Linux Foundation Certified System Administartor(LFCS)

Overview of Domains and Competencies

The Linux Foundation worked with industry experts and the Linux kernel community to identify the core domains and the critical skills, knowledge and abilities ("competencies") applicable to each certification. Performance-based exams were then developed based on the competencies that were identified

LFCSA Training Course Details
Description Days Price (ex vat)

Linux Foundation

Certified System Administrator

4 ZAR USD

R 25,000

$ 2,500
  • Lunch, refreshments and training material included.
  • Class start at 9:00am for 9:30am
  • South Africa training locations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban
  • Global training locations: USA, Candana, UK, Dubai, Europe

Below follows the core Domains and Competencies covered by the LFCS Exam. PLEASE NOTE: On Feb 2, 2016, the Domains and Competencies for the LFCS Exam will be updated to Domains and Competencies V2.16.

Command-line

  • Editing text files on the command line
  • Manipulating text files from the command line

Filesystem & storage

  • Archiving and compressing files and directories
  • Assembling partitions as LVM devices
  • Configuring swap partitions
  • File attributes
  • Finding files on the filesystem
  • Formatting filesystems
  • Mounting filesystems automatically at boot time
  • Mounting networked filesystems
  • Partitioning storage devices
  • Troubleshooting filesystem issues

Local system administration

  • Creating backups
  • Creating local user groups
  • Managing file permissions
  • Managing fstab entries
  • Managing local users accounts
  • Managing the startup process and related services
  • Managing user accounts
  • Managing user account attributes
  • Managing user processes
  • Restoring backed up data
  • Setting file permissions and ownership

Local security

  • Accessing the root account
  • Using sudo to manage access to the root account

Shell scripting

  • Basic bash shell scripting

Software management

  • Installing software packages

 

Domains and Competencies

The Linux Foundation worked with industry experts and the Linux kernel community to identify the core domains and the critical skills, knowledge and competencies applicable to each certification. Performance-based exams were then developed based on the competencies that were identified

  • Essential Commands – 25%

  • Operation of Running Systems – 20%

  • User and Group Management – 10%

  • Networking – 12%

  • Service Configuration – 20%

  • Storage Management – 13%

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

  • Configure email aliases

  • Configure SSH servers and clients

  • Restrict access to the HTTP proxy server

  • 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

  • Configure a database server

  • Restrict access to a web page

  • 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