CompTIA Linux+ 2009

Exam Code: XK0-002

Course Length: 5 Days
Course Overview
This instructor-led course will prepare students for the 2009 CompTIA Linux+ certification
exam. It provides a comprehensive look at common tasks performed by system administrators.
This includes installation, management of Linux systems from the command line and the GUI,
user administration, file permissions, customization, software configuration, management of
Linux-based clients, troubleshooting, and much more. Expanded coverage of networking and
security are covered, which is in step with the 2009 CompTIA exam objectives.
There are no prerequisites for this course. It is intended for IT professionals who are specializing
in the Linux+ platform. Oracle and Novell recognize CompTIA’s Linux+ certification in certain
tracks, and it is recommended for Hitachi Electronics and Fujitsu Japan employees.
Course Introduction 10 min
Course Introduction
Unit 01 – Installation 52m
Topic A: Linux Introduction
Ubuntu with OpenOffice / Firefox
Linux Platforms
Popular Distros
Software Licensing
Non-licensing Terminology
Demo – Exploring Linux and Licensing
Topic B: Pre-installation Tasks
Pre-installation Tasks
Installation Types
Installation Files
ISO Burning Applications
Topic C: Linux Installation
File Systems
Minimum Partitions
Demo – Installing Linux
Logging On
Demo – Logging into Debian
Unit 01 Review
Unit 02 – Using Linux 2h 24m
Topic A: Graphical User Interfaces
User Interface Architecture
Demo – Exploring User Interfaces
Desktop Environments
GNOME Environment
Linux Applications
Demo – Exploring End-user Applications and OpenOffice Writer
Topic B: Command Line Linux
Command Line Interface
BASH (Bourne Shell)
Common Commands
Demo – Entering Commands at the BASH Prompt
BASH Proficiency
Command History
Shell Variables
Shell Metacharacters
Tab Completion
Demo – Exploring the BASH Command Line Interface
Piping and Redirecting
Standard I/O
Demo – Exploring Piping and Redirection
Named Pipes
Demo – Exploring Named Pipes
Getting Help
Man Page
Man Page Sections
Info Pages
Demo – Getting Help
Additional Help Options
Demo – Exploring Further Help Options
Unit 02 Review
Unit 03 – File and Directory Management 1h 54m
Topic A: Directory Organization
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
Directory Navigation
pushd and popd
Demo – Exploring the FHS Directories
Managing Directories
Demo – Managing Directories
Topic B: File Management
Demo – Managing Files
The vi Editor
vi Commands
Demo – Editing a File with vi
Demo – Creating and Using File Links
File Information Commands
File Info with ls -lF
More File Information Commands
Demo – Examining File Types
Finding Files
Demo – Finding Files
Topic C: Removable Storage
Mounting Volumes
File System Types
Device Files
Mount Points
Mount Options
Example Commands
Privilege Escalation
Demo – Mounting and Unmounting a CD and USB Drive
Unit 03 Review
Unit 04 – System Administration 2h 40m
Topic A: Users and Groups
User Security – /etc/passwd
Password File Fields
User Security – /etc/shadow
Shadow File Fields
Privilege Escalation
Demo – Exploring User Accounts
Demo – Adding Your Account to the sudoers File
User Accounts
The /etc/login.defs File
The /etc/default/useradd File
The /etc/skel Directory
The adduser Command
The /etc/adduser.conf File
Demo – Creating User Accounts at the Command Line
GUI Admin Tools
Demo – Creating User Accounts via the GUI
Modifying Users
The chfn Command
The finger Command
Demo – Modifying a User Account
Creating Groups
Adding Users to Groups
Demo – Creating Groups and Adding Members
Deleting Accounts
Demo – Deleting Users and Groups
Topic B: File and Directory Permissions
File Ownership
Demo – Managing File Ownership
File and Directory Permissions
The Mode
Mode Explained
Demo – Viewing File Permissions
Changing Permissions
Numeric Syntax
Demo – Changing File Permissions
Default Permissions
Demo – Viewing and Changing the Umask
Special Permissions
Special Permissions in the Mode
Setting Special Permissions
Demo – Viewing and Changing Special Permissions
File System Specific Attributes
Demo – Viewing and Changing ext3 File Attributes
Topic C: User Environment Configuration
Viewing Variables, Custom Variables
Changing the Prompt
Demo – Working with Shell and Environment Variables
Command Aliases
Demo – Viewing and Creating Command Aliases
Environment Files
Demo – Saving a Command Alias in an Environment File
Topic D: GUI Configuration
Video Configuration
Screen Resolution
Appearance Preferences
Demo – Configuring Video Settings
Mouse Preferences
Keyboard Preferences
Demo – Configuring the Mouse and Keyboard
Stop and Start X Windows
Demo – Stopping and Starting X Windows
Unit 04 Review
Unit 05 – Application Management 52m
Topic A: Packages and Package Managers
Software Distribution
Package Managers
Synaptic Package Manager
Demo – Installing a Package via the GUI
Command Line Package Managers
Demo – Installing a Package via the Command Line
Installed Software
Demo – Gathering Information about Installed Software
Removing Software
Demo – Removing Software
Synaptic – Software Sources
Demo – Managing Repositories
Topic B: Source Code Software
Installing from Source Code
Compiling and Linking
Installing and Cleaning Up
Demo – Installing the GNU C Compiler
Demo – Downloading and Installing a Source Code Application
Unit 05 Review
Unit 06 – System Configuration 1h 31m
Topic A: Disk Management
Disk Drives
Drive Components
Drive Geometry
fdisk – Drive and Partition List
parted – Partition Editor
Demo – Exploring Partitions with fdisk
Demo – Exploring Partitions via the GUI
Demo – Formatting a Partition with mkfs
The /etc/fstab File
The fstab with New Drives
Demo – Editing the fstab File
Virtual File Systems
Demo – Mounting a Loop Device
Topic B: File System Management
Quotas Enabled in fstab
Enabling Quotas
Editing Quotas with edquota
Enabling Quotas (cont.)
Swap Space
Swap Space Options
Creating Swap Space
Filling New Swap Space
Managing Swap
Demo – Managing Swap Space
Disk Arrays
RAID Level 0
RAID Level 1
RAID Level 3
RAID Level 5
Logical Volume Manager
Implementing LVM
Topic C: Device Management
Sample Devices
Demo – Exploring the /dev Directory
Viewing USB Devices
Demo – Viewing Devices on the USB Bus
Viewing PCI Devices
Unit 06 Review
Unit 07 – Process and Module Management 1h 14m
Topic A: Process Management
Process IDs
Demo – Exploring Processes
The ps Command
Common ps Command Forms
Output of ps aux
The top Command
Demo – Viewing Processes and Devices
Killing Processes
Other kill Commands
Demo – Managing Processes
Topic B: Process Priority and Execution
Process Forking
Foreground and Background
Demo – Comparing Foreground and Background Processes
Process Priority
Viewing Priorities
Setting Priorities
Demo – Managing Process Priorities
Topic C: Kernel Modules
Kernel Tuning
Common sysctl Settings
Demo – Viewing Kernel Information
Kernel Modules
The lsmod Command
The modprobe Command
Module Related Files
Demo – Exploring Kernel Modules
Unit 07 Review
Unit 08 – System Maintenance 1h 59m
Topic A: Backup and Restore
Compressed File Types
Compression Utilities
GNU zip = gzip
Compression via the GUI
Demo – Compressing and Extracting Data
Tape Archives
Demo – Creating Archiving with tar
cpio and find
Demo – Backing Up with cpio
Backup with dd
Demo – Backing Up with dd
Topic B: Scheduling Tasks
Scheduling Commands
The at Command
Demo – Scheduling Commands with at
The cron Command
Sample crontab
crontab run-parts Format
Managing cron
Demo – Scheduling a Job with cron
Topic C: Performance Monitoring
Monitoring Tools
Demo – Installing the sysstat Package
Demo – Monitoring with mpstat and iostat
System Activity Reporter
Output of sar
Demo – Monitoring System Activity with sar
The uptime Command
The free Command
The top Command
The vmstat Command
Demo – Using the Memory Statistics Utilities
Load Average
Demo – Viewing the Load Average for Your Computer
Topic D: Logging
Log Files
Demo – Viewing Logs
System Logging Daemon
Sample rsyslog.conf
Logging Facilities
Priority Notation
Demo – Examining the syslog.conf File
Log Rotation
Sample logrotate.conf
Demo – Examining Log Rotation
Text Manipulation Commands
head and tail
Demo – Searching and Displaying Text Files
Demo – Searching and Replacing with awk
Unit 08 Review
Unit 09 – Networking 2h 6m
Topic A: Networking Basics
OSI Reference Model
Internet Protocol Suite
Additional Protocols
Internet Protocol Version 4
IPv4 Classes
Internet Protocol Version 6
Assigning Addresses
Demo – Examining Addresses
Character Based Names
Name Utilities
Demo – Identifying Addresses and Names
Demo – Viewing an Using Ports
Authentication Factors
One-factor Authentication
Two-factor Authentication
Three-factor Authentication
Topic B: Network Services
NIC Configuration
Network Commands
Demo – Configuring Your Network Interface
DHCP Services
Demo – Managing DHCP Client Services
DHCP Server Services
Demo – Installing and Configuring DHCP Server Services
Network Time Services
Date and Time Commands
Demo – Installing NTP and Configuring Time Synchronization
Internet Super Daemon
Demo – Viewing Daemon Startup Options
Topic C: Domain Name Services
Name Resolution Process
Demo – Resolving Names
Resource Records
Demo – Installing BIND and Examining its Configuration Files
Managing BIND
Demo – Managing BIND
Local Name Resolution
Default /etc/hosts File
The nssswitch.conf File
Demo – Examining Local Name Resolution
Unit 09 Review
Unit 10 – File Sharing and Printing 43m
Topic A: Network File Resources
Demo – Enabling Local Name Resolution and Installing NFS
NFS Server Configuration
The exports File
Computer Entries
Demo – Configuring and Starting the NFS Server
Demo – Mounting an NFS File System
Managing NFS
Demo – Managing Exports
Topic B: Printing
Application Specific
CUPS Configuration
GUI Tools
More on Printing
Demo – Creating a Printer in CUPS
Printing Management
Demo – Managing Printers
Unit 10 Review
Unit 11 – Interoperability 28m
Topic A: Network Interoperability
Demo – Installing Samba
Samba Configuration
The smb.conf File
GUI Tools
Browsing for Linux Resources
Demo – Configuring Samba Shares
Topic B: Remote Desktop Access
rdesktop Command
GUI Clients
Debian’s VNC Server
TightVNC on Windows XP
A Linux Desktop on Windows
A Windows Desktop on Linux
Unit 11 Review
Unit 12 – Security 57m
Topic A: System Security
NIS Roles
RADIUS Benefits
SELinux – Security Enhanced
Changing Modes
Demo – Examining SELinux
User Tools
Demo – Exploring User Management Commands
Topic B: Network Security
Routing and Firewalls
Basic Routing Table
Large Network
Modifying Routing Tables
Demo – Examining Routing
Traffic Filtering
Configuring Chains and Rules
iptables Command Parameters
iptables Examples
Demo – Configuring iptables
Network Security Tools
Intrusion Detection Systems
Snort IDS
Unit 12 Review
Unit 13 – Web Environment 59m
Topic A: Web Services
Web Technologies
Sample PHP Program
MySQL Client
Demo – Installing Apache
Apache Configuration
Site Definition Files
The .htaccess File
Demo – Configuring Apache
Apache Modules
Apache Daemon
Demo – Installing the PHP Module
Demo – Configuring Apache’s Default Document
Topic B: MySQL Services
Demo – Installing MySQL and Associated Tools
MySQL Configuration
Demo – Examining the MySQL Configuration Files
Demo – Testing Your MySQL Server
Starting and Stopping MySQL
Demo – Starting and Stopping MySQL
Unit 13 Review
Unit 14 – FTP and Email Services 44m
Topic A: FTP Services
Demo – Installing an FTP Server
Demo – Configuring the FTP Server
FTP Clients
Active Mode
Passive Mode
Transfer Types
Demo – Transferring Files with FTP
Secure FTP
SSH Daemon Configuration
Key Generation
Public Key Encryption
Demo – Installing and Configuring the SSH Daemon
Demo – Connecting via SSH
Synchronizing Directories
Topic B: Mail Services
Electronic Mail
Mail Clients
Email Addresses
Unit 14 Review
Unit 15 – Troubleshooting and Maintenance 57m
Topic A: Booting Linux
Boot Loaders
GRUB Boot Loader Screen
GRUB Configuration
Demo – Investigating GRUB
Runlevel Initialization
Demo – Changing Runlevels
Root Password Recovery
Demo – Recovering the Root Password
Kernel Options and Recovery
Demo – Troubleshooting Boot Problems
Topic B: Network Troubleshooting
Network Utilities
Obtaining Files
File Verification
Topic C: Scripting Basics
A Script
Demo – Writing and Testing a Shell Script
Unit 15 Review
Course Closure
Total Duration: 20h 30m

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