Linux Administration

Purposes and learning outcomes

The subject will provide the necessary skills to administer Linux enterprise. On successful completion of these modules: -

• Participants will be able to gain administration level knowledge, and hands on experience in the Linux operating system.

Target participants: ICT Professionals, System Administrators and Linux Administrator or ICT Students

Principal Trainer: Sher Afghan Khan, Red Hat Certified System Administrator, Red Hat Certified Engineer, EX- RHCI & RHCX


Details of Subject Breakdown, Teaching Schedule and Practical Exercises

Session # Topic Sub-topics Practical Exercises
Day 1 Linux Installation  Basic Installation
 Other types of installation
 Hardware requirements
 Installer options
 Disk partitioning
 Network configuration
 Package selection
 Kickstart
Ex-1 and Ex-2
Day 2 Basic Shell Commands  Reviewing linux command documentation
 Basic Linux Commands
 Understanding file listing, permissions and ownership
 Commands
 File Management and Manipulation
Ex3 and Ex-4
Day 3 Boot Process and Operate running System  Run levels
 User Mode
 Virtual Machine
 Logging in and out
 Typing and correcting mistakes
 Changing your password
 An overview of the Gnome Desktop
 An introduction to the Nautilus file
 manager
 Command-line structure
 Some simple commands
 Displaying the contents of a file
Ex-5 and Ex-6
Day 4 Linux Files and Directories  The Linux File System Hierarchy
 Absolute and Relative Paths
 Linux File Types
 Files and Directory operations
 Creating files and directories
 Listing files and directories
 Displaying file contents
 Copying files and directories
 Moving, renaming files and directories<
 Displaying files and directory statistics
 Finding files
 Linking files and directories using soft link and hard links
 Disk Partition
Ex7,Ex-8 and Ex-9
Day 5 Processes  Process information
 Job control
 nice
 Looking at processes
 Killing process
Ex-10 and Ex11
Day 6 User Information  Adding and deleting users
 /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow
 Groups
 Password aging
 LDAP authentication
 su and the root account
 Troubleshooting hints
 Collaborative Directory
Ex-12,Ex13 and Ex14
Day 7 Packages and Text editor  RPM overview
 Working with rpm
 Staying up-to-date
 RPM alternatives\
 Vim
 Nano
Ex-15 and Ex16
Day 8 Administration  Setting ip address, network mask and default gateway
 Changing hostnames
 configuring utilities
Ex17 and Ex18
Day 9 and Day 10 NETWORKING  DNS lookups
 Inetd, xinetd, NIS, NIS+, ssh, NFS
 Automounter
 Network monitoring and testing tools
 Troubleshooting
 Static network configuration
 mii-tool and ethtool
 Virtual network interfaces
 Network performance tuning
Ex-19, Ex20,Ex21 and Ex22
Day 11 BACKUP  Compression
 Incremental backups
 tar
 dump and restore
 rsync
Ex 23 and Ex 24
Day 12 Useful tools  lsof and fuser
 renice
 Rsync
 Cron
 Log files and their rotation
 The /procfilesystem
 Sysctl
 other useful tools(cat, less, grep, head, tail etc)
Ex 25 and Ex 26
Day 13 and Day 14 Configuring servers  DHCP
 Apache web server
 Implementing DNS with BIND
 Configuring mail server(Postfix/sendmail)
 Implementing file and print services(samba, nfs, ftp, cups)
Ex 27,Ex 28,Ex 29,Ex 30,Ex 31 and Ex 32
Day 15 Improving network security • Defining and implementing firewall rules with IPTABLES
• Establishing secure network connections with ssh, ssl etc
Ex-33 and Ex 34



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Sher Afghan Khan

APAC & Middle East

Mr. Sher Afghan Khan has a skill mix that combines solid technical knowledge with its applications in business context, in addition to excellent communication and presentation skills. Mr. Khan’s experience was gained through multiple positions which were in the fields of learning delivery and operations, project management, training management and facility management in Australia, Bhutan, Singapore and Middle East.

During his professional career, spanning over 14 years, Mr Khan’s has spent 10+ years managing/sponsoring projects and programs in different fields, including; training, organizational engineering and Information Technology. Mr Khan transfers his knowledge and experience, while enhancing his own, through developing and delivering training, and learning from audiences across the world. He has developed over 100 individual training programs. Also wrote books on Linux administration and .Net programming at Royal Institute of Management(RIM).

He was associated with big IT giant and had been located in India and abroad especially Singapore, Bhutan., Australia and Saudi Arabia. He was awarded by USO in 1994 for his general knowledge competition across India. Also he has received Award of Excellence from the ministry of IT and Telecommunication, Government of Bhutan for his contributions towards prestigious Indo-Bhutan Project Chiphen Rigpel.

Mr Khan’s certificates include computer application and Network centred computing. He is Microsoft certified professional developer & Microsoft certified technology specialist. He is also a certified RHCSA, RHCE, RHCI, RHCX by the Red Hat Inc, USA.

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