Beginning Linux System Administration

Video description

Learn Linux administration fundamentals in just 3 hours!


Learn solid fundamental Linux operating system skills with Beginning Linux System Administration LiveLessons. Taught by best-selling author and trainer Sander van Vugt, Beginning Linux System Administration LiveLessons walks you through the essential system administration tasks so you can up and running in Linux quickly.

This video course consists of 12 lessons. You will start with the basics, from determining which distribution is right for you to walking through the steps of installing Linux on the two most popular flavors: Ubuntu and Red Hat. You will then connect to Linux. You will then get a chance to really get your feet wet, using an editor and working with files. You will then dive into managing permissions, processes and software before working with logs, exploring Linux security and finally managing services.

The author uses real world examples throughout and focuses on teaching you how to operate and manage some of the most frequently used Linux services. This course also provides information on how Linux administration is typically dealt with in corporate environments, with a focus on content management systems, automatic deployment systems and operating Linux from the cloud.

The video lessons cover the following topics:

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Linux
Lesson 2: Installing Linux
Lesson 3: Connecting to Linux
Lesson 4: Using an Editor
Lesson 5: Working with Files
Lesson 6: Managing Users and Groups
Lesson 7: Managing Permissions
Lesson 8: Managing Processes
Lesson 9: Managing Software on Linux
Lesson 10: Working with Logs
Lesson 11: Applying Basic Security
Lesson 12: Managing Services

About the Instructor

Sander van Vugt is an independent Linux trainer, author, and consultant living in the Netherlands. Sander has written numerous books about different Linux-related topics and many articles for Linux publications around the world. Sander has been teaching Red Hat, Ubuntu, SUSE, and LPI Linux classes since 1994. As a consultant, he specializes in Linux High Availability solutions and Performance Optimization. More information about Sander is on his website at

Skill Level

  • Beginning

What You Will Learn

  • Linux System Administration basics

Who Should Take This Course

The target audience for this course consists of anyone who wants or needs to perform basic tasks on Linux. A secondary audience consists of people that are looking for an introduction to Linux system administration on a path to more profound Linux knowledge

About LiveLessons Video Training

LiveLessons Video Training series publishes hundreds of hands-on, expert-led video tutorials covering a wide selection of technology topics designed to teach you the skills you need to succeed. This professional and personal technology video series features world-leading author instructors published by your trusted technology brands: Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall, Sams, and Que. Topics include IT Certification, Programming, Web Development, Mobile Development, Home and Office Technologies, Business and Management, and more.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Beginning Linux System Administration: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Getting Started with Linux
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Choosing the Right Linux for You
    3. 1.2 Starting Easy: Getting Linux from AWS
    4. 1.3 Understanding Linux System Administration Tasks
  3. Lesson 2: Installing Linux
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Installing Ubuntu Linux
    3. 2.2 Installing CentOS
    4. 2.3 Understanding Linux Deployment in Corporate Environments
  4. Lesson 3: Connecting to Linux
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Connecting as Different Users
    3. 3.2 Logging in Using a Local Console
    4. 3.3 Connecting to Linux using SSH
    5. 3.4 Connecting to Linux from Windows
  5. Lesson 4: Using an Editor
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 The Importance of Using Editors
    3. 4.2 Using vi
    4. 4.3 Using nano
  6. Lesson 5: Working with Files
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Understanding Linux Directory Structures
    3. 5.2 Listing Files
    4. 5.3 Looking at File Contents
    5. 5.4 Copying, Moving, and Removing Files
    6. 5.5 Understanding Links
  7. Lesson 6: Managing Users and Groups
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Understanding User and Group Accounts
    3. 6.2 Creating Users and Groups
    4. 6.3 Managing Passwords
  8. Lesson 7: Managing Permissions
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Applying Ownership
    3. 7.2 Managing Read, Write, and Execute Permissions
  9. Lesson 8: Managing Processes
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Understanding Processes
    3. 8.2 Monitoring Processes
    4. 8.3 Managing Processes
    5. 8.4 Starting Processes Automatically
    6. 8.5 Scheduling Processes
  10. Lesson 9: Managing Software on Linux
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 9.1 Software Installation versus Deployment
    3. 9.2 Managing RPM-based Software Packages
    4. 9.3 Managing APT-based Software Packages
  11. Lesson 10: Working with Logs
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 10.1 Reading Log Files
    3. 10.2 Understanding Where to Find Logs
    4. 10.3 Using journalctl
  12. Lesson 11: Applying Basic Security
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 11.1 Configuring a Firewall
    3. 11.2 Applying SSH Security
    4. 11.3 Understanding SELinux
  13. Lesson 12: Managing Services
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 12.1 Configuring an Apache Web Server
    3. 12.2 Configuring an FTP Server
    4. 12.3 Setting up a Samba Server
    5. 12.4 Working with KVM Virtualization
  14. Summary
    1. Beginning Linux System Administration: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Beginning Linux System Administration
  • Author(s): Sander van Vugt
  • Release date: May 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134589327