OPS335 - Open System Application Server

Outline info
Last revision date Sep 24, 2018 12:40:26 AM
Last review date Dec 3, 2018 12:17:35 AM

Subject Title
Open System Application Server

Subject Description
This subject teaches the maintenance and administration of a UNIX server using Linux. Students will learn to install and upgrade the operating system software, set up user accounts, manage current files systems, back up and restore files, install and configure servers, modify system start-up sequences, administrate common services and modify basic network configurations.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CNS/CTY Program.

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


  1. Configure the operating system on a device to allow it to perform routing functions on a network.
  2. Install software to provide end-users with access to commonly used networking services.
  3. Configure various client/server software packages to provide file-sharing and interoperability between various platforms.
  4. Diagnose malfunctions with computers and the network to ensure the maximum availability of network services.
  5. Implement data/device recovery policies to ensure minimal network downtime and data loss.
  6. Configure authentication and logging services to ensure secure access to a network and provide network monitoring.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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OPS235 & DCN286

Topic Outline

  • Networking
    •         TCP/IP and aliasing (ifconfig)
    •         xinetd
    •         packet filtering with iptables
    •         ssh (scp and other secure utilities)
    •         routing
    •         Masquerade (NAT)
    •         Gateways and firewalls
    •         wget, netcat
  • DNS
    •         tools (nslookup, dig, host)
    •         root servers
    •         hosts files
    •         /etc/named.conf setup
  • Disaster recovery
    •         Backups using dump/restore
    •         Archiving with tar and cpio
    •         Compression tools (gzip, bzip2, lzma, compress)
  • Mail
    •         Sendmail/Postfix configuration
    •         SMTP
    •         IMAP
    •         POP
    •         mailx
  • Samba
    •         File sharing
    •         cifs
    •         smbclient, smbpasswd
    •         Mounting MS file systems
    •         /etc/smb.conf
  • NFS and Auto-mounter
    •         Master file
    •         autofs
    •         Exporting and mounting NFS filesystems
    •         /etc/exports
  • NIS and LDAP
    •         portmap
    •         yppasswd
    •         ypserv
    •         ypbind
  • FTP
    •         vsftp
    •         active and passive modes
    •         log files
  • SSH
    •         Authentications including
      •             RHosts
      •             RHostsRSA
      •             Public Key
      •             Password

Mode of Instruction
2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours lab time per week.

Prescribed Texts

  • Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook - 5th Edition by Nemeth, Snyder & Hein; ISBN 9780134277554 published by Prentice Hall

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  • USB Flash Drive, 8GB minimum
  • 250GB SSD with USB 3.0 enclosure (available at the bookstore)

Student Progression and Promotion Policy
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:

  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (https://www.senecacollege.ca/registrar.html).

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments (2)                           20%
Labs and quizzes                          20%
Midterm Test (minimum of 1)     30%
Final Exam                                     30%

Approved by: Mary-Lynn Manton