Linux+ Certification
 

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course. It includes minimum requirements for the students’ personal computers, setup information for the first time you teach the class, and setup information for each time that you teach after the first time you set up the classroom.

Instructor’s computer requirements

The instructor’s computer requires the following hardware and software configuration.

Note: Although the Linux+ certification exam is not specific to any Linux distribution, this course is designed to work only with Red Hat Linux 9, which is available from Course Technology. Please contact your sales representative for details. A few additional programs are included with the student data provided for the course.

Hardware

·    A keyboard and a mouse

·    Intel Pentium III (Pentium 4 strongly recommended) or Intel-compatible processor, running at 500 MHz or higher

·    A minimum of 128 MB of RAM; 256 MB is strongly recommended

·    SVGA display adapter, supporting at least 256 colors

·    Network card (NIC), plus associated cabling to attach to a network (RJ-45 connectors)

·    1.44 MB 3.5” floppy disk drive

·    CD-ROM drive supported by Linux operating system (check the Hardware Compatibility List [HCL])

·    An 8-GB hard disk drive

·    Four blank, formatted floppy disks

·    An IP address that is valid for the classroom network.

·    Internet access, if you want to download the Student Data files from www.courseilt.com/instructor_tools.html

Software

·    Red Hat Linux 9.0

·    Class presentation files (included on the Instructor CD and require a Windows PC with a PowerPoint viewer)

Student computer requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·    A keyboard and a mouse

·    Intel Pentium III (Pentium 4 strongly recommended) or Intel-compatible processor, running at 500 MHz or higher

·    A minimum of 128 MB of RAM; 256 MB is strongly recommended

·    SVGA display adapter, supporting at least 256 colors

·    Network card (NIC), plus associated cabling to attach to a network (RJ-45 connectors)

·    1.44 MB 3.5” floppy disk drive

·    CD-ROM drive supported by Linux operating system (check the Hardware Compatibility List [HCL])

·    An 8-GB hard disk drive (minimum)

·    Four blank, formatted floppy disks

·    An IP address that is valid for the classroom network (Each machine will need a different address, and each should be an even number to accommodate a lesson on addressing in the full course.)

·    Internet access, if you want to download the Student Data files from www.courseilt.com/instructor_tools.html

First-time setup instructions

As part of the complete course, students will install Linux and configure their workstations. This is covered in the Unit 3, “Linux installation and basic commands.” It’s advisable that you review this unit and plan the class schedule to allow time for this activity. The installation can take an hour or more, and will require changing the installation CDs.

The lunch break of the first day could be scheduled after the third disk is started. To meet that schedule, it might be necessary to start Unit 3 after Unit 1, and teach parts of Unit 2, which includes lessons on hardware and installation planning, as the OS is installing.

If you are teaching a modular version of this course, or wish to have your Linux system pre-installed, follow this procedure.

1   Install Red Hat Linux 9.0 using the Graphical Mode.

a   On the CD Found screen, choose Skip.

b   On the Language, Keyboard, and Mouse configuration screens, click Next.

c   On the Installation Type screen, under Install on System, choose Custom. If the hardware is compatible, the setup interface should walk you through the process easily. (If a previous installation is present, a screen will offer the option to upgrade or do a new installation. Choose new installation.)

d   On the Disk Partitioning Setup screen, select Manually partition with Disk Druid, and then click Next.

e   On the Partitioning screen, select any existing partitions, and click Delete. If a warning screen opens, click Yes.

f    Select the Free space entry and click New.

g   In the Mount Point menu, select /boot. In the Partition Type menu, select ext3. In the size box, type 100. Click OK.

h   Select the Free space entry again and click New. In the Partition Type menu, select swap. In the size box, type a number roughly equal to twice the size of the computer’s RAM. Click OK.

i    Note the amount of remaining free space. From that number, subtract
300 MB.

j    Select the remaining Free space and click New. In the Mount Point menu, select /. In the Partition Type menu, select ext3. In the size box, enter the number determined in the previous step. Click Next.

k   On the Boot Loader Configuration screen, click Change boot loader. Select Use LILO as the boot loader. Click OK. Click Next.

l    On the Network Configuration screen, confirm that Active on Boot is selected. Click Edit.

m  Clear Configure using DHCP. Enter an IP address and network mask. Click OK.

n   Enter default gateway and Primary DNS addresses, if needed. Click Next.

o   On the Firewall Configuration screen, select No firewall, and then click Next.

p   On the Additional Language Support and Time Zone screens, click Next.

q   On the Set Root Password screen, enter “password” in the Root Password and Confirm boxes. Click Next.

r    On the Authentication Configuration screen, click Next.

s    On the Package Group Selection screen, scroll to the bottom of the list and select Everything. Click Next.

t    On the About to Install screen, click Next. (The installation process can take over an hour and will require all three installation CDs.)

u   On the Boot Diskette Creation screen, click Next and follow the instructions.

v   On the Graphical Interface (X) Configuration, click Next.

w  On the Monitor Configuration screen, if your monitor is not selected in the list, search through it and select the correct entry. If it is not in the list, select Unprobed Monitor. Click next.

x   On the Customize Graphical Configuration screen, click Next.

y   Click Exit to reboot the system. Remove the CD and floppy disk. (On some systems, you might need to turn off the computer and restart it.)

2   Complete the setup as follows:

a   On the Welcome screen click Forward.

b   On the User Account screen, enter “user1” in the Username box. Enter “password” in the Password and Confirm Password boxes. Click Forward.

c   On the Date and Time and Soundcard (if applicable) screens, make any necessary changes, and then click Forward.

d   On the Red Hat Network screen, select No, and then click Forward.

e   On the Install Additional CDs and Finish Setup screens, click Forward.

3   Log on with username “root” and password “password.”

4   Install the Student Data for the course. (Note: Follow these steps exactly. Do not unzip the data files on a Windows computer.)

To install from the CD:

a   When you place the CD in the drive, a window will automatically open on the desktop displaying the contents. If your systems do not open the CD automatically, right-click the desktop and choose Disks, CD-ROM. A CD icon will appear. Open the icon.

b   Open the Student Data folder. If you are teaching the full Linux+ Certification course, copy the contents of the folders for units 4, 11, 14,15, and 16 to the root’s Home folder (/root). If you are teaching a custom version, copy the data provided, if any.

     To download the files:

a   Connect to www.courseilt.com/instructor_tools.html.

b   Click the link for Linux to display a page of course listings, and then click the link for Linux+ Certification.

c   Click the link for downloading the Student Data files and save them to /root.

d   Open the root’s Home folder. Double-click the archive to start File Roller, and then click Extract.

e   In the Extract window, select All Files, check Recreate Folders and Overwrite existing files (if necessary), and then click OK. The folders and files will be created.

f    Open the Student Data folder. If you are teaching the full Linux+ Certification course, copy the contents of the folders for Units 4, 11, 14, 15, and 16 to the root’s Home folder (/root). If you are teaching a custom version, copy the data provided, if any.

Setup instructions for every class

Every time you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   If necessary, reset any defaults that have been changed in previous classes.

2   Delete the course data from the home directories of root and user1, if necessary.

3   Copy the data files for the course to the root’s Home folder (/root). See the instructions in the preceding section about how to download the data files.

CertBlaster test preparation for CompTIA certification

Students interested in attaining CompTIA certification can download CertBlaster test preparation software for the Linux+ exam from the Course ILT Web site. To do so:

1   Go to www.courseilt.com/certblaster.

2   Click the link for Linux+.

3   Save the .EXE file to a folder on your hard drive. (Note: If you skip this step, the CertBlaster software will not install correctly.)

4   Click Start and choose Run.

5   Click Browse and then navigate to the folder that contains the .EXE file.

6   Select the .EXE file and click Open.

7   Click OK and follow the on-screen instructions. When prompted for the password, enter c_linux.

 

Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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