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Administrating UNIX Systems Course Outline

The course covers the following topics:

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: The Administrator's Role

  • Role of a System Administrator
  • Using the root login
  • Using and tracking the use of su
  • The sysadm menu system

Session 2: Account Management

  • Users, user groups, and related system files
  • Adding new users and user groups (useradd, groupadd)
  • Changing and deleting users and user groups (usermod, userdel,
  • groupmod, groupdel)
  • Password and login control (passwd)
  • User communication facilites (wall, /etc/motd)
  • Exercise

Session 3: Login Files

  • The Bourne and Korn shell environments
  • Environment variables
  • The system profile /etc/profile
  • The user's profile
  • The Korn shell start up file .kshrc
  • Korn shell options
  • Listing environment variables and aliases
  • Skeleton directories
  • Exercise

Session 4: Background Jobs

  • Starting background Jobs (&)
  • Using the nice command
  • Using cron processes
  • Creating crontab entries
  • Using the crontab command
  • The at command
  • Exercise

Session 5: File System Administration

  • Physical disk organisation
  • UNIX partition slices
  • File system device names
  • File system types
  • File system structure
  • File system creation (mkfs)
  • Mounting and unmounting file systems (mount, umount)
  • Checking and repairing file systems (fsck)
  • Monitoring free space (df)
  • Exercise

Session 6: File Access

  • File access criteria - users, groups and permissions
  • Default permissions with umask
  • Changing file attributes with chmod, chown and chgrp
  • Testing permissions with su
  • Exercise

Session 7: Backup and Restore Facilities

  • Using the cpio command
  • Using the tar command
  • Using the dd command
  • Backup and restore services
  • Exercise

Session 8: Managing Swap Space

  • Listing, configuring, and disabling swap space (swap)
  • Exercise

Session 9: Terminals and Printers

  • Managing terminals
  • Using the stty command
  • Terminal model capabilities and commands (infocmp, tput)
  • The LP print service
  • LP print service files
  • Printer configuration (lpadmin)
  • Printer maintenance - managing printer status, job queues etc.
  • (lphsut, lpsched, /etc/init.d/lp, accept, reject, enable, disable, lpmove, lpusers, lpstat, cancel)
  • Printing from copies of files
  • Stopping banner output
  • Exercise

Session 10: System Startup and Shutdown:

  • The /etc/init procedure
  • System run states
  • The /etc/inittab file
  • System startup procedures and processes
  • System shutdown procedures and processes (init, shutdown)
  • Recovery from boot failure
  • Exercise

Session 11: Basic Networking

  • Basic networking overview
  • Network hardware
  • Network software
  • Network addressing - IPv4
  • Network masks and subnets
  • Routing
  • Network commands (hostname, ifconfig, netstat, telnet, rlogin, ssh, ftp, sftp, rcp, scp, rsh, ping)
  • Client-Server environment
  • Servers
  • Networking services overview NIS, NIS+, DNS, LDAP NFS, DHCP
  • Exercise

Session 12: Performance Management

  • Performance management
  • System performance tools
  • System activity reporting using the sar command
  • General performance
  • Specific areas of performance
  • Excessive paging
  • Disk I/O performance
  • CPU performance
  • Using the timex command
  • Exercise

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Before attending, you should have good basic knowledge of UNIX in an enterprise environment. Those who have used Linux will also benefit. We recommend attending our UNIX Fundamentals course.

Who Should Attend this UNIX Training Course?

This course will be most beneficial for those looking to gain knowledge of common UNIX administration procedures. It is ideal for individuals such as Developers, Database Administrators, Support Engineers and End Users.

Administrating UNIX Systems Course Overview

UNIX is a group of computer operating systems that can be used by multiple users to complete multiple tasks. This course has been designed to provide a broad overview of UNIX Sytems and its administration. Our Administrating UNIX Systems training course provides specific knowledge and practical experience for aspiring UNIX System Administrators. The course primarily focuses on basic SVR4 commands, which can be used to navigate a UNIX system. It is not vendor-specific and does not look at GUI tools. After successfully completing this course, delegates will be able to define the UNIX operating system, work with directories and files, work with the vi editor to produce and adjust files and use advanced shell features in shell scripts. Therefore, by attending this course, delegates will be sufficiently prepared to take on a UNIX System Administrator role. 

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What's included in this UNIX Training Course?

This UNIX course includes:

  • The Knowledge Academy Administrating UNIX Systems Manual
  • Certificate
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Refreshments

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Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


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Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


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This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


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Frequently asked questions


We recommend having good basic knowledge of UNIX. This can be gained through our UNIX Fundamentals course.
This course is designed for anyone who needs to understand how to carry out administration tasks in UNIX.
The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book Manual Certificate Experienced Instructor Refreshments
This course is 3 days.
Our instructors have over 10 years of experience
Please arrive at the venue for 08:45am
The price for Administrating UNIX Systems certification in Australia starts from AUD3595
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider in the world for Administrating UNIX Systems.
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Best price in the industry

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Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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