Linux Administrator Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to Linux Certification Skills by Roderick W. Smith

Linux Administrator Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to Linux Certification Skills by Roderick W. Smith
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Linux Administrator Street Smarts:

A Real World Guide to Linux Certification Skills

by Roderick W. Smith

Develop the skills you need in the real world

Hit the ground running with the street-smart training you'll find in this practical book. Using a "year in the life" approach, it gives you an inside look at Linux administration, with key information organized around the actual day-to-day tasks, scenarios, and challenges you'll face in the field. This valuable training tool is loaded with hands-on, step-by-step exercises covering all phases of Linux administration, including:

* Working on the command line

* Configuring hardware and the kernel

* Managing software and processes

* Documenting the system

* Working with partitions and file systems

* Configuring network features

* Managing security

An invaluable study tool

This no-nonsense book also maps to the common tasks and exam objectives for the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) LPIC-1 certification exam and CompTIA's Linux+ certification exam.

So whether you're preparing for certification or seeking practical skills to break into the field, you'll find the instruction you need, such as:

* Using the command shell history

* Redirecting input and output

* Resolving hardware conflicts

* Reconfiguring the login screen

* Managing RPM and Debian packages

* Protecting your system from runaway processes

* Monitoring your system for degraded performance and security problems

* Using journaling filesystems

* Configuring common server software

The Street Smarts Series is designed to help current or aspiring IT professionals put their certification to work for them. Full of practical, real world scenarios, each book features actual tasks from the field and then offers step-by-step exercises that teach the skills necessary to complete those tasks. And because the exercises are based upon exam objectives from leading technology certifications, each Street Smarts book can be used as a lab manual for certification prep.


Roderick W. Smith is a consultant and writer on computer technology. He has more than a dozen books to his name, mostly about Linux and other open source software. These titles include Linux in a Windows World (O¡¯Reilly, 2005), LPIC-1: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide (Sybex, 2005), and Linux+ Study Guide, Third Edition (Sybex, 2005). He is also the author of Linux Magazine¡¯s monthly ¡°Guru Guidance¡± column.


Introduction. Chapter 1 Working on the Command Line.

Task 1.1: Use Basic Command-Line Features.

Task 1.2: Manage Files and Directories.

Task 1.3: Manage Links.

Task 1.4: Find Files.

Task 1.5: Edit Files.

Task 1.6: Manage Accounts.

Task 1.7: Use Streams, Pipes, and Redirection.

Task 1.8: Manage the Shell Environment.

Task 1.9: Write Basic Scripts.

Chapter 2 Managing Hardware and the Kernel.

Task 2.1: Set BIOS Options.

Task 2.2: Learn about Your Hardware.

Task 2.3: Resolve Hardware Conflicts.

Task 2.4: Configure USB Devices.

Task 2.5: Configure Disk Devices.

Task 2.6: Configure and Compile a Kernel.

Task 2.7: Use Power Management Features.

Task 2.8: Configure X Options.

Task 2.9: Manage X Logins.

Task 2.10: Use X for Day-to-Day Operations.

Chapter 3 Managing Software.

Task 3.1: Use RPM.

Task 3.2: Use Debian Packages.

Task 3.3: Install Programs from Source.

Task 3.4: Perform System Backups.

Task 3.5: Manage Running Processes.

Task 3.6: Adjust Process Priorities.

Task 3.7: Manage Runlevels.

Task 3.8: Schedule Jobs to Run in the Future.

Chapter 4 Documenting the System.

Task 4.1: Maintain a System Log Book.

Task 4.2: Monitor System Performance.

Task 4.3: Use System Log Files.

Task 4.4: Use System Documentation.

Task 4.5: Use Online Documentation.

5 Managing Partitions and Filesystems.

Task 5.1: Plan a Partition Scheme.

Task 5.2: Use fdisk to Create Partitions.

Task 5.3: Create Filesystems.

Task 5.4: Manually Mount and Unmount Filesystems.

Task 5.5: Use /etc/fstab.

Task 5.6: Check Filesystem Integrity.

Task 5.7: Configure a Boot Loader.

Chapter 6 Configuring Network Features.

Task 6.1: Understand TCP/IP.

Task 6.2: Bring Up the Network.

Task 6.3: Monitor Network Connections.

Task 6.4: Configure Routing.

Task 6.5: Manage a Super Server.

Task 6.6: Operate a Mail Server.

Task 6.7: Run a Web Server.

Task 6.8: Manage a File Sharing Server.

Task 6.9: Manage an SSH Server.

Task 6.10: Add a Printer Using CUPS.

Task 6.11: Manage Printing.

Chapter 7 Managing Security.

Task 7.1: Blocking Unwanted Network Access.

Task 7.2: Enable User-Level Security Restrictions.

Task 7.3: Set Good User and System Passwords.

Task 7.4: Monitor for Security Breaches.