Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep

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Exam 201 is the first of two LPI intermediate-level system administrator certification exams offered by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). The eight tutorials below help you prepare for the eight topics in LPI exam 201. Both exam 201 and exam 202 are required for intermediate-level certification, or LPIC-2.

  • LPI exam 201 prep: Linux kernel
    Topic 201. Learn to understand, compile, and customize a Linux kernel. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to configure and customize the kernel to fit your exact requirements.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: System startup
    Topic 202. Learn the steps a Linux system goes through during system initialization. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to customize system startup behaviors for your needs.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: Filesystem
    Topic 203. Learn how to work with filesystems. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to control the mounting and un-mounting of filesystems, examine existing filesystems, create filesystems, and repair damaged filesystems.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: Hardware
    Topic 204. Learn how to add hardware to your Linux system. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to configure hardware, including RAID arrays, PCMCIA cards, other storage devices, displays, video controllers, and other components.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: File and service sharing
    Topic 209. Learn how to configure a Samba server and an NFS server. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to use a Linux system as a networked file server using any of several protocols supported by Linux.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: System maintenance
    Topic 211. Learn the basic concepts of system logging, software packaging, and backup strategies. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to configure syslogd to act as a central network log server, build a package, and create an offsite backup storage plan.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: System customization and automation
    Topic 213. Learn some basic approaches to automating tasks using scripts. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to write scripts to automate system events, such as report and status generation, cleanup, and general maintenance.
  • LPI exam 201 prep: Troubleshooting
    Topic 214. Learn what you can do when things go wrong. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to create a recovery disk, diagnose kernel errors, and repair your local system and user environment configuration.

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