CIS133 Unix/Linux System Administration I
Janelle C. Arruda, Professor CIS
Fall 2017
Course Policies
Professor's Schedule - includes Office Hours
Supplemental Materials
Homework and In-Class Labs

Homework Submission and Final Exam Information

  • The absolute last date that any homework will be accepted is Thursday, December 14th at 11:59 p.m.- no exceptions.   DO NOT SEND ANYTHING AFTER THE 14TH.

  • The final exam is on Tuesday, December 19th  at 10:30 in K105  - Online students should email me ASAP regarding taking the final exam.

  • The final exam is a cumulative, 100  multiple choice question exam with a 2 hour limit - be ON TIME.   

    Upon completion of the final you will be able to see your score but you will not be able to review the details of the final.  The final exam will not be available for review online

  • There are no makeups to the final; if you do not take the final during the scheduled time you will receive a final exam grade of zero.  


If you plan on taking CIS232 and haven't registered yet, please do so ASAP.  Please do not wait until the last minute to register.  The numbers will definitely be low for this course next semester.  The more that enroll early the less chance it gets cancelled early for low enrollment!!.   The same holds true for CIS271 and CIS233.  PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!!

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12/4/2017 JOB POSTINGS......

During class on 12/4 I covered Active Directory Powershell. 

Next week I will hold open lab for all my classes.  I will be available as follows:

Monday:                                          Tuesday:                                          Thursday:
K102    9:30 to 11:30                      K101   9:30 to 10:45                       K101  9:30 to 10:45
K105    11:00 to 1:30                      K105   11:00 to 1:30
K103    4:00 to 6:30

Week 12


During class on 11/28 I covered sudo, journalctl and disk quotas.  The last homework of the semester was assigned.

During the last two weeks of the semester I will hold open-labs.   There will not be any more lectures.


Week 11


During class on 11/21 I covered Gparted, cron and at.  A homework on gparted was assigned.

Next week I will wrap up all topics for the semester and assign the last homework assignment.  The last two weeks of the semester will be lab time.


Week 10


Web Client -- Is anyone having problems with their machines disappearing in the web client?  If so, please remember that you have access to the machines via the desktop client with the terminal server.  Use the Terminal server but PLEASE let me know that the problem is happening.

During class on 11/14 I covered NIS.  A homework on this topic was assigned.

I forgot to cover a topic that's needed for the task on the last page of the homework.   I will cover that at the start of the next class..

Week 9


During class on 11/7 I covered NFS.  A homework on this topic was assigned.

Next week I will cover NIS.

Week 7


During class on 10/24 I covered alias, tree, df, du, fsck, runlevels, changing the root user's pasword.  

Two homeworks were assigned. 

I apologize, one of these two assignments should have been assigned last week.  My mistake, sorry.  The due dates are staggered.

Next Week:  I will not be in on Tuesday, October 31st.   Class for that day is cancelled.

Week 6


During class on 10/17 I covered a bunch of file system related commands but did not get to the point of the next assignment.

No new homework  was assigned this week.  I will finish that topic next week.  

Week 5


During class on 10/3 I covered File System Hierarchy Standard, mounting a device and the fstab file.

Homework #4 was assigned.

Next week:  BCC will follow Monday's schedule on Tuesday therefore this class will not meet next week

Week 4


During class on 9/26 I covered permissions, including all commands associated with permissions.

Homework #3 was assigned.

Week 3


During class on 9/19 I covered user and group account management.   A homework on this topic was assigned.


Week 2


During class on the 9/12 all in-class students installed the OpenSuse Leap 42.2 Operating System.  Online students must complete the installation ASAP.  Instructions are available on the Homework and In-Class labs page above.

I also covered different methods of getting help on Linux, how to change the default resolution for the system, doing system updates and installing other desktop managers.    Videos have been posted on the eLearning site.

The first homework was assigned and is available on the Homework and In-Class labs page above. 

Online Students:  Don't forget to check-in.

Week 1


During week 1 I provided an overview of the class and lectured on Linux distros and desktops. 

The video from today's lecture has been posted on the eLearning site; it is available on the Recorded Lectures page.  

During next week's class (9/12)  students will install OpenSuse Leap 42.2 within the Vmware system.  If you have not done so already, please  login to  vmware and ensure that you have access to a folder (your name) in the CIS133 folder.  

ONLINE STUDENTS:  Students who have opted to take the course online MUST email me and let me know your plans.  You must also "check-in" weekly.  Submitting an assignment does count as a check-in.  If you aren't submitting an assignment during a particular week then a "check-in" email is required.



This is the first of a two-course sequence which covers how to install, manage and configure a Linux Operating system to function both as a stand alone system and as a server and client machine on a network. 

I've checked the roster and I don't see any new names; this means you all have had me before and know my style of teaching and you know my course policies.  I'll review everything in that regards during the first class. 

There is no required textbook for the course.  I will use on-line resources for the course and will post them on the Supplemental Materials page of this site.  I will be recording the lectures for this course and will post them on the eLearning site. 

If you have questions about this site at any time and/or you have questions about the course, please do not hesitate to ask in class, email me, stop by during an office hour, or make an appointment to see me.  My office is in K-217, my email address is and my office hours are listed within my schedule.