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Introduction to UNIX - a UNIX foundation

This comprehensive two-day course aims to equip the novice UNIX user with all the skills necessary to navigate the system and make productive use of the tools available, including the vi editor and essential UNIX commands. It also forms the necessary foundation for subsequent courses. This course, combined with the UNIX Utilities and Shell Programming course (course code UA), provides preparation exams such as the new Sun Certified Solaris Associate (SCSAS) CX-310-105 exam. Further courses lead to administrator certifications; for example: Solaris Certification

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A foundation course to instill confidence in day-to-day Unix use. This course provides all the knowledge that applications users will need and forms a good grounding for the power user or administrator who will go on to take other courses.

Mick Hosegood email
DURATION 2 days VENUE Newark (N) Training Centres **
PRICE £500
BOOKING CONTACT Mick Hosegood email
*see note at bottom for special savings! for pricing for a course run especially for your organisation, please use our worksheet **Also available on your site for groups of four to ten.

COURSE DATES:Scheduled on demand, please call or email us to arrange a date.

Jan 2018
Scheduled on demand
call 07736-475838

INTENSITY: About 30% of the course is practicals, and 70% lectures.

RESOURCE: Each student will have exclusive use of a Sun workstation for the duration of the course. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes relating to the course, and quick reference cards to assist with file editing and Unix commands.

PREREQUISITES: This course is suitable for new computer users and those who are using UNIX for the first time. Previous experience with an interactive computer system is desirable but not essential. If you have previous experience of any other version(s) of Unix, the follow up courses described in the next paragraph may be more appropriate. Please call for advice if in doubt.

FOLLOW UPS: First Alternative offers an extensive range of Solaris and Linux courses. A natural follow-up to this Introduction course would be the Utilities and Shell Programming course (suitable for those who wish to become proficient with UNIX utilities and Bourne/Korn shell programming).  Please see here for a link to all our available courses.

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.

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.
On this course, we hand out a number of quick reference sheets to each student on subjects such as vi and Unix commands.

The examples from this course are available (via the internet) to students who have attended.


  • This course is suitable for Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX and any other version of UNIX or Linux on any platform..

COURSE PROFILES: During the course, the student will learn from many practical examples written for this course and supplied in the manual.



UNIX / Linux overview
What are Linux and Unix? Advantages and disadvantages. Basic command examples. Other versions of Unix. Future of Unix. Logistics and support.

Getting started
Logging in and out.Keyboard basics. Files, directories and path names. Creating and examining files. Effective use of directories. Moving, copying and removing files. Basic system password security. Online Documentation and the man command. Common problems.

The vi editor
Invoking vi. Insert and Append. Moving around the text. Deleting text. Change operators. Other insert operators. Searching for text; Search and replace. Saving and quitting.

The Next stage
Introduction to UNIX shells. Shell interaction. Input and Output control using Re-direction and piping. Shell metacharacters (wild cards). The command history mechanism, and command line editing facilities. The shell quoting mechanism. Setting up and using command aliases. Job and Process monitoring and control. More complex copying and moving. Protecting files and directorie using chmod. Shell variables and setting up the environment. Introduction to UNIX utilities.

Introduction to networking
Introduction to network concepts. Ethernet Overview. Network basic commands (including logging in to other machines with ssh). Network File System (NFS) - overview, benefits and uses. Overview of file sharing mechanisms with Microsoft machines.

Supplement for the Gnome Window System
A thorough examination of the major tools available, such as the Panel, File Manager, Text editor and the Help system. Customising the Workspace and setting basic user preferences.



Multiple Bookings
If you book more than one place on our courses on the same order, you are entitled to a 10% discount.

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