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  1. CIS 191AB Textbook • UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook 4th Edition • Authors: • Evi Nemeth • Garth Snyder • Trent Hein • Ben Whaley • Used for CIS191 andCIS192 • Last year’s book may also be used.

  2. Opus Linux Server Remote shell access via SSH. SCP access for turning in lab assignments Each student gets an account on Opus

  3. Online Help Forum for Students • Post questions and answers • Share Linux information • Post class notes for classmates who miss class • Only your real names please! Note: Posts count towards class participation.

  4. Remote Access Lab • Remote Desktop access to • Student accounts • Access to your own virtual machine • 24/7 access • Labs may be done remotely. • Do installations with a variety of distros.

  5. vCenter Server

  6. Virtual Machines

  7. Classroom Network Internet nopar .1 .101 .5 .101 station-01 .100 cislab .102 .102 .10 instructor station-02 .103 .10 . . . netlab .103 .2 snickers (DHCP) .110 station-03 nosmo . . . ESXi Servers Lab Machines

  8. CIS Lab Can do arranged hours in CTC 1404 • In the former recording studio: • VMware Workstation. • Multiple ISOs for installation practice. • Trouble VM for trouble-shooting practice for CIS 191. • Can boot from USB to test custom distros on pen drives. • Putty access to Opus. • CIS Lab Network is

  9. Class Exercise Opus, Website and Forum Access Opus: Open Putty on Windows desktop Enter as hostname Click Open Logon with your login name or guest191 and password on the board. Change your PATH variable to include: /home/cis191/bin

  10. Class Exercise (continued) Opus, Website and Forum Access forum: Click on Forum link in top panel of website Click on CIS191 forum Click on first post Register yourself using your first and last name for your username* *Note, this forum is for CIS students only and not for spammers . Only usernames with that contain actual first and last names of registered students will be approved by the moderator. All other usernames will be rejected.

  11. Operating Systems Various UNIX Products SCO UNIX AIX HP-UX Solaris Mac OS X

  12. Operating Systems Various Linux Distributions Red Hat 9 OpenSUSE Fedora Debian Ubuntu CentOS Knoppix

  13. Similarities: kernel from system commands bash shell X Windows Differences: Installation programs Graphical utilities 3rd party software Package management Linux Distributionscompare and contrast

  14. Basic role of a multi-user multi-tasking operating system users programs Operating System hardware

  15. GNU/Linux Operating System Architecture Users (multi-user) Programs (multi-tasking) User Space Shell Applications Commands & Utilities X / Desktops Richard Stallman started the GNU project in 1983 to create a free UNIX-like OS. He Founded the Free Software Foundation in 1985. In 1989 he wrote the first version of the GNU General Public License GNU C Library (glibc) Kernel1 System Call Interface Process Management Memory Management Virtual File System Network Stack Kernel Space Architecture Dependent Kernel Code Device Drivers Linus Torvalds, as a student, initially conceived and assembled the Linux kernel in 1991. The kernel was later re-licensed under the GNU General Public License in 1992. Hardware 1See “Anatomy of the Linux kernel” by M. Tim Jones at

  16. User Space • Components • Shell (in /bin) • Command interpreter and programming language (scripting) • Commands and utilities (in /bin, /sbin, /usr) • cat, ping, ls, fdisk, chmod, man, ifconfig, ... 100’s more • X / Desktops (in /usr) • X window managers, gnome, kde, etc. • GNU C Library (in /lib) • Math, string, input, output, logging, kernel system calls, etc. • Applications (in /usr, /opt) • Browsers, word processing, spreadsheets, software development, administration, databases, web servers, etc. • Design • Programs restricted to the privileges of the user running them • Unlike Windows, the GUI does not run in the kernel • Unlike Windows, multiple graphical desktops available

  17. The Linux Kernel (in /boot) • Major Subsystems: • System Call Interface • mechanism for user space programs to request kernel services. • Process Management • handles fork, exec, exit, kill, signals, CPU scheduling, etc. • Memory Management • allocation, usage tracking, paging, etc. • Virtual File System • open, close, read, write, caching, etc. • Architecture Dependent Kernel Code • Drivers (dynamically loadable drivers are in /lib/modules) • Design • Linux kernel is “monolithic”, not a “microkernel” • Dynamic – can load and unload modules on the fly • Over time has become efficient, stable and portable

  18. UNIX/Linux User Interfaces CLI – Command Line Interface GUI - Graphical User Interface TUI - Text User Interface (uses curses library)

  19. Types of Installations • CD, DVD, or ISO image • Live CD/DVD • Attended vs. Unattended • Local vs. Network • Imaging software (Ghost, ImageCast) • Build from scratch

  20. Three steps to an installation • Prepare the storage device Partition the disk Format the filesystems Select mount points for those filesystems • Copy the selected packages Package groups, packages, files • Write out the boot loader MBR or boot sector (GRUB, LILO, SYSLinux) Everything else is configuration