Course Overview

This course is carefully designed to match the topics found in the Red Hat® RH299 exam prep course but also features the added benefit of an entire extra day of comprehensive lab exercises and detailed lecture material.

CLASS INFORMATION
Price: 
$2,600
Duration: 
5 days
Version: 
A01
Certification: 
RHCE
Exam: 
EX300
  • Students learn the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system administration skills needed to pass the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam. This is an accelerated course meant for those students capable of absorbing information at a rapid pace or those students who only need to fill in selected gaps of knowledge because of prior Linux sys-admin experience.

  • Module 1: SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT

    • RPM Features
    • RPM Architecture
    • RPM Package Files
    • Working With RPMs
    • Installing Source RPM Packages
    • Managing Software Dependencies
    • Using the YUM command
    • YUM package groups
    • Updating the Kernel RPM
    • Configuring YUM
    • Yum Plugins
    • YUM Repositories

    Module 2: NETWORK MANAGEMENT

    • IPv4 Fundamentals
    • TCP/UDP Fundamentals
    • 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
    • system-config-network-{tui,cmd}
    • Network Diagnostics
    • Multiple IP Addresses
    • Interface Bonding

    Module 3: STORAGE MANAGEMENT

    • Partitioning Disks with fdisk
    • Partitioning Disks with parted
    • Filesystem Creation
    • Mounting Filesystems
    • Filesystem Maintenance
    • Troubleshooting Incorrect File Permissions
    • Resizing Filesystems
    • Swap
    • iSCSI Architecture
    • Open-iSCSI Initiator Implementation
    • iSCSI Initiator Discovery
    • iSCSI Initiator Node Administration
    • Mounting iSCSI Targets at Boot
    • iSCSI Multipathing Considerations
    • Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS)

    Module 4: LOGICAL VOLUME MANAGEMENT (LVM)

    • Logical Volume Management
    • Implementing LVM
    • Creating Logical Volumes
    • Manipulating VGs & LVs
    • Advanced LVM Concepts
    • system-config-lvm

    Module 5: ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

    • User and Group Concepts
    • User Administration
    • Modifying Accounts
    • Group Administration
    • Password Aging
    • SGID and Sticky Bit on Directories
    • User Private Group Scheme
    • File Access Control Lists
    • Manipulating FACLs
    • Viewing FACLs
    • Backing Up FACLs

    Module 6: AUTHENTICATION MANAGEMENT

    • Manual DS Client Configuration
    • system-config-authentication
    • System Security Services Daemon (SSSD)
    • AutoFS
    • AutoFS Configuration
    • Kerberos Components
    • Kerberos Principals
    • Authentication Process
    • Install krb5.conf on Clients
    • Client PAM Configuration
    • Signing In to Kerberos
    • Viewing Tickets
    • Removing Tickets
    • Passwords
    • Changing Passwords
    • sudo
    • Giving Others Access

    Module 7: INSTALLATION, KICKSTART, AND VIRTUALIZATION

    • Anaconda: An Overview
    • Anaconda: Booting the System
    • Anaconda: Common Boot Options
    • Anaconda: Loading Anaconda and Packages
    • Anaconda: Storage Options
    • Anaconda: Troubleshooting
    • FirstBoot
    • A Typical Install
    • Kickstart
    • Introducing libvirt
    • libvirt: Basic Concepts
    • virsh: Basics
    • virsh: Common Tasks
    • virt-install

    Module 8: BOOT MANAGEMENT

    • Booting Linux on PCs
    • GRUB Configuration
    • Boot Parameters
    • Configuring the Kernel via /proc/
    • Initial ramdisk
    • /sbin/init
    • /etc/inittab
    • /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit
    • Runlevel Implementation
    • System Configuration Files
    • Typical SysV Init Script
    • The /etc/rc.local File
    • Shutdown and Reboot

    Module 9: MANAGING SELINUX

    • SELinux Security Framework
    • SELinux Modes
    • SELinux Commands
    • Choosing an SELinux Policy
    • SELinux Booleans
    • Permissive Domains
    • SELinux Policy Tools
    • SELinux Troubleshooting
    • SELinux Troubleshooting Continued

    Module 10: FIREWALL MANAGEMENT

    • RHEL6 Firewall
    • Netfilter Concepts
    • Using the iptables Command
    • Common match_specs
    • Connection Tracking

    Module 11: NETWORK TIME PROTOCOL (NTP) SERVICE

    • Managing Network-Wide Time
    • Continual Time Sync with NTP
    • Configuring NTP Clients
    • Useful NTP Commands

    Module 12: SYSTEM MONITORING AND LOGS

    • System Status – Memory
    • System Status – I/O
    • System Status – CPU
    • Performance Trending with sar
    • System Logging
    • /etc/rsyslog.conf

    Module 13: WEB (HTTP/HTTPS) SERVICE

    • Apache Architecture
    • Adding Modules to Apache
    • Apache Configuration Files
    • httpd.conf – Server Settings
    • httpd.conf – Main Configuration
    • SSL Using mod_ssl.so
    • Virtual Hosting DNS Implications
    • httpd.conf – VirtualHost Configuration
    • Name-based Virtual Host
    • Apache Logging
    • Delegating Administration
    • Directory Protection
    • Directory Protection with AllowOverride
    • Common Uses for .htaccess
    • Dynamic HTTP Content
    • Configuring CGI

    Module 14: SMTP SERVICE

    • Postfix Features
    • Postfix Components
    • Postfix Configuration
    • master.cf
    • main.cf
    • Postfix Map Types
    • Postfix Pattern Matching
    • Virtual Domains
    • Configuration Commands
    • Management Commands
    • Postfix, Relaying and SMTP AUTH
    • SMTP AUTH Server and Relay Control

    Module 15: CACHING-ONLY DNS SERVICE

    • Naming Services
    • The Domain Name Space
    • Delegation and Zones
    • Server Roles
    • Resolving Names
    • Resolving IP Addresses
    • Restricting Queries
    • Basic BIND Administration
    • Configuring the Resolver
    • Testing Resolution
    • Creating a Site-Wide Cache
    • SOA – Start of Authority
    • A & PTR – Address & Pointer Records
    • NS – Name Server
    • CNAME & MX – Alias & Mail Host

    Module 16: FILE SHARING WITH NFS

    • File Sharing via NFS
    • NFSv4
    • NFS Clients
    • NFS Server Configuration
    • Implementing NFSv4

    Module 17: FILE SHARING WITH CIFS

    • Samba Daemons
    • Accessing Windows/Samba Shares from Linux
    • Samba Utilities
    • Samba Configuration Files
    • The smb.conf File
    • Mapping Users
    • Share Authentication
    • User-Level Access
    • Samba Account Database
    • User Share Restrictions

    Module 18: FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL (FTP) SERVICE

    • The FTP Protocol
    • Active Mode FTP
    • Passive Mode FTP
    • vsftpd
    • Anonymous FTP with vsftpd

    Module 19: SECURE SHELL (SSH) SERVICE

    • Secure Shell
    • ssh and sshd Configuration
    • Accessing Remote Shells
    • Transferring Files
    • SSH Key Management
    • ssh-agent
    • OpenSSH and Kerberos
    • X Access Control
    • Remote X Access (historical/insecure approach)
    • Remote X Access (modern/secure approach)
    • Module 1 LAB TASKS
      • Managing Software with RPM
      • Using YUM
      • Creating a Custom RPM Repository
    • Module 2 LAB TASKS
      • Network Discovery
      • Basic Client Networking
      • Multiple IP Addresses Per Network Interface
      • Introduction to Troubleshooting Labs
      • Troubleshooting Practice: Networking
    • Module 3 LAB TASKS
      • Creating and Managing Filesystems
      • Hot Adding Swap
      • iSCSI Initiator Configuration
      • LUKS-on-disk format Encrypted Filesystem
    • Module 4 LAB TASKS
      • Creating and Managing LVM Volumes
    • Module 5 LAB TASKS
      • File and Directory Ownership and Permissions
      • User and Group Administration
      • User Private Groups
      • Using Filesystem ACLs
    • Module 6 LAB TASKS
      • Using LDAP for Centralized User Accounts
      • Kerberos Client Setup
      • OpenSSH with Kerberos
    • Module 7 LAB TASKS
      • Automating Installation with Kickstart
      • Linux Installation
    • Module 8 LAB TASKS
      • Boot Process
      • Troubleshooting Practice: Boot Process
    • Module 9 LAB TASKS
      • Exploring SELinux Modes
      • SELinux File Contexts
    • Module 10 LAB TASKS
      • Securing Services with Netfilter
    • Module 11 LAB TASKS
      • NTP Client Configuration
    • Module 12 LAB TASKS
      • Remote Syslog Configuration
      • System Activity Reporter
    • Module 13 LAB TASKS
      • Apache Architecture
      • Apache Content
      • Using SSL Certificates with Apache
      • Configuring Virtual Hosts
      • Using .htaccess Files
      • CGI Scripts in Apache
    • Module 14 LAB TASKS
      • Configuring Postfix
      • Postfix Network Configuration
      • Postfix Virtual Host Configuration
    • Module 15 LAB TASKS
      • Caching-only DNS
    • Module 16 LAB TASKS
      • NFS Server Configuration
    • Module 17 LAB TASKS
      • Samba Share-Level Access
      • Samba User-Level Access
      • Samba Group Shares
    • Module 18 LAB TASKS
      • Configuring vsftpd
    • Module 19 LAB TASKS
      • Introduction to ssh and scp
      • SSH Key-based User Authentication
      • Using ssh-agent
      • Kerberos Client Setup
      • OpenSSH with Kerberos
  • Students should have already have the RHCSA or equivalent knowledge. Courses that teach the necessary skills are the RHCSA Rapid Track Course or the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems Admin I and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Systems Admin II training tracks.