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Old 01-05-2012, 06:46 AM   #1
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Suse guy needs to do his RHCE - is their official material?


Hi,

After working in a Suse Linux house I managed to go through their entire certification range - CLA, CLP, CLE... The company had digital copies of all the official training material textbooks and study guides from Novel. So I just learnt through reading them thoroughly and work experience.

Now that I have moved to a new job which wants to migrate from Debian to Redhat I would like to do Redhat's certifications. Im sure id pick up Red hat bits and pieces that wern't covered in the Suse stream.

First question - does any one know if there is *official* Redhat training material (digital or physical) you can access online or purchase? I emailed & checked on Redhat's site and couldn't find any. They didn't return my email either.

Second question - for some one who has done both the Suse practicums and Redhat practicums - are they both as difficult as each other? Is Redhat more difficult?
 
Old 01-05-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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AFAIK, only way to legally get Red Hat textbooks is to enroll in their courses ... which are great, but cost $$$ .
There are alternatives:
Jang's book
Asghar Ghori's book
Damian Tomassino's book

I also found this one very valuable (for setting up LDAP sever with TLS and separate CA server, and various other things):
Hacking Red Hat Enteprise Linux

Also, RH official docs (Deployment guide and Installation guide):
http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Re...nux/index.html

About CLE, I heard it is as difficult as RHCE, if not more.

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Old 01-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks

Thanks for the info....

I will have a look...

I think the things that I'll need to brush up on is the Redhat specific stuff - kickstart, SELinux, yum etc... Also i've never touched iptables in my life! How is that!?! - the Suse stream makes no mention of it.
 
Old 01-10-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
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I used Jang's book and CentOS (although you can get a copy of RHEL if you want)



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Old 01-10-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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custangro: So with Jang's book alone.... and perhaps some CentOS VMs..... would that be enough information to pass if you went through each chapter and did the exercises? I presume there are exercises.... would they be at the same difficulty of the exam?

Does Redhat disable tab keys in their exam? Novell did and that was my biggest bug bare.
 
Old 01-11-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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custangro: So with Jang's book alone.... and perhaps some CentOS VMs..... would that be enough information to pass if you went through each chapter and did the exercises? I presume there are exercises.... would they be at the same difficulty of the exam?

Does Redhat disable tab keys in their exam? Novell did and that was my biggest bug bare.
I cannot say exactly what's on the test (as everyone that takes the test signs an NDA); but what I CAN say is that you will have a FULLY functional RHEL system to work on.

And yes, with me; All I used to study was Jang's book and CentOS VMs.

My suggestion (although not required):

Don't use VMWare or VirtualBox. Grab a PC that you don't need (or dual boot with Windows if you have to) and install CentOS 6 with KVM and use THAT as your VM software.

Again, you can do it with VMWare/Virtualbox...but I suggest you use KVM.

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Old 01-13-2012, 07:31 PM   #7
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So long as I have the tab key that will be a considerable advantage over the CLE.

I have setup a dual boot CentOS 6 host on my machine and I like your idea. Worked alot with Xen on Suse but never really touched KVM. Using KVM hosts and guests will kill two birds with one stone. Anyhow I purchased the book off Amazon.... Usually takes around 4 weeks to arrive in Australia. Whats the go with all the repositories plonked all over the show? With Nvidia, ATI etc. I use to get them all from Novell. With Debian most stuff can be acquired directly from Debian. With CentOs the base seems to be consolidated from Centos but all the other addins I google and get random repositories to acquire them from. Sure enough they provide me with what I want in the way of drivers & other software but I have no real idea how they all fit into the Redhat/Centos space. Random organizations manage them? Doesn't that defeat the purpose support for open source software if one needs to include RPMs from other 3rd party repos?

Im going to take my time with this one and not sure if they close old forums or not but I might put on my review of CLE and RHCE and discuss which one is more difficult with out divulging what is in either of the exams.

In my view these are the two best certifications you can get in the Linux world. The RHCE is better overall because (with the exception of some parts of Europe) there is more market demand for Redhat over Suse.

The CLE still managed to get me my current new job and we have no Suse here at all.... Lol - aside from my Linux desktop .
 
Old 01-13-2012, 09:11 PM   #8
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IIRC IBM developerworks has a quite good series of articles preparing for the RHCE exam, but i cant find the link right now..

*Edit, Scratch that, it was for LPI not RHCE, my bad.

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Old 12-14-2013, 09:36 PM   #9
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I have the RHCE and CLE now

Hey! Long time since I started this post. Learn Cisco in 2012.... And in 2013 did my RHCSA and RHCE.

For RHCSA I used Centos 6 with KVM guests.

For RHCE I used Windows with VMWARE Workstation with SuSe and CentOS VMs. Used SuSe for LDAP and ISCSI server and Centos for all client related subjects.

The verdict!?! Which is harder?

RHCSA is WAY harder then the SuSe CLP

The SuSe CLE is harder then the RHCE

SuSe CLE is still the hardest exam i've sat. I actually found the RHCSA harder then the RHCE. Because its stuff I don't do day to day. That was the one I learnt the most from.

So whose material is better? Comes down to what you use. If your SuSe house then SuSe is better and vice versa. Though I think the Redhat stuff is more universal. Can be applied to distributions outside redhat like Debian.

I got my Cisco CCENT and failed my CCNA. So this year is CCNA. Then im off to slow run of becoming RHCA.
 
  


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