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SRA840 - Server Administration


SRA840 is taught by Mark Fernandes (Winter 2009)

Weekly Outline

See the Winter 2009 SRA840 Weekly Schedule for specific dates and topics.

Subject Description

Both Linux and UNIX are popular server platforms. This subject looks at installing, configuring, and maintaining popular server programs on UNIX in general, and FreeBSD in particular. FreeBSD will be used as the reference platform for this subject. It will be used to host Web (Apache), Database (MySQL and WordPress), Mail (Postfix and Courier-IMAP), DNS (BIND) servers.

Credit Status

1 credit in the LUX program.



Specific Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Install and configure a BSD UNIX (FreeBSD and FreeBSD ports collection)
  • Install and configure domain name server (BIND)
  • Install and configure web server (Apache and Apache modules)
  • Install and configure mail server (Postfix and Courier-IMAP)
  • Install and configure database server (MySQL and WordPrese)

Topic Outline

  • Web Server - 25%
    • install the Apache server
    • install modules
    • secure Apache
    • Web Statistics (webalizer)
  • Database Servers - 25%
    • Download, install and configure MySQL
    • Installation of database driven web application (WordPress)
  • Electronic Mail - 25%
    • MTAs, MUAs, MDAs
    • SMTP services
    • POP and IMAP
    • Postfix configuration
    • other mail transport agents
    • mail clients
    • mail aliases
    • Spam filtering and virus scanning on email
  • Additional Server and other FreeBSD - 25%

Modes Of Instruction

2 hours interactive lecture per week, and 2 hours lab time per week

Prescribed Text

Reference Material

  • None


  • None

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

Modes of Evaluation

  • 5% Quizzes
  • 30% Course Work (labs and assignments)
  • 25% One Midterm Test
  • 40% Final Exam


FreeBSD Handbook

FreeBSD Committer's Guide


Lab No. and Description Submission page Due Date
Lab1: Introducing FreeBSD SRA840_Lab1 End of semester
Lab2: Installing Ports and Packages on FreeBSD SRA840_Lab2 29 Jan 2009
Lab3: Installing FreeBSD in a virtual machine SRA840_Lab3 04 Feb 2009
Lab4: Configuring BIND on FreeBSD SRA840_Lab4 18 Feb 2009
Lab5: Installing Apache and configuring perl and python modules SRA840_Lab5
Lab6: Installing mod_php on Apache SRA840_Lab6
Lab7: MySQL: Use and Administration SRA840_Lab7
Lab8: WordPress Plugins SRA840_Lab8
Lab9: Apache+PHP Security SRA840_Lab9