CSE411- Introduction to Computer Systems Administration
This course teaches some of the things someone who wants to work as a Systems
Administrator would need to know. For the most part the material concentrates
on the UNIX Operating System, though the basic principles can be applied to
other operating systems as well. As much as possible the material targets basic
principles that are present in all modern Operating Systems in an effort to prepare
students for a multi-vendor multi-OS environment. The course is relatively time consuming. It
has roughly weekly homework assignments, three projects, and two exams. For
two of the projects students have a SUN workstation dedicated to their use and
are expected to complete some Systems Maintenance type work (e.g. install the
Operating System for the second project) within a 22 hour period.
Due to equipment availability the course primarily focuses on SUN's Solaris
Operating System and FreeBSD, which gives examples of both a SYS-V based UNIX
and a BSD based UNIX. If you know of anyone willing to donate equipment to this
lab so we can expand on what is available feel free to send them our way.
Registration information about this course available
on UB-Wings. This course is only offered in the Fall semester.
For information specific to any given semester see the
Instructor's Web page.
The instructor for this course is Ken Smith, who can be reached
by sending email to