Course Summary

The hands-on FreeBSD System Administration class covers the fundamentals of FreeBSD system administration, including: installation (i386), system services, installing software packages, configuring and building kernels, network configuration, and more. It also covers DNS, email, and web services. The students will implement DNS zones and Apache website virtual hosting in the lab.

This class is for users of Linux, Unix or BSD operating systems to provide beginning system administration skills for the popular FreeBSD operating system. Similarities and differences for many administration tasks under Linux and other BSDs will be discussed.

This class is designed for students who are new to FreeBSD administration. Although this course uses FreeBSD for its curriculum, most of the concepts are applicable for Linux, OpenBSD, BSD/OS, NetBSD, and Berkeley Unix administration. Some Unix, BSD, or Linux experience would be helpful.

Course Topics

  • interactive operating system installation (CD provided)
  • basic file system creation and maintenance
  • system startup configurations (using rc.conf and rc.d)
  • networking setup and troubleshooting
  • user and group administration
  • logs, syslog and log rotations
  • inetd
  • system clock and cron
  • periodic tasks
  • using kernel modules
  • installing new software using ports and pre-built packages
  • DNS and SMTP fundamentals
  • setting up a DNS caching and authoritative DNS server (using BIND)
  • Apache HTTPD webserver installation and configuration for virtual domains.
  • setting up basic packet filter and NAT (Network Address Translation)
  • beginning email server configuration (using Postfix)

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