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Linda McKinnon

Linda McKinnon - Linux Expert, Renowned Linux Study Guide Author
Linda McKinnon has more than 10 years of experience as a successful trainer and network engineer, assisting both private and public enterprises in network architecture design, implementation, system administration, and RFP procurement. She is renowned book author and has published numerous Linux study guides for Wiley Press  and Gearhead Press.

Course Features:
Course Outline TXT
Chapter 1
Introduction to Linux
What is Linux?
How Linux Began and Origins of Linux
The GNU Project
Platforms, Applications & Distributions
Linux Resources
Minimum System Requirements
The Fedora Project
Red Hat Linux 7,8,9 vs. Enterprise 3.x
Chapter 1 Review
Chapter 2
Linux Installation
Is Your Hardware Compatible?
System Requirements Table
Initiating an Installation
Hard Disk Requirements
Selecting an Installation Method
Virtual Consoles
Initiation Installation from Boot Media
Welcome Screen and Boot Options
Language Selection
Keyboard & Mouse Configuration
Installation Type Options
Disk Partitioning Setup
Boot Loader Configuration
Network Configuration
Firewall Configuration
Language Support Selection
Time Zone Configuration
Root Password Configuration
Authentication Configuration
Desktop Configuration
Demo - Fedora Installation
Chapter 2 Review
Chapter 3
Red Hat Package Manager "RPM"
What is RPM?
Demo - Reflection X
Downloading RPM's
RPM's 5 Modes of Operation
Installing with RPM
Installation Errors/Remedies
Uninstalling Packages
Upgrading RPM's
Freshening RPM's
Querying RPM's
Verifying RPM's
Additional RPM Resources
Chapter 3 Review
Chapter 4
Managing Users
Linux User Types
Adding Users
User Home Directories
User Groups
User Primary vs. Private Groups
Files Built When Users are Created
Files Checked by Bash
Activating the User Manager GUI
System Created Users & Groups
Command Line User Deletion
Chapter 4 Review
Chapter 5
Partitioning and Filesystems
Devices & Device Nodes
IDE Devices
SCSI Devices
IDE Device Naming
SCSI Chain
Filesystem Management Commands
Partition Planning
Partition Types
Supported Filesystems
Creating Filesystems
Formatting Floppies
More Filesystem Details
Link Count
Mounting Filesystems
Unmounting Filesystems
Mount Command Options
Mounting Remote Filesystems
fstab File
Swap Space
Special Case: Swap
Special Case: Automounter
Maintenance & Repair
Adding a New Hard Drive
Recovering a Partition
Demo -fstab File
Chapter 5 Review
Chapter 6
Backup and Restore
Types of Backups
Device Naming Conventions
Tools for Backup & Restore
tar - For Tape Archives
cpio - Copy Input/Output
dd - Convert Files
dump Command
dump Command Examples
Testing Your Restore
Incremental Backup Strategy
Other Backup Tools
Common Backup Mistakes
Drive Imaging
Linux Recovery Skillset
Demo - Backup & Restore
Chapter 6 Review
Chapter 7
Startup and Shutdown
The Boot Process
Run Levels
Configuring Process Fields
Inittab Example
In The Beginning…Init
The /etc/rc.d Directory
/etc/rcX.d Script Sequencing
Stop & Stop Services
The /etc/rc.d/rc.local File
Shutting Down Properly
Methods of Rebooting
Booting into Single-User Mode
Creating a Boot Diskette
Demo - Startup & Shutdown Procedures
Chapter 7 Review
Chapter 8
Compiling the Kernel
What is the Linux Kernel?
Why Compile the Kernel?
Before You Get Started
Four Kernel Upgrade Paths
Check Your Tool Kit
4 Stages to Compile the Kernel
Patching the Kernel
Demo - Manually Compile the Kernel
Chapter 8 Review
Chapter 9
2 Major Scheduling Daemons
The /etc/crontab File
Simple /etc/crontab Example
Complex /etc/crontab Example
An Actual /etc/crontab File
Sample /etc/cron.daily Directory
Use /etc/cron.allow or /etc/cron.deny
Starting & Stopping cron
The at Command
Starting & Stopping Anacron
Sample /etc/anacrontab File
Demo - Scheduling
Chapter 9 Review
Chapter 10
Basic Networking Concepts
Platform Compatibility
Physical Network Support
Protocol Suite Support
Network Device Names
Network Kernel Modules
ifconfig Command
ifup & ifdown Scripts
Interface Configuration
Non-root User Control
Multiple IP's on a Single Interface
Global Parameters
Configuration Utilities
Network Tools
Demo - Reconfigure Network Information
Demo - Sysconfig Directory
Chapter 10 Review
Chapter 11
Linux Printing over the Last 2 Years
Setup Printing
Common Unix Printing System "CUPS"
Printing Flow in a CUPS Environment
CUPS Browser Interface
Linux-Supported Printers
Printer Configuration Tools
User Command Interface
Starting & Stopping Printing Services
lpr Examples
lpq Examples
lprm Examples
lpc Usage
Printing from Linux Applications
Troubleshooting Printing
Chapter 11 Review
Chapter 12
Linux Security
Basic Levels of Security
Physical Security
Grub Security
User-based Security
User Accounts & Patterns
Typical User No-No's
Delegating Root Authority
Password Security
Pluggable Authentication Modules "PAM"
Controlling Permissions
Files & Filesystem Security
Filesystem Monitoring
Avoiding Trojan Horses
Introduction to iptables
iptables Examples: Filters
iptables Examples: SNAT/DNAT
Response Strategies
Demo - Base Permissions
Chapter 12 Review
Chapter 13
Popular Linux Services
SAMBA Naming
SAMBA Overview
SAMBA Components
Exploring/Browsing Directories
Browsing Resources with Linux Commands
Letting Linux Use a Windows Printer
Official SAMBA Website
Apache Web Server
Apache Naming Confusion
Apache Configuration Files
Official Apache Website
What is Squid?
Demo - Connecting to a Linux Machine
Demo - Getting a list of Running Services
Linux+ Certification Preparation