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System Administrator HowTo Guides

The system administrator taskforce has developed a series of howto documents to assist H3ABioNet system administrators with installing, configuring and securing, monitoring and managing their server hardware.

The howto documentation has been developed to be usable by both non-IT individuals and those just new to Linux by providing detailed text based step by step instructions supported by images where possible. These howto’s have been divided into three levels: level1, level 2 and level 3.

Level 1 System Administrator HowTo Guides

The level one documentation focuses on helping you get started by installing a Linux operating system on your server, the how to covers the below subjects:

• Howto configure the BIOS on the Dell C6145 server
• Howto setup and configure a hardware and software RAID
• Howto install a Linux operating system
• Howto navigate a Linux system via the command line
• Howto edit files via the command line
• Howto setup file sharing
• Howto schedule redundant tasks via cron
• Provide a list of useful commands

Download a PDF copy of the level 1 howto guide here >> Linux: Getting Started HowTo Guide

Level 2 System Administrator HowTo Guides


The level two documentation is intended to be used in conjunction with the level 1 documentation and assumes the knowledge covered in the level 1. The Level 2 howto covers the below subjects:

• Configuring your network cards
• Configuring your software repositories
• Discusses the best practices of securing your local server
• How to setup secure shell (SSH) access
• Howto to use nmap to scan your local server
• Discusses log file management
• Discusses the basics of data encryption
• Briefly discusses operating system updates

Download a PDF copy of the level 2 howto guide here >> Linux: Configuring and securing your server HowTo Guide

Additional documentation available in the level 2 howto guide series:

Level 3 System Administrator HowTo Guides - Under development


The level 3 documentation focuses on simplifying the monitoring and management of your server by introducing enterprise level automation and covers the below subjects:

• Installation and configuration of “NAGIOS” for server monitoring
• Installation and configuration of “Ensemble” for automated server management
• Installation and configuration of “environmental modules” for HPC cluster management
• Installation and configuration of “KVM virtualization”

The level 3 documentation is under development and currently not avaialble.