Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep

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Exam 301 tutorials

Exam 301 is the senior-level system administrator certification exam offered by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). The six tutorials below help you prepare for the six topics in LPI exam 301. To attain certification at the senior level, you must pass exam 301 and have an active advanced-level certification (by passing LPIC-2 exams 201 and 202). You may also need to pass additional specialty exams at the senior level.

  • LPI exam 301 prep: Concepts, architecture, and design
    Topic 301. Learn about LDAP concepts, directories, and schemas. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to design and implement an LDAP directory while planning a Directory Information Tree to avoid redundancy.
  • LPI exam 301 prep: Installation and development
    Topic 302. Learn how to install, configure, and use the OpenLDAP software. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to install and configure an LDAP server and write Perl scripts to access the data.
  • LPI exam 301 prep: Configuration
    Topic 303. Learn how to configure the OpenLDAP software in detail. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to plan and implement access control lists, replicate data between multiple servers, secure the server, and tune its performance.
  • LPI exam 301 prep: Usage
    Topic 304. Learn how to search the directory and use the OpenLDAP tools. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to use the command-line tools for searching and administration, and configure third-party applications to use your LDAP tree as a Whitepages service.
  • LPI exam 301 prep: Integration and migration
    Topic 305. Learn how to migrate to LDAP on Linux and integrate it with your existing logins and applications. By the end of this tutorial, you will also know how to integrate your server into Microsoft Active Directory.
  • LPI exam 301 prep: Capacity planning
    Topic 306. Learn how to troubleshoot and optimize system capacity. By the end of this tutorial, you will know how to measure system and network usage, identify and fix problems, determine the capacity demands of your software, and plan for future needs.

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