MCT126 - Unix System Administration II

Outline info
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Subject Title
Unix System Administration II

Subject Description
This course is intended to supplement a student's existing experience with UNIX-type systems and provide more emphasis on the applications and services typically provided by such systems. Students are expected to have completed background courses such as MCT124 so they are familiar with basic UNIX administration tasks already.

Credit Status
 This subject is part of the UNIX/LINUX System Administration Recognition of Achievement program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the life cycle of a process and its components.
2. Explain the concept of network parts and how to identify services using them.
3. Describe the Domain Name System and components of BIND.
4. Explain the administrative conventions for Network File System and its interaction with networks.
5. Describe typical security do's and don'ts.
6. Understand Firewalls.
7. Describe components of the Unix/Internet email system.
8. Compare common hardware from a performance perspective.
9. Explain how to perform a performance analysis and how to improve performance.
10. Understand TCP\IP.
11. Understand system start-up and shut-down sequences.
12. Understand cron.
13. Explain NIS/LDAP and how they are used in single login setups.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

MCT124 or equivalent experience. 

Topic Outline

Controlling System Startup

  •  Mount points and fstab
  •  Run levels and "init"
  •  Startup scripts
  • Process components and life-cycle
  • States and scheduling
  • Signals and signal masks

Performance Monitoring
  • Hardware choices and performance factors
  • Virtual memory system
  • Performance monitoring utilites
  • Resources management and bottlenecks

IP Networking
  • Network protocol layers
  • IP addresses and network classes
  • TCP and UDP
  • Configuring network interfaces
  • Static routing table
  • Network debugging
Domain Name Service
  •  ARPANET hosts file
  • DNS domain structure
  • Client configuration
  • PDNS record types
  • DNS servers
Network File System
  •  Client components and configuration
  •  Server components and configuration
  •  Debugging commands
  •  Mount and export options
  •  Administrative conventions
Sharing System Information
  • Push/pull copying
  • Directory services 
  • Network Information Service
  • Name service configuration
UNIX Mail Systems
  • Mail system components
  • Sendmail configuration
  • SMTP
  • Mail routing capabilities
Securing UNIX Systems
  • Areas of concern
  • Syslog configuration
  • Process accountingo Shadow passwords
  • TCP wrappers
  • Network securtiy basics

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer.  

Prescribed Texts
Students use book from MCT124
Unix System Administration Handbook  3rd. Ed.
A Manual will be provided by Seneca College

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
This subject is part of the UNIX/LINUX System Administration Program. Those students choosing to pursue their UNIX/Linux  Recognition of Achievement are required to write a final exam at the completion of this subject.  A mark of  70% or higher is required in the exam in order to apply this subject to the Recognition of Achievement Certificate. 

Approved by: Denis Gravelle