LFS430: Linux Enterprise Automation

2,995.00  excl. VAT

Course Code: LFS430

Duration: 4 days;

Delivery dates: TBA;

Instructor: TBA;

Certificate: Yes, upon completion;

Location: TBA.



Automation is essential to running Linux in the enterprise effectively. Automation lets you minimize costs by reducing manual operations, helps ensure compliance across the data center, standardizes your software infrastructure and accelerates deployments for your bare-metal and cloud infrastructures. This course will teach you how to use automation to achieve these outcomes.


This course is for technical IT professionals interested in finding cost-efficient ways to accelerate Linux deployments, reduce operation costs and minimize system installation overhead. Students should have a good grasp of common scalability and system administration issues frequently encountered in enterprise environments. They should have experience with the Linux command line, shell scripting, and text file editing.

Course Materials

Authorized printed training materials from The Linux Foundation. As part of your registration, a printed copy of the course manual will be course manual will be provided. If you are attending in person the material will be available onsite on the day the class begins.

Course Description

In this course you’ll learn everything you need to know to automate an enterprise Linux environment. You’ll learn how to:

  • Act as a key participant for architectural decisions involving data center automation.
  • Understand advanced system administration concepts and techniques that take scalability, reproducibility and efficiency into account.
  • Provision physical (bare-metal) and virtual hosts in a consistent and scalable way.
  • Deploy configuration management tools in an heterogeneous Linux environment.
  • Package software releases on both RPM and DPKG based systems.
  • Plan, build and customize OS releases in your environment.

This course is designed to work with a wide range of Linux distributions, so you will be able to apply these concepts regardless of your distro.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Linux Foundation
    • Linux Foundation Training
    • Logistics
  • Advanced Systems Administration
    • What Makes A Good Systems Administrator
    • “Soft” Skills and Tools
    • “Hard” Skills And Tools
    • Other Concerns
  • Software Management
    • Manual Software Lifecycle
    • Package Management
    • Creating Your Own Packages
    • Creating Debian Packages
    • Creating RPM Packages
    • Creating Packages of Third Party Software
    • Rebuilding OS supplied Packages
    • Advanced Packaging Tips
    • GPG Sign Your Packages
  • Packaging Automation
    • Preparing Packages for Automatic Building
    • Automation Frameworks
  • Software Distribution
    • Introduction to Software Distribution
    • Repository Management
    • Creating Repositories
    • Using Third Party Repositories
    • Mirroring Repositories
  • Installation Tree Management
    • CentOS Installation Trees
    • Debian/Ubuntu Install Trees
  • Automating Installation
    • Automating Installation
    • Automating Installation with Kickstart
    • Using Kickstart Files
    • Debian Preseed
    • Further Automation
  • Installation Tools Cobbler
    • Cobbler Overview
    • Cobbler Setup
    • Using Cobbler
    • Advanced Cobbler
  • Installation Tools TheForeman
    • Introduction to TheForeman
    • Installing TheForeman
    • TheForeman Setup
    • Using TheForeman
    • Advanced TheForeman Concepts
  • Configuration Management Overview
    • What is Configuration Management
    • Configuration Management Methods
    • Overview of Configuration Management Tools
  • Configuration Management Puppet
    • Puppet Overview
    • Puppet Setup
    • Puppet Terminology and Configuration
    • Puppet Operations
    • Puppet Operations
    • Advanced Puppet Concepts
  • Configuration Management with SaltStack
    • Introduction to SaltStack
    • SaltStack Setup
    • SaltStack Basics
    • Advanced SaltStack Concepts
  • Configuration Management CFEngine
    • Introduction to CFEngine
  • Configuration Management Ansible
    • Introduction to Ansible
    • Ansible Setup
    • Ansible Basics
    • Advanced Ansible Concepts
  • Spacewalk Server
    • Installing Spacewalk Server
    • Deploying Spacewalk Clients
    • Managing Changes with Spacewalk
    • Scripting with the Spacewalk API
  • Server Monitoring with Spacewalk
    • Server Monitoring

Why train with The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the go-to source for training on virtually every aspect of Linux and many other open source technologies. Here are a few things that make The Linux Foundation the right choice for training:

  1. The Linux Foundation is the non-profit organization that hosts Linux and many other open source projects, employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and hosts kernel.org (where all Linux kernel updates are released).
  2. Being so close to the kernel The Linux Foundation is constantly updating training to ensure that the most up-to-date information is being thought. Linux Foundation Training is unique in that all our training courses are designed to work on all major Linux distributions (including RedHat, Ubuntu and SUSE).
  3. The Linux Foundation does not sell any software or support services so there’s no hidden sales agenda in the training material. The only goal is to help students learn the material.
  4. When you train with The Linux Foundation, you’re learning from instructors who are comfortable across all major Linux distributions and can answer student questions regardless of the distribution you’re using for the class. You are truly learning from the experts.