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RHCE - a bit late, but almost done!

Posted 02-08-2012 at 09:46 AM by rocket357

A little while ago (2007?) I joined In one of my first posts I asked a question about the RedHat Certification courses and studying for them. I wanted to get my RHCE, but didn't have the knowledge needed to get I wanted to know if studying CentOS was a good start.

Fast forward 5 years. I'm sitting in a week-long RHCE "boot camp" class. We're supposed to be doing a lab for PAM configuration for the next few minutes, but I'm already I'm blogging =) (Due to a scheduling snafu, I'm not going to take my RHCSA until next month...but according to my employer this shouldn't be an issue heh).

So is the RHCE as intensive as I thought it would be? Maybe...I haven't taken the official test yet. I will say this, however: All indicators point to "no". To quote my instructor, "The RHCE ocean is a mile wide, but only an inch deep."

To this I add "No diving allowed."

He's right. The RHCE test (RHCE 6, I can't comment on earlier tests) is 2 hours of a massive whirlwind task list that focuses on configuration of a bazillion services. You need to know how to get common system services configured...a LOT of them! You need to know common RH security features. You need to know common..."RedHat-isms".

The beauty is that everything I learned to work with RedHat, I learned from other distros. Sounds funny, but the last time I used RedHat Linux was around 2004, before the great "corporatization" and the "death" of RH9.0. The thing about "RedHat-isms" is that RedHat tends to put "control scripts" in that do a great deal many things at once. In a test where you have 2 hours to take a completely stock install and achieve a massive list of objectives, scripts that handle a great deal of work in mere seconds sounds just right...

I dunno...just my thoughts. I'll post again in March when I find out how I did on the RHCE test =)
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    Well, if the practice exam today was any indication, the official test is going to suck.

    Though, from what I understand my instructor was feeling a bit "evil" and decided to break a few selinux directory contexts just to give us a bit more "practice" at troubleshooting. This, he assures us, won't be the case on the official test.

    No, the official test will be a clean install, he says.

    Posted 02-10-2012 at 02:59 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline


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