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Topics included in this 4-day course: Basic Linux overview; a Quick GUI Tour of Linux; the basics of working with files in any Shell; Concepts of users & groups; File access permissions; the Linux file system; the bash Shell; X Window System with GNOME..

Course Outline
Basic Linux Overview


• Overview ‘UNIX' compliant Operating Systems (OS)
• Outline the many features and architectural advantages
• A brief but important step back into UNIX History and Principles
• A tour of the open source developments: GNU Project, FSF, and the GPL
• Where did Linux Begin, Its' Origins and Its' Benefits
• How does Red Hat Linux Differ from other Linux Offerings
• Recommended Hardware Requirements
• Linux Provides The X Window System with Multiple GUI Desktops

Hands-on Lab
Practice Logging Into The System Using GUI and Text Modes
Become comfortable with GUI interface, GUI menus, video and console modes
Work with the GUI and text based help systems
A Quick GUI Tour of Linux


• Discover The Many Components of the Linux User Interface
• Understand The Significance of Local Logins and Users
• Understand The Concepts of Design and Examine the Linux File system
• Why Are There So Many Command Line Shells
• How to Running Commands
• What Do Command Options Do To Commands
• Understand How To Get Help: man Pages and Other Utilities
• Beginner Commands To Know: Date, and Calendar
• Be Aware That Not All Commands Have Options And Syntax Varies
• How To Change Your Password Using The ‘passwd' Command
• Understanding the Conceptual Design and Usage of Virtual Consoles
Hands-on Lab
Customize, Create and Terminate terminal windows on the desktop
Work with 2 Separate Terminal Windows Simultaneously
Use the man pages to find the syntax to change the date output to ‘dd/mm/yy'

The Basics of Working With Files In Any Shell Objectives:
• Understanding The Current Working Directory
• What Is A File Name
• What Are Absolute and Relative Pathnames
• Where Is The Home Directory
• What Are System Directories Used For
• How Do You Change To A Different Directory
• How To List Directory Contents
• Understand How To Check For Free Space On Your Disk
• How To Copy, Move and Rename Files and Directories
• Which Commands Create and Remove Directory Structures
• Concepts of and How To Determine File ‘Content' Type
• Basics of Viewing Text Files
• Quick Intro to Editing Text Files
• General Overview of Filename Pattern Matching
Hands-on Lab
Practice File and Directory Operations
Create Graphic and Text Files
Viewing Various File Formats in GUI File Manager
Working with Various File Formats In Terminal Window

Concepts Of Users and Groups Objectives:
• What Are User Accounts
• What Are Group Account ID's
• Red Hat Linux Security Model Isolates Users and Their Group ID
• Understand Role of root User and Other System Users and Groups
• Display User Information With Various Commands – id, who, w, users
• What If You Needed To Change Your Identity?
• How Do You Change File Ownership?
Hands-on Lab
How To Display All User Account Information
What Happens When You Change Your Password
Displaying and modifying certain User Information that is only changed by the ‘owner' using ‘id', ‘chfn', ‘chsh', ‘w', ‘who'

File Access Permissions Objectives:
• Define Basic File Security ‘Permissions'
• Understand The 3 Permission Groups
• Learn How To Modify File Permissions
• Understand How To Pre-Set New File Permission Settings
• File Security
• Examining Permissions on Files and Directories
• File Permission Types
• User Permission Categories
• Default File Permissions
• Changing Access Permissions
• Special Permission Types and Their Usage
Hands-on Lab:
Displaying and Changing File Permissions On Any File
Using a GUI File Manager and Navigator To Change Permissions

The Linux File System Objectives
• Linux File Hierarchy Concepts
• ext2/ext3 Filesystem Details
• Creating and Managing Hard and Soft Links
• Mounting Removable Media Like Floppies
• Finding and ‘Processing' Files Any Where On The System
• File Compression and Archiving Utilities zip, unzip and tar
Hands-on Lab:
Create links to bizarre binary files with better local names
Mount a floppy and copy some files to it (OPTIONAL if a Floppy Drive Exists on PC) Unmount the floppy, trade with a neighbor and look at their floppy
Uncompress A Set of Lab Files
Find all large compressed html files and decompress them to local directories
Unzip a Windows created zipped archive

The bash Shell Objectives:
• The bash ‘Heritage' is From The Bourne and C Shells
• What are Shell and Environment Variables
• Which Command is Executed?
• How To Use Command Recall
• Discover Command-Line Expansion
• Protecting Command Line Arguments from Expansion
• How To Deal With Command Return Values
• Command ‘Aliases'
• How To Create Shell Functions
• Why Use The Startup and Shutdown Scripts
• Determining The Login Shells Available
• Command History Tricks
• Command Completion and Editing Tricks
• Configuring the bash Shell
Hands-on Lab:
Practice using command recall with and without editing
Practice using the command completion feature when working with long file names
Create a command within a command
Create a few DOS equivalent command aliases, then delete them
Shutdown and reboot your machine

X Window System With GNOME & KDE Desktops Objectives:
• The X Window System
• The X Protocol
• The GNOME and KDE Desktop Environment
• Original X Environment
• Window Managers
• Switching Desktop Environments
• Mouse Configuration
• Copying and Pasting in X
• Starting X
• GUI Terminals and Editors
• Nautilus: the GNOME File Browser
• GNOME Desktop Applications
• Web Browsers and Mail Clients
• GNOME Office Applications
• OpenOffice.org Applications
• Image Utilities
• Audio Applications
• KDE Applications
• X Customization
Hands-on Lab:
Customize Gnome Desktop Icons, Start Menu Options, Task Bar Options
Configure Similar Options in KDE
Save a screen shot of your customization
Put screen shot into a web page

Standard I/O and Pipes Objectives
• Redirecting Input and Output
• Overwriting and Appending
• Redirecting Standard Error
• Redirecting Both Standard Output and Error
• Sending Unwanted Output to /dev/null
• Using Pipes to Connect Processes
Hands-on Lab:
Create a text based contact name and phone number list
Creating Text Files From Command Outputs
Adding System Information to Text Files
Discard File System Errors From The List Command

Introduction to String Processing Tools Objectives
• Counting Words, Lines and Characters Using wc
• Sorting ‘Rows' of Records by Any Field Using sort
• Printing Lines of Files With Specific Strings Within Them Using grep
• Printing Selected Columns and Fields Using cut
• Rearranging Columns and Fields Using cut
• Other String Processing Tools Using join, tee
• Determining Differences Between Files Using diff,cmp
• Spell-checking Files Using spell
• Formatting Text Using pr
Hands-on Lab:
Count how many user accounts there are other than root
Count the number of errors generated from a command
Save the error information separately from the saved output information
Add your name, blank lines and the current date in ‘mm/dd/yy' format
Re-arrange the output from a list command so only file name, size and permissions are displayed.

String Processing with Regular Expressions Objectives
• Understand basic ‘Pattern Matching' using a ‘Regular Expression' (RE)
• Searching for RE Patterns in Files using ‘grep'
• RE characters for Wildcards
• RE characters for Modifiers
• RE characters for Anchors
• Combining Multiple Regular Expressions In One Request
• Modifying Streams of Data Using ‘sed'
• Searching Multiple Files For The Same RE
• You Need More? Use Extended Regular Expressions
• Using Extended RE Patterns Within sed, egrep, awk
Hands-on Lab:
Select all the link files out of the /bin and /usr/bin directories
Select All binary files that contain dog and cat in them, upper or lower case
Select all files from bin directories that have ‘HOWTO' followed by ‘dog or cat' strings in their names as well

Introduction to Processes Objectives
• How to Define a Process in Memory
• How Processes Are Started
• Understanding Process Ancestry and States
• Viewing Your Processes or All Processes
• Sending Terminating Signals to Processes
• Starting multiple processes in a Terminal Window
• Suspending a Process
• Switching To Any Suspended Process
• Listing and Resuming Background and Suspended Jobs
• Altering Process Scheduling Priority using ‘nice'
• Running a Process in the Foreground or Background
• What Happens With Compound Commands: sequencing, pipelines
Hands-on Lab:
Display User and All Processes
Start multiple processes from a command prompt
Switch between these processes from the command line
Suspend and Terminate Other Processes
Start, Switch and Terminate GUI based Processes
Use a GUI Tool to Display, Change and Terminate Processes

Using the vi and vim Editors Objectives
• What Do I Need A Text Editor For?
• Starting vi or vim
• Three Modes of vi and vim
• The 10 Commandments of vi
• Cursor Movement
• Entering and Leaving Insert Mode
• Changing, Deleting, Yanking, and Putting Text
• Undoing Last or All Changes
• Quitting without Saving or Saving and Exiting
• Filtering Text through Linux Commands
• Searching, Replacing, and Regular Expressions
• Configuring vi and vim
• Expanding your Vocabulary of vi commands
Hands-on Lab:
Using vi to create and modify a web page (text file)
Add Graphics and Other File Types To Web Page
Creating and Editing A Contact List File

Basics of 'bash' Shell Scripting Objectives:
• What is A Shell Script
• Essential Scripting Basics
• Creating a Simple Shell Script
• Making Scripts Executable
• Generating Output From Your Script
• Handling Input From The User or Command Line
• Establishing an Exit Status For Any Script
• Conditional Execution Based On Exit Status
• Forever or Specific Number of Iteration Loops
• Breaking Out of Loops
• Using Positional Parameters
Hands-on Lab:
Create a contacts file
Create an add routine for the contact file
Create a search routine for the contact file
Create a deletion routine for the contact file
Creating a backup of a file before using the vi editor

Essentials of Printing Objectives
• Printing in Red Hat Linux
• Printer Control Usage
• Printing From Applications
• Printing Utilities For BSD and Sys5 Users
• Adding A Header and Offset To Print Job With pr
Hands-on Lab:
Queuing up a few print jobs, deleting selected print jobs
Using help or man to find how to create multiple copies with a the command line

Fundamentals of Using eMail Objectives:
• Understand Email Topology
• Discover The Variety of Email Clients Available
• Implement Email Delivery via POP and IMAP
• How To Utilize Email Filtering
• Why and How To Use Fetchmail
Hands-on Lab:
Setting up your email for remote access
Sending and Receiving eMail to and from other hosts
Using a terminal oriented client

Basic Networking Overview Objectives
• How To Determine Connectivity to Another Host
• Discover Hidden Information About Routes and Interfaces
• Learn How To List the Route to a Particular Host
• Understand Host Name Translation To IP Address Services
• How to List DNS Records
• Display Domain Contacts
• How To Transfer Files Across the Network
• Carefully Check the Status of Network Ports
• Utilize The Secure Shell Remote Access Service
Hands-on Lab:
Test connectivity to a partner machine
Send and Retrieve a file to and from the partner machine
List the DNS service IP addresses for partner and classroom machines
Display the Port Status of Partner and Classroom Machines
Secure Shell Into Your Partner and Classroom Machine

Intro To System Tools Objectives:
• Terminal Configuration
• Getting Information About Your System
• Scheduling a Process to Execute Later
• Scheduling Periodic Processes
• RPM Package Manager Queries
• System Administrator Duties
Hands-on Lab:
Work with these System Tools to schedule weekly backups, monthly
reports, daily cleanup and reminder notices
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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