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Linux Foundation

Essentials of Linux System Administration

Linux Foundation via edX

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Linux professionals are in high demand with >50K open jobs today. 97% of hiring managers want Linux talent because Linux is the #1 Internet, Cloud, mobile and CE OS.

Show employers you have the skills and the knowledge to be a top sysadmin with the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS).

This Linux course is for those just starting their career in IT as well as professionals with experience on other operating systems who want to add Linux to their portfolio.

This sysadmin course will help you develop the fundamental skills that employers look for in entry level Linux System Administrators by focusing heavily on hands-on practice via nearly 100 lab exercises.

Entry level certification is the best way for candidates who are new to Linux to show their capability. After finishing the course on edX, learners will be able to register for LFCS Exam for free. You will then have 12 months to complete the exam from registration date. You can also take advantage of a free exam retake, if needed.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • System startup and kernel basics
  • Working with disks and filesystems
  • Process management and system monitoring
  • Package management systems
  • User and Group permissions
  • Security and authentication
  • Network addresses and devices
  • Troubleshooting and system rescue


LFCS Domains and Course Coverage

Competency Domain LFS101x.2 Chapter LFS201 Chapter Command Line     Editing text files on the command line 10   Manipulating text files from the command line 7 13 Filesystem & Storage     Archiving and compressing files and directories 13 37 Assembling partitions as RAID devices   17 Configuring swap partitions   9, 10, 13 File attributes 9 12, 13, 35 Finding files on the filesystem 7   Formatting filesystems   12 Mounting filesystems automatically at boot time 8 12 Mounting networked filesystems 8 12 Partitioning storage devices 8 9 Troubleshooting filesystem issues   40 Local System Administration     Creating backups 8 37 Creating local user groups 9 34 Managing file permissions 9 35 Managing fstab entries   12 Managing local user accounts 9 33 Managing the startup process and related services 3 33 Managing user accounts 9 33 Managing user account attributes 9 33 Managing user processes 17 20, 23 Restoring backed up data 8 37 Setting file permissions and ownership 9 35 Local Security     Accessing the root account 11 18 Using sudo to manage access the root account 11 1, 18 Shell scripting 15, 16   Basic shell scripting 15, 16   Software Management     Installing software packages 3, 7 27, 28, 29, 30, 31


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