File sharing and directory servicesLX-202

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Remote training: online live with a trainer and a group. Available on demand, at time and place convenient to you, for groups of at least 3 participants.

exempt from VAT

Price: 1240 EUR

refreshments included

computer station included

Category: Linux administration

This course explores several Linux administration topics related to network services, in particular VPNs, directory services (LDAP), Samba, Kerberos, NIS and NFS.

We discuss Linux in homo- and heterogeneous environments, security mechanisms in local networks, directory services and their use for authentication and authorization, file sharing, Samba in a Windows domain.


4 days


  1. VPN
    • VPN from and administrator’s point of view
    • OpenVPN
    • IPsec
  2. Directory services, LDAP
    • what LDAP is and how it works
    • public directories
    • various applications
    • OpenLDAP configuration
    • creating initial directory structure, ldif files
    • LDAP tools
    • directory replication
  3. External authentication services
    • ’thick’ client
    • LDAP directory as an authentication service (PAM and NSS configuration)
    • NIS – installation and configuration
    • Kerberos – configuration
  4. Network filesystems
    • NFS server configuration
    • NFS client configuration
    • on-demand mounting (pam_mount, automount)
    • autofs (/etc/auto.master, /etc/auto.[dir])
    • security
  5. Samba as a domain controller
    • deploying a domain controller, hardware considerations and planning
    • ACLs
    • domain configuration
    • migrating existing user data
    • time synchronization
    • user management
    • configuration details and tips
    • the client
    • Samba and POSIX
    • storing user data in an LDAP directory
    • Windows 2003 integration
    • using the ‘net’ utility

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Audience and prerequisites

This course is for IT professionals who have some experience with Linux server administration and want to expand their knowledge with more advanced tools and techniques.

Participants are expected to be familiar with Linux and TCP/IP networks on an intermediate level (for getting to that point we recommend our ALX 101, ALX 102, ALX 103 and ALX 104 courses).


Course participants receive completion certificates signed by ALX.

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