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Newark, Notts

Administration office:
High Park Farm
Swinderby Road
Nr. Newark
Notts NG23 7NZ.


Enterprise Linux 8 Systems Administration Rapid Track
(RH199 RHCSA equivalent for RedHat, CentOS and Oracle versions)

This five day course covers essential administration skills including local storage management including Stratis; network and network services configuration; remote access using SSH; firewall and SELinux management; KVM VM deployment and management; installing the OS interactively and using Kickstart. Newly added in October 2020 are Containers with podman, buildah and skopeo.

It is intended for those who have previous Linux or UNIX experience and are comfortable using the command line and editing text files.
The course is fairly intensive, but provides ample time for putting skills into practise. This course helps with the preparation for several certifications, but is aimed mainly at RedHat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA). The course is suitable for any RedHat or rebuild distribution such as CentOS and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL). It is effectively the Admin parts 1 and 2 courses delivered at an accelerated pace.

We use real hardware and virtual machines, with each attendee having their own dedicated server throughout the course, plus access to additional virtual machines on a VMWare ESXi server..

This course is available to be run, fully resourced, at your site; see here for on-site details and prices.

Our Linux courses are suitable training for Linux LPI or RedHat Certification

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To become proficient in Linux Enterprise administration to a level required for the RedHat RHCSA exam.

COURSE DATES: This course is only available at the client site, fully resourced. Dates by arrangement.

INTENSITY: About 30% of the course is practicals, and 70% lectures

RESOURCE: Each student will have exclusive use of a fully equipped Dell server for the duration of the course. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes, and quick reference cards to assist with file editing and Linux commands. A full reference for Linux resources will also be provided in the notes.

PREREQUISITES: Experience of Linux, Solaris or UNIX similar to the level described in the Introduction to Linux course. Some previous administration experience is important. If in doubt call 07736-475838.

FOLLOW UPS: An RHCE-level course is being developed.

PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS: Each student leaves the course with their own set of training notes for the material covered; around 120 pages per day of training.

Every student who attends this course will be issued with a signed certificate of course completion, which we will be happy to "authenticate" upon future request.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: We currently use CentOS Linux 8.2 which is the equivalent to RedHat 8.2 and Oracle Linux 8.2. If you are a user of Scientific Linux, be aware that development was terminated at version 7, and Fermilabs began using CentOS instead.



Network configuration
Examine and configure IPv4 network interface settings. Manage routes. Manage on-demand services.
Use manual and NetworkManager (GUI) configuration techniques. Troubleshoot network problems. Monitor network activity.
Use command utilities nmcli and nmtui with NetworkManager network configuration.

User and Group management
Create and manage local user accounts and groups. Manage local password policies.

Process and file management from the command line.
Invoke, monitor and kill processes using the command line. Work with files and directories.

Controlling access to files using permissions settings.
Understand how Linux file/directory permissions work. Use chmod to modify permissions.
Use Access Control Lists (ACLs) with getfacl and setfacl. Set default ACLs.

System resource and Log management, and scheduling tasks.
Schedule regular tasks. Examine and manage system logs. Configure both rsyslog and journald.
Use journalctl commands to read journald logs.
Software package management
Examine installed software, query software, install/remove software using rpm and yum.
How yum repositories work.  Create a custom repository. Overview of RedHat network.
How yum and dnf work together. Using Application streams.
Access remote systems
Access remote systems using SSH.
Access remote filesystems using NFS
Mounting NFS shares from remote systems. Use the NFS Automounter.

Managing SELinux and Firewalls
Display and manage SELInux facilities such as booleans and file system contexts.
Debug errors caused by SELinux. Using firewalld and firewall-cmd  to create and manage a firewall.
Managing basic disk partitions, EXT and XFS file systems
Add new disks. Use utilities such as fdisk to create partitions on both MBR and GPT labelled volumes.
Create and tune file systems, mount file systems, and manage swap space.
Managing Advanced Storage features
Configure the advanced storage features provided by Stratis and VDO (Virtual Data Optimiser).
Access control lists
Implement access control lists (ACLs). Use setfacl and getfacl.
ACL aware utilities.

Logical volume management (LVM)
Logical volume concepts, Create and manage linear and mirrored logical volumes.
Extending volumes. Using snapshots.
The boot process and system services
The systemd process and runlevels. Modifying systemd unit files. Creating new systemd services.
The GRUB2 bootloader configuration and security.
Shutting down the system correctly.
Tune system performance and maintain kernel settings
Adjust process scheduling priorites. Examine and set kernel parameters. Display and manage kernel modules. Update kernel packages.
Specify kernel command line arguments. The role of systemd-udevd with devices and drivers. Use tuned performance profiles.
Virtual machine creation and management.
Create and manage Kernel Virtual Machines (KVM).
Automate OS installations with Kickstart
review of intercative installations. Use kickstart to automate the Linux install process. Use kickstart to install a KVM virtual machine.

Web-based Graphical Administration with Cockpit.
Install, manage and use the cockpit graphical interface to perform a variety of administration tasks.

Pull, run and manage containers using podman, buildah and skopeo.
Obtain help in a graphical environment
Access documentation and RedHat services. Examine documentation and services for other distributions.


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