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Introduction to Network Operations

What is the Introduction to Network Operations course?

This is an introductory course targeted at novice/entry level UNIX/Linux users pursuing careers in Network or System Administration. This course provides the necessary skills to progress to more advanced topics in the future.

This course is practically oriented and provides step-by-step guidance on how to configure a UNIX/Linux server and then run a Caching Domain Name System (DNS) server in a virtualized environment. The techniques covered in the course are applicable in real-world environments to set up Internet-ready caching DNS servers.

What are the course objectives?

  • Learn about and operate a UNIX/Linux operating system in a virtualized environment.
  • Develop competences in key networking topics: IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Install third-party software on a UNIX or Linux platform using common software management tools.
  • Work with the UNIX/Linux shell and become comfortable with the command line interface.
  • Edit files in UNIX/Linux environments without Graphical User Interfaces (GUI).
  • Understand the role of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the operation of the Internet.
  • Build and activate a caching Domain Name System (DNS) server.
  • Learn about the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Request for Comments (RFC) process.

Who should attend this course?

This course does not have prerequisites.

You should attend this course if:

  • You are a novice/entry-level network engineer or system administrator interested in learning about UNIX/Linux, networking, and DNS.
  • You are an upcoming network engineer or system administrator from a Research Education Network (REN), Network Operator Group (NOG), university, ccTLD registry, or Internet Service Provider (ISP).

How do I enroll in a course?

When do I start?

This course lasts four weeks. Registration period opens three weeks prior to the course start date.

08 April–05 May 2024

Course duration

08 May–10 June 2024

Course duration

30 September–27 October 2024

Course duration

15 January–11 February 2024

Course duration

Moderated course
(with an instructor)

4 weeks

Available in
English, French and Spanish