Announcements

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

Announcements Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Training

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.

Introduction to Linux class, August 8 and 9

Announcements Linux Training

I am running an Introduction to Linux class this Thursday and Friday, August 8 and 9.

This two-day course is for anyone who is considering pursuit of a course in Linux system administration and who wants a brief introduction to Linux.

Course Outline

This course is a quick survey of various aspects of using Linux with both the desktop and the command line interface (CLI). It is intended to be 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.

The topics covered in this course include the following.

  • Exploring desktops
    • KDE
    • GNOME
    • Other desktops
  • Virtual Consoles
  • Screen
  • The Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Processes
  • Managing Files
  • Vim Editor
  • More About Files
    • Permissions
    • Links

The course normally costs $1295 however there is a $500 discount for TriLUG members.

See http://www.millennium-technology.com/?page_id=1519 for full course details.

Server upgrade weekend of August 3-4 — short outages expected

Announcements Site Outage

The weekend of August 3 and 4, I will be preparing to perform a significant server upgrade. The upgrade itself will take effect over a few days during the following week. You may experience intermittent short outages of this web site during this time, especially the weekend during the preparation phase.

I apologize in advance for any inconvenience these outages may cause.

The Plan

Just in case you are curious, here is the plan for this upgrade.

Preparation

Estimated outage: 60 Minutes

  1. Poweroff the original server and remove the hard drive.
  2. Install the hard drive in the temporary, less powerful server.
  3. Power on the temp server and properly configure the network adapters.
  4. Configure the firewall to forward email and web services to the temporary server.
  5. Test.

At this point we will be up and running with our same software but on a less capable host. The temporary server should have no difficulty dealing with the loads we normally experience, but I do want to end up with the more powerful computer as our server.

Implementation

Estimated outages: A few minutes at most during each transition.

  1. Install new hard drive in the original server.
  2. Install the latest version of Fedora.
  3. Install the server software required to run the email and web sites.
  4. Install all of my personal and server-related configuration customization.
  5. Migrate the web servers.
    1. Copy the configuration file for the Apache web server to the upgraded server.
    2. Copy the data for all web sites from the temporary server to the upgraded server.
    3. Verify that the web sites are working.
    4. Configure the firewall to forward web requests to the upgraded server.
    5. Test all of the web sites.
    6. Fix problems.
    7. Repeat E and F until all problems resolved.
    8. Turn off the web server on the temporary server.
  6. Migrate the email server.
    1. Copy all of the configuration files for sendmail, SpamAssassin to the upgraded server.
    2. Start Sendmail.
    3. Test.
    4. Configure the firewall to forward email requests to the upgraded server.
    5. Test.
    6. Fix problems.
    7. Repeat E and F until all problems are resolved.
  7. Migrate listserv.
    1. Copy list data and archives to the upgraded server.
    2. Verify correct operation.
    3. Fix problems.
    4. Repeat B and C until all problems are resolved.

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Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration classes scheduled

Announcements News Training

Millennium Technology Consulting LLC has scheduled two instances of our highly rated Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration course.

Dates for this class are:

  • August 19 – 23
  • September 23 – 27

The September class has only one seat remaining available at this time.

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. 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.

The student will learn about the history of Linux and 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 more information about this class, go to http://www.millennium-technology.com/?page_id=1046

Check our calendar page for our complete schedule of this and other courses.

 

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

Announcements Linux Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Training

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

Announcements Linux Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Training

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

Announcements Millennium Technology Consulting LLC News Training

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 to be Held December 3 – 7

Announcements News Training

The advanced class I have been working on for over a year will be ready for a test class that will be held December 3 – 7. 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.

This course will be held in my Raleigh, NC, training facility.

The class will normally cost $2995. There will be a discount of $700 available for only 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.

Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration Class Rescheduled

Announcements Training

I have rescheduled the session of my Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration class for the new dates of July 9 through 13, 2012. This class will be run at my class room in Raleigh, NC.

The cost is $2495 for this highly reviewed class. There is a $500 discount for members of TriLUG (Triangle Linux User Group); you must present your membership card or ID to take advantage of this offer.

Please contact me to sign up now.

DataBook® for OS/2 Returns – in part

Announcements Information OS/2

Thanks to WD “Bill” Loughman of Berkeley, California for sending me his downloads of some of the pages of the original DataBook for OS/2. Using that data, I have recreated the pages that he has saved. This is a great boon for anyone still using OS/2.

Unfortunately, much more data is still missing. If you, by any chance, have downloaded and saved any pages from the DataBook for OS/2, I would be very appreciative if you would zip them up and send them to me.

Not many people use OS/2 any more, but a bank I worked for recently just retired their last OS/2 ATM a few months ago. So it is still around.

Next “Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration” Class Starts Feb. 13

Announcements Training

The next session of my class, “Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration” will be run February 13 through 17, 1012.

Taken from my own experiences accumulated during more than 14 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.

Seats Available

There are still seats available for my Theory and Practice of Linux System Administration class which starts on Monday, January 23 and runs for five days.

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.

Schedule

Please check the Training page for complete class schedules and seat availability. Please contact us to sign up for classes as soon as possible. Our classroom facilities are very limited so class sizes are very small.

Theme Change

Announcements

As you can probably see, if you have been here before, I have made a major change in the look and feel of the DataBook web site. I have changed to a new WordPress theme and have made some minor customizations of that new theme.

You may even notice changes when you move from page to page. That is just me making a few tweaks to the theme.

I really like WordPress, which is the Free Open Source Software (FOSS)  I use for all of my web sites, because I can change the look and feel—the theme—with a couple clicks of a mouse.

I hope you like the new theme, and appreciate your patience if things do not quite work right. Please let me know via the Contact page if you notice a problem.

Training Classes for Q1, 2012 Scheduled

Announcements Millennium Technology Consulting LLC News Training

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

Announcements Millennium Technology Consulting LLC Training

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.

Fedora Frog 2.0-14.0.0 Released

Announcements Software

I have released version 2.0-14.0.0 of Fedora Frog.

This interactive, text mode, menu-driven Bash program provides the Linux administrator an easy way to install applications not installed by default during a Fedora Core installation procedure, and applications that are not part of the standard distribution. Additional repositories are required beyond the normal Fedora ones, and they are automatically added by Fedora Frog as well.

Frog installs media players such as RealPlayer, Mplayer, VLC, Kaffiene and Xine. It also installs Thunderbird, Firefox, GNUCash, Adobe Reader and Yumex, and some things specifically for System Admins such as chkrootkit, iotop and more.

Fedora Frog currently supports Fedora 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Support for all previous versions of Fedora has been removed.

New features in this release include:

  • Added support for Oracle VirtualBox-4.0 with extensions and keep support for VirtualBox 3.2 which is still available.
    Set this up for selection in a new Radio Button menu due to choice complexities.
  • Added the screen program.
  • Added support for Fedora 13 and 14.
  • Resolved minor issues with VirtualBox.
  • Added nVidia PAE support.
  • Added more Admin programs such as ntop, powertop, iptraf, etc.

Fedora Frog is distributed under the GPL2 license. Fedora Frog can be downloaded from SourceForge at https://sourceforge.net/projects/fedorafrog/.