OSL840 Weekly Schedule

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Note: Each professor will indicate the due dates for labs, tests and assignments for their sections. This schedule is a general guideline for week-by-week content.
Week Objectives and Tasks Labs
Week 1:
6 sep - 9 sep (monday is a holiday)
Course introduction
  • About the course
  • Review of prerequisite skills from OSL640 and OSL740
  • AWS account requirements and account setup
  • Your workstation setup
Prep for Labs
Week 2:
12 sep - 16 sep
First VM in the cloud
  • AWS cost monitoring
  • Basic security on a public-facing server: users, passwords, login requirements, SSH keys, lock-out prevention
  • AWS networking, static IPs
  • Deploying a pre-built VM on AWS
Lab 1
Week 3:
19 sep - 23 sep
AWS networking, iptables
  • The purpose of a firewall on a server on the internet
  • AWS Security Groups and iptables
  • iptables fundamentals
  • iptables setup & troubleshooting
  • Port forwarding
Lab 2
Week 4:
26 sep - 30 sep
Web server
  • Apache web server configuration
  • Web server storage, configuration, LVM
  • Simple PHP websites
  • Public server without public ip
  • HTTP vs HTTPS
Lab 3
Week 5:
3 oct - 7 oct
Databases
  • RDBMS fundamentals
  • MariaDB on AWS
  • Practice with MariaDB
  • Web server + database example: NextCloud
Lab 4
Week 6:
11 oct - 14 oct (monday is a holiday)
Assignment 1
  • Creating/using AMIs
  • Automatic synchronisation using rsync, ssh keys, & cron
  • Simple load balancing using iptables
  • Really simple python scripting
Assignment 1
Week 7:

17 oct - 21 oct
Evaluation
  • Guided self-evaluation (online)
  • Presentation (in-class)
Study Week:
24 oct - 28 oct
Week 8:
31 oct - 4 nov
DNS
  • DNS overview
  • Register a domain name
  • Set up A, CNAME, TXT records
  • Set up Let's Encrypt
  • Modify Apache to use HTTPS
Lab 5
Week 9:
7 nov - 11 nov
Simple email server
  • Email overview
  • MX records
  • Third AWS VM: email
  • Basic Postfix setup
  • Delivery using dovecot-lda to Maildir
  • Email server security: open relays, port access
Lab 6
Week 10:
14 nov - 18 nov
IMAP server
  • Set up Thunderbird for your domain
  • Add encryption and authentication support to Postfix
  • Set up Dovecot with SSL
  • Set up Thunderbird for myseneca
Lab 7
Week 11:
21 nov - 25 nov
Proper Cloud data storage
  • Storage overview on AWS
  • EBS
  • RDS
  • EFS
  • S3
Lab 8
Week 12:
28 nov - 2 dec
Automatic Deployment and Configuration Management (no lab)
  • What we did wrong in this course
  • Automatic, demand-based deployment of VMs
  • Automatically configuring new VMs
  • Containers
Week 13:
5 dec - 9 dec
Assignment 2
  • Roundcube Webmail
Alternative Assignment 2
  • Overview of skills gained
Week 14:
12 dec - 16 dec
Evaluation
  • Guided self-evaluation (online)
  • Presentation (in-class)