Configuring a Default Boot Target

15 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

The LPIC-1 exam expects the candidate to know how to change a default target for a Linux computer using systemd. This exercise will assist you in your practice of determining what the default target is, and changing it to a new one.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Check the default target

The current default target is set to multi-user.target. Use the appropriate command to verify this:

systemctl get-default

Change the default target

The administrator will need to change the default target so that the computer boots into a graphical desktop:

sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target

Check the Default Target again

Check the Default Target again

Now verify that the system is set for a graphical boot:

systemctl get-default

Additional Resources

Your developers share a system that utilizes a desktop environment for the IDE tools. The other system administrator changed the environment so that it only boots into a command line shell, just before he went on vacation. You will need to correct the default boot environment.

Once you have set up the system to boot into a desktop environment, hand it back over to the developers for their use.

Note: If you have an issue connecting to the instance, wait a moment to allow the instance to finish provisioning and retry.

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