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SUSE Linux 12 for Experienced Linux System Administrators

This course is designed to teach the key administration differences of a SUSE Linux Enterprise system.

This instructor led SUSE Linux 12 for Experienced Linux System Administrators training course is designed to teach the key administration differences of a SUSE Linux 12 Enterprise system.

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • SUSE Product Offerings and Certification
  • Using the YaST tool for administration tasks
  • Installing the SUSE operating system from a local device
  • Installing the SUSE operating system from a networked server
  • Monitoring hardware
  • Managing the SUSE network environment
  • Managing system services and startup items
  • Managing system security with the YaST tool
  • Management and configuration of AppArmor
  • Installing and configuring SELinux
  • Managing packages and on-line updates
  • Enhanced package management
  • Troubleshooting and repairing a system
  • Miscellaneous SUSE features and differences

Who will the Course Benefit?

The SUSE Linux 12 for Experienced Linux System Administrators course is suitable for experienced Linux System Administrators who need to acquire knowledge of the key differences of  administration on a SUSE Linux Enterprise system.

Delegates must have recent in-depth practical experience of administrating LINUX in a network environment on another LINUX platform such as RedHat or Debian.

Learning Objectives

Course Objectives

On completion of the SUSE Linux 12 for Experienced Linux System Administrators course the delegate will have knowledge of SUSE specific administration tasks within the Enterprise.   They will have gained practical experience of configuring administrative, networking and security aspects of the SUSE Linux Enterprise system.   The delegate will understand the technical differences to other major Linux releases.

Pre-Requisites

Requirements

Delegates must have recent in-depth practical experience of administrating LINUX in a network environment on another LINUX platform such as RedHat or Debian.

Follow-On Courses

  • SUSE Linux Advanced System Administration
Notes:
  • 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.

Course Content

Day 1

Course Introduction

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

Session 1: SUSE LINUX PRODUCT OFFERINGS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • OPENSUSE Linux
  • Other Product Offerings
  • Novell Certifications

Session 2: YAST

  • The Yast System Configuration Tool

Session 3: INSTALLING SUSE

  • Collection Information About Your System
  • Pre-Installation Tasks
  • Checking Free Space
  • Dual Booting
  • Performing The Installation
  • The Installation Program User Interface
  • Virtual Consoles
  • Console Keystrokes
  • Installation Options
  • Function Keys
  • Additional Boot Options
  • Turning off Frame Buffer Support
  • VNC Installation Options
  • Kernel Options
  • Installation Procedures
  • Hard Disk Partitioning
  • Time Zone Configuration
  • Software Selection
  • Booting Screen
  • Installation Progress
  • Installation Final Stages
  • SUSE Linux Desktops
  • System Configuration
  • Workshop Exercises

Session 4: SUSE NETWORK INSTALLATION

  • Setting up an Installation Server
  • Booting the Client
  • Creating a PXE Boot Environment
  • Setup the Server as an HTTP, FTP or NFS Server
  • Install the syslinux Package
  • Install a DHCP Server with a PXE Boot Environment
  • Configure the TFTP Environment
  • Setup the PXE Boot Menu and Options
  • Automatic Installation
  • The XML Control File
  • Example XML Control File
  • Creating a Control File with Yast
  • Editing Configuration Files and Custom Control Scripts
  • The Auto-Installation Process
  • Autoyast Command Line Parameters
  • Combining Autoyast and PXEboot
  • Troubleshooting PXEboot
  • DHCP  Errors
  • tftpboot Errors
  • Installation Errors
  • Examine Network Packets
  • Workshop Exercises

Day 2

Session 5: MONITORING HARDWARE

  • hwinfo
  • The lsvpd Package
  • The lscfg Command
  • siga
  • Detecting new/existing Hardware
  • The Hotplug System
  • Devices and Interfaces
  • The Sysfs Filesystem and Persistent Names
  • Hot-Plug Agents
  • Cold Plug
  • The UDEV System
  • Creating Rules
  • Configuring UDEV
  • Workshop Exercises

Session 6: MANAGING THE SUSE NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Basic Network Configuration
  • The iproute2 Suite
  • Configuring the Network Card
  • Configuring the Network Address
  • Configuring Routing
  • The Basic Network Configuration Files
  • The Network Manager
  • Configuring Interfaces: Yast
  • Multiple Addresses Per Interface (Virtual Interface)
  • Controlling Network Parameters
  • Routing under Suse
  • Remote Administration
  • Workshop Exercises

Session 7: MANAGING SYSTEM SERVICES

  • GRUB Configuration
  • systemd and Targets
  • The /etc/inittab File
  • Managing Targets With systemd
  • The systemd Daemon
  • System Run States
  • The Startup Script Framework
  • The rc Process
  • Controlling Startup Scripts
  • Enabling/Disabling Services Using chkconfig
  • Requires and Wants
  • Managing Services With systemd
  • Viewing Unit Dependencies
  • Starting and Stopping Units With systemctl
  • systemd and System Information
  • systemd Control Groups
  • Obtaining Information
  • Enabling/Disabling Services using Yast
  • suseconfig and /etc/sysconfig
  • The YaST Sysconfig Editor
  • Workshop Exercises

Day 3

Session 8: MANAGING SYSTEM SECURITY

  • System Wide Security Settings
  • Password Settings
  • Boot Settings
  • Login Settings
  • User Addition
  • Miscellaneous Settings
  • Security Overview
  • Managing the Firewall
  • The seccheck Tool
  • Enabling and Disabling AppArmor
  • Choosing Applications To Profile
  • AppArmor Monitoring Tools
  • Building and modifying AppArmor Profiles
  • SELinux Configuration
  • Management Of SELinux
  • Installing SELinux
  • Installing An SELinux Policy
  • Modifying SELinux Policy
  • Modifying A Service Within SELinux
  • SELinux Contexts
  • Workshop Exercises

Session 9: PACKAGE MANAGEMENT AND ON-LINE UPDATES

  • The Red Hat Package Manager (RPM)
  • MD5 Checksum
  • GPG Signature
  • Querying Installed Packages
  • Package Documentation
  • Querying Uninstalled Packages
  • Installing Packages
  • Packages With Dependencies
  • The Upgrade Mechanism
  • Going Back To An Older Release
  • Verifying Packages
  • Removing Packages
  • Package Management Via YaST
  • Updating your System
  • Yast Online Update
  • Automatic Notification of Updates
  • Enhanced Package Management
  • Common zypper Options

Session 10: TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRING A SYSTEM THAT CAN'T BE BOOTED

  • Troubleshooting SUSE Overview
  • Booting into Maintenance Mode (Single User Mode)
  • Booting into Maintenance Mode (Forgotten Root Password)
  • Automatic Boot into Maintenance Mode (Error Condition)
  • Booting the Rescue System
  • Booting into Yast System Repair Mode
  • Workshop Exercises

Session 11: MISCELLANEOUS SUSE DIFFERENCES

  • Printer Management
  • Automatically Locating Printers
  • Manually Locating Printers
  • Enabling and Disabling Printers
  • File System Types
  • Creating Partitions using Yast
  • Package Management
  • Log Files
  • Managing Raid
  • The Kernel
  • Workshop Exercises

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