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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifies Linux system administrators at two levels: junior level (also called "certification level 1") and intermediate level (also called "certification level 2"). To attain certification level 1, you must pass exams 101 and 102; to attain certification level 2, you must pass exams 201 and 202.
developerWorks offers tutorials to help you prepare for each of the four exams. Each exam covers several topics, and each topic has a corresponding self-study tutorial on developerWorks. For LPI exam 202, the seven topics and corresponding developerWorks tutorials are:
|LPI exam 202 topic||developerWorks tutorial||Tutorial summary|
LPI exam 202 prep (topic 205):|
|Learn how to configure a basic TCP/IP network, from the hardware layer (usually Ethernet, modem, ISDN, or 802.11) through the routing of network addresses.|
LPI exam 202 prep (topic 206):|
Mail and news
|(This tutorial) Learn how to use Linux as a mail server and as a news server. Learn about mail transport, local mail filtering, mailing list maintenance software, and server software for the NNTP protocol. See detailed objectives below.|
LPI exam 202 prep (topic 207):|
LPI exam 202 prep (topic 208):|
LPI exam 202 prep (topic 210):|
Network client management
LPI exam 202 prep (topic 212):|
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To start preparing for certification level 1, see the developerWorks tutorials for LPI exam 101. To prepare for the other exam in certification level 2, see the developerWorks tutorials for LPI exam 201. Read more about the entire set of developerWorks LPI tutorials.
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Welcome to "Mail and news," the second of seven tutorials covering intermediate network administration on Linux. In this tutorial, you learn how to use Linux as a mail server and as a news server. This tutorial covers mail transport, local mail filtering, and mailing list maintenance software. It also briefly discusses server software for the NNTP protocol.
This tutorial is organized according to the LPI objectives for this topic. Very roughly, expect more questions on the exam for objectives with higher weight.
|LPI exam objective||Objective weight||Objective summary|
Configuring mailing lists
|Weight 1||Install and maintain mailing lists using Majordomo. Monitor Majordomo problems by viewing Majordomo logs.|
|Weight 4||Manage a Sendmail configuration including e-mail aliases, mail quotas, and virtual mail domains. This objective includes configuring internal mail relays and monitoring SMTP servers.|
Managing mail traffic
|Weight 3||Implement client mail management software to filter, sort, and monitor incoming user mail. This objective includes using software such as Procmail on both the server and client side.|
|Weight 1||Install and configure news servers using INN. This objective includes customizing and monitoring served newsgroups.|
To get the most from this tutorial, you should already have a basic knowledge of Linux and a working Linux system on which you can practice the commands covered in this tutorial.