Linux Enterprise Automation (LFS430)

Automation is essential to running Linux in the enterprise effectively. Automation lets you minimize costs by reducing manual operations, helps ensure compliance across the data center, standardizes your software infrastructure and accelerates deployments for your bare-metal and cloud infrastructures. This course will teach you how to use automation to achieve these outcomes.

Course Overview

In this course you’ll learn everything you need to know to automate an enterprise Linux environment.

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You’ll learn how to:

  • Act as a key participant for architectural decisions involving data center automation.
  • Understand advanced system administration concepts and techniques that take scalability, reproducibility and efficiency into account.
  • Provision physical (bare-metal) and virtual hosts in a consistent and scalable way.
  • Deploy configuration management tools in an heterogeneous Linux environment.
  • Package software releases on both RPM and DPKG based systems.
  • Plan, build and customize OS releases in your environment.

This course is designed to work with a wide range of Linux distributions, so you will be able to apply these concepts regardless of your distro.


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Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Linux Foundation
    • Linux Foundation Training
    • Linux Foundation Certifications
    • Linux Foundation Digital Badges
    • Laboratory Exercises, Solutions and Resources
    • Distribution Details
    • Labs
  2. Enhanced Systems Administration
    • What Makes A Good Systems Administrator
    • “Soft” Skills and Tools
    • Hard Skills And Tools
    • Other Concerns
    • Labs
  3. Software Management
    • Manual Software Lifecycle
    • Package Management
    • Creating Your Own Packages
    • Creating Debian Packages
    • Creating RPM Packages
    • Creating Packages of Third Party Software
    • Rebuilding OS supplied Packages
    • Advanced Packaging Tips
    • GPG Sign Your Packages
    • Labs
  4. Packaging Automation
    • Preparing Packages for Automatic Building
    • Automation Frameworks
    • Labs
  5. Software Distribution
    • Introduction to Software Distribution
    • Repository Management
    • Creating Repositories
    • Using Third Party Repositories
    • Mirroring Repositories
    • Labs
  6. Installation Tree Management
    • CentOS Installation Trees
    • Debian/Ubuntu Install Trees
    • Labs
  7. Automating Installation
    • Automating Installation
    • Automating Installation with Kickstart
    • Using Kickstart Files
    • Debian Preseed
    • Further Automation
    • Labs
  8. Installation Tools: Cobbler
    • Cobbler Overview
    • Cobbler Setup
    • Using Cobbler
    • Advanced Cobbler
    • Other Tools
    • Labs
  9. Configuration Management Overview
    • What is Configuration Management
    • Configuration Management Methods
    • Overview of Configuration Management Tools
    • Labs
  10. Configuration Management with Puppet
    • Puppet Overview
    • Puppet Terminology
    • Puppet Setup
    • Puppet Configuration
    • Puppet Operations
    • Advanced Puppet Concepts
    • Labs
  11. Configuration Management with Salt
    • Salt Overview
    • Salt Terminology
    • Salt Setup
    • Salt Configuration
    • Salt Operations
    • Advanced Salt Concepts
    • Labs
  12. Configuration Management with Chef
    • Chef Overview
    • Chef Setup
    • Using Chef Workstation
    • Labs
  13. Configuration Management with Ansible
    • Ansible Overview
    • Ansible Setup
    • Ansible Configuration
    • Ansible Operations
    • Advanced Ansible Concepts
    • Labs
  14. Spacewalk Server
    • Installing Spacewalk Server
    • Deploying Spacewalk Clients
    • Managing Changes with Spacewalk
    • Scripting with the Spacewalk API
    • Labs
  15. Channel Management with Spacewalk
    • Spacewalk API
    • Example Workflow
    • Labs
  16. Configuration Management CFEngine ** (OPTIONAL)
    • CFEngine Overview
    • CFEngine Setup
    • CFEngine Configuration
    • CFEngine Operations
    • Advanced CFEngine Concepts
    • Labs


This course is for technical IT professionals interested in finding cost-efficient ways to accelerate Linux deployments, reduce operation costs and minimize system installation overhead. Students should have a good grasp of common scalability and system administration issues frequently encountered in enterprise environments. They should have experience with the Linux command line, shell scripting, and text file editing.

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Delivery Method

Live Online (Virtual)

Delivery Method

Live (Classroom)


  • 4 days of Instructor-led class time
  • Hands-on Labs & Assignments
  • Resources & Course Manual
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Digital Badge
  • Free Chromebook

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