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Welcome to OPS245 - Introduction to Linux Server Administration

What This Course is About

This course teaches the maintenance and administration of Linux servers. This course is the second in a series of courses covering Linux technologies:

  • OPS145 (ULI101) taught you to be a Linux user.
  • OPS245 will teach you to move from being a Linux user to being a Linux system administrator.
  • OPS345 will teach you to administer Linux servers (web servers, email servers, firewalls), as well as use cloud-provided services for DNS, databases, and file storage systems.

As a system administrator, you will be responsible for installing, configuring, adjusting, maintaining, and troubleshooting the operation of Linux servers. You will be able to change anything on the system, and you will also have the ability to damage or destroy the system.

Depending on how the course is delivered in your semester: you will need either a workstation computer powerful enough to run several virtual machines at the same time, or a USB SSD drive to store your virtual machines which you will run on a lab computer at Seneca.

The servers you'll install will run on your own computer, and will not be accessible from the internet. Once you're done with the learning in this course: next semester you'll have the skills to deal with the extra complications of administering public-facing servers.

Learning by Doing

Most of the learning in this course occurs through the hands-on problem solving that takes place in the labs and assignments. Therefore, it's very important to stay up-to-date with the coursework, and to practice until you have confidently mastered each task.

All of the software used in this course is open source software, so you are free to use, modify, and redistribute it. This means that you can install it as many times as you want on as many different computers as you would like. It also means that you can tinker with it -- you can take it apart, see how it works, and put it back together in the same or a different way, limited only by your time and ambition. You are encouraged to experiment and question liberally.

Course Faculty

During the Fall 2023 semester OPS245 is taught by:

Required Materials

USB3 Solid State Drive (SSD) Minimum Capacity: 120 GB
Workstation Computer Powerful enough
Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition DVD Image
Debian DVD Installer DVD Image
Debian CD Net Installer CD Image

If you're not from Seneca

You're welcome to use these materials for learning anyway. You won't get any course credit, and I won't be marking your stuff, but I (Andrew) might reply to your questions if you email me.