Getting Started with Linux Administration

By Don Jones on November 14, 2014

In today's world, the more operating systems you're familiar with, the more opportunities you'll have as an IT professional. Adding Linux administration to your skills inventory is a great move, and these courses will help you get there faster.


This series will help you develop fundamental Linux administration skills, including command-line interface administration and basic command-line scripting.

Target audience:

This series assumes that you're comfortable with computers in general, and that you would like to start learning the basics of Linux administration. Because there are so many different flavors of Linux out there, we have focused on a generic approach to getting you started. The skills you learn from these courses will be broadly applicable to most major Linux distributions.

Course sequence:

Course Duration
Linux Installation and Initial Configuration 6h 21m
Linux System Administration Fundamentals 4h 28m
Linux Networking, Service Management, and Security Fundamentals 7h 11m
Linux Command Line Interface (CLI) Fundamentals 4h 43m
Shell Scripting with Bash 4h 33m
Integrating Linux in a Windows Enterprise Environment 4h 17m
Total 31h 36m


Ready to dive into the world of Linux administration? Whether you plan to help manage servers in an enterprise environment, just need to build a Linux-based development lab, or want to start using the Linux-based virtual machines available from cloud providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, this is a great place to start.

The first course, Linux Installation and Configuration, will get you started by showing you how to install a Linux distribution and get it configured to talk to your network.

You'll get the basics of administration in the next two courses, Linux System Administration Fundamentals and Linux CLI Fundamentals. As a primarily text-based operating system under the hood, those CLI fundamentals will prove especially handy.

In fact, you'll take the CLI a bit further in Bash Shell Scripting, a course that covers the basics if CLI scripting using one of the more popular command-line shells available in Linux.

We also recommend Linux Networking, Service Management, and Security Fundamentals. This rounds out the courses related to professional certification in Linux, and covers higher-level networking and security topics.

In case you plan to work in a Windows environment, we've included Integrating Linux in a Windows Enterprise Environment, which covers some of the core tasks involved in getting Linux and Windows to talk to each other and play nice.

Note that this sequence of courses will also prepare you for your Linux Professional Institute Certification, level 1 (LPIC-1). This certification replaces the CompTIA Linux+ certification, and offers a great way to document your skills at Linux administration. Upon receiving your LPIC-1, you can also apply for the SUSE CLA certification - effectively giving you three titles in one. Read more on the LIP website.

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Don Jones

Don Jones' broad IT experience comes from 20 years in the business, with a strong focus on Microsoft server technologies. He's the author of more than 45 technology books, including titles on administration and software development, and writes monthly columns for the industry's leading periodicals. He's an in-demand speaker at technical conferences and symposia worldwide, and is widely recognized as one of the top trainers in the Microsoft sector.