Linux System Administration

5 Day Course
Hands On
Code LSA

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This instructor led Linux System Administration (LPI & CompTIA) training course is designed to teach the key administration, security, networking and performance tasks required on Linux Enterprise system.

Similarly, the course is targeted to closely follow the official Linux Professional Institute (LPI) curriculum and CompTIA Linux+ certification curriculums.

Delegates who wish to work towards achieving the LPI or CompTIA Linux+ certifications will find this course a good basis for LPIC-1: 101-400 and 102-400 exams or CompTIA Linux+: LX0-103 and LX0-104 exams.

The appendixes also include other related topics that would be useful reading for delegates preparing for certification.

Note: Should the delegate only require knowledge of Red Hat Linux then they should instead consider attending our range of Red Hat Linux Administration courses.


The delegate will have knowledge in all, and practise in some, of the following:

  • Performing administrative tasks with supplied tools such as YaST
  • Comparison and management of Linux file systems
  • Understanding Logical Volume Management
  • Configuring disk quotas
  • Listing, creating and removing swap space
  • Managing users and groups
  • Configuring the environment and user limits
  • Extended permissions and sudo
  • Managing software packages and updating Linux
  • Understanding GRUB and the startup process
  • Configuring startup scripts
  • Managing units and services
  • Changing run levels and system shutdown
  • Configuring local and remote printers
  • Managing processes and job scheduling
  • Configuring SSH and encrypting data
  • IPv4 and IPv6 networking
  • Understanding network protocols
  • Managing xinet and network services (ftp, telnet etc)
  • Configuring local and network time
  • Remote system administration
  • Creating backups and compressing data
  • Modifying language and time zone settings
  • Creating Maria databases and working with SQL
  • Understanding hardware and device files
  • Configuring system logging and rotating logs

Target Audience

The Linux System Administration (LPI & CompTIA) training course is suitable for novice Linux System Administrators, Programmers and other technical IT staff who need to acquire administration knowledge of the key administrative, networking, performance and security tasks required on Linux operating system within the Enterprise.

An ideal course for delegates who will be working in an environment using several different Linux distributions and therefore knowledge of skills common to all the different Linux distributions is required. For the purpose of practical exercises, SUSE Linux will be used.

Additional Information

This course together with the Linux Introduction and Linux Shell Programming course, covers the major topics required, to enable delegates to work towards achieving the LPIC-1 and the CompTIA Linux+ qualifications.

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience. The LPI website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.

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We work with the following best of breed training partners using our bulk buying power to bring you a wider range of dates, locations and prices.


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File System Configuration (7 topics)

  • File system types
  • Partitioning a disk
  • Creating filesystems
  • Displaying disk usage
  • Mounting and unmounting file systems
  • Locating files in use
  • Exercise

Advanced File System Operations (7 topics)

  • Logical Volume Management
  • Checking and repairing the file system
  • Growing file systems
  • Disk quotas
  • Listing swap areas
  • Creating and removing swap areas
  • Exercise

User Account Management (11 topics)

  • The User Private Group scheme
  • Files used in creating a user
  • Adding users via the command line and YaST
  • Groups
  • Password administration
  • The Bash Shell environment
  • Configuring user limits
  • Extended permissions
  • The sudo command
  • User monitoring and communication
  • Exercise

Package Management (9 topics)

  • The Red Hat Package Manager (rpm)
  • Verifying Software
  • Querying installed packages
  • Installing packages
  • The upgrade mechanism
  • Removing packages
  • Converting rpm packages to cpio format
  • Extended package management
  • Exercise

System Startup and Shutdown (8 topics)

  • System startup process
  • The startup script framework
  • Managing services using YaST
  • Starting and stopping services dynamically
  • Managing services with systemd
  • suseconfig and /etc/sysconfig
  • shutdown and rc
  • Exercise

Configuring Printers (8 topics)

  • The Common Unix Printing Service CUPS
  • Printer devices and configuration
  • Installing printers
  • Configuring the CUPS server
  • Printer options
  • Print commands
  • Managing print queues
  • Exercise

Process Monitoring and Scheduling (7 topics)

  • Monitoring processes
  • Shared libraries
  • Scheduling processes with at
  • Scheduling processes with cron
  • crontab command options
  • Managing anacron
  • Exercise

System Security and Encryption (6 topics)

  • The secure shell OpenSSH
  • Public/private key authentication
  • X11 forwarding
  • Encryption with Gnu Privacy Guard GPG
  • crontab command options
  • Exercise

Connecting Linux to the Network (10 topics)

  • Basic network configuration
  • IPv4 addressing
  • IPv6 addressing
  • Network protocols
  • Network services and port numbers
  • Managing network devices
  • Hostnames and DNS
  • Searching domains
  • Routing under Linux
  • Exercise

Internet Services (8 topics)

  • Network services
  • The xinetd daemon
  • Protecting services with TCP wrappers
  • Checking network service ports
  • Configuring network time
  • Interacting with the hardware clock
  • Remote administration
  • Exercise

Backup and Restore (7 topics)

  • Archiving with tar
  • Archiving with cpio
  • Using the dd command
  • Archiving and compression
  • Mirroring data between systems: rsync
  • Other backup tools
  • Exercise

Localisation (7 topics)

  • Localisation overview
  • Locale variables
  • Character encoding
  • Setting the locale
  • The time zone
  • Converting character sets
  • Exercise

Configuring MariaDB and Using SQL (7 topics)

  • Installing MariaDB server and client
  • Creating the database and tables
  • The order by and group by clauses
  • Joining tables
  • Updating and deleting rows
  • Backing up your database
  • Exercise

Devices Under Linux (10 topics)

  • Device services
  • Device file naming conventions
  • Examining hardware
  • Hardware configuration messages
  • Software configuration messages
  • System bus support
  • Managing disk parameters
  • Detecting new hardware
  • System overview: siga
  • Exercise

System Logging (5 topics)

  • rsyslog configuration
  • Testing using logger
  • Managing logs with logrotate
  • The systemd journal: journalctl
  • Exercise

Troubleshooting (4 topics)

  • The troubleshooting process
  • Booting into maintenance mode
  • Booting the rescue system
  • Exercise

Appendices (10 topics)

  • Configuring Postfix and Sendmail
  • Configuring the X Windows GUI interface and desktops
  • Configuring the desktop for disabled users
  • Additional software package management tools
  • Miscellaneous Shell commands


This Linux System Administration (LPI & CompTIA) course assumes good knowledge of the Linux operating system in an Enterprise environment to the level covered in the Linux Introduction course. Alternatively, relevant experience of UNIX or Linux servers is required, preferably within an enterprise environment.

Knowledge of Linux Shell Programming to the level covered on the Linux Shell Programming course would also be beneficial.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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