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BSD Unix System Administration Training

Please see our upcoming FreeBSD class.

Sorry, this class is over, but we are planning another one. If you'd like a custom class for you or your organization, please contact us. And sign up for our training announcements mailing list to learn about upcoming training events.

Also see our training webpage about other upcoming BSD and administration classes.

Contact us for details or if you need a custom or on-site class or need refresher or prerequisite training.

Course Summary

The hands-on BSD System Administration class covers the fundamentals of BSD system administration, including: installation (i386), system services, installing software packages, configuring and building kernels, network configuration, and more. It also covers basic DNS, email, and web administration skills.

This class is for users of Linux, Unix or BSD operating systems to provide beginning system administration skills for the popular *BSD operating systems. Similarities and differences for many administration tasks under Linux and the BSDs will be discussed. The majority of this class will taught using the OpenBSD operating system, but hands-on examples will also be taught using NetBSD and FreeBSD. (This class is useful for comparing different BSD flavours.)

This course is designed for students who are new to BSD administration. Some Unix shell experience would be helpful. (Save 10% when also taking our Unix Shell Essentials class.) The skills taught in this class will be very applicable for Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and BSD/OS administration.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • interactive operating system installation (CDs provided)
  • basic filesystem creation and maintenance
  • system startup configurations
  • networking setup and troubleshooting
  • user and group administration
  • installing new software using ports and pre-built packages
  • setting up a DNS caching and authoritative DNS server (using BIND)
  • setting up basic packet filter and NAT (Network Address Translation)
  • beginning email server configuration (using Postfix)
  • Apache HTTPD webserver installation and configuration for virtual domains.
  • Unix security concepts
  • basic system "hardening" techniques
  • customizing and building the kernel
  • updating a BSD system

Course Features:

  • Complimentary BSD CDs.
  • Detailed course curriculum and hand-outs.
  • Small classes with one-on-one interaction.
  • Hands-on training, one system per student.
  • Certificate of course completion.


US$1560.00 for four-day, hands-on training including CDs and course materials.

10-percent discount for orders by August 20, 2003.

Also register for the Unix Shell Essentials class and save an additional 10-percent.


Class sizes are kept small, so seating is limited. Please email or call us to pre-register.

For more information and to register for this class, contact us today.

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