Administering Red Hat Linux - Part I

5 Day Course
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This highly practical instructor led Administering Red Hat Linux - Part I training course introduces the delegate to the main concepts of the Red Hat Linux operating system and basic systems administration.  Targeted to closely follow the Red Hat courses, this course together with the follow on Administering Red Hat Linux - Part II course will enable the delegate to work towards achieving the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) qualification. Exams are not included as part of the course.

Commonly used commands are described in detail as well as GUI tools.  The attendee will also gain basic administration techniques used in the workplace.

On completion of this course, the delegate will be able to:

  • Be capable of using the graphical desktop and manage files graphically
  • Be able to access help and documentation facilities both locally and online
  • Be capable of using basic Bash Shell commands and be able to run basic job control
  • Understand the file system and managing files from the command line
  • Edit files using gedit
  • Listing and changing access permissions on files both from a GUI and also the command line
  • Understand basic virtualisation concepts
  • Use the graphical interface to install the Linux Operating system with virtualisation and then configure the first boot
  • Understand run levels and change run levels
  • Manage users and groups
  • Be able to configure printers, print files and manage print queues
  • Deploy an FTP server and a web server
  • Understand disk organisation and Logical Volume Manager
  • Manage file system attributes and swap space
  • Manage memory and processes
  • Manage system software locally and also using Red Hat Network (RHN)
  • Understand basic networking concepts
  • Manage and test networks.
  • Use basic network commands to access remote systems using ssh and rsync
  • Manage a firewall and understand basic SELinux concepts

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An Introduction to Linux (6 topics)

  • A brief history of UNIX and LINUX
  • GNU project
  • GPL - GNU General Public license (Copyleft)
  • The LINUX kernel
  • The Bash Shell
  • Login sessions

The Graphical Environment (5 topics)

  • The GUI Desktop
  • Configuring the Desktop
  • Managing files graphically
  • Graphical tools for investigating hardware
  • Exercise

Basic Commands and Bash Environment (10 topics)

  • Basic syntax Rules
  • Essential keyboard shortcuts
  • Basic commands and utilities
  • Getting Help - man pages, info, /usr/share/doc
  • Sources of information available on the WEB
  • Command line history, viewing and re-executing
  • Entering commands in the Bash Shell
  • The Bash Environment
  • Shell Variables
  • Exercise

The Linux File System (7 topics)

  • The file system structure
  • Standard Linux directories and files
  • Pathnames: relative and absolute
  • Navigating the file system using shell commands
  • Managing files and directories
  • Monitoring file system usage
  • Exercise

Editing Files Using Gedit (2 topics)

  • Using the GUI Editor to edit text files
  • Exercise

File Access Control (4 topics)

  • Basic file access permissions
  • List permissions
  • Changing file permissions on the command line
  • Exercise

Basic Client Networking (8 topics)

  • Configuring Network Interfaces
  • Controlling Network Devices: ifup/ifdown
  • Configuring IPV4 dynamic and static networking
  • Network Tools ifconfig, ethtool etc
  • Configuring basic NTP
  • Connecting NIS and LDAP clients to corresponding servers
  • Linking to a system using ssh and rsync
  • Exercise

Installing a System Graphically and Implementing Virtualisation (10 topics)

  • Virtualisation concepts
  • Installation methods available
  • The RHEL Installer: anaconda
  • The Virtual Consoles
  • Performing the installation
  • Firstboot and post installation
  • Install a virtual system
  • Checking for supported hardware
  • Start and shutdown a virtual system
  • Exercises

Managing User Accounts (5 topics)

  • User and Group administration
  • Adding a new user and group
  • Setting a password
  • Bash profile files
  • Exercise

Printers (6 topics)

  • Creating printer queues using CUPS
  • Administering CUPS using the Web Browser interface
  • Managing printers using the Red Hat Tools
  • Creating print requests
  • Managing printer queues
  • Exercise

Changing Run-Levels (8 topics)

  • The init program and run levels
  • The boot Sequence explained
  • The grub boot managers
  • The /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit Program
  • The Startup Script Model
  • Control Services using chkconfig, ntsysv etc.
  • System Shutdown and Reboot management
  • Exercise

Manage Logical Volumes (5 topics)

  • Understand disk partitioning
  • Basic LVM design and configuration
  • The Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Creating LVM based file systems
  • Exercise

Manage File System Attributes and Swap Space (5 topics)

  • Mounting and un-mounting file systems
  • Handling Removable Media
  • File System attributes
  • Swap space management
  • Exercise

Data Security (6 topics)

  • SELinux
  • Management of SELinux
  • Easy configuration and customisation of SELinux
  • Configuring and using ssh and scp
  • Basic Firewall management
  • Exercise

Manage Memory and CPU Usage (9 topics)

  • Time-sharing
  • What is a process?
  • System and user processes
  • Monitoring processes
  • Killing processes
  • Basic Job Control
  • Altering process scheduling priorities
  • Desktop tools to monitor and manage processes
  • Exercise

Package Management (8 topics)

  • The Red Hat Package Management system
  • Installing removing software manually using rpm
  • RPM queries and verifying packages
  • Dependency problems and resolution
  • Updating the Kernel from RPM's
  • Other RPM features
  • Updating using Red Hat Network
  • Exercise

Deploying an FTP and Web Server (8 topics)

  • The Apache and Tux Web Servers
  • Apache server configuration files
  • Apache Configuration Directives
  • Virtual Host Management: Name and IP Based Access
  • CGI Programs and Apache modules
  • HTTP and SELinux
  • The FTP Service using vsftpd
  • Exercise


The delegate should be familiar with basic computer concepts and terminology e.g. hardware, software, files and directories.

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