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Introduction to UNIX systems administration

A 2 day
training course
**Due to the current COVID-19 isolation rules all our courses are being delivered via virtual instructor led learning until further notice**

UNIX admin training course description

A grounding in UNIX administration, enabling delegates to competently perform simple administration tasks using menus. As well as using the menus, the administration commands underlying the menus are introduced for the more technical delegates.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Administer standalone UNIX systems using menus.
  • Configure UNIX for users and printers.
  • Maintain UNIX by handling disk space and taking regular backups.

UNIX admin training course details

Who will benefit:
System administrators.
Network administrators.
Support personnel.
UNIX fundamentals
2 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 admin training course contents

What is Systems Administration?
The job, the root user, the su command, customising root's environment.

Administration by menus

Setting up the system after installation
Setting the date and time, the nodename and passwords.

Managing users and groups
Adding users and groups, managing passwords, customising user environments, deleting users and groups.

Managing printers
Basics, the spooler, printer operations, adding printers, fixing problems with printers.

System shutdown
Run states, how to shutdown.

System startup
/etc/inittab and other startup files, the login sequence.

Partitions and filesystems, using floppy disks.

Backup mediums, backup strategies. UNIX utilities for backup.

Restoring from backups

Automating tasks
The cron process. Setting up cron tables.

Simple monitoring
What's going on in your system, disk space, log files.


  • Package management.
  • System log books.

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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