FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator

4 Day Course
Hands On
Code RHFT1V7

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This highly practical instructor led FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator course is designed to give experienced LINUX/UNIX administrators practical experience in the administration of a Red Hat Linux 7 system to the level required by the Red Hat Certified Systems Administration (RHCSA) certification.

This class will have a high, practical content and will be delivered at a fast pace. Delegates should have strong command line experience of UNIX/LINUX, including but not limited to: cp, grep, mkdir, vi, ssh, tar, gzip, useradd and be capable of using man pages.

This course is targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat curriculum and makes for an ideal practical refresher course prior to taking the RHCSA examination.

A great skills transfer course for system administrators already experienced in administering other Linux/UNIX systems such as: Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, SUSE to name but a few.

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.


The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Use the command line to manage files and directories
  • Manage users and groups on a local system
  • Control access to files and directories with Linux file system permissions
  • Monitor and Manage Processes and System logs
  • Install and Manage software using rpm, yum and RHN
  • Control and monitor system processes using systemd
  • Configure IPV4 and test Network Interfaces
  • Configure Partitions, File systems and Swap space
  • Secure systems using SELinux, basic Firewalls (firewalld) and Access Control Lists (ACL's)
  • Schedule repetitive tasks using cron and systemd timer units
  • Install the Operating System using kickstart
  • Mounting CIFS/Samba and NFS File shares
  • Configure System Logging (rsyslog)
  • Install and Manage KVM virtual machines
  • Troubleshoot Systems

Target Audience

The FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 7 System Administrator course is suitable for experienced LINUX/UNIX System Administrators who need to acquire knowledge of the key administrative tasks required to administer a LINUX system. This course will teach the necessary skills to enable the student to work towards the RHCSA certification.

Additional Information

This course will aid the delegate in their preparation for the following exams:

  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA): EX200

Attending this course will help the delegate gain many of the skills and product knowledge requirements as outlined in the exam objectives. Studying this course and its associated reference materials can form part of the preparation to achieve certification. Experience, practice, self-study and aptitude are also key requirements for exam success.

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

Exams are not included as part of the course.


  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.

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Accessing the System (4 topics)

  • Logging in and command line access
  • Getting Help - man pages, info, /usr/share/doc
  • Sources of information available on the WEB
  • Remote Desktop Access

User and File Administration (8 topics)

  • Authentication policies and User Private Groups
  • Password management using passwd, chage etc
  • Managing user profile files
  • Extended file permissions including suid,sgid
  • Access Control List (ACL's)
  • Switching to another user
  • Connecting to a centralised administration server
  • Exercise

LVM Volumes (6 topics)

  • Basic LVM design and configuration
  • The Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Creating LVM file systems
  • Resizing LVM file systems
  • LVM Snapshots
  • Exercise

Maintaining the Kernel (6 topics)

  • Kernel Design
  • Dynamic Modules
  • Loading and removing modules
  • Using kernel arguments
  • Changing Tuneable Parameters
  • Exercise

Using Systemd and Controlling Services (3 topics)

  • The systemd deamon
  • Control Services using systemctl etc.
  • System Shutdown and Reboot management

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

System Monitoring (8 topics)

  • Monitor CPU and memory usage
  • Check disk utilisation
  • System Log Files
  • Monitor system logs
  • Syslogd and klogd Configuration
  • Advanced syslogd Configuration
  • Analysing and rotating logfiles
  • Exercise

Software Management (11 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
  • The YUM management tool
  • The software repositories
  • Accessing repositories from a client
  • Exercise

Managing Software with YUM (4 topics)

  • The YUM management tool
  • Software repositories
  • Accessing repositories from a client
  • Updating your system with Red Hat Network

Data Security (6 topics)

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

Disk Partitioning (3 topics)

  • Understand and configure disk partitioning
  • LUKS encrypted partitions
  • Exercise

Installing Red Hat Linux Using Kickstart (7 topics)

  • How Kickstart works
  • Sections within a Kickstart configuration file
  • Pre and Post Kickstart processing
  • Creating a Kickstart file
  • Creating the Linux Install Server
  • Differing ways of starting a Kickstart installation
  • Exercise

Managing Virtual Systems (5 topics)

  • Virtualisation concepts
  • Install a virtual system
  • Checking for supported hardware
  • Start and shutdown a virtual system
  • Exercise

Accessing Data on Remote Systems (4 topics)

  • Configuring client access to a Network Filesystem Server (NFS)
  • Providing CIFS access
  • Configuring autofs
  • Exercise

Troubleshooting (8 topics)

  • Understanding the boot process
  • The Rescue Environment
  • Using the anaconda rescue environment
  • The Networked Rescue Environment
  • Overriding Boot Levels from grub
  • Booting from USB devices
  • Common boot problems and their resolution
  • Exercise


This course assumes a strong prior knowledge of the LINUX/UNIX operating system. The content of the Administering Red Hat Linux 7 - Part 1 course is the minimum level of knowledge required for attendance on this course. Delegates should be experienced Linux/UNIX Administrators.

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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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Virtual Classroom (London)
5 Days $3,475
Virtual Classroom (London)
5 Days $3,475

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