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Linux Sysadmin Basics

Time to complete: 23h 43m

Published byInfinite Skills and O'Reilly Media, Inc.

CreatedAugust 2015

The Linux operating system is more relevant than ever, especially for distributed, secure systems. A significant advantage of Linux systems is that administrators can perform many tasks (e.g. updating software, back-ups) remotely and with ease, keeping network computers secure and up-to-date simultaneously. This Learning Path begins with the basics of installing, configuring and managing a Linux system. It then moves to DNS (domain name servers) and TCP/IP (transmission control protocol / internet protocol), essential tools for network communication. By the time you are done with the next session, bash shell scripting, you will have written more than twenty complex shell scripts, interacted with your complete file system and learned best practices. The course ends with how to secure your Linux system.

This learning path contains self assessments – short, multiple-choice quizzes that you'll take as you work through a Learning Path. They give you quick insights into how you're doing and take the guesswork out of learning.

What you’ll learn—and how you can apply it

  • How to install, configure and manage a Linux system
  • Network communication
  • Bash shell programming for automation of tasks
  • How to secure a Linux system

This Learning Path is for you because…

  • You're a Windows system administrator that wants to broaden your skill set
  • You're a recent computer science or engineer graduate that wants to work as a Linux system administrator
  • You're a Linux user that wants to delve into the intricacies of system administration


  • A general understanding of file systems and programming

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