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Old 02-24-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Have any of you taken the RHCVA?


Hello,

I'm an RHCE starting my long, arduous journey to becoming an RHCA - and figured why not start my journey by getting the RHCVA.

We use RHEVM almost exclusively here at work so it seems like a natural next step.

I don't have enough $ to take the class RH offers. Although, to be honest not sure if I'll need it. I got my RHCE (RHEL 5) and RHCE (RHEL 6) doing self study (It DOES really help that I use RHEL at work and Jang's book is the best there is).

My plan is to take the Exam objectives: http://www.redhat.com/training/cours.../examobjective

And use the Evaluation Guide (I noticed that the Eval Guide covers the exam objectives and then some!): https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/...ide/index.html

I was originally going to use oVirt - but I got a 60 day trial of RHEV-M so I'm covered there.

So My Lab:

- RHEV-M 60day trial
- RHEVM Engine Server
- 2 Hypervisors
- IPA server (for DNS, User Data, and NFS server)
- RHEVM Evaluation Guide

My question is: Have any of you take the RHCVA test?

Without breaching the NDA or ruining the entegrity of the cert - will my plan for studying work? I don't mind putting in lots of study hours in (I did it with the RHCE...twice!) - but if I'm missing something in the exam objective (either implicit or explicit) I would like to know.

I would also appreciate any tips; if you have any :-)

-C
 
Old 02-26-2013, 02:20 AM   #2
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Well I'd guess that's a big fat no to anyone here having taken it. Based on my experiences with the two RHCA level exams I've done, I wouldn't think you'd have any trouble with that.

I would wonder slightly how the exam has been updated over the time RHEV has been going, as I think the exam started when there really wasn't all that much of a product, so hope it's been updated to reflect a more complete suite of software underneath, rather than being a sales pitch like some exams have been in the past.

You'll do fine with it.
 
Old 02-26-2013, 02:27 AM   #3
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Hi:

I have not taken the exam but I'd like to-
You may want to check this out:

http://ebookee.org/search.php?q=Rhel&sa=Search



Good Luck!
 
Old 02-26-2013, 03:07 AM   #4
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I've taken the test, it's been almost a year so I my memory isn't to fresh but I can say this: I had very little experience with RHEV (though I usually work with other hypervisors), and was able to pass the class with just the 5 day class - so it isn't too hard, but it is a Red Hat test, so take nothing for granted.

Too avoid crossing NDA lines, I'll talk about a few of the objectives:

Code:
Install Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and any dependencies.
Use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager to:
    Create datacenters and clusters.
I'm sure because of this you'll be rebuilding your lab set up from scratch several times. If you find this to be a time consuming task, it'd be fair to assume it might impact a timed event.

Code:
Develop pools and templates.
I'm sure you've noticed the test objectives include both Linux and Windows guests, enough said, moving on.

Code:
Set up Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager users.
I only call this one out because I remember some ambiguity involving this objective that I might not have seen had I studied it more thoroughly. That's all I can say there.

You might already have this link, but the technical white papers help as well:
https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/...Virtualization

All the others are dead on, and couldn't expand much on what's already said. Given your experience, and a few months study time I think you'll be OK. Good luck!
 
Old 02-28-2013, 03:08 PM   #5
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I've taken the test, it's been almost a year so I my memory isn't to fresh but I can say this: I had very little experience with RHEV (though I usually work with other hypervisors), and was able to pass the class with just the 5 day class - so it isn't too hard, but it is a Red Hat test, so take nothing for granted.

Too avoid crossing NDA lines, I'll talk about a few of the objectives:

Code:
Install Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and any dependencies.
Use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager to:
    Create datacenters and clusters.
I'm sure because of this you'll be rebuilding your lab set up from scratch several times. If you find this to be a time consuming task, it'd be fair to assume it might impact a timed event.

Code:
Develop pools and templates.
I'm sure you've noticed the test objectives include both Linux and Windows guests, enough said, moving on.

Code:
Set up Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager users.
I only call this one out because I remember some ambiguity involving this objective that I might not have seen had I studied it more thoroughly. That's all I can say there.

You might already have this link, but the technical white papers help as well:
https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/...Virtualization

All the others are dead on, and couldn't expand much on what's already said. Given your experience, and a few months study time I think you'll be OK. Good luck!
Thanks for the info! This is exactly what I was looking for!

Week one into my Studying I found that with "Create Windows Desktop Template" - there is an implicit "You need an Active Directory Server" in there because going through the documentation (Page 113 of the Evaluation guide it has you connecting to an AD server with the rhevm-manage-domain command).

So I've added an AD server in my lab (Luckily Microsoft gives you a 180day trail of Windows Server 2012); along with my IPA server.

...I noticed there is no "HA" setup in the exam objectives...wonder if this is because of limited hardware at the testing center - In any event I'm still going through that chapter JIC.

--Christian
 
  


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