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The CompTIA Linux+ certification is a great entry-level certification for individuals looking to learn the skills needed to be Linux administrators.

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  • (LX0-103) Exploring Linux Command-Line Tools
    • Overview
    • Command-line Basics
    • Streams, Redirection and Pipes
    • Processing Text
    • Using Regular Expressions
    • Editing Files with vi
    • Editing Files with vi Part 2
  • (LX0-103) Managing Software
    • Using RPM
    • Using Debian Packages
    • Managing Shared Libraries
    • Managing Processes
  • (LX0-103) Configuring Hardware
    • Configuring Hardware
    • Configuring Hardware Part 2
    • Configuring Hard Disks
    • Logical Volume Manager
    • Filesystem Health
    • Filesystem Health Part 2
  • (LX0-103) Managing Files
    • File Management Commands
    • File Management Commands Part 2
    • Ownership and Permissions
    • Disk Quotas
    • Locating Files
  • (LX0-103) Booting Linux and Editing Files
    • Installing Bootloaders
    • Installing Bootloaders Part 2
    • SysV Initialization Process
    • systemd Initialization Process
  • (LX0-104) Configuring the X Window System, Localization and Printing
    • Configuring X Windows
    • Configuring X Windows Part 2
    • Remote Access to X
    • X Accessibility
    • Localization
  • (LX0-104) Administering the System
    • Managing Users and Groups
    • System Logging
    • System Time
    • Scheduling Jobs
  • (LX0-104) Configuring Basic Networking
    • Understanding TCP/IP
    • Understanding TCP/IP Part 2
    • Configuring Networking
    • Diagnosing Networking
    • Diagnosing Networking Part 2
  • (LX0-104) Writing Scripts, Configuring Email and Using Databases
    • Managing the Shell
    • Writing Scripts
    • Managing Email
    • Managing Data with SQL
    • Printers and Printing
  • (LX0-104) Securing Your System
    • Security Administration
    • Security Administration Part 2
    • Securing Data with GPG
    • Securing Data with SSH
    • Securing Data with SSH Part 2


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CompTIA and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) have worked in conjunction to create the CompTIA Linux+ certification. The certification covers the basic knowledge required of a junior level Linux administrator. Candidates are expected to be able to work competently across a wide array of environments and skill sets. Unlike many certifications, candidates who complete the Linux+ exams (LX0-103 and LX0-104) are awarded with not one, but three certifications: the CompTIA Linux+ certification, the LPI LPIC-1 certification and SUSE Certified Linux Administrator (CLA). That makes this an excellent starting point for people interested in working with Linux as you gain essential base knowledge as well as fill out your resume.

[MUSIC] >> In this segment, we're gonna give you a brief overview of the Linux+ LXO-103 and 104 exams. >> [LAUGH] >> Yes, there are two of them available from CompTIA. And joining me today is Don. He's gonna give us a help here and give us a good overview of what we can expect and see in the upcoming series. So Don, take it away. What can we expect from this series? >> Well, the CompTIA Linux+ certification is a great certification for people just getting started with Linux. You don't have to know one single bit about Linux, and we start with running through how to get it installed, some of the different distributions to choose from. And then once it's installed, how to support and operate it. The goal of the CompTIA Linux+ certification is to prove that you have the knowledge to support Linux workstations and servers in a business environment. And that's a pretty important thing to be able to do these days as Linux usage is raising every year. Seeing more and more server deployments and even a few more desktop deployments that are out there. Now, a couple of neat things about the certification. It is two exams, like Daniel mentioned. So it divides the topics in half which is kind of nice. Makes it where you have a smaller set of data to deal with for each exam, but the other thing is CompTIA developed this in partnership with the LPI, and so you'll see like on their website here. Let me pull up CompTIA's website where it's the CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI. Now LPI, they're an organization that makes Linux certifications. And when you get your CompTIA Linux+, you actually get your LPIC-1 certification at the same time. You get two certifications at once, and so that's a neat little benefit here. It's the same set of exams, and you kind of get double certifications. Now, the exams themselves are the LX-103 and 104, and those divide up the content like I said, and they divide it up in a pretty neat way. Let me bring up the objectives here. So here's the exam objectives for the LX0-103. It's the first part that we cover in the series, and it focuses on introducing you guys to Linux. So if you've never worked with Linux before, it starts with system architecture. What is Linux? How does it work? What's going on under the hood? How does this thing even function? What is it that makes Linux Linux? And then it moves on to installation and package management. How do I install the operating system, and how do I add software on top of that? Because it's not gonna be terribly useful unless I have some good software on there. Then we learn about our standard GNU and Unix commands. So as we work with the command line utilities, we've got a ton of programs we need to know, we learn about those. And lastly, we talk about our hardware, our file systems, devices, the hierarchy, how it kind of arranges things in the system. So this is a fairly low level course, really focusing on the operating system itself, getting it running on your computer and all the different ways it interacts with the computer. Everything you need to know to get started with Linux, that's the focus of the 103 exam, and it's all divided fairly evenly. The command line is really where the majority of the exam is based, and that's important, cuz we need that for the second exam where we start to use all these utilities. Now, the second exam is the 104 and let me just pull that up real quick. Here's the 104, and the exam objectives are a little different here. Now, it shifts from how does Linux work? How do I get Linux running to how do I use it? Now that I got it up and running, what do I do with it? So how do we use the shell? How do we write scripts to automate things? How do we manage our data? What kind of user interfaces and desktops are available? What are my end users going to see? What are standard administrative tasks I need to do keep Linux running smoothly and efficiently? That's where we make our money by supporting these systems. Then essential system services, this is where it deviates. It stops talking about Linux and starts talking about the services we run on top of Linux. Do you want to run a web server? We talk about that. Want to run a mail server? A file server? We hit each of those kind of critical, essential services that a company is going to need. Then we do networking. If you're deploying Linux, it is a network operating system under the hood. So we need to understand how to get those systems to talk to each other, so we spend some time there. And then lastly, what's probably the most important section is security. How do we make sure that our Linux installs are safe? The desktops are always pretty safe, but the servers, those are big attack targets. There's hackers out there that want to get into your system. So how do we make sure that doesn't happen? And we talk about how to secure the files and the networking on our systems and get those secured. So the second exam, the 104, is much more about using Linux than the 103 exam is, which is more about getting Linux up and running. But by dividing it in half like this, it makes it easier for you to focus in on one particular area. Take that exam and pass it and then change your focus without having to be distracted by too many crazy things. Now if you pass one exam, you do not get a certification. You have to pass both exams to get the Linux+ certification. And when you pass them both, you also get the LPIC-1 certification. So you do have to pass both, don't think you can just do one. They really are a pair, and that's why here on ITProTV, you'll notice that our show is both, the 103 and the 104. Now, we cover them in that order. We do divide it in half, but we know you're gonna watch both. So we grouped them together, you'll see them, you kind of move through them all and then go and pass that exam. >> Awesome stuff. Now when you are ready to take the exam should I say, you covered all the material, you watched our videos, you think, you know what? I think I got this guy down. Don, what do we got to do to get signed up for that exam so we can take it? >> Well, CompTIA uses Pearson VUE for their testing exclusively. So you need to go to a Pearson VUE center to be able to take that. Fortunately, they've got centers all over the world. If you wanna find one, the website to go to is, and it's And so I've got their website pulled up right here. So this is Pearson Vue's website, It actually redirects to But once you're here, you can see this link here that says, For test takers. And so you can go to the test taker web page, and on the test taker web page, they've got where you can come in and pick the program that you're looking for and then find a location to take a test. So if I come in and say that I'm looking for a CompTIA exam, and it takes me to the official CompTIA page and starts to tell me about it. And over here, it gives me the chance to sign in and create a free account to then go and sign up for the exams. Now, the exams are not free. When you login, it will tell you how much they cost, cuz it's different for different countries, but the most important part is this guy right here. Find a test center. You can choose that and find a Pearson Vue testing center near you. So let's think of a city. >> Cincinnati. >> Cincinnati, you had to pick one I don't know how to spell. >> [LAUGH] >> Cincinnati, that's what Ohio? >> Yep. >> Cincinnati, Ohio. So we'll go ahead and search for that, which I'm sure I spelled wrong. There we go. So here it pulled up Cincinnati, Ohio, and there's five Pearson Vue testing centers right there in Cincinnati. And you can even pick small towns like we're here in Gainesville, Florida, and Gainesville, Florida is a very small town. And so if I do a search for Gainesville, Florida, you'll see that there's actually more than one testing center here also. And so that's convenient. Actually, there's four testing centers here. You'll find that a lot of community colleges and even just private training companies will have testing centers available for you. So there's just a lot of opportunity to find one that's nearby, you can go and take the test. You don't sign up for the test at the testing center. Don't go to the testing center expecting to sign up. Make sure you go to the VUE website and sign up there and then pick your testing center and go and take it. And when you pass the exam, the testing center sends those results up to CompTIA, and then CompTIA gets you a certificate that shows you are now Linux+ certified. Now keep in mind that there are continuing education requirements for Linux+ that you need to recertify every two years, or you need to do continuing education credits. You continue to watch shows and attend other courses to get CE credits to keep your certification current. You can't just take it once and forget about it, you do need to maintain it. >> Awesome. Now Don, is there anything else that we need to know about the Linux+ certification exams specifically, or our series coming up that you'd like to tell the audience? >> So the series, we cover all the objectives for the 103 and the 104 certifications. So we knock them all out. We cover everything you need to know to get in there and pass that exam. You may choose to supplement your studies with a book if you want, there's plenty of great ones out there. Sybex has a wonderful Linux+ book you can use, really good content there, but our video is designed to be pretty all-inclusive to cover all those topics and to make sure that you're ready. We do have practice exams available on the website, so we do practice exams through Transcenders. There we go, I almost forgot. So you can get practice exams to make sure that you're ready for it, but it's a pretty straightforward exam. There's no trick questions on this one. You either know the commands, or you don't. You learn the content. You get in there and pass it. Definitely a great one. Once you're Linux+ certified, if you wanna move beyond Linux+, it's a good idea to check out the LPI website. The LPI guys, they have a ton of other certifications too. CompTIA just has the Linux+ which again, you really don't have any prerequisites. You don't need to have any prior experience with Linux, you can just jump right in and get started and learn everything that you need to know to deploy it. It's really good stuff. >> Excellent, Don. Well, thank you so much for that synopsis. Hopefully, that worked out for you. And if Linux+ sounds like something that's exciting, and it's entertaining or something you need to do, well then, we look forward to seeing you in our upcoming series. [MUSIC]

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