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Essential UNIX administration

A 5 day
HANDS ON
training course

UNIX training course description

Covers essential administration tasks ranging from installation through to system accounting and security. Many topics from the 2 day introductory administration course are also revisited in more detail enabling delegates to solve complex problems that can occur when performing these basic tasks.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Install UNIX.
  • Manage packages
  • Solve problems that occur with basic tasks.
  • Maintain a secure standalone UNIX system.
  • Set up quotas and system accounting.
  • Describe the organisation and implementation of the filesystem.

UNIX training course details

Who will benefit:
System administrators.
Network administrators.
Support personnel.
Prerequisites:
Intro to UNIX administration
Knowledge of C and shell programming would be useful though not essential.
Duration:
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review


"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S., Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M., London Internet Exchange

UNIX training course contents

Installation
Partitions and slices, disk sizing, typical packaging, installing UNIX.

Package management
Installing, spooling, listing and removing packages.

Initial system settings
Timezones, system names.

Customising system startup and shutdown
The boot up process, init and /etc/inittab, run states, /etc/rc2.d. Setting up the system accounting. The shutdown shell script.

User and group management issues
Password aging, losing roots password.

Printer management issues.
Log files, customising banner pages, priorities...

Handling peripherals
/dev names, mknod, copying diskettes...

Evaluation of UNIX backup methods.

System security
The SUID and sticky bits.

System accounting
last, utmp, wtmp, pacct, prdaily.

Filesystems and quotas
vfs, ufs, s5 and Vxfs implications for the administrator. fsck, mkfs, mount...Implementing quotas.

Miscellaneous
Useful files and utilities, BSD logging.What's going on in your system, disk space, log files

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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