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Red Hat Linux (V6) for Experienced Solaris Administrators

This highly practical instructor led Red Hat Linux for Experienced Solaris Administrators course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the areas of networking, security and basics of shell scripting. With a strong emphasis on practical hands-on training, this course will teach the essential configuration, network and security tasks required on a Red Hat Linux system.


Skills Gained

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

  • Understand the differences between Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Configure and access various consoles for local and remote administration
  • Manage service start-up and shutdown
  • Explore the x86 boot process, kernel modules, and initialization.
  • Manage software using yum, Red Hat Network, and RPM
  • Working with Disks using the partition table, character devices, and block devices
  • Manage software RAID, logical volumes, and iSCSI
  • Work with file systems - Create, Expand and work with swap Space
  • Configure the autofs system
  • Set file quotas for users and groups
  • Set up and use network directory services like NIS and LDAP
  • Securely access systems and services using the kernel firewall
  • System security using SELinux
  • System monitoring
  • Using kickstart to automate installations
  • Save kernel crash dumps to disk and over the network

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Learning Objectives

This Red Hat Linux for Experienced Solaris Administrators course is designed for experienced Solaris Administrators who need to acquire knowledge of the key configuration, networking and security tasks required to administer a Red Hat Linux system.

On completion of the Red Hat Linux for Experienced Solaris Administrators course the delegate will have gained practical experience of configuring, networking and securing a Red Hat Linux system.

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



Course Content

Course Contents - DAY 1


Course Introduction

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

Session 1: Differences Between Solaris and Red Hat Linux

  • Differences between Solaris and RedHat Linux
  • Architecture
  • File systems
  • Exercises

Session 2: Startup - Shutdown and Run-Levels

  • 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

Session 3: Package Management

  • 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

Session 4: Further Software Management

  • The Yellow Dog Update, Modifier Tool (YUM)
  • Creating a YUM repository
  • Configuring YUM plugins
  • Understand the design of a package
  • Build a simple package
  • Exercise

Session 5: File Security and Integrity

  • System Security
  • Extended Permissions
  • GPG
  • Why encrypt data and verify the sender
  • Key pairs and management
  • Using Digital signatures
  • Checking and repairing file systems
  • Exercise

Session 6: Network Management

  • Routing under Linux
  • IPROUTE suite of programs
  • Configuring network cards and Routing
  • Configuring the system as a Gateway
  • IPV6 Addressing Overview
  • Network tools :ethereal, ethereal, tcpdump, netstat, wireshark,etc
  • Configure Ethernet Bonding
  • Exercise

Course Contents - DAY 2


Session 7: Securing Networks: Firewalls

  • Netfilter - iptables
  • Packet Filtering using iptables
  • Rule Targets
  • Basic Rules and their Operation
  • Connection Tracking
  • Firewalls with Virtual Machine Bridges
  • Debugging Route Problems
  • Source and Destination NAT Configuration
  • Red Hat supplied tools for iptables configuration
  • Exercise

Session 8: DNS

  • The DNS/BIND system under Red Hat Linux
  • Name Server Hierarchy
  • Setting up DNS
  • Master/Slave Zones
  • Reverse lookup Zones
  • Record types and their syntax
  • Name Daemon Control Utility (rndc)
  • Address Match Lists (acl)
  • Configuring a Caching Only Name Server
  • DNS in a chroot environment
  • Testing a DNS server
  • Exercise

Session 9: Partitioning and LVM Volumes

  • Understand disk partitioning
  • LUKS encrypted partitions
  • Basic LVM design and configuration
  • The Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Creating LVM file systems
  • Resizing LVM file systems
  • LVM Snapshots
  • Exercise

Session 10: Centralised and Secure Storage

  • What is ISCSI
  • Setting up ISCSI Target and Initiator
  • Accessing Centralised Storage
  • Encrypting file systems
  • Accessing encrypted file systems
  • Exercise

Session 11: Sharing Files across the Network

  • Configure file sharing using NFS
  • NFS commands
  • Automounter
  • Introduction to CIFS(SAMBA)
  • Configure file sharing between hosts with CIFS
  • Using Konqueror and Gnome to access shares
  • Configuring an FTP server
  • Anonymous users
  • Controlling access to the FTP server
  • Using the sftp command
  • Exercise

Course Contents - DAY 3


Session 12: Advanced Security

  • Administrative Privileges
  • Configure sudo privileges
  • What is Kerberos
  • Configuring a Kerberos 5 Server
  • Setting up the Kerberos Client
  • Exercise

Session 13: SSL and Web Service Configuration

  • Data Security and Encryption
  • Public Key Encryption
  • Configuring Virtual Hosts : Name And IP Based Access
  • Displaying Apache Web Server Information and Status
  • Dynamic Virtual hosts
  • Configuring HTTPS
  • Signed Certificates
  • Apache SSL Configuration File
  • HTTPS Virtual Hosts
  • Exercise

Session 14: Dump File Configuration

  • Dump file definition
  • System crash dumps
  • Displaying the system crash dump configuration
  • Modifying the system crash dump configuration
  • Core dumps
  • Displaying the core dump configuration
  • Modifying the core dump configuration
  • Exercise

Session 15: 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




Exams & Certification

Targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat certification curriculum. The Red Hat Linux for Experienced Solaris Administrators course together with the FastTrack to Red Hat Linux Engineer course will enable the delegate to work towards achieving the Red Hat Certified Systems Administrators (RHCSA) and the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) qualifications.


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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