Introducing Single Sign-on for Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments

Over the last few months, our engineering team has been hard at work on our new learning platform, Cloud Assessments. The coffee and Red Bull have been flowing freely, bugs have been getting crushed in record numbers, and we’re finally ready to share what our developers have been working on.

Beginning today, Monday, November 6th, both Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments will offer a new user service with single sign-on capabilities!

What does this mean for you?

Good news! If you’re already a Linux Academy user, you’ll now have access to two learning platforms instead of one. Linux Academy has been a leader in online cloud education for years, and Cloud Assessments is an exciting new addition to our training offerings. We believe that our users should have access to both, so we made it happen.

When you’re signed into Linux Academy, you’ll notice a new navigation bar at the top of your dashboard. This will allow you to switch seamlessly between our two services with the click of a button.

You’ll also have the option to connect to external accounts (including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Amazon) to sign in everywhere with a single set of credentials. We’ve all been frustrated by password management at one point or another, and single sign-on will help make your life a bit simpler.

What do you need to do?

If you haven’t logged into your account in the past 45 days, you’ll be required to reset your password due to this new login service.

What you get with your Linux Academy account?

You’re probably familiar with all that Linux Academy has to offer. You’ll continue to get unlimited training with over 100 courses, thousands of hours of video content, and cloud servers so you can test your skills in the real world. In addition to that, you’ll get access to Cloud Assessments, our new service that launched earlier this year, too. Cloud Assessments takes training to the next level. You can embark on a Cloud Quest, a series of real world, scenario-based AWS Challenges, and pick up badges along the way to show your mastery in certain skills. Our learning engine grades your performance in real time and builds you a custom learning path to take, so that you don’t have to waste time re-learning concepts you already know. If you haven’t tried Cloud Assessments, single sign-on will make it easier than ever to get started.

What about the mobile apps?

All Android and iOS mobile app users will need to update their app to the latest version 2.4. After Monday, Nov 6, anyone using older versions of the app won’t be able to log in.

While we’re excited to continue delivering new features to our students. Some of those features, including better privacy and security for your account, require us to raise the minimum supported version of Android to KitKat (4.4).

The new single login service is just the latest improvement to our learning platform, and we’ve got a lot more great things coming soon. Our team has been working hard on both Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments in recent months, and this latest improvement will make it easier than ever to get the most out of both.

We’re excited to see how single sign-on will help our students reach the next stage of their learning journeys, and can’t wait to hear about how it’s helping you on yours.

Workplace Highlight: Office Trick or Treating 🎃

Happy Halloween to all from the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments team! 👻

We can’t express to you enough how much we enjoy the holidays here. We don’t take spending time with loved ones and cherishing holiday traditions lightly…  So for Halloween, we invited criminals, creatures, and animals alike to join us in our office for festivities!

Random fact: The earliest known use of the phrase “trick or treat” dates back to 1934 when a newspaper in Portland, Oregon ran an article about how the local kids in town pulled numerous Halloween pranks. The phrase eventually showed up on greeting cards and by 1940s, it was widely used surrounding the holiday.



Breakout Bonanza

So you’ve decided to go to re:Invent! While it’s easy to get distracted with the fun parties, vendors, and the idea of being in Vegas itself, remember the whole point of re:Invent is to learn and advance our AWS prowess, right? There are a tremendous amount of learning opportunities or breakouts to attend – it can seem overwhelming! But let’s first recap some basics:

There are three types of breakout content levels: introductory, advanced, and expert; and three different types of content types: sessions, workshops, and chalk talks. Chalk talks are brand new for 2017 and are an interactive hour-long format intended for a more intimate audience. There are also three different content venues: Aria, MGM Grande, and Venetian. re:Invent also has a plethora of session tracks, or topics, such as gaming, artificial intelligence and machine learning, healthcare, and serverless, just to name a few.

I decided to ask a couple of my peers on the AWS content team which breakouts they plan on attending and how that is going to shape our content for 2018! (more…)

Multiple LXD Hosts Can Share a Discreet Layer-2 Container-Only Network

Interested in LXD and LXC?  Check out our new LXC/LXD Deep Dive course here at Linux Academy!  We cover topics including installation, launching containers, persistent storage, networking, and even cover some fascinating use cases to make LXC useful and relevant to you right now!

We’ve also created this LXC-LXD Cheat Sheet to help you get started with LXD right away!


LXD is a really fun and easy way to jump into containers, especially if you have some experience with virtual machines.  LXD is designed to create machine containers, which strongly resemble virtual machines, so trying out new distributions or testing application deployments is easy and – dare I say it – fun.  LXD 2.0 brought myriad new features to the platform, but a few tasks remain adorably unfledged. A single node of LXD, for instance, can easily be initialized and containers come up on their own private network with the default settings.  Once a second node is added, a major limitation becomes obvious:  Each node has its own private network for containers and, without some networking jujitsu, will never be able to communicate with one another.

Getting all those containers on the same layer 2 network, regardless of which host each one resides on, is what this post is all about.  


New Course: LXC/LXD Deep Dive

New Course: LXC/LXD Deep Dive

We just published our latest course, LXC/LXD Deep Dive, by our Course Author, Chad Miller. Chad has many years of experience teaching technical professionals everything from database design to OpenStack and has spoken at conferences on topics ranging from containers to the best way to configure a storage cluster.

The course is divided into six in-depth video segments and runs for a little less than 3 hours.


Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform Pumps Up the Power With 96 Core Machine Types

What do Google Cloud Platform and Scotty from Star Trek have in common? They both need more power!

Google just announced the ability to create single VMs on Compute Engine with up to 96 cores. This is a 50% increase from their previous max allotment and greater than any other cloud platform vendor. With the new high core count machines, you can also pair them with up to 624 GB of memory (with plans to offer up to 4 TB in the future). To avoid paying for more resources than you need, custom machine types are also available so you can select your own memory to CPU count ratio which, again, only GCP offers.

These new machine types are among the few to be certified for SAP HANA scale-up deployments, which require massive power for its database resources. (more…)