Essentials of Linux System Administration (LFS201) + LFCS Exam Bundle

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Course + Exam Overview

The topics covered in the Linux Foundation System Administration course are directly aligned with the knowledge domains tested by the Linux Foundation Certified Systems Administrator (LFCS) exam, and will substantially increase your ability to become certified. In addition, you’ll learn how to administer, configure and upgrade Linux systems running one of the three major Linux distribution families (Red Hat, SUSE, Debian/Ubuntu). You’ll also learn all the tools and concepts you need to efficiently build and manage a production Linux infrastructure.

The Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) certification is ideal for candidates early in their Linux system administration or open source career. The exam consists of performance-based items that simulate on-the-job tasks and scenarios faced by sysadmins in the real world. Obtaining certification allows individuals to validate their skills to prospective employers, which is particularly valuable if you have little on-the-job experience.

There are no pre-requisites for this exam. Review domain and competencies here.

Course Outline

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Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Linux Filesystem Tree Layout
Chapter 3. Processes
Chapter 4. Signals
Chapter 5. Package Management Systems
Chapter 6. RPM
Chapter 7. DPKG
Chapter 8. yum
Chapter 9. zypper
Chapter 10. APT
Chapter 11. System Monitoring
Chapter 12. Process Monitoring
Chapter 13. Memory: Monitoring Usage and Tuning
Chapter 14. I/O Monitoring and Tuning
Chapter 15. I/O Scheduling
Chapter 16. Linux Filesystems and the VFS
Chapter 17. Disk Partitioning
Chapter 18. Filesystem Features: Attributes, Creating, Checking, Mounting
Chapter 19. Filesystem Features: Swap, Quotas, Usage
Chapter 20. Th ext2/ext3/ext4 Filesystems
Chapter 21. The XFS and btrfs Filesystems
Chapter 22. Encrypting Disks
Chapter 23. Logical Volume Management (LVM)
Chapter 24. RAID
Chapter 25. Kernel Services and Configuration
Chapter 26. Kernel Modules
Chapter 27. Devices and udev
Chapter 28. Virtualization Overview
Chapter 29. Containers Overview
Chapter 30. User Account Management
Chapter 31. Group Management
Chapter 32. File Permissions and Ownership
Chapter 33. Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)
Chapter 34. Network Addresses
Chapter 35. Network Devices and Configuration
Chapter 36. Firewalls
Chapter 37. System Startup and Shutdown
Chapter 38. GRUB
Chapter 39. System Init: systemd, SystemV and Upstart
Chapter 40. Backup and Recovery Methods
Chapter 41. Linux Security Modules
Chapter 42. Local System Security
Chapter 43. Basic Troubleshooting
Chapter 44. System Rescue

Course Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of Linux, including installing Linux and using the command line is helpful but not required. Our free LFS101x Introduction to Linux course is useful preparation for this course.

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It methodically went through the basics of all I can expect to encounter as a Linux System Administrator.”  Nov 2019

Lots of detail about each aspect of system administration, lots of external resources.”  Sep 2019

   “It builds well on top of the knowledge offered through the edx Introduction to Linux course.”                Sep 2019

The course and exam are very hard but excellent in content.”  Jun 2019

This was a great experience for me. It was the first time I had tried an online test and it was awesome.”  Apr 2019

I believe the exam is very “everyday workplace” relevant!”  Feb 2019


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At a Glance

Course Delivery Method

Online Self-Paced

Exam Delivery Method

Proctored Online Exam

Duration of Exam

2 Hours

Certification Valid

3 Years

Course Includes

  • 50-60 hours of Course Material
  • Hands-on Labs & Assignments
  • Video Content
  • 12 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Digital Badge
  • Discussion Forums

Certification Includes

  • 12 Month Exam Eligibility
  • Free Exam Retake
  • PDF Certificate and Digital Badge

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