New OPS235 Outline for Fall 2012

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Course Code: OPS235

Course Name: Introduction to Open System Servers

Offered Date: Fall 2012

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Course Description:

This project-based course will teach students how to install and configure a Linux server using various installation methods. Further, students will configure multiple virtual machines and learn how to configure them into a private network. They will learn how to manage their users and applications on their system and how to set-up file and directory permissions. Students will learn to control the boot process and file storage. Students will manage basic system security and firewall settings. In order to configure their systems, students will gain knowledge of various Linux administrative commands and be exposed to 'Shell' basics. Finally students will work with both text and graphical user interfaces.

Credit Status: 1 credit in the CNS / CTY program. Prerequisite: ULI101 Corequisite:

Modes Of Instruction: 4 hours interactive lecture/lab per week, and 1 hour lab time per week Additional Instruction:

Specific Outcomes:

  • Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Install and configure a simple Linux server using multiple installation methods
  • Configure multiple virtual machines using KVM into a private network
  • Manage partitions and logical volumes
  • Install and remove software packages
  • Compile and install software packages from source
  • Install and configure DHCP server
  • Backup/restore files and directories
  • Start up and shutdown Linux Server properly
  • Navigate and manipulate files and directories with Linux Commands
  • Install and configure http and ssh servers
  • Install and use the GNOME Desktop
  • Add and manage user accounts
  • Manage system startup and shutdown through GRUB and init
  • Setup, configure, and trouble shoot TCP/IP ethernet LAN
  • Modify the system firewall configuration using iptables rules
  • Set up basic system security
  • Manage file storage on removeable devices
  • Configure system security using SELinux tools

Employability Skills:

  • This course will cover the following employability skills as :*outlined by the Government of Ontario:
  • Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication
  • Execute mathematical operations accurately
  • Apply a systematic approach to solve problems
  • Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems
  • Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems
  • Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources
  • Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects
  • Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences

Topic Outline:

Introduction to Open Source Software
  • GPL and Open Source
  • Linux Kernel and other GPL software
  • Open Source Projects and Community
Working with Storage Devices and Filesystems
  • Physical Partitions
  • Removeable Storage Devices
  • Filesystems
  • Filesystem Images
  • Linux filesystem hierarchy and system directories
  • Mounting and unmounting storage devices
  • Device and partition names in /dev/
Linux Server installation
  • DVD Installation
  • Root account
  • Partitioning
  • Securing Linux Boot Loader GRUB
  • Getting System Information
  • Kickstart and Network Installs
  • Setting Default Runlevel
  • Configure and Install Virtual Machines using KVM
  • Networking with Virtual Machines
  • Backing up and moving virtual machines
Package Management
  • Installing and removing packages using yum and rpm
  • Using rpm to query package database
  • Using yum to perform system updates
Logical Volume Management
  • Physical Volumes, Volume Groups, Logical Volumes
  • Creating physical volumes, volume groups and logical volumes
  • Adding and removing space from a volume group
  • Extending and shrinking logical volumes
  • Putting /home on a separate logical volume and configuring /etc/fstab
User and Group Management
  • Adding and removing users and groups
  • UID, GID and file ownership
  • /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow, /etc/group
Creating and using tar archives and file system images
  • Using archives with tar, gzip, gunzip
  • Creating filesystem images and copying data using dd
Installing software form source code
  • Finding and extracting source code tarballs
  • Configuring, compiling and installing software from source
Configuring and customizing system services
  • Runlevels, init, and upstart
  • Init scripts and runlevels
  • Using chkconfig to customize runlevels
  • Starting and stopping services
Dual booting with another distribution
  • GRUB
  • Other Linux distributions
Managing privileged access with sudo
  • /etc/sudoers
Setting up an Ethernet TCP/IP Network
  • Configurating TCP/IP Network
  • Network device name, IP Address, Subnet mask, broadcast address
  • Networking commands: ifconfig, netstat, route, ping
  • Examining TCP/IP Configuration files
  • Hostname Resolution/etc/hosts /etc/resolv.conf
Configuring Linux firewall using iptables
  • Iptables
  • Iptables rules
Introduction to selinux
  • What is selinux
  • Writing selinux booleans to accomodate httpd
  • Internet Services
Internet services and port numbers
  • Configuration files
  • Setting up ssh and http servers
  • Troublehoot and monitor network activity using netstat
Using sshd
  • ssh to a remote host
  • ssh public key authentication
  • Tunneling Xwindows and other services using ssh
  • scp and sftp for transferring files
Installing and configuring DHCP server
  • DHCP Lease Transaction
  • DHCP Relay Agent
  • Instaling dhcpd
  • Configuring dhcpd in /etc/dhcpd.conf
  • Using /var/log/messages to troublehoot DHCP
Prescribed Text:
  • No Required Textbook
  • On-line Resources
  • USB Storage device, 64 MB minimum
  • SATA Hard Disk with removable drawer, 160 GB minimum
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  • Achieve a grade of 55% or better on the final exam
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  • Achieve a weighted average of 55% or better for the tests and final exam
  • Achieve a grade of 55% or better on the overall course
  • Problem & Activity based labs & Quizzes 20%
  • Task based assignments (2 phases) 10%
  • 2 Practical Tests 30%
  • 1 Written Test (week 7) 10%
  • Final Exam 30%