Large Installation Administration 2016-2017

Lecturer Arno Bakker, Jaap van Ginkel
Lab TeacherArno Bakker, Mick Pouw
Lab SupportNiels Sijm


The Practice of System and Network Administration (3rd Edition, October 2016)
by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup
ISBN-10: 0321919165
ISBN-13: 978-0321919168

Course covers the following chapters:

Ch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 38 39 43 44 45 47

The emphasis is on the *Bold* subjects

Optional book

VM book

Virtual Machines: Versatile Platforms for Systems and Processes
by Jim Smith and Ravi Nair
ISBN: 978-1-55860-910-5

Course covers the following chapters:

Ch. 1, 2, 3, 8, App. A

This material is covered by the sheets and those are the basis for the exam, so I do not recommend buying this book unless you are really interested in how to implement efficient emulation, which is the main topic of this book.


Your final grade consists of:

Presentation 10% Report 40% Exam 50%

Minimum grade for each part 4.0

Report deadline: Sunday April 2nd, 23:59 CET


Week Topic PDF Quiz
1b Intro + Basics + VMs Intro, Basics, VM1 Crossword
2a+2b VMs VM2, VM3 Diagrams
3a Guest lecture Software + Config mgmt See Internal page
3b Guest lecture DevOps Online
4a Guest lecture Rabobank See Internal page
4b Documentation and Ethics PDF
5a Desktops + Servers + Storage PDF
Colloq Data Center Networking Innovation See Internal page, as far as covered in class
5b Guest lecture SysAdm in Practice See Internal page
5b Data centers PDF
6a Guest lecture Performance Analysis See Internal page
6a Helpdesk + Debugging PDF
6a Site visit SURFsara See Internal page
6b Services + Updates + Naming Services, Naming
7a Overflow
7b Overflow

Internal page for sheets


Week Topic PDF Feedback deadline
1b+2a Virtualization Lab1 (work on in LIA time, counts also as INR lab) 20 Feb, 10:00
2b+3a VM Migration Lab2 27 Feb, 10:00
3b Amazon EC2 Lab3 02 Mar, 10:00

Site Visits

For all site visits: Bring your ID!

Thu March 9, 14:00: XS4ALL

  • Barbara Strozilaan 251, Amsterdam (the tower with the antennas near RAI station)
  • Gather at 13:45 at the street entrance (so do no pass thru the gate on the side of the building)
  • Please be on time, we cannot let you in after the group has gone in

Mon March 13, TBA: SURFsara

  • Location TBA



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