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We have an introduction to GNU/Linux and a second course that introduces System Administration. For our third course I have suggested remote system administration including the following topics:
Webmin -- centralized admin on a particular machine
-- install, start, stop services
Nagios -- server farm managment -- monitoring, alerts
-- local lab or rack of machines
Zenoss -- same as above
cell-phone/tablet -- Nagios app, monitoring, alerts
cloud -- set up server farm in the cloud
-- AWS + SCALR
vnc -- remote desktop operations
security -- intrusion detection and prevention
-- Snort, Wireshark
centralized desktop, operations center
solo remote monitoring with tablets and cell phones
both video and low/no video monitoring
protocols: tcp/ip, rpc, snmp
The course would be 15-weeks, 4-credits taught in a lab of 20 pcs and other useful equipment.
Does this make sense? Can you suggest other tools to add to or replace some of the above? I'd appreciate thoughts on the matter based on your experience.
Anne Arundel Community College
Putty, Filezilla (in both cases emphasis port 22, so your guys need to understand SSH+cfgs in detail inc passwd vs auth-keys)
Also learn ssh/scp/sftp from cli
At the server end, consider Cacti for graphing, as Nagios is really only good for alerts, graphing is very basic. FWIW, there is a plugin NPC (Nagios Plugin for Cacti) which means you can access nagios page from within Cacti.