Ebook: Introducing the Linux Foundation’s LFCS and LFCE Certification Preparation Guide

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For years, certifications in the Information Technology world have help job candidates to demonstrate their skills to potential employers.

In the Linux world this is as true as in any other area, with businesses primarily looking for certified candidates to fill available vacancies. In other words, certifications are a proven way of gaining an advantage when applying for a job.

Linux Foundation's LFCS and LFCE Certification Preparation Guide

Linux Foundation’s LFCS and LFCE Certification Preparation Guide

Since August 2014 you don’t have to travel to a testing center and spend a lot of money in associated expenses to take a certification exam.

Thanks to the Linux Foundation, you can aspire to a world-class certification by taking a monitored on-line exam from the comfort of your own home.

The Linux Foundation Certified System administrator (LFCS) exam is more suited for individuals with intermediate level, whereas the LFCE (Engineer) exam is targeted at people with significant experience with network services and with a vast knowledge of system administration.

We at Tecmint.com have put together 66 chapters covering the topics required in both exams and reviewed them taking into consideration the many comments we have received over the last 3+ years.

Also, we do our best to keep the book updated with the latest modifications that have been made to the domain competencies of both exams. With the last revision of this material in January 2019, we have taken into account version 3.18 of the domains and competencies.

This list came into effect on April 10, 2018, as announced by the Linux Foundation.

What’s inside this eBook?

We are now pleased to present to you those 66 exam objectives with 500+ pages in this ebook (PDF format). That was a constantly-repeated request over that same period – you spoke, and we listened!

LFCS Section (Chapters 1 to 33)

  • Chapter 1: Learn GNU ‘sed’ Command
  • Chapter 2: Learn vi/m as a full Text Editor
  • Chapter 3: Archiving Files/Directories and Finding Files
  • Chapter 4: Partitioning Storage Devices
  • Chapter 5: Setup Network Share (Samba & NFS) File-systems
  • Chapter 6: Assembling Partitions as RAID Devices
  • Chapter 7: Manage System Services with SysVinit, Systemd and Upstart
  • Chapter 8: Managing Users & Groups and Enabling sudo Access
  • Chapter 9: Package Management with Yum, RPM, Apt, Dpkg, Aptitude and Zypper
  • Chapter 10: Learning Basic Shell Scripting and Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 11: Manage and Create LVM Partitions
  • Chapter 12: Linux Help Documentations and Tools
  • Chapter 13: Configure and Troubleshoot Grand Unified Boot-loader (GRUB)
  • Chapter 14: Monitor Linux Processes Resource Usage
  • Chapter 15: Set Kernel Runtime Parameters in Linux
  • Chapter 16: SELinux and AppArmor
  • Chapter 17: Set Access Control Lists (ACL’s) and Disk Quotas
  • Chapter 18: Setting Up Network Services NFS, Apache, Squid+SquidGuard, Postfix+Dovecot
  • Chapter 19: Setting Up FTP Server to Allow Anonymous Logins
  • Chapter 20: Setup Recursive Caching DNS Server
  • Chapter 21: Installation and Configuration of MariaDB Database Server
  • Chapter 22: Configuring NFS Shares with Autofs
  • Chapter 23: Setup Apache SSL with Name-Based Virtual Hosting
  • Chapter 24: Setup Restricted Squid Proxy Server
  • Chapter 25: Configuring SquidGuard for Content Rules
  • Chapter 26: Setting Up Email Services Postfix+Dovecot
  • Chapter 27: Setup an Iptables Firewall
  • Chapter 28: Static and Dynamic Routing
  • Chapter 29: Setup Encrypted Filesystem and Swap Space
  • Chapter 30: Monitor System Usage, Utilization, and Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 31: Setting Up A Local/Network Repository
  • Chapter 32: Network Performance, Security, and Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 33: Managing and Configuring Virtual Machines and Containers

LFCE Section (Chapters 1 to 33)

  • Chapter 1: How to Use Git Version Control System
  • Chapter 2: Processing and Manipulating Text Streams in Linux
  • Chapter 3: How to Run Multiple Commands on Multiple Linux Servers
  • Chapter 4: How to Monitor System Usage, Outages and Troubleshoot Linux Servers
  • Chapter 5: Network Performance, Security, and Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 6: Monitor Linux Process Resource Usages
  • Chapter 7: Update the Kernel and Ensure the System is Bootable
  • Chapter 8: How to Use udev for Device Detection and Management
  • Chapter 9: Implementing Mandatory Access Control with SELinux or AppArmor
  • Chapter 10: User Management, Special Attributes, and PAM
  • Chapter 11: Install OpenLDAP Server for Centralized Authentication
  • Chapter 12: Configure LDAP Client to Connect External Authentication
  • Chapter 13: How to Configure and Use PAM in Linux
  • Chapter 14: Create SSH Tunneling or Port Forwarding in Linux
  • Chapter 15: How to Install and Configure Firewalld
  • Chapter 16: Setting Up Apache with Virtual Hosting with SSL Certificate
  • Chapter 17: Setting Up Nginx with Virtual Hosting with SSL Certificate
  • Chapter 18: Setting Up Time Synchronization Server NTP
  • Chapter 19: Setting Up Centralized Log Server with Rsyslog
  • Chapter 20: Setting Up DHCP Server and Client
  • Chapter 21: Setting Up Mail Server Postfix and Dovecot
  • Chapter 22: Setting Up Squid HTTP Proxy Server
  • Chapter 23: Setting Up SquidGuard for Squid Proxy Content Filter
  • Chapter 24: Implement and Configure a PXE Boot Server on CentOS
  • Chapter 25: Implement and Configure a PXE Boot Server on Ubuntu
  • Chapter 26: Setting Up a Caching DNS Server
  • Chapter 27: Logical Volume Management – LVM
  • Chapter 28: Setting Up Network Share (Samba & NFS) Filesystems
  • Chapter 29: Configure and Maintain High Availability/Clustering
  • Chapter 30: Install, Create and Manage LXC (Linux Containers)
  • Chapter 31: Installing and Configuring a Database Server
  • Chapter 32: Turn a Linux Server into a Router
  • Chapter 33: Managing and Configuring Virtual Machines and Containers

Each chapter demonstrates crucial topics and relevant exam objectives in the beginning and ends with a summary followed by questions and answers.

Additionally, you will notice that we kept some chapters from the previous edition even when those topics are not included in the exams anymore (FTP and database servers are two examples) as a bonus.

We hope you can enjoy this material, and use it to help you prepare for these exams.

For International Users Price in Dollar Checkout
Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin (LFCS) Certification Preparation eBook $ 39.99 Order Now
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Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin (LFCS) Certification Preparation eBook 2800 Order Now
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135 Responses

  1. Anthony King says:

    I have not received the latest copy of the LFCS and LFCE I bought this pdf and received the revised copy in 2018 but not in 2019 is there a reason for that ?

  2. aston says:

    Hello Ravi Saive, can you please point me out how to use this ebook with the linux foundation objective? I am very frustrated right now, i feel i have just wasted my money buying this ebook and its not the same as the objective.

    LFCE Domains and Competencies V3.18

    Essential Commands – 5%

    Use version control tools
    Manipulate file content programmatically
    Run commands on many systems simultaneously
    Install Linux Distribution

    Operation of Running Systems – 18%

    Monitor, tune and troubleshoot system performance
    Update operating systems to provide required functionality and security
    Update the kernel and ensure the system is bootable
    Script automation tools to make work faster and more accurate
    Train team members on new technology or changes to existing systems
    Maintain systems via configuration management tools
    Maintain the integrity and availability of hardware
    Develop and test disaster recovery plans
    Support incident management for outages/trouble
    Produce and deliver reports on system use (processor, memory, disk, and network), outages, and user requests
    Monitor security and conduct audits
    Manipulate Linux system during the recovery process
    Use udev for device detection and management
    Configure and modify SELinux/AppArmor policies

    User and Group Management – 10%

    Connect to an external authentication source
    Configure advanced PAM

    Networking – 15%

    Monitor, tune and troubleshoot network performance
    Configure network traffic tunneling
    Configure a system to perform Network Address Translation
    Dynamically route IP traffic
    Implement advanced packet filtering

    Service Configuration – 17%

    Implement and configure an HTTP server
    Implement and configure time synchronization server
    Implement and configure network logging server
    Configure a DHCP server
    Implement and configure an SMTP service
    Implement and configure the HTTP proxy server
    Configure host-based and user-based security for a service
    Implement and configure a centralized authentication server
    Implement and configure a PXE Boot server
    Implement and configure an authoritative DNS server

    Storage Management – 10%

    Manage advanced LVM configuration
    Identify storage devices using block device attributes
    Manage Linux file system features and flags
    Implement and configure remote block storage devices
    Implement and configure network shares

    System Design and Deployment – 25%

    Define a capacity planning strategy
    Conduct post deployment verifications
    Create and maintain software packages
    Create, configure and maintain containers
    Deploy, configure, and maintain high availability/clustering/replication

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @aston,

      The books contain all the objectives of the v3.18 update of LFCE and LFCS certifications. Just go through the book, you will find each topic in detail with examples..

  3. ASHON says:

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE. I DON’T SEE HOW ITS ALIGN WITH THE LINUX FOUNDATION OBJECTIVE.

    • Ravi Saive says:

      @Ashon,

      It’s not aligned as per Linux foundations, but this book has all topics as per v3.18 objectives. Just read closely each topic, you will get to know.

  4. Stefan Van den Heuvel says:

    Hi Ravi, it seems that the latest version I have, is the may 2018 version. Is it still possible to obtain the latest version? Your hard work in making these books is very much appreciated. I already passed my LFCS using your ebook.

    Thanks in advance!!
    Kind regards, Stefan

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