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Red Hat Linux 7 for Experienced Solaris Administrators

This instructor led Red Hat Linux 7 for Experienced Solaris Administrators course is designed to give delegates practical experience in administrating a Red Hat (v7) system.

It will include such tasks as managing the network, managing software packages, securing the system, configuring dick space and accessing data on remote systems. It is designed as a fast-pace course.

Who will the Course Benefit?

This Red Hat Linux 7 for Experienced Solaris Administrators course is designed for experienced Solaris Administrators (version 10 or 11) who need to acquire knowledge of the key configuration, networking and security tasks required to administer a Red Hat Linux v7 system.

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Learning Objectives

On completion of the Red Hat Linux 7 for Experienced Solaris Administrators course the delegate will have gained knowledge and some practical experience of various administration tasks including managing the network, managing software packages, securing the system, configuring disk space, managing system services and accessing data on remote systems.

The delegate will also gain some of the essential knowledge required to study towards taking the official Red Hat (v7) Certified Administrator (RHCSA) and later the Red Hat (v7) Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification.

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

  • Understand the differences between Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7
  • Basic Client Networking
  • User and File Administration
  • Configure System Logging (rsyslog)
  • Install and Manage software using rpm, yum and RHN
  • Secure systems using SELinux and basic Firewalls
  • Configure Partitions, File systems and Manage Logical Volumes (LVM)
  • Configure Kernel parameters
  • Install the Operating System using kickstart
  • Controlling Services with systemd
  • Install and Manage KVM virtual machines
  • Mounting CIFS/Samba and NFS File shares
  • Troubleshoot Systems

Pre-Requisites

Solaris Administrators with at least 2 years experience of the operating system and software. Students should also have been involved in configuring, securing and troubleshooting Solaris servers.

Course Content

Course Contents - DAY 1

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: OVERVIEW OF DIFFERENCES

  • Documentation
  • The Shell
  • Networking
  • User Administration
  • System Monitoring
  • Managing Software
  • Data Security
  • Disk Partitioning
  • Disk Volume Management
  • File Systems
  • The Linux Kernel
  • Automatic Installation
  • Managing System Services
  • Accessing Data on Remote Systems
  • Troubleshooting

Session 2: BASIC CLIENT NETWORKING

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

Session 3: USER AND FILE ADMINISTRATION

  • Authentication policies and User Private Groups
  • Password management using passwd, chage etc
  • Managing user profile files
  • Access Control List (ACL's)
  • Extended File Attributes
  • Exercise

Session 4: SYSTEM MONITORING

  • Text and Graphical Tools
  • System logging with rsyslogd
  • Analysing and rotating logfiles
  • Exercise

Course Contents - DAY 2

Session 5: MANAGING SOFTWARE WITH RPM

  • 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
  • Exercise

Session 6: MANAGING SOFTWARE WITH YUM

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

Session 7: DATA SECURITY

  • SELinux
  • Management of SELinux
  • Easy configuration and customisation of SELinux
  • Basic Firewall management
  • Exercise

Session 8: FILE SYSTEMS AND DISK PARTITIONING

  • Managing File Systems
  • Understand and configure disk partitioning
  • LUKS encrypted partitions
  • Exercise

Course Contents - DAY 3

Session 9: LVM VOLUMES

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

Session 10: MAINTAINING THE KERNEL

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

Session 11: INSTALLING RED HAT LINUX USING KICKSTART

  • 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

Session 12: USING SYSTEMD AND CONTROLLING SERVICES

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

Course Contents - DAY 4

Session 13: MANAGING VIRTUAL SYSTEMS

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

Session 14: ACCESSING DATA ON REMOTE SYSTEMS

  • Configuring client access to an Network Filesystem Server (NFS)
  • Providing CIFS/samba access
  • Configuring autofs
  • Exercise

Session 15: TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Understanding the boot process
  • Booting the Rescue Environment
  • Overriding Boot Levels from grub
  • Exercise

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Exams are not included as part of the course.Targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat certification curriculum.

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