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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Linux Systems Administration
Joshua Jensen, Red Hat, Inc

Track: Operating Systems and Applications
Date: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 8:45am - 12:15pm
Location: Grande Ballroom C

Intended Audience:

This tutorial is directed at System Administrators that are planning on implementing a Linux solution in a production environment. Course attendees should be familiar with the basics of systems administration in a UNIX(tm)/Linux(tm) environment: user level commands, administration commands and TCP/IP networking. Novice Administrators and Gurus alike should leave the tutorial having learned something.

From a single server to a network of workstations, the Linux environment can be a daunting task for administrators knowledgeable in other platforms. Starting with a single server and finishing with a multi-server 1000+ user environment, this tutorial will provide practical information for using Linux in the real world. The following areas will be covered with a special emphasis on security:

  • Installation Features
  • Disk Partitioning
  • Software RAID
  • Networking
  • User Accounts and Management
  • Services
  • Security: TCP Wrappers, SSH
  • Packet Filtering
  • New Developments (Journaling Filesystems, VPN, etc.)
At the completion of the course attendees should feel confident in their ability to setup and maintain a secure and useful Linux server. The tutorial will be conducted in an open manner that allows for question and answer interruption.

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