Realm Linux Administrators' Guide
This is an attempt to organize some documentation into simple categories to help folks that are less familar with the way we deploy Linux at NC State University. Especially, what new Linux system administrators need to know to get started with a Realm Linux environment.
Please contribute to this document. Make use of the various syntax options to indicate commands, screen captures, packages, etc. Create new pagaes as sub-pages (HelpOnEditing/SubPages) to keep the material organized.
/Web-Kickstart: Web-Kickstart is used to provision Realm Linux servers and clients.
/Red Hat Network Access: How to register your Realm Linux machines with Web-Kickstart.
/Root Passwords and Admin Users: How to access and setup a root password and a list of admins that may log in and obtain root.
/Stock Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Access to stock RHEL.
/Using the Department Tag: Running scripts and administrative tasks on your Realm Linux machines.
/Deploying Software with RPM: Access to Yum repositories to provide additional software.
/Controlling User Access: Control what users can SSH or locally login.
/Best Support Practices: Best practices dealing with giving out root access, local space, local accounts, altering home directories, etc.
Realm Linux Management Tools: Using the RLMTools to Manage and Monitoring your deployment.
Tuning: Tuning your Realm Linux System for Best Performance, Including OpenAFS Tuning.
/PatchingSchedule: The Realm Linux Patching Schedule and Policy
/Finding Additional Packages: How to find additional and high quality packages not included in RHEL or Realm Linux.
Differences from Standard Linux Distributions
/Kernel Upgrades: Dealing with Kernel and OpenAFS upgrades and what you should know.
/Sendmail: Configuring the local sendmail to do useful things...like accept mail.
/Printing: Configuring and adding NCSU and non-NCSU printers.
Other Wiki Pages
Feel free to update the content on the below pages or add new content.
RealmLinux/FAQ: The Realm Linux Frequently Asked Questions Page
Puppet: Documentation for the Puppet configuration management system being phased in for Realm Linux 6 and above.
Bcfg2: Documentation for the Bcfg2 configuration management system being phased out.
RealmLinuxServers: Server Tips and Tricks with Realm Linux. Includes information about running Realm Linux in various VM environments.
RealmLinuxHowtos: Task HOWTOs.