FACLs
    • File Creation Permissions with umask
    • User Private Group Scheme
    • Alternatives to UPG
    • TCP Wrappers Concepts
    • TCP Wrappers Concepts
    • Xinetd
    • SUSE Basic Firewall Configuration
    • Netfilter Concepts
    • Using the iptables Command
    • Common match_specs
    • Connection Tracking
    • AppArmor
    • SELinux Security Framework
    • SELinux Modes
    • SELinux Commands
    • Choosing an SELinux Policy
    • SELinux Booleans
    • SELinux Policy Tools
    • (X)INETD and Firewalls

    Module 11: PROCESS ADMINISTRATION

    • at & cron Usage
    • Anacron
    • Viewing Processes
    • Managing Processes
    • Tuning Process Scheduling
    • Process Accounting
    • Setting Resource Limits via ulimit

    Module 12: NETWORKING

    • Linux Network Interfaces
    • Ethernet Hardware Tools
    • Network Configuration with ip Command
    • Configuring Routing Tables
    • IP to MAC Address Mapping with ARP
    • Starting and Stopping Interfaces
    • NetworkManager
    • DNS Clients
    • DHCP Clients
    • Network Diagnostics
    • Information from ss and netstat
    • Managing Network-Wide Time
    • Continual Time Sync with NTP
    • Configuring NTP Clients
    • Multiple IP Addresses
    • IPv6
    • Interface Aggregation
    • Interface Bonding
    • Network Teaming
    • Interface Bridging
    • 802.1q VLANS
    • Network Configuration Tools

    Module 13: MONITORING & TROUBLESHOOTING

    • System Status Memory
    • System Status I/O
    • System Status CPU
    • Performance Trending with sar
    • Troubleshooting Basics: The Process
    • Troubleshooting Basics: The Tools
    • System Logging
    • Syslog-ng
    • systemd Journal
    • systemd Journal’s journactl
    • Secure Logging with Journal’s Log Sealing
    • Rsyslog
    • /etc/rsyslog.conf
    • Log Management
    • Log Anomaly Detector
    • strace and ltrace
    • Troubleshooting Incorrect File Permissions
    • Inability to Boot
    • Typos in Configuration Files
    • Corrupt Filesystems
    • RHEL7 Rescue Environment
    • SUSE Rescue Environment
    • Process Tools

    Module 14: BIND DNS

    • The Domain Name Space
    • Delegation and Zones
    • Server Roles
    • Resolving Names
    • Resolving IP Addresses
    • Basic BIND Administration
    • Configuring the Resolver
    • Testing Resolution
    • rndc Key Configuration
    • named.conf Options Block
    • Creating a Site-Wide Cache
    • Zones In named.conf
    • Zone Database File Syntax
    • SOA Start of Authority
    • A, AAAA, & PTR Address & Pointer Records
    • NS Name Server
    • TXT, CNAME, & MX Text, Alias, & Mail Host
    • Abbreviations and Gotchas
    • $GENERATE, $ORIGIN, and $INCLUDE

    Module 15: SQL FUNDAMENTALS AND MARIADB

    • Popular SQL Databases
    • SELECT Statements
    • INSERT Statements
    • UPDATE Statements
    • DELETE Statements
    • JOIN Clauses
    • MariaDB
    • MariaDB Installation and Security
    • MariaDB User Account Management
    • MariaDB Replication

    Module 16: OPENLDAP

    • OpenLDAP: Server Architecture
    • OpenLDAP: Backends
    • OpenLDAP: Replication
    • OpenLDAP: Configuration Options
    • OpenLDAP Server Tools
    • OpenLDAP Client Tools
    • LDIF: LDAP Data Interchange Format
    • Enabling LDAP-based Login
    • System Security Services Daemon (SSSD)

    Module 17: VSFTPD & APACHE

    • vsftpd
    • Anonymous FTP with vsftpd
    • Configuring vsftpd
    • HTTP Operation
    • Apache Architecture
    • Apache Configuration Files
    • httpd.conf Server Settings
    • httpd.conf Main Configuration
    • httpd.conf VirtualHost Configuration
    • Virtual Hosting DNS Implications
    • Adding Modules to Apache
    • Apache Logging
    • Delegating Administration
    • Directory Protection
    • Directory Protection with AllowOverride
    • Common Uses for .htaccess
    • TLS Using mod_ssl.so

    Module 18: SQUID PROXY SERVER

    • Squid Overview
    • Squid File Layout
    • Squid Access Control Lists
    • Applying Squid ACLs
    • Tuning Squid & Configuring Cache Hierarchies
    • Bandwidth Metering
    • Monitoring Squid
    • Proxy Client Configuration

    Module 19: SAMBA

    • Samba Daemons
    • Accessing Windows/Samba Shares from Linux
    • Samba Utilities
    • Samba Configuration Files
    • The smb.conf File
    • Mapping Permissions and ACLs
    • Mapping Linux Concepts
    • Sharing Home Directories
    • Sharing Printers
    • Share Authentication
    • User-Level Access
    • Mapping Users
    • Samba Account Database
    • User Share Restrictions

    Module 20: POSTFIX

    • Postfix Features
    • Postfix Components
    • Postfix Configuration
    • master.cf
    • main.cf
    • Postfix Map Types
    • Postfix Pattern Matching
    • Virtual Domains
    • Postfix Mail Filtering
    • Configuration Commands
    • Management Commands
    • SMTP AUTH Server and Relay Control
    • SMTP AUTH Clients
    • TLS Server Configuration
    • Postfix Client Configuration for TLS

    Module 21: EMAIL SERVICES

    • Procmail
    • SpamAssassin
    • amavisd-new Mail Filtering
    • Cyrus IMAP/POP3 Server
    • Cyrus IMAP MTA Integration
    • Cyrus Mailbox Administration
    • Dovecot POP3/IMAP Server

    Module A: INSTALLING RHEL7

    • Anaconda: An Overview
    • Anaconda: Booting the System
    • Anaconda: Common Boot Options
    • Anaconda: Loading Anaconda and Packages
    • Anaconda: Storage Options
    • Anaconda: Troubleshooting
    • FirstBoot
    • Kickstart
    • Network Booting with PXE
    • A Typical Install

    Module B: INSTALLING SLES12

    • YaST Install Program Interface
    • Network Installation
    • SLP for SUSE Linux Installation
    • Installation Choices
    • Kernel Crash Dump Configuration
    • Network Booting with PXE
    • Creating AutoYaST2 Files
    • Using AutoYaST2 files
    • linuxrc Automation
    • Installation Diagnostics
    • After The First Reboot
    • A Typical Install
    • Module 2 LAB TASKS
      • Adjusting Kernel Options
      • Linux Kernel Driver Compilation
      • Configuring Print Queues
      • Introduction to Troubleshooting Labs
      • Troubleshooting Practice: Kernel Modules
    • Module 3 LAB TASKS
      • Managing Services With Systemd’s systemctl
      • Creating a systemd unit file
    • Module 4 LAB TASKS
      • Boot Process
      • Booting directly to a bash shell
      • GRUB Command Line
      • Basic GRUB Security
      • Troubleshooting Practice: Boot Process
    • Module 5 LAB TASKS
      • Managing Software with RPM
      • Creating a Custom RPM Repository
      • Querying the RPM Database
      • Installing Software via RPM & Source and Rebuilding SRPMs
      • Using Yum
      • Using Zypper
    • Module 6 LAB TASKS
      • Creating and Managing Filesystems
      • Hot Adding Swap
    • Module 7 LAB TASKS
      • Creating and Managing LVM Volumes
      • Creating and Managing a RAID-5 Array
    • Module 8 LAB TASKS
      • Using autofs
      • NFS Server Configuration
      • iSCSI Initiator Configuration
    • Module 9 LAB TASKS
      • User and Group Administration
      • Using LDAP for Centralized User Accounts
      • Troubleshooting Practice: Account Management
      • Restricting superuser access to wheel group membership
      • Setting Limits with the pam_limits Modules
      • Using pam_limits to Restrict Simultaneous Logins
    • Module 10 LAB TASKS
      • User Private Groups
      • Using Filesystem ACLs
      • Securing xinetd Services
      • Enforcing Security Policy with xinetd
      • Securing Services with TCP Wrappers
      • Securing Services with SuSEfirewall2
      • Securing Services with Netfilter
      • Exploring SELinux Modes
      • SELinux File Contexts
    • Module 11 LAB TASKS
      • Creating and Managing User Cron Jobs
      • Adding System cron Jobs
    • Module 12 LAB TASKS
      • Network Discovery
      • Basic Client Networking
      • NTP Client Configuration
      • Multiple IP Addresses Per Network Interface
      • Configuring IPv6
      • Troubleshooting Practice: Networking
    • Module 13 LAB TASKS
      • Using the systemd Journal
      • Setting up a Full Debug Logfile
      • Remote Syslog Configuration
      • Remote Rsyslog TLS Configuration
      • Recovering Damaged MBR
    • Module 14 LAB TASKS
      • Configuring a Slave Name Server
      • Use rndc to Control named
      • Configuring BIND Zone Files
    • Module 15 LAB TASKS
      • SQL with Sqlite3
      • Installing and Securing MariaDB
      • Creating a Database in MariaDB
      • Create a Database Backed Application
    • Module 16 LAB TASKS
      • Building An OpenLDAP Server
      • Enabling TLS For An OpenLDAP Server
      • Enabling LDAP-based Logins
    • Module 17 LAB TASKS
      • Configuring vsftpd
      • Apache Architecture
      • Apache Content
      • Configuring Virtual Hosts
      • Using .htaccess Files
      • Using TLS Certificates with Apache
    • Module 18 LAB TASKS
      • Installing and Configuring Squid
      • Squid Cache Manager CGI
      • Proxy Auto Configuration
      • Configure a Squid Proxy Cluster
    • Module 19 LAB TASKS
      • Samba Share-Level Access
      • Samba User-Level Access
      • Samba Group Shares
      • Handling Symbolic Links with Samba
      • Samba Home Directory Shares
    • Module 20 LAB TASKS
      • Configuring Postfix
      • Postfix Network Configuration
      • Postfix Virtual Host Configuration
      • Postfix SMTP AUTH Configuration
      • Postfix STARTTLS Configuration
      • SUSE Postfix Configuration Cleanup
    • Module 21 LAB TASKS
      • Configuring Procmail & SpamAssassin
      • Configuring Cyrus IMAP
      • Dovecot TLS Configuration
    • Module A LAB TASKS
      • Linux Installation
      • Automating Installation with Kickstart
    • Module B LAB TASKS
      • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Installation
      • Automating Installation with AutoYaST
  • Students should already be experienced Unix administrators. Fundamentals such as the Unix command line and how to edit files will not be covered in class. A good understanding of network concepts, the TCP/IP protocol suite, and basic Unix security is also assumed. The accelerated pace of this class makes it more difficult for unprepared students to keep up. Less experienced students are encouraged to instead take Linux Fundamentals, Enterprise Linux Systems Administration or Enterprise Linux Networking Services.