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New Pluralsight Course – SQL Server on Linux Administration Fundamentals

New Pluralsight Course – SQL Server on Linux Administration Fundamentals

My new course “SQL Server on Linux Administration Fundamentals” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here!
 
This course targets DBAs that design and maintain SQL Server on Linux systems (or those evaluating the technology). This course can be used by both the seasoned DBA to learn foundational Linux skills and also what’s new and different when running SQL Server on Linux. 

Course Description

SQL Server is available on Linux, and management wants you to leverage this shift in technology to more effectively manage your data platform. In this course, SQL Server on Linux Administration Fundamentals, you’ll delve into SQL on Linux in order for you to become an effective DBA.  First, you’ll explore an overview of its architecture, installation, and configuration. Next, you’ll learn how to administer SQL Server on Linux. Finally, you’ll discover high availability and disaster recovery options available to you for keeping your SQL Server online. By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid foundation necessary to utilize SQL Server on Linux in production.

The modules of the course are:

  • Introduction and SQL Server Architecture – Introduce the viewer into world of SQL Server on Linux. Why did Microsoft do this? What’s the strategy? Introduce the SQL Server Ecosphere, such as the database engine, SQL Server Agent and SSIS.
  • Installing and Configuring SQL Server on Linux – We’ll look at our installation and configuration options for SQL Server on Linux, introducing Linux package managers and repositories and install SQL Server on Linux and it’s components.
  • Administering Linux for DBAs – We’ll look at managing services with systemd and how to query journald’s log files for information about SQL Server.  Also dive into file ownership, disk partitioning concepts and mounting file systems and remote file systems.
  • Managing SQL Server on Linux: Administration and Tools – Now that the viewer knows where things are in this new operating system, let’s move up the stack and look at the tooling available for SQL Server on Linux. We’ll cover VS Code, SSMS, SQLCMD and DBFS.
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery with SQL Server on Linux – Dive into the High Availability and Disaster Recovery options available to SQL Server on Linux
     

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New Pluralsight Course – LFCE: Linux Service Management – HTTP Services

My new course “LFCE: Linux Service Management – HTTP Services” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here!

This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain RHEL/CentOS based enterprises. It aligns with the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) and also Redhat’s RHCSA and RHCE certifications. The course can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the senior system administrator preparing for the certification exam

Let’s take your LINUX sysadmin skills to the next level and get you started on your LFCS/LFCE learning path.

The modules of the course are:

  • Internet Architecture and Domain Name System – Overview of the Internet, the World Wide Web and DNS
  • Installing and Configuring HTTP Service with Apache – Let’s get Apache installed and configured and review some common configuration use cases
  • Implementing Security Services with Apache – Overview of encryption and digital certificates, configuring HTTPS services and HTTP access controls
  • Troubleshooting and Logging in Apache – Apache logging architecture, configuring logging, log formats and accessing log data

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New Pluralsight Course – LFCE: Network and Host Security

My new course “LFCE: Network and Host Security” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here!

This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain RHEL/CentOS based enterprises. It aligns with the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) and also Redhat’s RHCSA and RHCE certifications. The course can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the senior system administrator preparing for the certification exam

Let’s take your LINUX sysadmin skills to the next level and get you started on your LFCS/LFCE learning path.

If you’re in the SQL Server community and want to learn how Linux secure your Linux systems…this course is for you too! You have heard that Microsoft has SQL Server for Linux now, right, if not…read this!

The modules of the course are:

  • Linux Security Concept and Architectures – Introduction you into the fundamental concepts needed for securing your environment
  • Securing Hosts and Services – iptables and TCP Wrappers – Host based firewall concepts and techniques with iptables and TCP Wrappers
  • Securing Hosts and Services – firewalld – Learn leverage firewalld to develop more complex firewalls systems…simply. Including concepts such zones, service, ports and NAT
  • Remote Access – OpenSSH – We’ll look at encryption, authentication and how to configure SSH for public authentication
  • Remote Access – Tools and Techniques  – SSH is more than just remote access, we’ll look at secure copy, tunneling and how to use windowing systems such as X11 and VNC…securely.

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New Pluralsight Course – LFCE: Advanced Network and System Administration

My new course “LFCE: Advanced Network and System Administration” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here!

This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain RHEL/CentOS based enterprises. It aligns with the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) and also Redhat’s RHCSA and RHCE certifications. The course can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the senior system administrator preparing for the certification exam

Let’s take your LINUX sysadmin skills to the next level and get you started on your LFCS/LFCE learning path.

If you’re in the SQL Server community and want to learn how Linux manage system services and performance this course is for you too! You have heard that Microsoft is going to release a version of SQL Server for Linux, right, if not…read this!

The modules of the course are:

  • Managing Network Services – Dive deep into how system systemd manages services and it’s other components
  • Monitoring System Performance – We look at core OS performance attributes for CPU, Disk IO and Memory utilization and how to monitor those
  • Advanced Package Management – Learn how to manage software on your systems and packaging your own RPMs for deployment in your data centers
  • Configuring and Managing Network File System – If you haven’t used NFS before watching this, you will after this module!
  • Configuring and Managing Samba – Get Linux to talk Windows and both share and access Samba resources.

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Open Source PowerShell – Play by Play

What’s going on here?

So last week you may have seen this picture on Twitter…it went a little crazy…and you may have been wondering what are we up to? Well, last week I had the pleasure of filming a Pluralsight Play By Play. A Play By Play is a course on Pluralsight but in a slightly different format than you may be used to. A Play By Play bring together industry experts to discuss and demonstrate an emerging technology. This Play by Play is on “Microsoft Open Source PowerShell – PowerShell on Linux and Mac” and is available now and is FREE! You do not have to be a subscriber!

Open Source PowerShell

Jason, Jeffrey and Anthony (me)

A Motley Crew

The purpose of this Play By Play is to bring to you insider knowledge of Open Source PowerShell. We discuss why this is important and also how it works. To do that Pluralsight pulled together a team to bring this to you.

What’s Covered in the Course

We dive deep into PowerShell’s architecture, the reasoning behind going Open Source, and also how you can leverage this in your data center. It’s not just talk, we show you with many live demos highlighting how really things work. The course is broken into 7 modules and since we’re all computer scientists, we start with Module 0…naturally.

  • Module 0Introduction
  • Module 1Open Source PowerShell – Architecture, concepts and getting started
  • Module 2PowerShell on Linux and Mac – An overview for the Linux pro of how PowerShell works
  • Module 3PowerShell Remoting – An overview for the Linux pro of how PowerShell Remoting works
  • Module 4Common Management Tasks – Common operations in Linux that can be done with PowerShell
  • Module 5Advanced Functions – Building higher level tooling with PowerShell
  • Module 6Desired State Configuration – What is DSC and how it works

The course is now available at Pluralsight

Personal Note

This was an incredible experience. I had to buckle down and learn PowerShell in about 6 weeks…I certainly didn’t want to make a fool of myself in front of the inventor of PowerShell and an industry recognized expert. The shoot lasted literally all day from 9-6PM. There’s a ton of material…you all will be very pleased. The key point to all of this is opening up PowerShell to multi-platform environments which is huge…TITANIC. This enables you to have one tool to manage a heterogenous data center. I’m taking this seriously and will continue to learn PowerShell. Thanks to Jason for guiding me along the way and sharing his knowledge with me you made this easy(er)! Thanks to Jeffrey for sharing your insight and vision. It was truly a pleasure. 

Behind the scenes!

Behind the scenes – Jason and Jeffrey

Upcoming Course – LFCE: Advanced Linux Networking

I’m pleased to announce that I’m working on a new course for Pluralsight.

The course is titled LFCE: Advanced Linux Networking.

This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain Linux based enterprises. It aligns with the Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) objectives and can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the senior system administrator preparing for the certification exam. This course will dive deeper into the internals of networking, giving the viewer insight into how things work under the hood in Linux based networks.

The modules of the course are:

  • Network Topology Fundamentals and the OSI Model
  • Internet Protocol – Addressing and Subnetting Fundamentals
  • Internet Protocol – ARP and DNS Fundamentals
  • Internet Protocol – Routing Packets
  • Routing Packets with Linux
  • Investigating TCP Internals
  • Troubleshooting Network Issues – Layer 1 – 3
  • Troubleshooting Network Issues – Layer 4 – 7

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The course is projected to be released last July, I’ll keep you posted!

New Pluralsight Course – Understanding and Using Essential Tools in Enterprise Linux 7

My new course “Understanding and Using Essential Tools in Enterprise Linux 7” in now available on Pluralsight here!

This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain RHEL based enterprises. It aligns with RHCSA and RHCE objectives and can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the senior system administrator preparing for the certification exam

Let’s take your LINUX sysadmin skills to the next level and get you started on your RHCSA/RHCE learning path. 

If you’re in the SQL Server community and want to learn how to use the command line on Linux, this course is for you too! You heard that Microsoft is going to release a version of SQL Server for Linux right, if not…read this!

The modules of the course are:

  • Installing Redhat Enterprise Linux
  • Understanding Command Execution in the Bash Shell
  • Managing Files and File Compression
  • Using the VI Text Editor
  • Configuring and Managing File Permissions
  • Advanced Shell Topics and Searching for Text in Files
  • Finding Help

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Pluralsight Authoring – Upcoming Course

I am super excited to announce that I have recently been accepted as an author for Pluralsight.

My audition was on Monitoring AlwaysOn Availability Groups and was accepted on the first pass :) the clip discussed monitoring replication latency something I’ve blogged about here and here.

In the recent weeks I worked with my editor and we have selecting a course topic “Understanding and Using Essential Tools in Enterprise Linux 7”. This will be the first course in a series of courses that covers the Red Hat Certified System Administrator® (RHCSA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer® (RHCE) certifications. If all goes to plan the course should be completed in late November and published a few weeks after that.

I’m really excited about this opportunity and look forward to helping people learn the skills needed to solve those hard technology challenges…themselves!

The folks at Pluralsight are a great bunch, they truly a pleasure to work with. After seeing these folks in action, it’s no wonder why the quality of their product is so high.

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