CSE411 - Introduction to Computer Systems Administration
Instructor: Ken Smith
Location/Time: Capen 262 Mon/Wed 1pm-4:20pm
Office: 353 Davis Hall
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:00pm excluding class times
Lab Web Page: http://www.dcsl.buffalo.edu
Course Web Page: http://www.dcsl.buffalo.edu/~kensmith
This course introduces some of the things a Computer Systems Administrator would
need to know. You are expected to already know the UNIX Operating System at the
user-level. A few of the things that will be covered are:
There is a strong lab component to the course in which you will have
some hands-on exposure to administering the systems. Most of the
machines will be running either Linux, Solaris, or FreeBSD.
There will be other systems running different variants of Linux,
OpenBSD, and perhaps others made available as
well for some of the homework assignments.
- Managing user accounts
- Software Installation
- Email systems
- Systems Security
Grades will be based on:
- Homeworks: 20%
- Midterm Exam: 15%
- Final Exam: 20%
- Three Projects: 15% each
Grades will be "straight letter grades", no +/- grades.
The Exams will be open notes. The Exam dates are:
- Midterm: In class August 2, 2017
- Final: In class August 16, 2017
The project dates are also scheduled but these are TENTATIVE
dates. Actual dates will be depend on how fast we progress through the course
material. The dates will be announced in class and via email. The
tentative dates are:
- Project 1: First sign-up day August 1, 2017 and last sign-up day August
- Project 2: First sign-up day August 10, 2017 and last sign-up day August
- Project 3: Posted August 12, 2017 and due August 18, 2017
The CSE Department has a very strict policy on cheating. Anyone caught cheating
will fail the course. Additionally any financial aid provided by the
Department will be withdrawn.
All work for this course is to be an INDIVIDUAL
effort. You must do all the work on your own with no help from classmates or
other students. Generally speaking the Instructor is the only human being
you should seek help from.
The lab is as yet undetermined. It shouldn't be needed at all for Project 1. Something will be worked out for Project 2.
There is one optional textbook:
- "Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook", 4th Edition, Evi Nemeth et. al., Prentice
Hall, ISBN 0-13-148005-7
The lecture notes will be provided in class. They
will not be made available electronically due to printer abuse by previous classes.
Last Modified Fri Jul 21 17:58:04 2017