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Linux System Administration

Video Description

Linux System Administration LiveLessonsprovides novice Linux users with more than five hours of step-by-step video training covering essential system administration responsibilities and skills with professional system administrator Ben Whaley.

The content comprises nine video lessons featuring command-line examples and conceptual discussion. The video tutorials offer practical advice for real world system administration, such as encouraging the use of shell shortcuts and automation to reduce tedious manual tasks and improve administrative efficiency.

About the Instructor:

Ben Whaleyis the co-author of the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, widely regarded as the de facto system administration text. He has been managing Linux systems since 1999 and is a Red Hat Certified Engineer. He currently uses Linux to power the Amazon Web Services infrastructure at Anki, a robotics and artificial intelligence company in San Francisco.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Individuals seeking to learn more about the system administration discipline
  • Individuals with some existing Linux command line experience looking to deepen their knowledge
  • Users returning to Linux wishing to learn new tricks or refresh their skills

What You Will Learn:

  • How to use Vagrant and VirtualBox as a makeshift lab environment
  • Linux’s history and background
  • Shell shortcuts and basic bash scripting
  • The Linux startup and shutdown procedures
  • Management of user accounts
  • The use of sudo to control access to privileged commands
  • Interact with processes from the command line
  • The filesystem layout
  • File permissions and attributes
  • Log file management with syslog and logrotate
  • Linux on a TCP/IP network
  • Network debugging with tcpdump and ping
  • Using SSH for remote management
  • The iptables host-based firewall
  • How to secure a Linux system

Course Requirements:

  • Some existing familiarity with operating systems concepts
  • The fundamentals of TCP/IP networking (what an IP address and subnet mask are, the purpose of DNS, ICMP)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction to Linux System Administration LiveLessons 00:05:37
  2. Lesson 1: Where to Start
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:39
    2. 1.1 Understand the duties of a system administrator 00:07:29
    3. 1.2 Review suggested experience and background 00:03:45
    4. 1.3 Explain the history of Linux 00:06:02
    5. 1.4 Practice with Linux 00:07:59
    6. 1.5 Refer to man pages and online documentation 00:04:13
    7. 1.6 Find and install software 00:04:24
  3. Lesson 2: The Shell
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:38
    2. 2.1 Take command of the system with shells 00:02:37
    3. 2.2 Explore shell basics 00:15:45
    4. 2.3 Explain regular expressions and shell globbing 00:05:48
    5. 2.4 Master file editing with Vim 00:08:42
    6. 2.5 Write a basic Bash script 00:07:43
    7. 2.6 Discuss other important scripting languages 00:03:24
  4. Lesson 3: Booting and Shutting Down
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:47
    2. 3.1 Bootstrap the system 00:07:16
    3. 3.2 Load Linux using GRUB 00:12:24
    4. 3.3 Behold the kernel 00:06:33
    5. 3.4 Manage Upstart 00:09:12
    6. 3.5 Review init startup scripts 00:06:15
  5. Lesson 4: Access Control, Accounts and Rootly Powers
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:33
    2. 4.1 Understand the Linux access control model 00:05:38
    3. 4.2 Switch between accounts 00:02:48
    4. 4.3 Add users and groups 00:09:38
    5. 4.4 Elevate privileges using sudo 00:06:07
    6. 4.5 Maintain the home directory and automatic shell startup files 00:04:57
  6. Lesson 5: Controlling Processes
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:47
    2. 5.1 Review the components of a process 00:03:54
    3. 5.2 Understand the lifecycle of a process 00:04:44
    4. 5.3 Send signals to processes 00:06:48
    5. 5.4 Use ps and top to inspect and monitor processes 00:09:42
    6. 5.5 Browse the /proc filesystem 00:05:04
    7. 5.6 Trace system calls and signals with strace 00:06:47
    8. 5.7 Schedule commands with cron 00:07:50
  7. Lesson 6: The Filesystem
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:24
    2. 6.1 Understand the Linux filesystem 00:05:33
    3. 6.2 Organize the filesystem hierarchy 00:05:58
    4. 6.3 Understand file types and attributes 00:15:34
    5. 6.4 Manage access control lists (ACLs) 00:02:16
  8. Lesson 7: Log Files and Syslog
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:31
    2. 7.1 Explore Linux log files 00:08:34
    3. 7.2 Manage syslog 00:07:54
    4. 7.3 Rotate and condense log files 00:04:33
    5. 7.4 Centralize logs and use logging services 00:01:52
  9. Lesson 8: TCP/IP Networking
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:32
    2. 8.1 Discuss Linux's versatility on the network 00:06:21
    3. 8.2 Configure TCP/IP 00:21:52
    4. 8.3 Configure DNS 00:10:56
    5. 8.4 Troubleshoot networking 00:16:06
  10. Lesson 9: Security
    1. Learning objectives 00:00:34
    2. 9.1 Secure a Linux system 00:17:28
    3. 9.2 Use SSH for secure remote management 00:13:50
    4. 9.3 Configure a Linux firewall 00:09:30
  11. Summary
    1. Summary of Linux System Administration LiveLessons 00:01:04