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Linux Training Syllabus
Table of contents:
Week 1
I: Introducing Linux
II: User Software
Week 2
III: The command-line
IV: Basic Administration
Week 3
V: System Administration
VI: Apache and MySQL administration
Week 4
VII: Windows Integration
VIII: Automation
Week 5
IX: System Administration II
X: Networking Tools
Final Test
Week 6
XI: Customizing your user environment
This is a series of 1-hour classes to teach IT people about Linux systems administration. It’s being taught by Alagappan Karthikeyan 15+ years Experienced. The classes are being taught with Ubuntu & Centos, but the concepts can easily be applied to other Linux distributions or even Mac OS X.
Week 1
I: Introducing Linux
The following are explained while installing Linux or during the first bootup
Devices and Drives in Linux
Filesystem Hierarchy
Components: Kernel, Distribution, XFree86, Sawfish, Gnome.
II: User Software
GNOME Basics. Changing the desktop background, adding menu items, plugins.
Changing the screen resolution
Evolution – the default e-mail client in Fedora.
Mozilla – Web browser
OpenOffice – Productivity tools. Word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software.
gaim – Chat application
How user preferences are stored in your home directory
Updating your system with up2date / yum.
How to restart X11: Ctrl-Alt-Backspace

Week 2
III: The command-line
The command-line (shells, tab completion, cd, ls)
file management: cd, df, find, locate
nano, the text editor that replaces pico.
man pages – the help system
ssh – secure text-based connectivity to other machines. Demonstrate X-Forwarding.
Handling compressed archives with zip and tar.
GNU screen – The ability to resume command-line sessions from anywhere.
IV: Basic Administration
Adding users, groups
su – the obsoleted way to become the root user.
sudo – the modern way to run processes as another user.
Changing users passwords with the passwd command.
Printing with CUPS.
Installing new software with yum (if centos) or apt-get (if ubuntu)
Installing webmin for easy web based systems administration

Week 3
V: System Administration
logfiles. Using tail -f to watch /var/log/messages
Configuring Kerberos authentication
Explaining file permissions, including setuid.
How to enable and disable services
ntp – Setting up time synchronization
Setting DNS settings by editing /etc/resolv.conf
Changing XFree86 settings in /etc/XFree86/XFree86.conf
VI: Apache and MySQL administration
About the Apache webserver.
About the MySQL database engine.
About the PHP scripting language.
Enabling the Apache with PHP and MySQL services
Using MySQL Administrator
PHPMyAdmin – web based administration and query console for MySQL.
Adding a MySQL user in phpmyadmin
Installing WordPress – a popular blogging software that uses MySQL.

Week 4
VII: Windows Integration
Connecting to your Linux machine from Windows using PuTTY and WinSCP.
WINE – free Windows API compatibility layer, for running Windows applications in Linux. We will use mIRC as a sample application.
Samba basics.
Configuring Samba to authenticate using ADS
rdesktop – Windows Terminal Server Client.
smbclient – an FTP-like client for SMB shares
smbmount – Mounting samba shares to a local directory (explain mount)
smb4k (unless Konqueror decides to work)
VIII: Automation
cut – cutting out the good parts of your input
sort – sorting files
uniq – finding the unique lines in a set of input
sed – searching and replacing
tail, head
find -exec – running a command on a large set of files
Writing a shell script
Scheduling tasks with cron.

Week 5
IX: System Administration II
Mounting disks
Killing processes with kill
Where to find software:,,
Fetching files with wget
Compiling software: configure, make, make install
Reviewing find and du for finding out where your disk space went to.
Single user mode
X: Networking Tools
ping – check if a host is online
traceroute – see your hops between hosts
telnet – diagnostics
nmap – seeing what ports are open on a host
xinetd – the “internet super server”. TCP/IP service manager.
lsof – list open ports and files
ethereal – Packet Sniffer Extraordinaire.

Final Test
For the final test, Tutor will present a badly beaten Linux machine. It’s got numerous problems on it, and they need to be fixed. Here are some problems you will run up against:
You don’t know the root password. (Pay attention to how single user mode works, and how to change users passwords)
You don’t know the MySQL root password, but need to get access to the database. You will need to use Google to research the answer to this one.
The settings in XFree86 are not right for the current monitor, so it is not starting up.
The /var partition is full.
Week 6
XI: Customizing your user environment
symbolic links
The Z Shell
aliases, including -s types in zsh.
Terminal transparency
adding things to your X startup

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