PART 1 PLANNING AND INSTALLATION

  1. INTRODUCTIONS AND OVERVIEW
  • Linux components
  • Comparing Linux distributions
  • Obtaining free software from the Internet
  • Designing a mission-critical server for use in a multi-vendor environment
  • Linux distributions
  • Selecting the hardware
  • Understanding your hardware  
  • Installation planning
  1. INSTALLING LINUX
  • Designing the installation
  • Evaluating automated installations
  • Planning custom installations
  • Organizing disk layout
  • Selecting an installation method
  • Making the boot disk
  • Booting the installation program
  • Disk portioning
  • Defining mount points
  • Formatting partition
  • Installing the software
  1. PERFORMING THE INSTALLATION
  • Selecting internationalization settings
  • Choosing software packages
  • Monitoring the installation process
  • Post-installation tasks
  1. THE BOOT PROCESS
  • Loading the boot sector
  • Loading the kernel with LILO
  • The Linux boot prompt
  • Hardware devise driver initialization
  • Loading Linux services
  • Start-up scripts
  • Loadable modules
  1. BASIC COMMANDS
  • Understanding shells
  • Understanding shell variables
  • Understanding processes

 

PART 2 INTERNET SERVER OPERATIONS

PERFORMING SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

  • Administering the server
  • Correcting installation problems
  • Setting up user accounts
  • Connecting to the network
  • Configuring utilities

CONFIGURING A MAIL SERVER

  • Using mail aliases
  • Using send mail to receive mail
  • The send mail configuration file
  • Using m4 to configure send mail
  • Compiling and installing send mail

THE APACHE WEB SERVER

  • Installing apache
  • Configuring the apache server
  • Managing your web server
  • Creating web content

MAINTAINING THE SYSTEM

  • Examining the boot process
  • Logging system events
  • Managing software packages
  • Verifying software with digital signatures
  • Adding disk partitions and file systems

IMPLEMENTING FILE AND PRINT SERVICES

  • Sharing file systems across the network
  • Linux-to-Windows shares with Samba
  • Exporting with NFS
  • Controlling exports with graphical configuration tools

PROVIDING PRINT SERVICES TO WINDOWS, UNIX, MAC OS AND OTHERS

  • Berkeley (BSD) printing system
  • Printing with Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS)
  • Sharing printers to the Windows network neighborhood
  • Selecting printer drivers
  • Web-based printer and print queue administration

LOGIN SERVICES

  • Starting services with Internet
  • Creating user accounts
  • Understanding login security

LINUX NAME SERVICES

  • The host files
  • Understanding DNS
  • The bind software
  • Configuring a domain name server
  • Running named

PROVIDING MISSION-CRITICAL INTRANET AND INTERNET SERVICES

  • Implementing DNS with BIND 9
  • Writing zone files
  • Transferring zone information to secondary servers
  • Caching non-authoritative information about other zones
  • Transferring bulk data with FTP
  • Extending FTP capabilities with wu-ftpd
  • Setting up anonymous FTP service
  • Serving Web pages with HTTP
  • Installing Apache
  • Supporting multiple Web sites on one Linux server with virtual hosting Delivering mail to reliable servers using ESMTP
  • Setting up a mail transfer agent
  • Preventing unacceptable open relay behavior

OTHER INFORMATION SERVICES

  • POP
  • IMAP
  • NNTP

CUSTOMIZING THE LINUX KERNEL

  • The anatomy of the kernel
  • The kernel source tree structure
  • Device drivers
  • File systems
  • Loadable modules
  • Generic kernels
  • Building a new kernel
  • Stable vs. experimental releases
  • Selecting required kernel components
  • Improving kernel efficiency with loadable modules
  • Customizing the kernel for specific tasks
  • Installing the kernel
  • Vital safety precautions you need to take before and during installation
  • Recovering from a bad kernel
  • Detecting and correcting system administration errors

IMPROVING NETWORK SECURITY

  • Defining firewall rules
  • Establishing secure network connections with SSH, SSL and IPsec
  • Detecting unauthorized system changes with Tripwire
  • Network Gateway Services
  • Understanding routing
  • Defining static routes
  • Using dynamic routing
  • Network address translation
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