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Old 11-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy 6-7 month experience is enough for RHCE ?

Hello every one. I would like to be a RHCE and therefore i studied according to Red Hat prerequisite but i dont have any professional experience. does it make any difference ? Actually i read some success stories & most of them highly experience before sitting exam so it makes me nervous because u know the cost of exam .. so give me some suggestions
Old 11-01-2010, 04:22 PM   #2
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The RHCE is often failed even by experienced admins. With only 6-7 months you might want to consider taking the RHEL253 class and decide based on that whether you think you could pass the RHCE. It is usually given the 4 days before an RHCE so you can typically get the test and the class as one option.
Old 11-01-2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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I just took and passed the RHCE test last Friday.

I've be working with Linux for about 1 1/2 years where I am working on the systems all day long at work. I took about 5 months (and a RHCE Fast Track Course) of studying until I had everything down that the book covered.

It was only then (when I could basically recite every lab in my head) that I felt ready for the test. So, you really need to be at that point since time isn't on your side. If you feel weak on a subject, then you just don't have enough time to use the Deployment Guide or something to walk you through it.

Even then, it was close; 88 on RHCT and 78.8 on the RHCE.

The best advice I have is to know ALL the topics covered on the exam to where you can basically do them all in your head.
Old 11-02-2010, 04:21 AM   #4
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@lightshow you are perfectly correct!!! Know all the labs in your head!!! Be sure you can do everything on the topic for the exam from your head!!! Pratice Pratice Practice.

I wrote this for someone with a simlar question sometime ago,. it might be helpful.

Please try the following it might be helpful. It might take you up to 4 months to complete with no social life. I call it THE PLAN!!!
1a. Buy this book,.. RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide (Exam RH302) (Certification Press) (Paperback)
~ Michael Jang (Author)

1b. Red HatŪ Certified Technician & Engineer (RHCT and RHCE) Training Guide and Administrator's Reference [Paperback]

2. Download and install CentOS,.. Install VMware workstation on it,.. If you have a enough memory and hard disk space run 2 Virtual Machines(CentOS) on it using that to practice the lab from the book above trust me you will be fine.

3. Get a book on Scripting,. You will need it. Also try to get your hands on any of this

4. Get your hands on these videos,.. Go through them at least twice.

With all these you should be able to defend the cert that you have,..If you can really master all these,... experience will be acquired in no time.

PM me if you need further help.

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Old 11-02-2010, 04:28 AM   #5
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thanks to both of you, there is no training center in my city, i used CBT,VTC and RHCE study Book to complete my study and more or less i covered everything and i know i can fix problem . But my confidence level is not stable
Old 11-02-2010, 04:46 AM   #6
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Practice!!! Practice!!! Practice!!! LAB!!! LAB!!! LAB!!! "Break-fix" "Break-fix" "Break-fix" "Break-fix"

This is the only way you can get your confidence,....
Old 11-02-2010, 10:33 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by stevetokyo View Post
Practice!!! Practice!!! Practice!!! LAB!!! LAB!!! LAB!!! "Break-fix" "Break-fix" "Break-fix" "Break-fix"

This is the only way you can get your confidence,....
110% Correct! I had the same issue with confidence on my RHCT! But just KNOW THE OBJECTIVES! and just keep pounding it in your head on BREAK FIX! Break it on purpose! When working on an Objective, add a bad switch reboot the machine and see why its not booting and HOW TO FIX it with out being in Run level 3 and 5! Then you know why it failed and how to fix if anything like that ever arises! =)

When someone says I need AutoFS to automount this remote share... Say it out loud on how to fix it, and then do it!

BTW VMware is YOUR Savior! Cause if you render that Guest "RHEL System" useless, revert back to the pervious snap shot!

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Old 11-15-2010, 11:41 PM   #8
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There is a new RHCE Test and the current books do not cover it. Red Hat move from RHCE 5 to RHCE 6 and the objective are difference.


In order to earn RHCE, one also pass the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCSA) exam. One is eligible to take the RHCE exam without first having passed the RHCSA exam, but RHCE will not be issued until both credentials are earned by a candidate.

RHCE Exam Objectives

Exam Objectives

RHCE exam Candidates should consult the RHCSA Exam Objectives document and be capable of RHCSA-level tasks, as many among these are required in order to meet RHCE exam objectives.

* diagnose and correct boot failures arising from bootloader, module, and filesystem errors
* use the rescue environment to recover unbootable systems
* diagnose and correct problems with network services
* diagnose and correct problems where SELinux contexts or booleans are interfering with proper operation
* Produce and deliver reports on system utilization (processor, memory, disk, and network)
* use bash shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
* install the packages needed to provide the service
* configure SELinux to support the service
* configure the service to start when the system is booted
* configure the service for basic operation
* configure host-based and user-based security for the service
* Services to be configured (with *additions* to above tasks):
* HTTP/HTTPS: virtual hosting, private directories, stage a CGI script, group managed content
* DNS: caching name server, DNS forwarding
* FTP: anonymous-only download, anonymous "drop-box" upload (provisional)
* NFS: share a directory to specific clients, share for group collaboration
* SMB: share a directory to specific clients, share for group collaboration
* SMTP: null client, outbound smarthost relay, accepting inbound
* SSH: key-based authentication, port forwarding
* rsyslog: remote logging
* NTP: serve to selected clients
* RHCEs are expected to also be able to:
* use /proc/sys and sysctl to modify and set kernel run-time parameters
* use iptables to implement packet filtering
* route IP traffic and use iptables for NAT
* establish IP static routes
* configure Ethernet bonding
* manage default user/group password policies
* build a simple rpm that packages a single file
* configure system as an iSCSI Initiator persistently mounting existing Target
* authenticate to an existing Kerberos V realm (provisional)
* create a private yum repository (provisional)


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