Training Course

Fundamentals of Open Source IT and Cloud Computing (LFS200)

The intent of this course is to take you on a journey from little or no knowledge of IT topics to the knowledge needed to demonstrate Linux and cloud environment proficiencies. The course begins with a foundational understanding of computer hardware, software, and operating systems, and walks you through concepts related to system administration, networking, troubleshooting, the Internet, cloud, security, DevOps, project management, and open source software and licensing. The course is a good preparation for the Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA) exam.

Who Is It For

The course is designed for those new to the IT industry or considering starting an IT career as a System Administrator or Engineer. This course is ideal for users interested in advancing to the professional level through a gained understanding of critical concepts for modern IT systems, including cloud computing.
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What You’ll Learn

This course begins by laying the foundation of systems commands and the administration of users. It then discusses the installation, configuration, and basic maintenance of operating systems and applications, and demonstrates the use of basic Linux commands and utilities. In this course, you will also learn about Linux files and storage systems as well as the basics of Linux shell and simple scripts. You will gain foundational knowledge of networking architecture, topologies, hardware, and environments, and will be able to discuss basic network configuration and protocols. The course will also teach you about various Cloud technologies and service models such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You will also get familiar with Cloud architecture, technologies, and the benefits of Cloud, and learn the basics of how virtual resources are deployed in the Cloud. Upon course completion, you will be able to demonstrate a core understanding of licenses and agreements and discuss version control. You will also gain understanding of cybersecurity in the Linux environment, and a general working knowledge of security-related concepts such as confidentiality, integrity authentication and non-repudiation. The course will also explain how to leverage Software Development and IT operations (DevOps).
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What It Prepares You For

This course is designed to help new IT Administrators learn foundational concepts and prepare them to work with Linux. It should enable interested students to expand their knowledge and skills with Linux Systems Administration and Cloud Engineering and is a good preparation for the Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA) exam.
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Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. What is Linux?
Chapter 3. User Interfaces
Chapter 4. Installing Linux
Chapter 5. Linux Filesystems and File Management
Chapter 6. User and System Administration Commands
Chapter 7. Networking and Network Troubleshooting
Chapter 8. Software and Cloud Computing: Basic Concepts
Chapter 9. Security Fundamentals
Chapter 10. DevOps Fundamentals
Chapter 11. Supporting Applications and Developers

Gain your certification after this course with our LFCA Exam

Bundle this course and the exam to save $50

This course assumes no previous Linux knowledge but it does require other operating system and interface skills that a regular user encounters such as logging into a Graphical Interface (GUI), running applications from the GUI, downloading files from the Internet and installing software packages on your selected system.

Before starting this course, we recommend Introduction to Linux, a free edX course.

Lab Info
The demo/lab environment is Virtual Machine focused.

  1. The prerequisites are:
    A system with one of the following environments installed:

    1. VMware player or Workstation
    2. Oracle VirtualBox
    3. KVM 
  2. The necessary skills to create a virtual machine on the chosen hypervisor.
  3. The machine should have a minimum of 4GB of memory and 20GB of free disk space. 
  4. The install image for Ubuntu 20.04 (link and installation instructions provided in the course).
Learning Path
Sep 2022
It was absolutely schematic and essential, concise, and non-dispersive. Topics were really useful as an approach to LFCA certification.
Sep 2022
It's a very well-structured course for a beginner, and I will recommend it in the future for juniors/interns.
Aug 2022
Easy to understand, concepts were explained clearly, and examples were helpful.
Aug 2022
Well-designed, user-friendly interface. The course contained a lot of useful information.
Jun 2022
The thing I liked most about this course was that it gave you a wide knowledge of IT, and helped organize the knowledge that you already had. I'm a Control Room specialist, and I complete different IT tasks as part of my job. This course helped me to understand in which field a procedure belonged (e.g. DNS configuring belongs to Sysadmin tasks).
May 2022
This course taught me a lot, and helped me understand the basics of DevOps, knowledge of Linux systems commands... It's helped me so much with my work.
Apr 2022
This course was easy to use, with a quiz system to validate its understanding.