Enterprise Linux 8
Systems Administration Part 2
five-day course covers the additional essential
administration features of Enterprise Linux 8
for those who have attended the Part 1
Administration course, or who already have
knowledge and experience to that level. As with
all our other courses, students have exclusive
use of deskside servers, plus additional VMware
ESXi hosted virtual machines.
(RH134 RHCSA equivalent for RedHat, CentOS and
Oracle versions, as updated October 2020)
Topics include interactive and automated OS
install using the Kickstart mechanism, file
system and logical volume management, advanced
disk facilities (Stratis and VDO) scheduled job
management, network file system configuration
and management, configure and manage the SELinux
security features, creating and managing a
firewall based on firewalld, along with a
variety of troubleshooting scenarios. Newly
added in October 2020 are Container Management
with podman, and basic shell scripting
The course is fairly intensive, but provides
ample time for putting skills into practise.
This course is available to be run, fully
resourced, at your site; see here for on-site
details and prices.
This course helps with the preparation for
several certifications, but is aimed mainly at
RedHat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
when combined with the Linux Enterprise
Administration Part 1 course. The course is
suitable for any RedHat or rebuild distribution
such as CentOS and Oracle Linux (OL).
Our Linux courses are suitable
training for Linux LPI or RedHat
for related courses
of all courses
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
To become proficient in Linux
Enterprise administration to a level required
for the RedHat RHCSA exam.
COURSE DATES: This course is only available at
the client site, fully resourced. Dates by
INTENSITY: About 30% of
the course is practicals, and 70% lectures
RESOURCE: Each student
will have exclusive use of a fully equipped
Dell server for the duration of the course,
plus ESXi hosted VMs. Each student will be
provided with a full set of training notes,
and quick reference cards to assist with file
editing and Linux commands. A full reference
for Linux resources will also be provided in
Knowledge to a level taught on the Enterprise Linux 8
Administration Part 1 course.
FOLLOW UPS: Enterprise
Linux Adminstration Part 3
for an RHCE-level course. First Alternative
also offers an extensive range of Solaris courses but
only on-site at client premises.
PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS:
Each student leaves the course with their own
set of training notes for the material
covered; around 120 pages per day of training.
Quick reference sheets are provided as
|Every student who
attends this course will be issued with
a signed certificate of course
completion, which we will be happy to
"authenticate" upon future request.
SOFTWARE VERSIONS: We
currently use CentOS Linux 8 which is the
equivalent to RedHat 8 and Oracle Linux 8. If
you are a user of Scientific Linux, be aware
that development was terminated at version 7,
and Fermilabs began using CentOS instead.
TOPICS COVERED ON THE COURSE
Installs and Automatic OS
installation with Kickstart
Install the OS on bare metal and
Virtual machines. Automate the installation of
with the Kickstart facility.
Configure and manage the required services,
and create and deploy a kickstart file.
Build a KVM virtual machine using the
prepared kickstart file and services.
Use regular expressions with grep and other
Use regular expressions
that will allow you to search content
within text files and command output.
Regular expressions are recognised by several
utilities including grep, awk and the sed
A basic introduction
to automation of repetitive tasks using
shell programming. Script basic
Using variables and command line
arguments. Obtaining input from the
keyboard. Using conditional statements
Schedule Linux tasks
Submit tasks to
execute at a future time using
cron and at.
Using the crontab command.
Management and System Tuning
kernel packages. List, load and unload
Examine and set kernel parameters,
with a real-world Oracle database
command line arguments. The role of
systemd-udevd with devices and
Use tuned to implement
control lists (ACLs)
Manage file security using POSIX
access control lists using setfacl and
getfacl. Setting default ACLs.
Configure and manage the
Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux)
features to ensure added security.
and setting context types, using web content
as an example. SELinux boolean settings.
View SELinux log messages and implement
boolean and context changes to the
Add local storage devices,
partitions, and file systems to a Linux
Add and detect new disk
storage devices, create partitions, and
EXT4 and XFS file systems.
MBR and GPT disk labels. Use the fdisk
Overview of additional tools parted and
Mount files systems and
make mounts permanent.
Create and manage logical
volumes such as RAID1 mirrors using command
Logical Volumes for usage
and disk failures.
The new RHEL8 Stratis
Volume Management system, and Virtual Data Optimisation
Network file system (NFS)
Access NFS shares from a
remote server. Create NFS shares. NFS
In-depth GRUB2 configuration. Examine
various scenarios which may occur in
boot failure, and see how to fix them.
Enable the firewalld
service and use firewall-cmd
to examine and create/modify firewall
Pull, run and manage containers using
podman, skopeo and buildah.
Carry out further practical
exercises to reinforce topics learned during