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
Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) Certification Preparation eBook $ 49.99 Order Now
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For Indian Users Price in INR Checkout
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Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) Certification Preparation eBook 3500 Order Now
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177 Responses

  1. Pablo Moscoso Amaya says:

    Hello Ravi, I read in the comments that on June 2 the new version of the preparation guide for the LFCS / LFCE cerficicación would be released, is this right or is there still time to launch the new version?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      The new updated version of LFCS and LFCE copies are re-distributed last week to all our clients, didn’t you received yet? what’s your email address?

  2. Joy says:


    Any update on the new version? :)


    • Ravi Saive says:


      Updates are in progress, and will be completed by this month end and all new updated copies will be re-distributed first week of May 2018, till then stay tuned to TecMint.com.

      • Kaido says:


        Is the new version available now? Does it also cover the new competencies of LFCE released in June 2018.


        • Ravi Saive says:


          New LFCE and LFCS updates are in progress, we will soon re-distribute to all users…

          • Nonso says:

            Hi Ravi, still expecting the updated copy. yet to receive it

          • Ravi Saive says:


            All updated LFCE and LFCS copies will be re-distributed this weekend, i.e. June 2nd 2018. Till then stay tuned to Tecmint.com for updates..

  3. Raphael says:

    Ok, got it. Just had to be a little more patient. Thanks

  4. Emil says:

    Is this e-book updated with the latest version of the exams? Are you going to update it once the syllabus change in March?
    I ask because I am not sure if I should purchase it straight away or wait for the update…

    Thank you!

  5. Pablo Moscoso Amaya says:

    Hello Ravi, yesterday I bought the book for the LFCS / LFCE certification, but I still have not received it, you tell me what the process is like?

    The PayPal transaction number is 4S559381MF6576616.

    I remain attentive to your comments,

    Best regards.

  6. infernux says:

    Thanks for the great book. I purchased it earlier this year, but my book and it’s chapter doesn’t match with what this article says. For example the chapter 18 in my book is setting up network services, while here it’s FTP setup. Any chance I got sent the wrong version?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      No need to worry, you’ve got the correct version, we’ve updated the book as per new LFCS and LFCE objectives effective from Feb 2017.

  7. Aly says:

    Thanks guys for this awesome e-book!! A must have!

  8. Ted Pierik says:

    Very nice! Covers the subjects in a practical and very readable fashion. Thanks!

  9. Starr says:


    I purchased this book twice. I second time that I purchased it I thought it was an updated copy (since your website said the book was last updated 2/2017 and the chapters listed on the website are different than to ones in my book (from 2016). I was disappointed that I received the same book twice. Can I get the updated copy of the book, please? Thank you for your time and affect that you put into the making of the book. It is a great book especially since there are one others.

  10. Farlz says:

    Hie l am writing my LFCS and LFCE in a few months time, and due to work pressure i haven’t been getting much time to practice. Will this book have practical exam questions, that can actually help me in jogging my memory and strengthen my Linux skills..

    • Ravi Saive says:


      This LFCS and LFCE book contains everything about exam objectives with practical examples and screnshots that will help you enough to crack the certification.

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