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Lesson 1

Introduction to administering Local Filesystems

As a system administrator, each time you set up a new machine, you must ask yourself, "What task do I want this machine to accomplish?"
Then, you must consider the machine's available storage space and allocate that space in a way that ensures fast, efficient operation while still providing the various filesystems the space they need to accommodate the data associated with the task. The best way to do this is to divide the hard drive into partitions.
Designing and creating partitions requires care: partitions that are too small to contain the information stored could conceivably cause the computer to freeze.
This module discusses how to plan a filesystem suited to your needs and determine the partition layout, size, and swap space necessary for the machine to carry out its assigned tasks. Also, you will learn how to add new drives to hold the partitions you have selected.
  1. Partition: A partition is a section of the hard drive reserved for specific directories, applications, or operating systems.
  2. Swap space: Swap space is the space on a hard disk that computer uses as an extension of its RAM.

Module objectives
After completing this module, you will be able to:
  1. List the steps required to plan a filesystem
  2. Plan partition layout
  3. Plan partition size
  4. Enable swap space
  5. Add a new hard drive

The next lesson lists the steps required to plan a filesystem.