Upcoming Program Changes for the LFCS Certification Exam in 2018

On March 20, 2018, the Domains and Competencies for the LFCS Certification and Exam will be updated to Domains and Competencies V3.18 as listed below.

How This Affects You

If you sit for the LFCS Exam before 13:00 UTC on March 20, 2018, you will be tested on the current Domains and Competencies (as listed in the Exam Details section for the LFCS Exam here). If you sit for an LFCS Exam after 13:00 UTC on March 20, 2018, the exam will test you on Domains and Competencies V3.18 (listed below).

This applies to free retakes as well. If you sit for a free retake before 13:00 UTC on March 20, 2018, you will be tested on the current Domains and Competencies. If you sit for a free retake after 13:00 UTC on March 20, 2018, you will be tested on Domains and Competencies V3.18 (even if that is not what you were originally tested on during your first attempt).

The date that you register and pay for an exam does not affect which set of Domains and Competencies the exam will test. It is only the date that you take, i.e. sit for, the exam that will determine which Domains and Competencies you receive.

No exceptions can be made on changing the set of Domains and Competencies tested on an Exam, so please plan accordingly.

LFCS Domains and Competencies V3.18

Essential Commands - 25%

  • Log into local & remote graphical and text mode consoles
  • Search for files
  • Evaluate and compare the basic file system features and options
  • Compare and manipulate file content
  • Use input-output redirection (e.g. >, >>, |, 2>)
  • Analyze text using basic regular expressions
  • Archive, backup, compress, unpack, and uncompress files
  • Create, delete, copy, and move files and directories
  • Create and manage hard and soft links
  • List, set, and change standard file permissions
  • Read, and use system documentation
  • Manage access to the root account

Operation of Running Systems - 20%

  • Boot, reboot, and shut down a system safely
  • Boot or change system into different operating modes
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot bootloaders
  • Diagnose and manage processes
  • Locate and analyze system log files
  • Schedule tasks to run at a set date and time
  • Verify completion of scheduled jobs
  • Update software to provide required functionality and security
  • Verify the integrity and availability of resources
  • Verify the integrity and availability of key processes
  • Change kernel runtime parameters, persistent and non-persistent
  • Use scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
  • Manage the startup process and services (In Services Configuration)
  • List and identify SELinux/AppArmor file and process contexts
  • Manage Software
  • Identify the component of a Linux distribution that a file belongs to

User and Group Management - 10%

  • Create, delete, and modify local user accounts
  • Create, delete, and modify local groups and group memberships
  • Manage system-wide environment profiles
  • Manage template user environment
  • Configure user resource limits
  • Manage user privileges
  • Configure PAM

Networking - 12%

  • Configure networking and hostname resolution statically or dynamically
  • Configure network services to start automatically at boot
  • Implement packet filtering
  • Start, stop, and check the status of network services
  • Statically route IP traffic
  • Synchronize time using other network peers

Service Configuration - 20%

  • Configure a caching DNS server
  • Maintain a DNS zone
  • Connect to network shares 
  • Configure email aliases
  • Configure SSH servers and clients
  • Restrict access to HTTP proxy servers
  • Configure an IMAP and IMAPS service
  • Query and modify the behavior of system services at various operating modes
  • Configure an HTTP server
  • Configure HTTP server log files
  • Restrict access to a web page
  • Configure a database server
  • Manage and configure containers
  • Manage and configure Virtual Machines

Storage Management - 13%

  • List, create, delete, and modify physical storage partitions
  • Manage and configure LVM storage
  • Create and configure encrypted storage
  • Configure systems to mount file systems at or during boot
  • Configure and manage swap space
  • Create and manage RAID devices
  • Configure systems to mount file systems on demand
  • Create, manage and diagnose advanced file system permissions
  • Setup user and group disk quotas for filesystems
  • Create and configure file systems