Fundamentals of UNIX/Linux for System Administrators

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This will be an intense five (5) day hands-on training that will focus on the skills required to become a great systems administrator and includes topics that are important not only from a theoretical perspective but also have a tremendous practical utility. The training will be held from February 26th - March 1st, 2024.


Upon completion of this training, you will have acquired a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or Enterprise environment.


1. Laptop with a working wireless card 2. Laptop able to support VirtualBox installation 3. Familiarity with computers and daily use of computer software 4. Great attitude

Course content

The course has ten (10) modules

Fundamentals of Unix and Linux

History of UNIX & Linux

Linux Environments

Linux File System

Linux Commands

User Environment

Linux Text Editors

Network Configuration Essentials

Security Principles

Shell and Bash Scripting

Apache Webserver

Items Required

Each Participant is to bring a laptop with wireless connectivity.


No Name Organization
1 Nyanjau Kimani (NK) KENET
2 Joy Otuya (JO) KENET
3 Amos Koech (AK) KENET
4 Samuel Macharia (SM) KENET
5 Caroline Gachuhi (CG) KENET
6 Zeinab Mzungu (ZM) KENET


No Institution Name Designation
1 Bondo Teachers Training College Mr Noah Okidia ICT Director
2 Butere Technical and Vocational College Mr ABRAHAM NGERO MIS OFFICER
3 Kaimosi Teachers Training College Mr RASTO OKETCH ICT TECHNICIAN
4 Kajiado West Technical and Vocation College Mr Martin Mwegi Trainer
5 Kenya Institute of Highways & Building Technology Mr Ian Victor Simbiri Senior ICT Officer
6 Kisii National Polytechnic Mr ENOCK OCHIENG Network Administrator
7 Kisumu Polytechnic Mr ENOCH OTUOMA ICT OFFICER
8 Limuru Technical and Vocational College Mr George Mwangi Head of ICT
9 Lugari Diploma Diploma Teachers Training College Mr GODFREY ANYONGE ICT TECHNICIAN
10 Meru National Polytechnic Mr MBURIA MICHAEL ICT OFFICER
11 Meru National Polytechnic Mr Alex Twala Njagi System administrator
12 Mosoriot Teachers Training College Mr FELIX KIBET LIMO IT OFFICER
13 Nkabune Technical Training Institute Mr Godfrey Muchuma ICT Officer
16 Nyeri National Polytechnic Ms ESTHER KIMANI ICT OFFICER
17 Ramogi Institute Mr Linus Atuya System Administrator
18 Rift Valley Technical Training Institute Mr GEOFFREY LANGAT DEPUTY M.I.S MANAGER
19 Rift Valley Technical Training Institute Mr FESTUS KIPTOO ICT TECHNICIAN
20 Shanzu Teachers Training College Mr STEPHEN ODHIAMBO ICT Technician
23 Nuu Technical and Vocational College Ms Purity Kimanthi ICT Trainer
24 Taita Taveta National Polytechnic Allen Mwambogha Systems Administrator
25 Siaya Institute of Technology Kennedy Andere Network Administrator


Day 8:00-9:30 9:30-10:00 10:00-10:30 10:30-1:00 1:00-2:00 2:00-3:00 3:00-4:00 4:00-4:20 4:20-4:45
Monday February 26 History of UNIX & Linux (NK)


Linux Environments (NK)


Tea Break Lab 1: Graphical installation of operating system on Virtual-box (SM)


Lunch Linux File System (AK)


Linux Commands (SM) Tea Break Lab 2: Linux Commands -Install prerequisite utilities & verify


Tuesday February 27 User Environment (JO)


Lab 3:

Create Users,Groups and Change Passwords

Tea Break Lab 4: File & Directory manipulation Lunch Lab 4: File & Directory manipulation Linux Text Editors (AK)


Tea Break Summary overview of lab work & Discussion
Wednesday February 28 Lab 5: Linux text editors(AK) Lab 5: Linux text editors(AK) Tea Break Network Configuration Essentials (NK/JO)

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Lunch Activity: Check network configuration file & demo network CLI tools


Security Principles and Password Policies (CG)

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Tea Break Lab 6: IPtables and password Policies (CG/AK)

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Thursday February 29 Activity: Overview & Scenarios of institution policies/security issues (All) Password policies configuration (CG)


Tea Break Security and pfSense Firewall (CG/JK) Lunch pfSense Firewall and demo (JK) Bash scripting (SM)


Tea Break Discussion
Friday March 1 Apache web-server (JO/AK)


Apache webserver Installation & SSL configuration


Tea Break Competency Based Exam [[19]]


Lunch Survey/Feedback [[21]] Closing Ceremony Tea Break

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