Red Hat Enterprise Linux Technical Overview

Learn what Linux is, basic Linux techniques, system administration tasks, and more.
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Understand the applications of Linux at a high level.
Practice basic Linux techniques and system administration tasks.
Students will be prepared to take more advanced courses and including those leading to the RHCSA exam


  • There are no formal prerequisites for this course; however, previous operating system administration experience will be very beneficial.
  • This course is designed for students looking to begin their study towards becoming a full time Linux Administrator.
  • Access to the operating system is not required but would be helpful to reference alongside this video series.


In this official Red Hat® training course, Steve Bonneville, a technical curriculum architect for Red Hat Training, will teach students the basics of Linux® and demonstrate basic practical techniques of Linux use and system administration tasks for professionals new to the operating system.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you the tools you need to modernize your infrastructure, boost efficiency through standardization and virtualization, and ultimately prepare your datacenter for an open, hybrid cloud IT architecture.    

After attending this course, students will have a basic understanding of the Linux operating system. Short lectures and demonstrations will cover distribution, shell, kernel, userspace, file hierarchy, permissions, and more. This course will prepare students for further study of the core system administration tasks required to test for the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam.

Who this course is for:

  • IT leaders, administrators, engineers, architects, and anyone else seeking a high-level understanding of Linux.
  • This course is designed for professionals new to the Linux operating system to prepare for further study.

Course content

1 section15 lectures2h 15m total length
  • Why Do IT Professionals Need Experience with Linux?
  • Why Does the Open Source Development Model Matter?
  • What is a Linux Distribution?
  • What is the Shell and How is it Used to Control Programs?
  • What is the Linux Kernel and What is User Space?
  • Orientation to the Linux Graphic User Interface
  • Files in Linux
  • The File System Hierarchy
  • Editing Text Files in a Terminal
  • Users and Groups
  • File Permissions
  • How Do I Manage Software in Red Hat Enterprise Linux?
  • How Do I Configure Networking from the Command Line?
  • How Do I Control System Startup Processes?
  • How Do I Learn More About Linux?


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