Online Digital Forensics Courses and Labs

Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF)
Funded by Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) Capacity Building Program


Linux 101

Basic Linux Operation based on Virtual Machine (short course)

Instructor:        Dr. Cliff Zou ,  407-823-5015,

Course Time: roughly 8 hours

                  Basic knowledge on computer organization and networking

Material Requirement:   

Each student should have a desktop or laptop computer for lab experiment
All software used in the class are free and open-source software, downloadable from the Internet

Course Learning Objectives::   

(a) Virtual machine: Learn how to set up virtual machine (VM) software (such as VirtualBox) on a computer, how to fast install a Linux or Windows virtual machine using Internet-downloaded VM images ;
(b) Learn how to use Linux basic commands and operations;
(c) Learn how to use networking applications (such as SSH, Nmap) in Linux.

Course Outline:

• Introduction of Virtual Machine concept
• Installation of VirtualBox software by the student on his/her own desktop or laptop
• Download Kali Linux VM image and install it under VirtualBox
• Step-by-step learning basic Linux commands and operations
    o Graphic User Interface (GUI) basic usage
    o File and directory creation, deletion and operation
    o User account creation and management
    o Basic file and text search, file text editing
• Download Metasploitable2 Linux VM and install it under VirtualBox, making it be in the same Local Area Network (LAN) with the Kali Linux
• Learn basic network operation and cybersecurity operation in Kali Linux, such as:
    o SSH and Ftp to the Metasploitable2 Linux VM
    o Nmap to conduct networking scan to the Metasploitable2 Linux VM
    o Password security

Lecture Slides:   

Lecture 1: Virtual Machine (ppt)
Lecture 2: Basic Linux Operation (ppt)
Lecture 3: Basic Linux Networking Operation (ppt)