Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) (Voucher Included)

Interested in becoming a Linux system administrator? This online Linux foundation certification course will teach you to be a certified Linux systems administrator in six months or less! You will learn how to administer, configure, and upgrade Linux systems running one of the three major Linux distribution families (Red Hat, SUSE, Debian/Ubuntu). You will also learn all the tools and concepts you need to efficiently build and manage a production Linux infrastructure while becoming proficient...

6 Months / 90 Course Hrs
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Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES3079

What you will learn

  • Administer, configure, and upgrade Linux systems running one of the three major Linux distribution families (Red Hat, SUSE, Debian/Ubuntu)
  • Understand all the tools and concepts you need to efficiently build and manage a production Linux infrastructure while becoming proficient with Linux commands.
  • Design, deploy, and maintain a network running under Linux
  • Discover how to administer network services
  • Gain skills to create and operate a network in any major Linux distribution
  • Securely configure network interfaces
  • Deploy and configure file, web, email, and name servers
  • Become a Certified Linux System Administrator in six months or less

How you will benefit

  • Earn a verifiable, respected badge
  • Learn with hands-on labs and assignments
  • Prepare for the Linux Foundation Certified Systems Administrator (LFCS) exam

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 90 course hours
  1. Linux for Cloud Technicians Essentials
    1. Course Introduction
    2. System Configuration from the Graphical Interface
    3. Boot Process and System Initialization
    4. Command-line Operations
    5. User Accounts and Environment
    6. Text Operations
    7. File Operations
    8. Bash Shell Scripting
    9. Networking
    10. Working with Linux Filesystems
    11. Virtualization Overview
    12. Containers Overview
    13. Basic Troubleshooting
    14. Introduction to Git
    15. Using Git: An Example
    16. DevOps and GitOps
  2. Linux System Administration Essentials
    1. Course Introduction
    2. Linux Filesystem Tree Layout
    3. User Environment
    4. User Account Management
    5. Group Management
    6. File Permissions and Ownership
    7. Package Management Systems
    8. dpkg
    9. APT
    10. RPM
    11. dnf and yum
    12. zypper
    13. Introduction to Git
    14. Using Git: An Example
    15. Processes
    16. Process Monitoring
    17. Memory Monitoring, Usage and Configuring Swap
    18. I/O Monitoring and Tuning
    19. Virtualization Overview
    20. Containers Overview
    21. Linux Filesystems and the VFS
    22. Disk Partitioning
    23. Filesystem Features: Attributes, Creating, Checking, Usage and Mounting
    24. The ext4 Filesystem
    25. Logical Volume Management (LVM)
    26. Kernel Services and Configuration
    27. Kernel Modules
    28. Devices and udev
    29. Network Addresses
    30. Network Devices and Configuration
    31. LDAP
    32. Firewalls
    33. System Init: systemd, SystemV and Upstart
    34. Backup and Recovery Methods
    35. Linux Security Modules
    36. System Rescue
    37. Course Completion
  3. LFCS Exam Prep and Exam

Linux Instructors

This course does not have an assigned instructor, but you will have access to several Linux instructors and subject matter experts throughout the course.


Before starting this course, you should be familiar with:

  • Linux concepts and command line
  • Package managers
  • Git and GitHub

Certification Requirements:

There are no requirements to take the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator Exam (LFCS) other than the skills needed to pass the certifications exams.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. Chromebooks are not compatible.

For Required Lab Exercises

  • For hands-on lab exercises, access to a Linux server or Linux desktop/laptop is required. Access to a public cloud provider, or VirtualBox on your machine is also needed. Lab exercises in this course have been tested in a GCP environment.
  • If using a cloud provider like GCP or AWS, you should be able to complete the lab exercises using the free tier or credits provided to you. However, you may incur charges if you exceed the credits initially allocated by the cloud provider.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Exam Requirements:

  • Exams are delivered online, and Candidates must provide their own computer with:
    • Current version of Chrome or Chromium
    • Reliable internet access
    • Microphone
    • Webcam
  • All technical exam requirements should be tested and working prior to starting the exam.
  • Candidates are not allowed to have other applications or browser windows running except the one on which the Exam is being shown.
  • Candidates should run the compatibility check tool to verify that their hardware meets the minimum requirements.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

As of August 4, 2023, the average salary for a Linux system administrator is $105,204 ($51.00 per hour) a year, according to ZipRecruiter.

A system administrator's (sysadmin) duties include managing, troubleshooting, licensing, and updating software and hardware assets. In this role, you make sure appropriate measures and processes are followed to respond to unforeseen issues like IT downtime so organizations can keep their networks up and running efficiently.

As a Linux system administrator, you are likely to play an active role in patching, compiling, securing, and troubleshooting Linux systems, amongst other responsibilities. System administrators should also be comfortable working with application and file servers, desktops, routers, wide area networks, databases, information security systems, cybersecurity protocols, and storage, as they are responsible for implementing changes and updates in multiple environments from development to production.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exams through this course enrollment, which includes a voucher upon eligibility. The voucher covers both the exam fees and allows for a retake of the certifying exam if needed.

Starting April 1st, 2024, the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) will be valid for two years from the time of completion. Certifications achieved before that day will remain active for 36 months from the achieved date.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

As part of the LFCS training program, you will have access to a dedicated forum monitored by senior instructors with the Linux Foundation. This forum is the perfect place to ask your questions regarding the course materials and interact with other program students.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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