Administering Linux in Production Environments

Aeleen Frisch, Exponential Consulting

Who should attend: This course is designed for both current Linux system administrators as well as administrators from sites considering converting to or adding Linux systems to their current computing resources.

This course will cover configuring and managing Linux computer systems in production environments. We will be focusing on the administrative issues that arise when Linux systems are deployed to address a variety of real-world tasks and problems arising from both commercial and R&D contexts.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Why Linux? Justifying a free operating system in a production environment (including addressing management questions/concerns like "Why don't we just buy Suns?" and "Why not use Windows NT instead?")

  • High performance I/O: advanced filesystems (coda, logical volumes), disk striping, optimizing I/O performance

  • Linux and high-speed networking (Linux in the Enterprise)

  • Advanced compute-server environments: Beowulf, clustering, parallelization environments and facilities, CPU performance optimization

  • High availability Linux: fault tolerant options, UPS configuration

  • Databases and Linux

  • Integrating with (other) UNIX and non-UNIX systems

  • Linux systems in office environments: options for traditional applications

  • Security considerations and techniques for production environments


About the Instructor:

Aeleen Frisch has been a system administrator for over 15 years. She currently looks after a very heterogeneous network of UNIX and Windows NT systems. She is the author of several books, including Essential Windows NT System Administration.

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