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Lesson 7The course project
ObjectiveDescribe the Course Project

Component Case Study in Red Hat

To provide a final opportunity to practice some of what you have learned in this course, we have designed a case study in which you will put into practice what you have learned. In the last module of this course, you will complete a series of exercises in which you respond to scenarios and troubleshoot various problems that occur within a fictitious company. Within each exercise, we provide various resources, such as company information, user information, user history, and system architecture, which will help you with each task. You can access these items from a case file that looks like this:

Case file containing
  1. Company information,
  2. user history, and
  3. system architecture.

In this simulation, you are one of the two Linux system administrators for the newly formed ValWare Corporation. ValWare specializes in web-enabling legacy mainframe applications for large Fortune 500 clients. ValWare uses proprietary software developed in-house for this purpose. ValWare currently has three Linux servers, thirty Linux workstations for developers, and a few Windows clients for management personnel.
Your job is to work with a fellow system administrator to manage user and group accounts, to maintain the filesystem including making sure your backup policy is followed, and to handle server security. ValWare is growing rapidly and you and your system administrator colleague have been continually adapting the servers to meet the changing needs of the company. The next module will start the course by introducing you to Red Hat Linux and the Internet.

Role as Linux System Administrator

Question: What is the role of a Linux Administrator?
A Linux administrator is responsible for managing and maintaining Linux-based systems, including servers, networks, and desktops. Their primary role is to ensure that the Linux systems are running efficiently and reliably, and that they are secure from external threats. The specific responsibilities of a Linux administrator may vary depending on the organization they work for, but they typically include:
  1. Installing, configuring, and maintaining Linux systems: This involves installing and configuring the operating system and any required applications, as well as performing regular maintenance tasks such as updates and backups.
  2. Monitoring system performance: Linux administrators must monitor the performance of the systems they manage to ensure that they are running efficiently and can handle the workload.
  3. Troubleshooting issues: When issues arise with Linux systems, administrators must be able to troubleshoot and resolve them quickly to minimize downtime and ensure system availability.
  4. Managing security: Linux administrators are responsible for ensuring that the systems they manage are secure from external threats. This includes setting up firewalls, configuring user permissions, and monitoring for any security breaches.
  5. Automating tasks: Linux administrators may use scripts or other tools to automate repetitive tasks, such as backups or software updates.
  6. Providing technical support: Linux administrators may provide technical support to end-users, helping them with any issues they encounter while using the Linux systems.

Overall, the role of a Linux administrator is critical to the smooth operation of Linux-based systems, and requires a strong understanding of Linux operating systems, networking, security, and system administration techniques.