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FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 8 System Administrator

This highly practical instructor led FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 8 System Administrator course is designed to give experienced LINUX/UNIX administrators practical experience in the administration of a Red Hat Linux 8 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.

Who will the Course Benefit?

The FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 8 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.

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Learning Objectives

On completion of the FastTrack to Red Hat Linux 8 System Administrator course, the delegate will have a greater technical awareness of the system and will have acquired practical experience of the key administration duties on a Red Hat 8 System. They will possess the essential knowledge required to study towards the official Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) qualification.

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
  • Use Cockpit for Administrative Tasks
  • Control access to files and directories with Linux extended 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 & IPV6 and test Network Interfaces
  • Configure Partitions, File systems and Swap space
  • Use logical Volume Manager (LVM) and understand Stratis
  • Secure systems using SELinux, basic Firewalls (firewalld) and Access Control Lists (ACL's)
  • Schedule repetitive tasks using cron and at
  • Install the Operating System using kickstart
  • Mounting CIFS/Samba and NFS File shares
  • Configure System Logging (rsyslog) and use journalctl
  • Install and Manage KVM virtual machines
  • Deploy Containers using Red Hat's new tools Podman and Buildah (these replace Docker)
  • Troubleshoot Systems


This course assumes a strong prior knowledge of the LINUX/UNIX operating system. The content of the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 - Part 1 course is the minimum level of knowledge required for attendance on this course. Delegates should be experienced Linux/UNIX Administrators.


This course assumes a strong prior knowledge of the Linux operating system, and significant experience working with Linux as a system administrator is recommended. The delegate will be expected to already understand fundamental Linux computing concepts, to the level covered on the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 - Part 1 course, as a minimum level requirement for attendance.

Course Content


  • Authentication policies and User Private Groups
  • Supplied Red Hat Tools - system-config-users and Cockpit
  • 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


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


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


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


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


  • Understanding the boot process
  • The Rescue Environment
  • Overriding Boot Levels from grub
  • Common boot problems and their resolution
  • Exercise


  • 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.

Follow-On Courses

  • Administering Red Hat Linux 8 - Part 3 : Linux Automation
  • System Security for Red Hat Linux
  • Apache Web Server
  • Perl Programming
  • Oracle SQL

Exams & Certification

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.

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