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Linux Syllabus

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Part I Geting Familiar with Red Hat Enterprise Linux  

Chapter 1 Geting Started with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 

Linux, Open Source, and Red Hat

Origins of Linux



Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Related Products

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Edition

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation Edition

Red Hat Add-Ons

Red Hat Directory Server

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

JBoss Enterprise Middleware

Red Hat Cloud

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server

Exploring the GNOME User Interface

Exploring the Applications Menu

Exploring the Places Menu

Exploring the System Menu


Chapter 2 Finding Your Way on the Command Line

Working with the Bash Shell

Getting the Best of Bash

Useful Bash Key Sequences

Working with Bash History

Performing Basic File System Management Tasks

Working with Directories

Working with Files

Piping and Redirection



Finding Files

Working with an Editor

Vi Modes

Saving and Quitting

Cut, Copy, and Paste

Deleting Text

Replacing Text

Using sed for the Replacement of Text

Getting Help

Using man to Get Help

Using the --help Option

Getting Information on Installed Packages 

Part II Administering Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chapter 3 Performing Daily System Administration Tasks

Performing Job Management Tasks

System and Process Monitoring and Management

Managing Processes with ps

Sending Signals to Processes with the kill Command

Using top to Show Current System Activity

Managing Process Niceness

Scheduling Jobs

Mounting Devices

Working with Links

Creating Backups

Managing Printers

Setting Up System Logging

Setting Up Rsyslog

Common Log Files

Setting Up Logrotate

Chapter 4 Managing Software

Understanding RPM

Understanding Meta Package Handlers

Creating Your Own Repositories

Managing Repositories

RHN and Satellite

Installing Software with Yum

Querying Software

Extracting Files from RPM Packages 

Chapter 5 Configuring and Managing Storage

Understanding Partitions and Logical Volumes

Creating Partitions

Creating File Systems

File Systems Overview

Creating File Systems

Changing File System Properties

Checking the File System Integrity

Mounting File Systems Automatically Through fstab

Working with Logical Volumes

Creating Logical Volumes

Resizing Logical Volumes

Working with Snapshots

Replacing Failing Storage Devices

Creating Swap Space

Working with Encrypted Volumes

Chapter 6 Connecting to the Network

Understanding NetworkManager

Working with Services and Runlevels

Configuring the Network with NetworkManager

Working with system-config-network

Understanding NetworkManager Configuration Files

Understanding Network Service Scripts

Configuring Networking from the Command Line

Troubleshooting Networking

Setting Up IPv6

Configuring SSH

Enabling the SSH Server

Using the SSH Client

Using Putty on Windows Machines

Configuring Key-Based SSH Authentication

Using Graphical Applications with SSH

Using SSH Port Forwarding

Configuring VNC Server Access

Part III Securing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chapter 7 Working with Users, Groups, and Permissions

Managing Users and Groups

Commands for User Management

Managing Passwords

Modifying and Deleting User Accounts

Behind the Commands: Configuration Files

Creating Groups

Using Graphical Tools for User

and Group Management

Using External Authentication Sources

Understanding the Authentication Process

Understanding sssd

Understanding nsswitch

Understanding Pluggable Authentication Modules

Managing Permissions

Understanding the Role of Ownership

Basic Permissions: Read, Write, and Execute

Advanced Permissions

Working with Access Control Lists

Setting Default Permissions with umask

Working with Attributes

Chapter 8 Understanding and Configuring SELinux

Understanding SELinux

What Is SELinux?

Understanding the Type Context

Selecting the SELinux Mode

Working with SELinux Context Types

Configuring SELinux Policies

Working with SELinux Modules

Setting Up SELinux with system-config-selinux

Troubleshooting SELinux

Chapter 9 Working with KVM Virtualization

Understanding the KVM Virtualization Architecture

Red Hat KVM Virtualization

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Preparing Your Host for KVM Virtualization

Installing a KVM Virtual Machine

Managing KVM Virtual Machines

Managing Virtual Machines with Virtual

Machine Manager

Managing Virtual Machines from the

virsh Interface

Understanding KVM Networking

Chapter 10 Securing Your Server with iptables

Understanding Firewalls

Setting Up a Firewall with system-config-firewall

Allowing Services

Trusted Interfaces


Configuration Files

Setting Up a Firewall with iptables

Understanding Tables, Chains, and Rules

Understanding How a Rule Is Composed

Configuration Example

Advanced iptables Configuration

Configuring Logging

The Limit Module

Configuring NAT

Chapter 11 Seting Up Cryptographic Services

Introducing SSL

Proof of Authenticity: the Certificate Authority

Managing Certificates with openssl

Creating a Signing Request

Working with GNU Privacy Guard

Creating GPG Keys

Key Transfer

Managing GPG Keys

Encrypting Files with GPG

GPG Signing

Signing RPM Files

Part IV Networking Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Chapter 12 Configuring OpenLDAP

Understanding OpenLDAP

Types of Information in OpenLDAP

The LDAP Name Scheme

Replication and Referrals

Configuring a Base OpenLDAP Server

Installing and Configuring OpenLDAP

Populating the OpenLDAP Database

Creating the Base Structure

Understanding the Schema

Managing Linux Users and Groups in LDAP

Using OpenLDAP for Authentication

Chapter 13 Configuring Your Server for File Sharing

Configuring NFS4

Setting Up NFSv4

Mounting an NFS Share

Making NFS Mounts Persistent

Configuring Automount

Configuring Samba

Setting Up a Samba File Server

Samba and SELinux

Samba Advanced Authentication Options

Accessing Samba Shares

Offering FTP Services

File Sharing and SELinux 

Chapter 14 Configuring DNS and DHCP

Understanding DNS

The DNS Hierarchy

DNS Server Types

The DNS Lookup Process

DNS Zone Types

Setting Up a DNS Server

Setting Up a Cache-Only Name Server

Setting Up a Primary Name Server

Setting Up a Secondary Name Server

Understanding DHCP

Setting Up a DHCP Server

Chapter 15 Seting Up a Mail Server

Using the Message Transfer Agent

Understanding the Mail Delivery Agent

Understanding the Mail User Agent

Setting Up Postfix as an SMTP Server

Working with Mutt

Basic Configuration

Internet Configuration

Configuring Dovecot for POP and IMAP

Further Steps

Chapter 16 Configuring Apache on Red Hat

Enterprise Linux

Configuring the Apache Web Server

Creating a Basic Website

Understanding the Apache Configuration Files

Apache Log Files

Apache and SELinux

Getting Help

Working with Virtual Hosts

Securing the Web Server with TLS Certificates

Configuring Authentication

Setting Up Authentication with .htpasswd

Configuring LDAP Authentication

Setting Up MySQL

Part V Advanced Red Hat Enterprise

Linux Configuration

Chapter 17 Monitoring and Optimizing Performance

Interpreting What’s Going On: The top Utility

CPU Monitoring with top

Memory Monitoring with top

Process Monitoring with top

Analyzing CPU Performance

Understanding CPU Performance

Context Switches and Interrupts

Using vmstat

Analyzing Memory Usage

Page size

Active vs. Inactive Memory

Kernel Memory

Using ps for Analyzing Memory

Monitoring Storage Performance

Understanding Disk Activity

Finding Most Busy Processes with iotop

Setting and Monitoring Drive Activity with hdparm

Understanding Network Performance

Optimizing Performance

Using a Simple Performance Optimization Test

CPU Tuning

Tuning Memory

Optimizing Interprocess Communication

Tuning Storage Performance

Network Tuning

Optimizing Linux Performance Using cgroups

Chapter 18 Introducing Bash Shell Scripting

Getting Started

Elements of a Good Shell Script

Executing the Script

Working with Variables and Input

Understanding Variables

Variables, Subshells, and Sourcing

Working with Script Arguments

Asking for Input

Using Command Substitution

Substitution Operators

Changing Variable Content with Pattern Matching

Performing Calculations

Using Control Structures

Using if...then...else

Using case

Using while

Using until

Using for 500

Chapter 19 Understanding and Troubleshooting the Boot Procedure

Introduction to Troubleshooting

the Boot Procedure

Configuring Booting with GRUB

Understanding the grub.conf Configuration File

Changing Boot Options

Using the GRUB Command Line

Reinstalling GRUB

GRUB behind the Scenes

Common Kernel Management Tasks

Analyzing Availability of Kernel Modules

Loading and Unloading Kernel Modules

Loading Kernel Modules with Specific Options

Upgrading the Kernel

Configuring Service Startup with Upstart

Basic Red Hat Enterprise Linux Troubleshooting

Chapter 20 Int roducing High-Availability Clustering

Understanding High-Availability Clustering

The Workings of High Availability

High-Availability Requirements

Red Hat High-Availability Add-on Software


Configuring Cluster-Based Services

Setting Up Bonding

Setting Up Shared Storage

Installing the Red Hat High Availability Add-On

Building the Initial State of the Cluster

Configuring Additional Cluster Properties

Configuring a Quorum Disk

Setting Up Fencing

Creating Resources and Services

Troubleshooting a Nonoperational Cluster

Configuring GFS2 File Systems

Chapter 21 Setting Up an Installation Server

Configuring a Network Server As an Installation Server

Setting Up a TFTP and DHCP Server for PXE Boot

Installing the TFTP Server

Configuring DHCP for PXE Boot

Creating the TFTP PXE Server Content

Creating a Kickstart File

Using a Kickstart File to Perform an Automated


Modifying the Kickstart File with


Making Manual Modifications to the Kickstart File 

Chapter 22 Setting Up  ISSCI multipathing

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