The Automate System Administration Tasks by Scheduling Jobs exercise provides you with the instructions and devices to develop your hands on skills in the following topics.

  • Manage cron and at jobs
  • Configure user access to cron and at services
  • Configure anacron

Lab time: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Automate System Administration Tasks by Scheduling Jobs

Linux enables you to automate some regular jobs such that they run automatically at a pre-scheduled time, without any intervention from the system administrator. Examples of such tasks include backing up the system, verifying the update status of the system, or reporting resource-inventory of the system. This automation is enabled by the CRON utility in Linux. In this exercise, you will understand how to automate system administration tasks by scheduling jobs.

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