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Linux Installation and Administration

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Linux Installation and Administration

4 days hands-on £1,940+VAT

This course can be delivered over the web

Next scheduled date:
Monday January 22nd, 2024 Enrol Now!

Can't wait that long? It may be possible to deliver this course at an earlier date. Contact us if you're interested
Installation, configuration and periodic system administration tasks


Linux Distributions

  • Distribution-specific administration tools
  • Installation
  • Upgrading
  • Recovery


  • Useful commands (find, grep, etc.)
  • Users, groups & privileges
  • Becoming super-user (root)

Unix Devices

  • Device special files
  • Using raw devices
  • Creating file systems
  • Repairing file systems

The File System

  • I-node structure
  • File and directory permissions
  • Special file permission bits (suid, etc.)
  • Commonly used Linux filesystems

Backup and Restore

  • Using 'tar'
  • Using 'cpio'
  • Linux backup utilities
  • Backup strategies

Process Management

  • The 'fork' and 'exec' mechanism
  • Process termination
  • Understanding signals
  • Process scheduling
  • The role of 'init'
  • System run levels
  • Shutting the system down
  • Customising the startup sequence

User Management

  • The 'passwd' and 'group' files
  • Adding and removing users
  • Pseudo-users in the system
  • Restricting a user's access

Printers and Queues

  • The CUPS system

  • Managing print queues
  • Adding and removing printers

Network Management

  • TCP/IP basics
  • DHCP servers and clients
  • DNS servers and clients
  • LDAP servers and clients
  • Controlling remote access
  • Interfacing to Windows systems
  • Samba servers and clients

Tuning the System

  • System activity logs
  • Kernel parameters


Effective systems administration is the key minimising down-time and ensuring the smooth running of corporate Linux systems. This course covers both the day-to-day administrative tasks and the less frequent tasks such as configuration.

Although different distributions supply different administrative tools, this course is generic and the material can be applied to most Linux distributions. It has a high hands-on content so that participants can apply the theoretical concepts.


On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use the Linux administration tools
  • Install and upgrade the system and other software
  • Understand the super-user (root) privileges
  • Partition hard disks and create file and swap systems
  • Understand the different file systems
  • Administer user accounts
  • Customise the Grub boot loader
  • Backup and restore file systems
  • Schedule 'cron' tasks for later execution
  • Configure Samba and LDAP


This course is for potential systems and network administrators and for support personnel.

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