Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems

by Glenn Weadock

If you want to understand computers, start with operating systems: the software that communicates with both hardware and application programs. This course introduces key features of the most popular operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux.

What you'll learn

Operating systems are the beating heart of computer systems: the hidden engine that makes everything else possible. Every IT professional must have a solid grounding in modern operating systems. In this course, Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems, you will see the pros and cons of today’s most popular operating systems and how to set them up for productive and secure computing. First, you will work with different versions of Windows, decide between an in-place upgrade and a clean install, understand domain versus workgroup networking, and understand the basics of PowerShell. Then, you will understand how to build your own management consoles, install applications, set up Windows as a network client, navigate the Linux file system from the Terminal, and secure the macOS. Next, you will be able to navigate the maze of Windows control panels, utilities, and command-line tools and understand when to use which tool. Finally, you will know the best practices for ongoing operating system maintenance and management. By the end of this course, you’ll know the key features of the most popular operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Course Overview
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About the author

Glenn E. Weadock (MDAA, MCAAA, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCITP, A+, Security+) is the president of Independent Software Inc., which he founded in 1982 after graduating from Stanford University's engineering school. ISI provides expert witness, consulting, and training services in the IT field with a focus on operating systems and networking technologies. Glenn is the author of 18 commercial books on topics such as Windows clients and servers, Microsoft certification, website design, troubleshooting, and ... more

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