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Always wanted to get into the lucrative IT job market but think you don't have the right technical background? This course is for you. This course sarts with Basic Linux Essesntials and then go deep into Linux systems Administration. Once you have an understanding of linux Systems administration and Linux networking, you are now ready to start learning Architecting on the AWS cloud. Linux skills underlines everything you do in IT and that is why this course starts by giving you the right foundation that you can use throughout your IT career. This training curriculum folows Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Linux Essentials and Linux Systems Administration.

This is a one-month evening course, 4 days a week from 6-9PM. You can either join remotely or be present in the classroom. It is designed to be hands-on and prepares you for a job in IT. After the course, you should be ready to take the LPI certifications for Linux essentials and Linux Systems Administration 1 as well as AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Associate.


The curriculum is as follows:

Part 1: Linux Essentials and Linux Systems Administraion (2 Weeks)


Topic 1:The Linux Community and a Career in open source

1.1 Linux Evolution and Popular Operating Systems

Description: Knowledge of Linux development and major distributions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • open source Philosophy

  • Distributions

  • Embedded Systems

1.2 Major open source Applications

Description: Awareness of major applications as well as their uses and development.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Desktop Applications

  • Server Applications

  • Development Languages

  • Package Management Tools and repositories

1.3 Understanding open source Software and Licensing

Description: Open communities and licensing open source Software for business.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Licensing

  • Free Software Foundation (FSF), open source Initiative (OSI)

1.4 ICT Skills and Working in Linux

Description: Basic Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and working in Linux.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Desktop Skills

  • Getting to the Command Line

  • Industry uses of Linux, Cloud Computing and Virtualization

Topic 2: Finding Your Way on a Linux System

2.1 Command Line Basics

Description: Basics of using the Linux command line.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Basic shell

  • Command line syntax

  • Variables

  • Globbing

  • Quoting

2.2 Using the Command Line to Get Help

Description: Running help commands and navigation of the various help systems.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Man

  • Info

2.3 Using Directories and Listing Files

Description: Navigation of home and system directories and listing files in various locations.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Files, directories

  • Hidden files and directories

  • Home

  • Absolute and relative paths

2.4 Creating, Moving and Deleting Files

Description: Create, move and delete files and directories under the home directory.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Files and directories

  • Case sensitivity

  • Simple globbing and quoting

Topic 3: The Power of the Command Line

3.1 Archiving Files on the Command Line

Description: Archiving files in the user home directory.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Files, directories

  • Archives, compression

3.2 Searching and Extracting Data from Files

Description: Search and extract data from files in the home directory.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Command line pipes

  • I/O re-direction

  • Basic Regular Expressions ., [ ], *, ?

3.3 Turning Commands into a Script

Description: Turning repetitive commands into simple scripts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Basic shell scripting

  • Awareness of common text editors

Topic 4: The Linux Operating System

4.1 Choosing an Operating System

Description: Knowledge of major operating systems and Linux distributions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Windows, Mac, Linux differences

  • Distribution life cycle management

4.2 Understanding Computer Hardware

Description: Familiarity with the components that go into building desktop and server computers.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Hardware

4.3 Where Data is Stored

Description: Where various types of information are stored on a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Programs and configuration, packages and package databases

  • Processes, memory addresses, system messaging and logging

4.4 Your Computer on the Network

Description: Querying vital networking configuration and determining the basic requirements for a computer on a Local Area Network (LAN).

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Internet, network, routers

  • Querying DNS client configuration

  • Querying Network configuration

Topic 5: Security and File Permissions

5.1 Basic Security and Identifying User Types

Description: Various types of users on a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Root and Standard Users

  • System users

5.2 Creating Users and Groups

Description: Creating users and groups on a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • User and group commands

  • User IDs

5.3 Managing File Permissions and Ownership

Description: Understanding and manipulating file permissions and ownership settings.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • File/directory permissions and owners

  • Terms and Utilities:

  • ls -l, ls -a

  • chmod, chown

5.4 Special Directories and Files

Description: Special directories and files on a Linux system including special permissions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Using temporary files and directories

  • Symbolic links


Topic 6: System Architecture

6.1 Determine and configure hardware settings

Description: Candidates should be able to determine and configure fundamental system hardware.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Tools and utilities to list various hardware information (e.g. lsusb, lspci, etc.)

  • Tools and utilities to manipulate USB devices

  • Conceptual understanding of sysfs, udev, dbus

6.2 Boot the system

Description: Candidates should be able to guide the system through the booting process.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Provide common commands to the boot loader and options to the kernel at boot time

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the boot sequence from BIOS to boot completion

  • Understanding of SysVinit and systemd

  • Awareness of Upstart

  • Check boot events in the log files

6.3 Change runlevels / boot targets and shutdown or reboot system

Description: Candidates should be able to manage the SysVinit runlevel or systemd boot target of the system. This objective includes changing to single user mode, shutdown or rebooting the system. Candidates should be able to alert users before switching runlevels / boot targets and properly terminate processes. This objective also includes setting the default SysVinit runlevel or systemd boot target. It also includes awareness of Upstart as an alternative to SysVinit or systemd.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Set the default runlevel or boot target

  • Change between runlevels / boot targets including single user mode

  • Shutdown and reboot from the command line

  • Alert users before switching runlevels / boot targets or other major system events

  • Properly terminate processes

Topic 7: Linux Installation and Package Management

7.1 Design hard disk layout

Description: Candidates should be able to design a disk partitioning scheme for a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Allocate filesystems and swap space to separate partitions or disks

  • Tailor the design to the intended use of the system

  • Ensure the /boot partition conforms to the hardware architecture requirements for booting

  • Knowledge of basic features of LVM

7.2 Install a boot manager

Description: Candidates should be able to select, install and configure a boot manager.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Providing alternative boot locations and backup boot options

  • Install and configure a boot loader such as GRUB Legacy

  • Perform basic configuration changes for GRUB 2

  • Interact with the boot loader

7.3 Manage shared libraries

Description: Candidates should be able to determine the shared libraries that executable programs depend on and install them when necessary.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Identify shared libraries

  • Identify the typical locations of system libraries

  • Load shared libraries

7.4 Use Debian package management

Description: Candidates should be able to perform package management using the Debian package tools.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Install, upgrade and uninstall Debian binary packages

  • Find packages containing specific files or libraries which may or may not be installed

  • Obtain package information like version, content, dependencies, package integrity and installation status (whether or not the package is installed)

7.5 Use RPM and YUM package management

Description: Candidates should be able to perform package management using RPM and YUM tools.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Install, re-install, upgrade and remove packages using RPM and YUM

  • Obtain information on RPM packages such as version, status, dependencies, integrity and signatures

  • Determine what files a package provides, as well as find which package a specific file comes from

Topic 8: GNU and Unix Commands

8.1 Work on the command line

Description: Candidates should be able to interact with shells and commands using the command line. The objective assumes the Bash shell.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Use single shell commands and one line command sequences to perform basic tasks on the command line

  • Use and modify the shell environment including defining, referencing and exporting environment variables

  • Use and edit command history

  • Invoke commands inside and outside the defined path

8.2 Process text streams using filters

Description: Candidates should should be able to apply filters to text streams.

Key Knowledge Areas:

Send text files and output streams through text utility filters to modify the output using standard UNIX commands found in the GNU textutils package

8.3 Perform basic file management

Description: Candidates should be able to use the basic Linux commands to manage files and directories.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Copy, move and remove files and directories individually

  • Copy multiple files and directories recursively

  • Remove files and directories recursively

  • Use simple and advanced wildcard specifications in commands

  • Using find to locate and act on files based on type, size, or time

  • Usage of tar, cpio and dd

8.4 Use streams, pipes and redirects

Description: Candidates should be able to redirect streams and connect them in order to efficiently process textual data. Tasks include redirecting standard input, standard output and standard error, piping the output of one command to the input of another command, using the output of one command as arguments to another command and sending output to both stdout and a file.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Redirecting standard input, standard output and standard error

  • Pipe the output of one command to the input of another command

  • Use the output of one command as arguments to another command

  • Send output to both stdout and a file

8.5 Create, monitor and kill processes

Description: Candidates should be able to perform basic process management.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Run jobs in the foreground and background

  • Signal a program to continue running after logout

  • Monitor active processes

  • Select and sort processes for display

  • Send signals to processes

8.6 Modify process execution priorities

Description: Candidates should should be able to manage process execution priorities.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Know the default priority of a job that is created

  • Run a program with higher or lower priority than the default

  • Change the priority of a running process

8.7 Search text files using regular expressions

Description: Candidates should be able to manipulate files and text data using regular expressions. This objective includes creating simple regular expressions containing several notational elements. It also includes using regular expression tools to perform searches through a filesystem or file content.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Create simple regular expressions containing several notational elements

  • Use regular expression tools to perform searches through a filesystem or file content

8.8 Perform basic file editing operations using vi

Description: Candidates should be able to edit text files using vi. This objective includes vi navigation, basic vi modes, inserting, editing, deleting, copying and finding text.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Navigate a document using vi

  • Use basic vi modes

  • Insert, edit, delete, copy and find text

Topic 9: Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

9.1 Create partitions and filesystems

Description: Candidates should be able to configure disk partitions and then create filesystems on media such as hard disks. This includes the handling of swap partitions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Manage MBR partition tables

  • Use various mkfs commands to create various filesystems such as:

  • ext2/ext3/ext4

  • XFS

  • VFAT

  • Awareness of ReiserFS and Btrfs

  • Basic knowledge of gdisk and parted with GPT

9.2 Maintain the integrity of filesystems

Description: Candidates should be able to maintain a standard filesystem, as well as the extra data associated with a journaling filesystem.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Verify the integrity of filesystems

  • Monitor free space and inodes

  • Repair simple filesystem problems

9.3 Control mounting and unmounting of filesystems

Description: Candidates should be able to configure the mounting of a filesystem.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Manually mount and unmount filesystems

  • Configure filesystem mounting on bootup

  • Configure user mountable removable filesystems

9.4 Manage disk quotas

Description: Candidates should be able to manage disk quotas for users.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Set up a disk quota for a filesystem

  • Edit, check and generate user quota reports

9.5 Manage file permissions and ownership

Description: Candidates should be able to control file access through the proper use of permissions and ownerships.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Manage access permissions on regular and special files as well as directories

  • Use access modes such as suid, sgid and the sticky bit to maintain security

  • Know how to change the file creation mask

  • Use the group field to grant file access to group members

9.6 Create and change hard and symbolic links

Description: Candidates should be able to create and manage hard and symbolic links to a file.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Create links

  • Identify hard and/or soft links

  • Copying versus linking files

  • Use links to support system administration tasks

9.7 Find system files and place files in the correct location

Description: Candidates should be thoroughly familiar with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS), including typical file locations and directory classifications.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Understand the correct locations of files under the FHS

  • Find files and commands on a Linux system

  • Know the location and purpose of important file and directories as defined in the FHS

Topic 10: Shells, Scripting and Data Management

10.1 Customize and use the shell environment

Description: Candidates should be able to customize shell environments to meet users’ needs. Candidates should be able to modify global and user profiles.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Set environment variables (e.g. PATH) at login or when spawning a new shell

  • Write Bash functions for frequently used sequences of commands

  • Maintain skeleton directories for new user accounts

  • Set command search path with the proper directory

10.2 Customize or write simple scripts

Description: Candidates should be able to customize existing scripts, or write simple new Bash scripts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Use standard sh syntax (loops, tests)

  • Use command substitution

  • Test return values for success or failure or other information provided by a command

  • Perform conditional mailing to the superuser

  • Correctly select the script interpreter through the shebang (#!) line

  • Manage the location, ownership, execution and suid-rights of scripts

10.3 SQL data management

Description: Candidates should be able to query databases and manipulate data using basic SQL commands. This objective includes performing queries involving joining of 2 tables and/or subselects.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Use of basic SQL commands

  • Perform basic data manipulation

Topic 11: User Interfaces and Desktops

11.1 Install and configure X11

Description: Candidates should be able to install and configure X11.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Verify that the video card and monitor are supported by an X server

  • Awareness of the X font server

  • Basic understanding and knowledge of the X Window configuration file

11.2 Setup a display manager

Description: Candidates should be able to describe the basic features and configuration of the LightDM display manager. This objective covers awareness of the display managers XDM (X Display Manager), GDM (Gnome Display Manager) and KDM (KDE Display Manager).

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Basic configuration of LightDM

  • Turn the display manager on or off

  • Change the display manager greeting

  • Awareness of XDM, KDM and GDM

Topic 12: Administrative Tasks

12.1 Manage user and group accounts and related system files

Description: Candidates should be able to add, remove, suspend and change user accounts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Add, modify and remove users and groups

  • Manage user/group info in password/group databases

  • Create and manage special purpose and limited accounts

12.2 Automate system administration tasks by scheduling jobs

Description: Candidates should be able to use cron or anacron to run jobs at regular intervals and to use at to run jobs at a specific time.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Manage cron and at jobs

  • Configure user access to cron and at services

  • Configure anacron

12.3 Localisation and internationalisation

Description: Candidates should be able to localize a system in a different language than English. As well, an understanding of why LANG=C is useful when scripting.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Configure locale settings and environment variables

  • Configure timezone settings and environment variables

Topic 13: Essential System Services

13.1 Maintain system time

Description: Candidates should be able to properly maintain the system time and synchronize the clock via NTP.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Set the system date and time

  • Set the hardware clock to the correct time in UTC

  • Configure the correct timezone

  • Basic NTP configuration

  • Knowledge of using the pool.ntp.org service

  • Awareness of the ntpq command

13.2 System logging

Description: Candidates should be able to configure the syslog daemon. This objective also includes configuring the logging daemon to send log output to a central log server or accept log output as a central log server. Use of the systemd journal subsystem is covered. Also, awareness of rsyslog and syslog-ng as alternative logging systems is included.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Configuration of the syslog daemon

  • Understanding of standard facilities, priorities and actions

  • Configuration of logrotate

  • Awareness of rsyslog and syslog-ng

Topic 14: Networking Fundamentals

14.1 Fundamentals of internet protocols

Description: Candidates should demonstrate a proper understanding of TCP/IP network fundamentals.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of network masks and CIDR notation

  • Knowledge of the differences between private and public “dotted quad” IP addresses

  • Knowledge about common TCP and UDP ports and services (20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 53, 80, 110, 123, 139, 143, 161, 162, 389, 443, 465, 514, 636, 993, 995)

  • Knowledge about the differences and major features of UDP, TCP and ICMP

  • Knowledge of the major differences between IPv4 and IPv6

  • Knowledge of the basic features of IPv6

14.2 Basic network configuration

Description: Candidates should be able to view, change and verify configuration settings on client hosts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Manually and automatically configure network interfaces

  • Basic TCP/IP host configuration

  • Setting a default route

14.3 Basic network troubleshooting

Description: Candidates should be able to troubleshoot networking issues on client hosts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Manually and automatically configure network interfaces and routing tables to include adding, starting, stopping, restarting, deleting or reconfiguring network interfaces

  • Change, view, or configure the routing table and correct an improperly set default route manually

  • Debug problems associated with the network configuration

14.4 Configure client side DNS

Description: Candidates should be able to configure DNS on a client host.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Query remote DNS servers

  • Configure local name resolution and use remote DNS servers

  • Modify the order in which name resolution is done

Topic 15: Security

15.1 Perform security administration tasks

Description: Candidates should know how to review system configuration to ensure host security in accordance with local security policies.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Audit a system to find files with the suid/sgid bit set

  • Set or change user passwords and password aging information

  • Being able to use nmap and netstat to discover open ports on a system

  • Set up limits on user logins, processes and memory usage

  • Determine which users have logged in to the system or are currently logged in

  • Basic sudo configuration and usage

15.2 Setup host security

Description: Candidates should know how to set up a basic level of host security.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Awareness of shadow passwords and how they work

  • Turn off network services not in use

  • Understand the role of TCP wrappers

15.3 Securing data with encryption

Description: The candidate should be able to use public key techniques to secure data and communication.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Perform basic OpenSSH 2 client configuration and usage

  • Understand the role of OpenSSH 2 server host keys

  • Perform basic GnuPG configuration, usage and revocation

  • Understand SSH port tunnels (including X11 tunnels)


Part 2: AWS Solutions Architect (2 Weeks)


1 AWS Fundamentals

  • Introduction and History of AWS

  • AWS Foundational Services: EC2, VPC, S3, EBS

  • AWS Security, Identity, and Access Management: IAM

  • AWS Databases: RDS, DynamoDB

  • AWS Management Tools: Auto Scaling, CloudWatch, Elastic Load Balancing, Trusted Advisor


2 Domain 2.0: Designing highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, scalable systems

2.1 Identify and recognize cloud architecture considerations, such as fundamental components and effective designs.

Content may include the following:

  • How to design cloud services
  • Planning and design
  • Monitoring and logging
  • Familiarity with:
  • Best practices for AWS architecture
    • Developing to client specifications, including pricing/cost (e.g., on Demand vs. Reserved vs.Spot; RTO and RPO DR Design)
    • Architectural trade-off decisions (e.g., high availability vs. cost, Amazon Relational Database
    • Service (RDS) vs. installing your own database on AmazonElastic Compute Cloud (EC2))
    • Hybrid IT architectures (e.g., Direct Connect, Storage Gateway, VPC, Directory Services)
    • Elasticity and scalability (e.g., Auto Scaling, SQS, ELB, CloudFront)

3 Domain 3.0: Implementation/Deployment

3.1 Identify the appropriate techniques and methods using Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to code and implement a cloud solution.
Content may include the following:

  • Configure an Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
  • Operate and extend service management in a hybrid IT architecture
  • Configure services to support compliance requirements in the cloud
  • Launch instances across the AWS global infrastructure
  • Configure IAM policies and best practices


4 Domain 4.0: Data Security

4.1 Recognize and implement secure practices for optimum cloud deployment and maintenance. Content may include the following:

AWS shared responsibility model

  • AWS platform compliance
  • AWS security attributes (customer workloads down to physical layer)
  • AWS administration and security services
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • AWS CloudTrail
  • Ingress vs. egress filtering, and which AWS services and features fit
  • “Core” Amazon EC2 and S3 security feature sets
  • Incorporating common conventional security products (Firewall, VPN)
  • Design patterns
  • DoS mitigation
  • Encryption solutions (e.g., key services)
  • Complex access controls (building sophisticated security groups, ACLs, etc.)
  • Amazon CloudWatch for the security architect
  • Trusted Advisor
  • CloudW atch Logs

4.2 Recognize critical disaster recovery techniques and their implementation. Content may include the following:

  • Disaster recoveryAWS Import/Export

    • Recovery time objective
    • Recovery point objective
    • Amazon Elastic Block Store
  • AWS Storage Gateway

  • Amazon Route53

  • Validation of data recovery method

5 Domain 5.0: Troubleshooting

Content may include the following:
  • General troubleshooting information and questions
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