Millennium Technology Consulting LLC

Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration class, September 23 – 27

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My company, Millennium Technology Consulting LLC, will be running the highly reviewed class, Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration, the week of September 23 – 27.

About this Course

This course is intended for  junior and mid-level Linux Systems Administrators who wish to advance their knowledge, and administrators of other Unix versions or Windows who wish to become Linux System Administrators. This class is heavily oriented towards hands-on activities. At least half of the class time is allotted to lab projects.  Experienced Linux System Administrators also find this class valuable.Taken from my own experiences accumulated during more than 15 years of using Linux, and developed using my knowledge and experience as a course developer and trainer for both IBM and Red Hat, this class covers the practical aspects of Linux System Administration. It builds upon the foundation of the “Philosophy of Linux” in a way that helps the student understand how and why things are done as they are.

Our courses are always highly rated and well reviewed. Here are some comments from previous students taken directly from the course evaluation forms.

Choice of distribution

Students attending this class have a choice of which distribution on which they wish to concentrate and to use for lab projects. This class can be based either on Fedora because it is the upstream distribution for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and provides some insight into features and functions that may show up in RHEL in the future, or on CentOS as it reflects the current state of RHEL.

Course Description

The student will learn about the history of Linux and the philosophy of Linux and how it applies to the everyday tasks that she will be expected to perform. The student will install a current Fedora Linux system on common Intel hardware, using various installation options to customize the final result. The students will learn to use the command line interface (CLI) and many basic Linux commands along with the vi editor. More advanced commands such as sed and awk will be covered and combining all of these commands into short command line programs will be discussed and the student will have opportunity to use them in lab projects.

This course covers the Linux boot sequence and the traditional SystemV init scripts as well as an introduction to the new systemd daemon for startup and daemon management. The student will learn to manage users and software packages. Networking, security, processes, filesystems and Logical Volume Management will be covered in detail.

For complete details of this course see the Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration page.

Adding CentOS to Linux Training Courses

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For the previous few years I have used Fedora exclusively as the basis for courses designed and taught as part of our Millennium Technology Consulting LLC training offerings. This is because Fedora is the upstream distribution for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and many features that eventually find their way into RHEL show up first in Fedora. Some features never make it into RHEL for various reasons—not the least of which being that they don’t work well or meet the needs of a commercial grade Linux.

On the other hand, CentOS is a downstream copy of RHEL, identical except for logos and branding. CentOS is for people who want to use RHEL but perhaps do not want to pay for services in order to obtain software updates. CentOS is always a few weeks or possibly even months behind RHEL because of the time required to replace all references to Red Hat with those for CentOS.

Extensive differences

The last few releases of Fedora have resulted in very significant differences between Fedora and RHEL, and therefore with CentOS as well. Current major differences include naming of network devices by UDEV and DBUS and how that works with NetworkManager, and systemd a completely new replacement for the SystemV start scripts that speeds startup significantly but requires a completely new set of commands.

Training issues

In the past, the differences between these distributions required only a bit of time during class to discuss. The current major differences require a different approach for training classes. They are just too great to cover easily in the amount of time available in these classes.

Due to it’s much closer match to RHEL these days, CentOS is much more attractive to administrators who need Linux training than Fedora.

New approach

I have devised a new approach to the structure of these classes and the course materials that will enable me to teach using the same materials for both Fedora and CentOS.

The new course materials for all courses developed by Millennium Technology Consulting LLC will cover both Fedora and CentOS. This means that presentation slides will cover those differences between distributions that are significant and meaningful. Lab projects will provide instructions for both distributions where differences exist in the commands or the tasks required to meet an objective.

The instructor will be able to teach using either CentOS or Fedora depending upon the needs of the students and the measure of the differences between the two distributions.

And after the class is over, the course materials can be used as a reference for both distributions.

So whether you need to prepare for what the future of Linux holds, or you need to know exactly how to do things with today’s distributions, Millennium Technology Consulting LLC can meet your training needs.

Check the Training Calendar for class schedules. We can also provide custom scheduling for classes that meet your own needs rather than mine.

Please contact us to sign up for classes as soon as possible. Our classroom facilities have very limited seating so class sizes are always very small.

 

Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration class scheduled for June 10 – 14

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Millennium Technology Consulting LLC has scheduled its course, Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration for June 10 – 14, 2013.

This unique 5-day class, entitled, Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration covers a wide range of advanced topics in a manner never seen in other courses.

The topics covered in this course are:

 Administrative Tools  WordPress and MySQL
 IPTables  MailMan
BIND DNS  VNC
DHCP  NFS
Network Configuration  SAMBA
SSH  NTP
SendMail  CUPS
SpamAssassin  SELinux
MIMEDefang  Building RPMs
Apache Web Server

But it is how the class is structured as much as the specific subjects covered that makes it unique. Most classes that cover these subjects do not cover all of them, and they do not treat them as a part of an integrated whole system. The Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration class treats these as parts of a unified whole

By the end of the class each student will have a fully working Linux system with a firewall; a name server with forward and reverse zones; a DHCP server; an email server with integrated anti-spam; two working web sites with one a static HTML site and the other a complete WordPress site with a MySQL back end; A MailMan mailing list server; A VNC server; NFS and Samba shares. The student will also learn to build RPM packages.

In addition, students will learn advanced aspects of some of the system commands covered in my Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration course, as well as some interesting new commands that can be used for advanced system administration tasks and problem determination.

Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration – Seats for this 5-day course are available and cost $2995.00. Please contact us to sign up for classes as soon as possible. Our classroom facilities are very limited so class sizes are very small.

 

Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Adds “Introduction to Linux” Class

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Millennium Technology Consulting LLC announces the availability of the newest class in its training line-up.

The Introduction to Linux course provides a two-day survey of various aspects of using Linux with both the desktop and the command line interface (CLI). It is an introduction to Linux for someone who intends to be more than a casual user of Linux and covers some basic non-privileged administrative tasks. It also introduces a few of the basic concepts and some of the basic tools used by the root user.

View the Introduction to Linux course page on the Millennium Technology Consulting LLC web site for additional details about this course.

Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Announces Advanced Linux Class

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Millennium Technology Consulting LLC, http://www.millennium-technology.com, announces the availability of their latest Linux training class.

This deep technical course, entitled Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration, has been under development for over 18 months. It is intended for experienced Linux System Administrators who wish to learn advanced troubleshooting techniques and server installation and configuration.

It is how this class is structured as much as the specific subjects covered that makes it unique. Most classes that cover advanced subjects do not treat them as a part of an integrated system. The Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration class treats these as parts of a unified whole. By the end of the class each student will have a fully working integrated Linux server.

Students will learn advanced aspects of some of the system commands covered in the Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration course, as well as some interesting new commands that can be used for advanced system administration tasks and problem determination.

Registration for the test class is closed. Please check the Training page for future class schedules and seat availability. New classes start in January.

Please contact us to sign up for classes as soon as possible. Our classroom facility is limited so class sizes are very small.

“Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration” Class Status

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The advanced class I have been working on for over a year is nearly ready. This unique class, entitled, Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration covers a wide range of advanced topics in a manner never seen in other courses.

The topics covered in this course (still subject to change) will be:

 Administrative Tools  WordPress and MySQL
 IPTables  MailMan
BIND DNS  VNC
DHCP  NFS
Network Configuration  SAMBA
SSH  NTP
SendMail  CUPS
SpamAssassin  SELinux
MIMEDefang  Building RPMs
Apache Web Server

But it is how the class is structured as much as the specific subjects covered that makes it unique. Most classes that cover these subjects do not cover all of them, and they do not treat them as a part of an integrated whole system. The Linux Servers and Advanced System Administration class treats these as parts of a unified whole

By the end of the class each student will have a fully working Linux system with a firewall; a name server with forward and reverse zones; a DHCP server; an email server with integrated anti-spam; two working web sites with one a static HTML site and the other a complete WordPress site with a MySQL back end; A MailMan mailing list server; A VNC server; NFS and Samba shares. The student will also learn to build RPM packages.

In addition, students will learn advanced aspects of some of the system commands covered in my Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration course, as well as some interesting new commands that can be used for advanced system administration tasks and problem determination.

I expect this course to be ready for a test class in December of 2012. It will be held in my Raleigh, NC, training facility. The exact date is still a bit uncertain but, at this time, I expect it to be the first week of December.

The class will normally cost $2995. There will be discounts available for that session because it will be a test class. As always, the additional $500 discount for TriLUG members will apply. Please contact Millennium Technology Consulting LLC for details.

Training Classes for Q1, 2012 Scheduled

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My Company, Millennium Technology Consulting LLC, has set its Linux training schedule for the First Quarter of 2012. We will be presenting one session of our highly acclaimed “Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration” class each month.

Classes are set for the following dates:

  • January 23-27, 2012
  • February 13-17, 2012
  • March 12-16, 2012

Please refer to the Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Training Page for complete schedules and prices.

Now Forming: Linux Administration Class

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I am in the process of forming a class roster to test a new Linux Administration course I am creating. This 5-day class will be held in Raleigh, NC, July 25 through 29. The normal cost for this course would be $1995 per student, but because this is a test class, there will be an $800 discount for a cost of $1195 per student. This is a one time offer. All future classes will be at the full rate. To obtain this discounted rate you must be enrolled and course fees paid no later than 5:00 PM on July 15, 2011.

I have a couple students committed to this class and would like to have a few more.

This class is based upon material I have put together over several years for a number of different specialized reasons. I am in the process of filling out the areas needed to cover all aspects of an Introduction to Linux  System Administration.

Course Synopsis

This course is intended for  junior Linux Systems Administrators who wish to advance their knowledge, and administrators of other Unix versions or Windows who wish to become Linux System Administrators. This class is heavily oriented towards hands-on activities. At least half of the class time is allotted to lab projects. The class is based on Fedora because it is the upstream distribution for Red Hat Linux.

The student will learn about the history of Linux and the philosophy of Linux and how it applies to the everyday tasks that she will be expected to perform. The student will install a current Fedora Linux system on common Intel hardware, using various installation options to customize the final result. The students will learn to use the command line interface (CLI) and many basic Linux commands along with the vi editor. More advanced commands such as sed and awk will be covered and combining all of these commands into short command line programs will be discussed and the student will have opportunity to use them in lab projects.

This course covers the Linux boot sequence and the traditional SystemV init scripts as well as the new systemd daemon for startup and daemon management. The student will learn to manage users and software packages. Networking, security, processes, filesystems and Logical Volume Management will be covered in detail.

The course outline (subject to change) is shown below:

  • Introduction To Linux
  • The Linux Way
  • Installation
  • Getting logged in
  • Using the Console
  • The Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Basic Linux Commands
  • Boot Sequence
  • Startup
    • Upstart
    • SystemV init
    • systemd
  • The vi Editor
  • Managing Users
  • Advanced CLI Commands
  • Processes
  • Task Scheduling
  • Filesystems
  • Logical Volume Management (LVM)
  • Disk management
  • CLI Programming
  • Package Management with RPM and YUM
  • Network
  • Security
  • Problem Solving

Please contact dboth {at} millennium-technology {dot} com to register for this class or call 919-389-8678.

Announcing the Formation of Millennium Technology Consulting LLC

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I would like to announce that I have now started my own company, Millennium Technology Consulting LLC. We use Free Open Source Software (FOSS) to  save money, improve security and extend the life of existing computers for small to medium sized businesses. Open Source Software is high quality, and it is more secure and much better supported than most proprietary restricted software.

We provide Linux Consulting and Open Source Consulting services in the Raleigh Durham and RTP area of North Carolina.

Check us out and see how Millennium Technology Consulting LLC can help your business.