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The text book that I advise you to buy for basic System Administration is Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition by Æleen Frisch.

Week 1: History of Unix, the Internet and Open Technology

Content

  • History of Unix and ARPANET/Internet
  • UNIX and Unix: System V, *BSD, Linux, Mach, Mac OS X, POSIX
  • History of Unix security

Practice

  • Booting a Mac under Open Firmware
  • Installation of openSUSE 10.1
  • Dual boot installation of Mac OS X and openSUSE 10.1

Book

  • Preface (page xi-xvii)

References

Week 2: Booting and starting Internet daemons

Content

  • Bootstrap levels, (P)ROM, firmware, primary bootstrap, secondary bootstrap, bootstrap loaders, kernel
  • (rc*) startup scripts
  • Secure bootstrap

Practice

  • To be announced

Book

  • Chapter 4: Startup and Shutdown (pagina 127-179)

References

General theory

Week 3: Domain Name System

Content

  • History of DNS
  • DNS and bind
  • Domain name space and zones
  • Resource Records
  • Name servers and resolvers
  • Caching

Practice

  • Setting up your own domain
  • Setting up slave servers

Book

  • Chapter 8: Managing Network Servers, Managing DNS Servers (pagina 414-452)

References

Week 4: Email infrastructure

Content

  • Mail agents
  • Mail infrastructure
  • Mail and DNS
  • SMTP, IMAP, POP3
  • Mailbox formats, spool directories
  • SPAM and open relays
  • Mailbox locking (NFS, flock, lockf, fcntl)
  • Sendmail en postfix

Practice

  • Setting up your own mail server with exim, postfix, qmail and/or sendmail
  • Examination of mail loops and backup
  • Investigation of the number and type of email MTA software (SMTP listeners) used on the Internet.

Book

  • Chapter 9: Electronic Mail (pagina 521-615)

References

Week 5: Web infrastructure

Content

  • History of the World Wide Web
  • Browser(war)s: IE, Netscape, Mozilla, standards compliance
  • Dynamic webpages, client side and server side
  • Web applications and database backends
  • W3C and standardization: HTTP, HTML, SGML, XML, XHTML
  • Future directions: semantic web, metadata

Practice

  • Compiling and installing the Apache web server

Book

  • - (this topic is not treated in the book)

References

Week 6: Directory Services

Content

  • LDAP history and X.500
  • LDAP models
  • Directory Information Tree
  • LDAP naming
  • LDAP schema, objectClasses and attributes
  • LDIF
  • LDAP operations
  • LDAP security
  • LDAP searching
  • Aliases and referrals
  • LDAP URIs

Practice

  • None

Book

  • Chapter 6: Managing Users and Groups, LDAP: Using a Directory Service for User Authentication (section 6.6, page 313-329)

References

Week 7: Casus

We will visit the IC of the UvA on Monday, October 16, 14.30-17.00. Location: Herengracht 182, room 0.04.

Week 8: Examination

  • Date: Friday, October 27, 10:30-13:00.
  • Location: B06.38 (Leeuwenburg)

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