Systems Administration Principles

Information Technology Management

Unit Code
Level 5
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Unit Code
Level 5
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Course Overview

This course aims to provide the knowledge needed to administer a system in Linux and Windows. Topics covered include user and group management; file system management; task automation; shell scripting; Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers; mail servers; domain name servers; files and printers sharing; basic utilities and tools; application management; registry; local and group policies; backup policies; restore policies and performance tuning.

Course Content

Introduction to the module

The System Administrator

  • Role of a system administrator
  • Sysadmin certifications
  • Sysadmin salary trends

System Administrator Duties and Responsibilities

  • Controlling access
  • Adding hardware and software
  • Automating tasks
  • Overseeing back-up
  • Installing and upgrading software
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Maintaining documentation
  • Monitoring security
  • Tuning performance
  • Developing policies
  • Working with vendors
  • On-call
  • Conclusion

Linux Distributions

  • History of Unix
  • History of Linux
  • Linux distributions
  • Unix distributions
  • Conclusion


  • Introduction to LDAP protocol
  • How LDAP works
  • What is Active Directory?
  • Setup and configuration of Active Directory
  • Evolution of Directory Access Protocols
  • Identity management systems

Storage and backup

  • Introduction
  • Storage hardware
  • Low-level management of drives
  • Disk partitioning and volume management
  • File systems
  • RAID
  • Snapshots
  • Backups
  • Network File system

Group Policies

  • What is a group policy?
  • Local Group Policy Management on Windows
  • Group Policy Management on Linux
  • Designing a group policy infrastructure
  • Management Console on Windows
  • Back up, restore, import, and copy Group Policy Objects through the Group Policy
  • Conclusion

Managing Applications on Windows Server Environments

  • Application management using Server Management Console
  • Importing and renaming applications
  • Delete or move applications
  • Grant or deny access to applications

Shell Scripts

  • What are shell scripts?
  • How to create and run shell scripts on Windows?
  • How to create shell scripts on Linux?
  • Sample shell scripts for Linux and Windows
  • Shell scripts to take snapshots on Windows and Linux

Managing Active Directory Users and Groups

  • Managing Active Directory Users and Groups
  • Creating users and groups
  • Managing users and groups

File and Printer Sharing in Windows Servers

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to File server and SMB
  • Configuring File Server and SMB protocols
  • Setting up Printer Server on Windows Server

Windows Server Performance

  • Introduction
  • Using Windows Server performance tools
  • Performance monitoring
  • Various performance monitoring tools
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1. Understand system administration

  1. Analyse the role of the system administrator
  2. Analyse the elements within system administration
  3. Analyse the history of the active directory and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  4. Analyse the difference between snapshots and backups
  5. Analyse the differences between local and group policies on Windows and Linux
  6. Analyse the role and requirements of backup and restore policies
  7. Analyse the requirements of managing applications

2.  Perform user management and file system management

  1. Write shell scripts that enable administration tasks to be performed on Linux and Windows systems: Get Help; Check Services; List Users and ping a list of servers
  2. Set up and configure users and groups to the agreed standard
  3. Install and configure file and printersharing to agreed standards
  4. Write shell scripts to perform snapshots on Linux and Windows servers to agreed standards
  5. Tune performance through the application of a range of utilities and tools to agreed standards
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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