CIS232 Linux Administration II
Janelle C. Arruda, Professor CIS
Spring 2018
Course Policies
Professor's Schedule - includes Office Hours
Supplemental Materials
Homework and In-Class Labs
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Job Postings:   
This site gets updated fairly regularly:  CIS Job Postings via BCC Career Services

A posting that I don't see at the above link:
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Homework Submission and Final Exam Information

The final exam for this course will be administered online for ALL STUDENTS.   The exam will be administered within eLearning and will be available from Friday, May 11th to Monday May 14th (11:59pm).  Please be sure to take it during that time frame.
The final exam is a approximately 90 multiple choice questions. 
It is cumulative and does include all topics covered this semester.  There is an enforced 2 hour maximum time limit. 

Homework Submissions

  • The absolute last date that any homework  will be accepted is Thursday May 10th  at midnight - no exceptions.   
  • If you owe me a lot of work, please do not send more than one assignment per email and please do not send them all at once; send them as you complete them.

VMWare Machines
If you want access to any of your virtual machines after this semester (this course and/or capstone) you can download them (I've added the instruction video to the eLearning site).
The video is old so I'm not 100% sure that the process hasn't changed.  If someone tries it and it doesn't work, please let me know ASAP.  I won't be on campus  after May 1st. .  All existing  machines will be deleted sometime around early-July.   If you wish to download them, please do so before then.

Week 1


During class on 4/17 I covered Package Management: zypper & rpm.  I also covered tar, ACLs and attributes.

There is not a homework on these topics but there will be some questions on these topics on the final exam.

April 24th and May 1st will be open lab time.   There is no class on May 8th.

I will be out of town during the last week of the semester but will check my email regularly.

Week 10


During class on 4/10 I covered SSH and VNC.   A homework assignment was assigned.   This is the last assignment for this course.  The next two weeks I will be covering topics that you will be responsible for on the final but there will not be a homework on the topic.


Week 8


During class on 3/27 I covered adding a Linux Client to a Windows domain.  I also covered configuring an FTP server.  

Two homework assignments were assigned.

Next week, 4/3, will be open lab. 

Week 7


During class on 3/20 I covered making a Linux Server a PDC and authenticating with a linux account at a Windows machine.  I also covered Apache Web Server.

A PDC homework was assigned.  There will be a homework that includes Apache.  It will be combined with FTP and will be assigned next week.

Next week I will cover adding a Linux client to a Microsoft Windows Domain Controller.  I will also cover FTP.

Week 6


During class on 3/6 I covered samba basics.  Two home work assignments were assigned.

Next week is Spring Break.  I will be available via email during spring break.  If you have questions, don't hesitate to email me.


Week 5



During class on 2/27 I covered printing and DNS.  Two homework assignments were assigned.


Week 4


During class on 2/13 I covered NAT and printing.  For those who attended class you know that things didn't go very well.   

Notes regarding class:

NAT:  After class I spent quit a bit of time troubleshooting this.  All settings that I presented during class were correct.  In the end, I moved the machines to a different virtual network and all worked.   (I moved the machines from CIS232-S13 to CIS232-S12).   I don't have an explanation as to why it worked on one network and not on the other but.... welcome to the world of technology!
I have posted the video (from this year) and the homework. 

NAT Update:  As of today's date (2/21/2018) two students have worked on the NAT assignment and although all was properly configured, their client machine still could not get online.   I have spent many hours (and even had Sil helping) to try to determine why it won't work but have not yet come up with a reason.    In regards to the homework, here's what you'll need to do:   Complete the assignment and if all works then be thankful and submit it.  If you're able to ping the server's internal card from the client AND you're able to ping the server's external card from the client but can't ping beyond that, submit the assignment and I'll grade it based on whether it's properly configured.   After grading it I will clone a working machine (that you'll have to do a little work on) and you should use the new machine for future homework.  

Printing:    I'll start from where I left off when we meet on the 27th. 

Next Week:  We will NOT meet next week.  BCC will follow Monday's schedule on Tuesday 2/20. 

Week 3


During class on 2/6 I covered DHCP and assigned the DHCP homework.
Week 2


During class on 1/30 I provided an overview of the class and reviewed some topics necessary for the review homework.

The Review Homework assignment was posted on the site.

Next week I will cover DHCP.


Week 1


Welcome Back!

We'll start the semester by do a review of a few topics including NFS, NIS, and password policies.  A review homework on these topics will be assigned. 

After reviewing the above mentioned topics  the first new topic of the semester will be DHCP.   

As with CIS133, 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.  Supplemental materials from last semester are available on this class's supplemental materials page.  

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.