OPS235 Course Outline

Course Code: OPS235
Course Name: Introduction to Open System Servers
Offered Date: Winter - 2019 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This project-based subject will teach students how to install and configure a Linux server. Further, students will learn how to connect to and communicate over a network in a controlled environment. They will learn how to manage their files on their system and how to set-up file and directory permissions. Students will manage basic system security and firewall settings. In order to configure their system, students will gain knowledge of a few basic Unix/Linux commands and be exposed to 'Shell' basics. Finally students will work with both text and graphical user interfaces.
Credit Status: 1 credit in the CNS/CTY Program.
Prerequisite: ULI101
Mode of Instruction: 4 hours interactive lecture/lab per week.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Install a multi-function Open Source server to deliver standard services to multiple users on a network.
  2. Create OS installation and software update policies to maintain a server’s integrity and security.
  3. Install appropriate tools to customize and manage how a server is administered.
  4. Install software packages to customize server functions.
  5. Manage storage devices to maximize server performance and organization.
  6. Create virtual machines and virtual networks to increase network services and options while maintaining the same physical footprint.
  7. Manage user accounts to provide customized and secure access to appropriate network services and applications.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to create backups and restore data to minimize system downtime.
Topic Outline:
  • Introduction to Open Source Software
    •         GPL and Open Source
    •         Linux Kernel and other GPL software
    •         Open Source Projects and Community
  • Working with Storage Devices and Filesystems
    •         Physical Partitions
    •         Removeable Storage Devices
    •         Filesystems
    •         Filesystem Images
    •         Linux filesystem hierarchy and system directories
    •         Mounting and unmounting storage devices
    •         Device and partition names in /dev/
  • Linux Server installation
    •         DVD Installation
    •         Root account
    •         Partitioning
    •         Securing Linux Boot Loader GRUB
    •         Getting System Information
    •         Kickstart and Network Installs
    •         Setting Default Runlevel
  • Virtualization
    •         Configure and Install Virtual Machines using KVM
    •         Networking with Virtual Machines
    •         Backing up and moving virtual machines
  • Package Management
    •         Installing and removing packages using yum and rpm
    •         Using rpm to query package database
    •         Using yum to perform system updates
  • Logical Volume Management
    •         Physical Volumes, Volume Groups, Logical Volumes
    •         Creating physical volumes, volume groups and logical volumes
    •         Adding and removing space from a volume group
    •         Extending and shrinking logical volumes
    •         Putting /home on a separate logical volume and configuring /etc/fstab
  • User and Group Management
    •         Adding and removing users and groups
    •         UID, GID and file ownership
    •         /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow, /etc/group
  • Creating and using tar archives and file system images
    •         Using archives with tar, gzip, gunzip
    •         Creating filesystem images and copying data using dd
  • Installing software form source code
    •         Finding and extracting source code tarballs
    •         Configuring, compiling and installing software from source
  • Configuring and customizing system services
    •         Runlevels, init, and upstart
    •         Init scripts and runlevels
    •         Using chkconfig to customize runlevels
    •         Starting and stopping services
  • Dual booting with another distribution
    •         GRUB
    •         Other Linux distributions
  • Managing privileged access with sudo
    •         /etc/sudoers
  • Setting up an Ethernet TCP/IP Network
    •         Configurating TCP/IP Network
    •         Network device name, IP Address, Subnet mask, broadcast address
    •         Networking commands: ifconfig, netstat, route, ping
    •         Examining TCP/IP Configuration files
    •         Hostname Resolution/etc/hosts /etc/resolv.conf
  • Configuring Linux firewall using iptables
    •         Iptables
    •         Iptables rules
  • Introduction to selinux
    •         What is selinux
    •         Writing selinux booleans to accomodate httpd
  • Internet Services
    •         Internet services and port numbers
    •         Configuration files
    •         Setting up ssh and http servers
    •         Troublehoot and monitor network activity using netstat
  • Using sshd
    •         ssh to a remote host
    •         ssh public key authentication
    •         Tunneling Xwindows and other services using ssh
    •         scp and sftp for transferring files
  • Installing and configuring DHCP server
    •         DHCP Lease Transaction
    •         DHCP Relay Agent
    •         Instaling dhcpd
    •         Configuring dhcpd in /etc/dhcpd.conf
    •         Using /var/log/messages to troublehoot DHCP
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  • USB Storage device, 8GB minimum
  • 2.5 SSD 240 GB with case
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Problem & Activity based labs & Quizzes 20%
Task based assignments (2 phases) 10%
Practical Tests (2) 30%
Written Test (week 7) (1) 10%
Final Exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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