Recover from hardware, operating system, or filesystem failures

Scottie is an excellent basketball player by night, and a RHEL Sysadmin for the Chicago Bulls by day:

  • His RHEL Server: Pippen_RHEL_Server_098
  • His username:
  • His professional standard: competent RHEL Sysadmins NEVER run Linux commands as the root user.
  • His objective: Recover from hardware, operating system, or filesystem failures.

Scottie and his friend Michael are studying for their LFCS exams after a Bulls' practice session at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' training facility. Michael is an extremely competitive person, so he challenges Scottie: "I'm going to whip you on the LFCS exam: I'm going to score 100%". 

Scottie laughs, he's used to Michael competitive juices flowing. "Okay, let's test you Michael, since your so confident: write down and explain ALL of the commands that you need to run on your RHEL server to complete this objective: Recover from hardware, operating system, or filesystem failures".

Michael smiles, turns around, and picks up a basketball. He's about 75 feet away from the rim. He closes his eyes, and takes the shot. Before the shot goes in, he says "Swish, nothing but net."  The shots passes though the net without making a sound. "Scottie: you have to remember who's Batman, and who's Robin in our relationship."

Then, Michael Jeffrey Jordan pulls out a piece of paper to write out the solution to the LFCS objective at hand. What is he going to write?

Scottie, my friend, you underestimate my skills both on the basketball court and in the realm of Linux. Prepare to be amazed as I present to you the ultimate solution to recover from hardware, operating system, or filesystem failures on our beloved RHEL server. Behold, the commands that will make you realize who the real Batman is:

  1. "dmidecode": This magnificent command will reveal the secrets of our hardware components, providing crucial information about the server's configuration and capabilities. It's like seeing the opponent's playbook before the game even begins.

  2. "journalctl": The power of this command allows us to view and manage system logs, uncovering any hidden clues that might lead us to the root cause of the failure. It's like analyzing the opponent's moves to find their weaknesses.

  3. "fsck": With the mystical command of "fsck," we can check and repair any filesystem inconsistencies that dare to challenge our server's stability. It's like healing wounds and strengthening our defense.

  4. "systemctl": This mighty command empowers us to manage system services and daemons, granting us the ability to restart or shutdown the system when necessary. It's like calling a timeout in a critical moment to regroup and come back stronger.

  5. "grub-install": In the face of bootloader issues, fear not! With the command "grub-install," we can reinstall the GRUB bootloader, ensuring that our server can rise again after any setback. It's like making a clutch shot at the buzzer to secure the victory.

Scottie, remember this: Linux commands are our tools, and with the right combination and execution, we can overcome any challenge that comes our way. So, my friend, stand tall, embrace the power of these commands, and let's show the world that Batman and Robin combined can achieve greatness!

Now, let's hit the books and conquer those LFCS exams together. Swish, nothing but net!

Michael Jordan puts down the pen and picks up the basketball, ready to continue their study session with renewed determination.


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