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Essentials of Linux System Administration (LFS201)

Linux is the #1 operating system for web servers, cloud computing, smart phones and consumer electronics. Due to its high adoption rates and continued growth, there’s a shortage of Linux system administrators. This course will teach you the skills and processes you need to work as a professional Linux systems administrator.

Who Is It For

The course is ideal for those new to IT, or those who have worked with operating systems other than Linux and want to move into a career administering Linux systems. Aspiring cloud professionals will also benefit from understanding Linux administration as it serves as the basis of most cloud instances.
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What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn how to administer, configure and upgrade Linux systems running one of the three major Linux distribution families (Red Hat, SUSE, Debian/Ubuntu). You’ll also learn all the tools and concepts you need to efficiently build and manage a production Linux infrastructure.
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What It Prepares You For

The topics covered are directly aligned with the knowledge domains tested by the Linux Foundation Certified Systems Administrator (LFCS) exam, and will substantially increase students’ ability to become certified.
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Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Linux Filesystem Tree Layout
Chapter 3. Processes
Chapter 4. Signals
Chapter 5. Package Management Systems
Chapter 6. RPM
Chapter 7. DPKG
Chapter 8. yum
Chapter 9. zypper
Chapter 10. APT
Chapter 11. System Monitoring
Chapter 12. Process Monitoring
Chapter 13. Memory: Monitoring Usage and Tuning
Chapter 14. I/O Monitoring and Tuning
Chapter 15. I/O Scheduling
Chapter 16. Linux Filesystems and the VFS
Chapter 17. Disk Partitioning
Chapter 18. Filesystem Features: Attributes, Creating, Checking, Mounting
Chapter 19. Filesystem Features: Swap, Quotas, Usage
Chapter 20. Th ext2/ext3/ext4 Filesystems
Chapter 21. The XFS and btrfs Filesystems
Chapter 22. Encrypting Disks
Chapter 23. Logical Volume Management (LVM)
Chapter 24. RAID
Chapter 25. Kernel Services and Configuration
Chapter 26. Kernel Modules
Chapter 27. Devices and udev
Chapter 28. Virtualization Overview
Chapter 28. Virtualization Overview
Chapter 29. Containers Overview
Chapter 30. User Account Management
Chapter 31. Group Management
Chapter 32. File Permissions and Ownership
Chapter 33. Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)
Chapter 34. Network Addresses
Chapter 35. Network Devices and Configuration
Chapter 36. Firewalls
Chapter 37. System Startup and Shutdown
Chapter 38. GRUB
Chapter 39. System Init: systemd, SystemV and Upstart
Chapter 40. Backup and Recovery Methods
Chapter 41. Linux Security Modules
Chapter 42. Local System Security
Chapter 43. Basic Troubleshooting
Chapter 44. System Rescue

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Basic knowledge of Linux, including installing Linux and using the command line is helpful, but not required. If you don’t have any Linux experience, we highly recommend the free Introduction to Linux course on edX.
Lab Info
Lab exercises in this course are designed to work either on native hardware, or using a virtual machine (VM), under a hypervisor, such as those in the KVM, VMWare, or Virtual Box families. Detailed instructions to set up your lab environment are provided in the course.
Jan 2021
It is the first time I have a general introduction to the Linux OS, and I feel more confident after the course.
Jan 2021
It covers all that is needed for the exam, and gives an additional level of Linux administration that other Linux courses don't.
Jan 2021
The things I learn here are not easily found online. The learning path carved contains well structured contents that allows one to properly administer and use a Linux system. Fundamentals of why a technology is used is also explained, which is always the key part of rooting any new knowledge in a beginner.
Dec 2020
Vendor neutrality, covers more than one distribution where possible. Clear and concise explanations of features and commands, plus the reasons *why* they would be used.
Sep 2020
I loved the labs. Any chance to actually put what I am learning to use is very helpful. Sometimes I think I am understanding a subject, but when I get to a lab I realize I have to try to understand it more. In addition, it allows me to say, yes I get that now.
Sep 2020
I like how modular it is, that I can pop in, run through a chapter rather quickly, and then pop out. I also like that the labs are downloadable pdfs, as I sometimes take the course on a Windows laptop with a Linux VM, and other times log in on a Linux PC.
Aug 2020
There was a lot of depth in the course content, with practical examples. Most of the subject areas were explained clearly. The online support was prompt and helpful.
Aug 2021
Although I found out that using a Linux operating system is not easy, this course has many parts that are easy to practice, and has provided all the instructions necessary to handle many situations.
Aug 2020
I liked that each chapter was short, so I could commit to doing one at a time. I enjoyed the quizzes as a knowledge check and motivational reward for finishing each section. I love the UI improvements that just came out (I used the platform before and after and I enjoyed the improvement!)
Aug 2020
The content is up-to-date. There are practical examples that are useful for everyday duties. The labs are great. The setup script for the course was very useful. It is vendor neutral.
Jul 2020
For someone planning on becoming a Linux administrator I feel they will need more details, and Linux is not intuitive to learn, meaning you need a lot of guidance to find your way around, and this course certainly helps. The exercises at the end of each chapter were useful, and I saved a lot for future reference. I'm only a casual Linux user, and the content was useful.
Jul 2020
No stone left unturned. The demo videos really helped for a big picture perspective, and brought abstract concepts to life. I also enjoyed that I could review anything I missed at the end of chapter quizzes.
May 2020
I thought that the order in which things were presented was conducive to getting things well sorted and into long term memory.
May 2020
Focus on practical scenarios over raw theory with real-life examples.
May 2020
The course was very well planned with sequential learning goals.
Feb 2020
I liked that it opens your mind to possibilities, each chapter was well designed to of course give the introduction to each specific topic. After taking this course I discovered Linux is huge, and being able to create a course I believe was a bit of a challenge, but in the end I recognize and congratulate all people involved in creating it to spread the knowledge and continue to contribute to the open source community.