Introduction to UNIX - a UNIX
This comprehensive two-day course
aims to equip the novice UNIX user with all the
skills necessary to navigate the system and make
productive use of the tools available, including
the vi editor and essential UNIX commands. It
also forms the necessary foundation for
subsequent courses. This course, combined with
the UNIX Utilities and Shell
Programming course (course code UA),
provides preparation exams such as the new Sun
Certified Solaris Associate (SCSAS) CX-310-105
exam. Further courses lead to administrator
certifications; for example: Solaris
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OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
A foundation course to instill
confidence in day-to-day Unix use. This course
provides all the knowledge that applications
users will need and forms a good grounding for
the power user or administrator who will go on
to take other courses.
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DATES:Scheduled on demand, please call or
email us to arrange a date.
INTENSITY: About 30% of the
course is practicals, and 70% lectures.
RESOURCE: Each student will
have exclusive use of a Sun workstation for the
duration of the course. Each student will be
provided with a full set of training notes
relating to the course, and quick reference
cards to assist with file editing and Unix
PREREQUISITES: This course
is suitable for new computer users and those who
are using UNIX for the first time. Previous
experience with an interactive computer system
is desirable but not essential. If you have
previous experience of any other version(s) of
Unix, the follow up courses described in the
next paragraph may be more appropriate. Please
call for advice if in doubt.
FOLLOW UPS: First
Alternative offers an extensive range of Solaris
and Linux courses. A natural follow-up to this
Introduction course would be the Utilities and
Shell Programming course (suitable for
those who wish to become proficient with UNIX
utilities and Bourne/Korn shell
programming). Please see here for a link to
all our available courses.
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
|On this course, we hand out
a number of quick reference sheets to each
student on subjects such as vi and Unix
The examples from this course are
available (via the internet) to students
who have attended.
- This course is
suitable for Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX and
any other version of UNIX or Linux on any
COURSE PROFILES: During the
course, the student will learn from many
practical examples written for this course and
supplied in the manual.
TOPICS COVERED ON THE COURSE
UNIX / Linux overview
What are Linux and Unix? Advantages and
disadvantages. Basic command examples. Other
versions of Unix. Future of Unix. Logistics and
Logging in and out.Keyboard basics. Files,
directories and path names. Creating and
examining files. Effective use of directories.
Moving, copying and removing files. Basic system
password security. Online Documentation and the
man command. Common problems.
The vi editor
Invoking vi. Insert and Append. Moving around
the text. Deleting text. Change operators. Other
insert operators. Searching for text; Search and
replace. Saving and quitting.
The Next stage
Introduction to UNIX shells. Shell interaction.
Input and Output control using Re-direction and
piping. Shell metacharacters (wild cards). The
command history mechanism, and command line
editing facilities. The shell quoting mechanism.
Setting up and using command aliases. Job and
Process monitoring and control. More complex
copying and moving. Protecting files and
directorie using chmod. Shell variables and
setting up the environment. Introduction to UNIX
Introduction to networking
Introduction to network concepts. Ethernet
Overview. Network basic commands (including
logging in to other machines with ssh). Network
File System (NFS) - overview, benefits and uses.
Overview of file sharing mechanisms with
Supplement for the Gnome Window
A thorough examination of the major tools
available, such as the Panel, File Manager, Text
editor and the Help system. Customising the
Workspace and setting basic user preferences.