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Administration: Fundamentals

    Section Objectives
    • Understanding what a Linux distribution is and determining which one is best for you
    • Learning how to use basic file management commands
    • Understanding basic administration concepts such as users and groups
    • Changing file ownership and permissions
    • Configuring your system for basic usage
    • Installing and working with rpm packages
Networking
    Section Objectives
    • Understanding the different protocols that are part of the TCP/IP protocol suite such as TCP, IP, UDP, and ICMP
    • Learning the fundamental, configuration variables for TCP/IP networks such as IP addresses, IP subnets, subnet masks, etc.
    • Setting up, configuring, and connecting a Linux computer to a TCP/IP network
Linux Development Environment

    Section Objectives

    • Understanding the development tools available on a Linux system
    • Writing shell scripts and using scripting languages such as Perl and Python
    • Understanding, installing, and upgrading shared libraries
    • Compiling source
Kernel

    Section Objectives

    • Understanding what the actual Linux kernel is
    • Understanding what the Linux kernel version number means
    • Configuring and compiling a custom kernel
    • Patching the kernel
    • Compiling and loading Linux kernel modules
Administration: Automation, Startup, Maintenance
    Section Objectives
    • Controlling processes by adjusting their execution priority, terminating them, and sending them other signals
    • Determining which daemons are running and what their purpose is
    • Administering the X Windowing System including setting up the X Server, displaying remote clients on your display, and configuring access control for your display
    • Automating processes with cron and at
Network Services
    Section Objectives
    • Setting up a basic Apache HTTP Server
    • Understanding the differences between the popular ftp servers and be able to set them up
    • Setting up Samba clients and servers
    • Setting up a basic DNS server
    • Understanding differences between different mail servers and be able to do basic setup
Security
    Section Objectives
    • Setting up user authentication and making the system more secure using PAM and shadow passwords
    • Finding out which TCP/IP ports are open, which services are responding to requests on those ports, and detecting vulnerabilities
    • Using TCP/IP wrappers and firewall software to filter packets
    • Choosing versions of network daemons and clients that are more secure
    • Keeping up to date on the latest security vulnerabilities

 

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