CMAI’s Technology Courses

Pixit & Linux System Administration Training

This course is designed to upskill and standardise the knowledge base of all the IT and pipeline teams in an Animation studio. The course is split between a refresher / upskilling for all on the PIX system. The second part is developing the knowledge of the team in Linux system administration across all of the studio infrastructure. The ultimate aim is to have the entire team familiar and to a minimum standard level across the organisation.


This course is for the IT and pipeline teams that support and administer the systems across multiple locations.

The only requirement is access to a computer with a decent Internet connection.


10 weeks / 2 half-day sessions per week 

Start date:


Development Team:

  • Igor Podgorski – Smooth Sailing Technical Consulting
  • Luke Rotherforth – Pixit Media
  • Brian Gilmore – Course Director at CMAI


Course Overview

  • The Course is 20 x 0.5 days spread over 10 weeks and is a mix of lectures and hands-on demonstrations.
  • The course will be online with 1 day a week of live lectures and demonstrations.
  • These will be half-day sessions delivered twice to different groups.
  • These are recorded on the day and are available for reference to the participants.
  • Other course material and references will also be supplied.
  • Classes will be held on Microsoft Teams or Zoom.


Pixit Training

  • RedHat Fundamentals in relation to Pxistor
  • ACLs
  • FileSets
  • Snapshots
  • monitoring
  • Pixstor Architecture
  • Ngenea/Dynamo
  • GPFS
  • Troubleshooting Pixstor Systems


Linux Training

  1. Linux best practices for systems operations
    • Updates and patching
    • Baseline Linux security and common practices to apply and avoid
    • RPM-based (RHEL, CentOS, Rocky, Oracle Linux) Linux distributions overview in light of migration from CentOS to RHEL
    • Linux runtime kernel parameters tuning (sysctl.conf) for performance and security
  2. AD integration
    • AD – sssd overview
    • sssd best practices
    • Use of AD’s GPO with sssd on Linux workstations
  3. Block and network storage use in Linux
    • Overview of Linux block devices (tools and operations)
    • Overview of most commonly used file systems, their characteristics and implications on DCC software performance
    • Network files systems overview
      • NFS/SMB
      • NFS: v3 vs v4
      • NFS and Kerberos authentication, NFS encryption
      • SMB: CIFS, v2, v3 comparisons
  4. Network troubleshooting and monitoring
    • LAN layout and organisation
    • Troubleshooting network traffic
      • Basic tools
      • Advanced packet inspection using Wireshark – TBC
  5. Configuration management using SaltStack
    • SaltStack operations on Linux
    • SaltStack operations on Windows
    • SaltStack web consoles
      • Opensource web GUI
    • Secure deployment of software and configuration using Pillars
      • To discuss with the BBF IT if they’re using any other secrets management service and how to integrate it with SaltStack

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