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Lesson 2

System Administration Capabilities

Welcome to Configuring Linux Components. This course introduces you to the system administration capabilities of Red Hat Linux and teaches you to use them to ensure system configuration and security. This is the third course in the Red Hat Linux System Administration Series . Taken in conjunction with the other courses available on this site, this course prepares you to perform system administration tasks such as
  1. installing,
  2. configuring, and
  3. troubleshooting Red Hat Linux.
workstations and systems.

Course Goals

  1. After completing the course, you will be able to:
  2. Configure and compile the Linux kernel
  3. Protect yourself against data loss
  4. Partition filesystems appropriately
  5. Administer local filesystems
  6. Administer, configure, and maintain system and kernel logs
  7. Use troubleshooting techniques to recognize and solve problems

The Red Hat Series

Configure Linux Components is the third in the Red Hat Linux System Administration Series.

Series Features

The following features are included in this series to better prepare you to apply your skills in a real-world environment.

Quick Checks

QuickChecks are unscored opportunities for you to self-check your understanding of key points before you arrive at an Exercise or Quiz that is scored
There are two kinds of QuickChecks. An example of the first kind is provided below. Click once to see the question; then click again to see the correct answer in a short, animated sequence.

Question: How do you know what kind of mouse you have?
Answer: Look at the plug that connects the mouse to your computer. If the plug is rectangular then you have a serial mouse, and if it is round it is a PS/2 mouse.
The second kind of QuickCheck gives you an opportunity to review commands on a simulated command line. In this example, you answer the question in the text box. When you have completed your answer, press Enter, and the solution and a brief explanation are displayed in a separate pop-up window.

Question: What command do you use to change directories? (Type in cd and hit the Enter key.)
Explanation: This is where you will find an explanation of the question and answer. To change to your home directory, you type
to (change directory). As you may already know, Linux is case-sensitive. For example, the cd is not the same as CD.

Lab Problem Solver Exercises

We have discovered that if you truly wish to master a skill, nothing beats hands-on experience. To provide an opportunity to practice what you learn within a context, we have created exercises throughout the series in which you apply your knowledge to various scenarios.
We have included the lab feature to give you an opportunity to try these exercises in a live environment. You will learn more about how to use this exciting feature in a later lesson.
Although solutions to the problem-solver exercises will be submitted to tutors, you should also consider using the Discussion area as a forum for sharing responses.

On Your Own Exercises

This course includes a number of On Your Own exercises and Quizzes. You will be able to complete these exercises on any Linux system running X Window System. In the next lesson, the prerequisites for this course will be discussed.