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Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 2

This highly practical instructor led Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 2 training course is designed to give delegates practical experience in the administration of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system. With a strong emphasis on practical hands on training, this course will teach further essential administrative tasks required to successfully administer a Red Hat Linux system.

Targeted to closely follow the official Red Hat certification curriculum, this course together with the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 1 course, will enable the delegate to work towards achieving the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) qualification – which is available until May 2020.

In addition, by attending the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 System Administration – Part 1 & Part 2 courses together with the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 3 : Linux Automation course, these three courses will enable the attendee to work towards achieving the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE).

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

Course Objectives

On completion of this Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 2 course the delegate will have gained practical experience of the Linux commands, the GUI’s and posses the technical knowledge required to perform System Administration tasks.

Who will the Course Benefit?

This Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 2 course is suitable for anyone who has acquired basic administration skills from attending the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 1 course. This will include novice System Administrators, Network administrators, Programmers and other technical IT staff who need to acquire knowledge of the key administration tasks required to administer a Red Hat Linux system.

This course will teach many of the necessary skills to enable the delegate to work towards achieving the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification followed by the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification. The course assumes knowledge of the Red Hat Linux operating system to the level covered in the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 1 course.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

Automate a system install using Kickstart
Search files and output using regular expressions
Use switch user command
Use vim to edit text files
Introduction to Cockpit Web based Management
Scheduling tasks to run automatically at predefined times
Changing the priorities at which process run
Understand and configure Access Control Lists (ACL’s)
Understand and manage SELinux context types etc
Be able to connect to a central LDAP for checking identities
Use the command line to create Partitions, Volume Groups and Logical Volumes and Stratis
Extend and decrease Volume Groups and Logical Volumes using the command line
Extend file systems
Introduction to Virtual Data Optimiser
Access a Network File System (NFS) Server
Configure autofs
Be capable of mounting SMB (cifs) file systems
Managing groups, extended file permissions
Deploy Containers using Red Hat’s new tools Podman and Buildah (these replace Docker)
Troubleshooting
Configure a basic firewall

Prerequisites

The course assumes knowledge of the Red Hat Linux operating system to the level covered in the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 1 course.

Pre-Requisite Courses
Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 1

Examinations

This training course will teach some of the necessary skills to enable the delegate to work towards achieving the official Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification routes.

This course in conjunction with the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 1 course leads to RHCSA certification and together with the Administering Red Hat Linux 8 – Part 3 : Linux Automation course leads to RHCE certification.

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience. The Red Hat website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.


  • Course content

    Day 1

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

    Session 1: INTRODUCTION TO VIM

    Introduction to text file editing using vi/vim
    Basic commands
    Copying and moving text
    Search and replace features
    Reading and writing from file
    Exercise

    Session 2: SEARCHING TEXT AND USING REGULAR EXPRESSIONS

    Searching for text in vim
    Regular Expressions
    Using grep to search the contents of text files using regular expressions
    Introduction to using ‘sed’ using regular expressions.
    Exercise

    Session 3: MANAGING PROCESS PRIORITIES

    Use of nice and renice commands
    Foreground and background processing
    Grouping commands
    Exercise

    Day 2

    Session 4: INSTALLING RED HAT LINUX USING KICKSTART

    How Kickstart works
    Sections within a Kickstart configuration file
    Pre and Post Kickstart processing
    Creating a Kickstart file
    Creating the Linux Install Server
    Differing ways of starting a Kickstart installation
    Exercise

    Session 5: SYSTEM ACCESS CONTROLS

    Access Control List (ACL’s)
    Authentication policies and User Private Groups
    Password management using passwd, chage etc
    Managing user profile files
    Extended file permissions including suid,sgid
    Switching to another user
    Connecting to a centralized administration server
    Exercise

    Session 6: ADDING DISKS, PARTITIONS, LVM VOLUMES, FILESYSTEMS & STRATIS

    Creating partitions
    Creating Volume Groups and Logical Volumes
    Creating File Systems
    Stratis Layered Storage
    Exercise

    Day 3

    Session 7: FUTHER MANAGEMENT OF LVM’s

    Extending Volumes and LVM file systems
    LUKS encrypted partitions
    Creating and Managing Swap space
    Extending Stratis Storage
    Exercise

    Session 8: CONFIGURING A BASIC FIREWALL

    Limiting network access through a firewall
    The firewalld program
    Basic configuration using the GUI interface firewall-config
    Exercise

    Session 9: CONFIGURING AND MANAGING SELINUX

    SELinux
    Management of SELinux
    Easy configuration and customisation of SELinux
    Context types
    semanage, getsebool, setsebool and chcon commands
    SELinux log files
    Exercise

    Session 10: ACCESSING REMOTE SYSTEMS (NFS & SMB)

    Configuring client access to an Network Filesystem Server (NFS)
    Providing CIFS access (SMB)
    Configuring autofs
    Configure access from a client to a DNS server
    Exercise

    Day 4

    Session 11: FURTHER SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT

    The Yellow Dog Update, Modifier Tool (YUM)
    Creating YUM and dnf repositories
    Exercise

    Session 12: SCHEDULING FUTURE TASKS

    Using ‘at’ to manage one-off jobs
    Using the cron system
    System crontab files
    Monitoring cron access
    Controlling access to the ‘cron’ and ‘at’ facilities
    Using anacron
    Exercise

    Session 13: DEPLOYING AN FTP AND WEB SERVER

    The Apache Web Servers
    Apache server configuration files
    Apache Configuration Directives
    Basic Server Configuration
    HTTP and SELinux
    The FTP Service using vsftpd
    Anonymous FTP Access
    Exercise

    Session 14: MAINTAINING THE KERNEL

    Loading and removing modules
    Updating the Kernel package
    Using kernel arguments
    Exercise

    Day 5

    Session 15: VIRTUAL DATA OPTIMISER

    Overview of VDO
    Requirements and definitions
    Installing VDO
    Creating VDO volumes
    Monitoring VDO
    Increasing Physical and Logical Volume sizes

    Session 16: DEPLOY CONTAINERS USING THE NEW PODMAN AND BUILDAH

    What is a Linux Container
    What are the advantages of Containers
    Why is Red Hat’s Buildah and Podman replacing Docker
    Building a Container using Buildah
    Running Containers with Podman
    Exercise

    Session 17: TROUBLESHOOTING

    Understanding the boot process
    The Rescue Environment
    Booting into Single User Mode
    Recovery from lost root password
    Exercise

Duration: 5 days
Price: £2295 + VAT

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