This course will cover the basics of administering a Linux-based server environment in the manner of the EECS Instructional Servers (hivexx.cs.b.e) and the Open Computing Facility (tsunami.ocf.b.e, etc.). By the end of this course, we expect you to be completely comfortable using GNU/Linux, understand in a broad sense how the system’s various parts work together, e.g. init, filesystems, services, daemons, etc., understand basic networking, have a good sense about maintaining system security, understand system administration essentials in general and have a practical taste of what sysadmins do in industry.
10 lab assignments will be offered throughout the semester. In order to receive credit for taking the course, you must complete 10 total labs. In addition to completing the labs, you will have the option of attending lectures in person, or completing an alternate participation assignment to help reinforce your understanding of the lecture materials.
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