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The courses in this Linux certification series will prepare you for the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 certification exam. While the series' main focus will be on Linux, where there's a parallel or overlap with the professional administration of deployments on Amazon's AWS architecture, we'll also highlight the skills you'll need to integrate the cloud into your Linux portfolio.

The cloud is the future, and Linux skills are the tools you'll need to get there.

This first course will introduce you to:

  • the Linux ecosystem
  • the structure and expectations of the LPIC exam
  • the way the eleven courses that make up this series will be organized, and
  • some critical survival skills that will help place your Linux skills on a solid foundation.

The next course in this series will focus on System Architecture.

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Linux certification series and the LPIC-1 (101 and 102) exam structure

Since this CloudAcademy series is focused on preparing you for the the LPIC-1 Certification Exam, it makes sense for us to follow the exam objectives as closely as possible. Therefore the rest of the courses in this series will be divided into two parts. The first four courses devoted to the topics covered by the 101 Exam and the final six courses to the 102 Exam topics. Each of our courses will correspond with a single LPI Exam objective and will be very conscious of the unique weight designation, between one and five, that the LPI has assigned to each topic.

In other words, we'll try to devote our attention to a particular subject in a way that's proportional to the subject's relative importance. Where a Linux topic has an appropriate parallel in Amazon Web Services we'll highlight it. So for instance, when we talk about controlling access to system resources through users and groups, we'll also briefly introduce the AWS way; Identity & Access Management or IAM. When we discuss networking, we'll add a short overview of Amazon's Virtual Private Clouds; VPC's.

Some topics like boot managers or desktops will have little or no application to cloud computing and so will therefore be discussed solely within the context of Linus systems. We don't think there's a combined curriculum available anywhere that can guide you to master these two giants of modern technology.

We hope you'll join us!

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David taught high school for twenty years, worked as a Linux system administrator for five years, and has been writing since he could hold a crayon between his fingers. His childhood bedroom wall has since been repainted.

Having worked directly with all kinds of technology, David derives great pleasure from completing projects that draw on as many tools from his toolkit as possible.

Besides being a Linux system administrator with a strong focus on virtualization and security tools, David writes technical documentation and user guides, and creates technology training videos.

His favorite technology tool is the one that should be just about ready for release tomorrow. Or Thursday.

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