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Old 09-14-2006, 09:55 PM   #1
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is RHCE via self training realistic?

Has anybody here done it? Or known somebody who has?

I have several comptia certs, I got them all on my first try with no classes. In the case of the net+, I didn't even use a book.

But the RHCE seems a lot different, and a lot harder.
Old 09-15-2006, 03:27 AM   #2
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I have a friend that has lived and breathed Redhat for years. She keeps several books at her desk though I doubt she ever uses them. I know she passed without taking a class(i tried keeping up but couldn't), and she used some test prep books. I know have the ExamCram book, but I think she wasn't impressed with it and thats why I have it.

I'll say its possible, but I don't have that cert and she has enough experience with all the redhat they use at that company that she passed with just books and experience.
Old 09-15-2006, 04:46 AM   #3
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Just read good preparation books is not the only clue.
You should get an old pc with a nic for a few bucks.
Install it as NFS Install server, HTTP Server, get NIS working, some LDAP configuration, Run Samba, get known with the system-configure tools, get known with
chkconfig command and the runlevels including init scripts, unpack and pack stuff, make tar backups do all the work you normally would do only on Linux not anymore on windows. Help other people in this forum to get their problems fixed. Thats what I try to do. Cause you can't imagine so many errors by yourself then other can run into.
Get somebody how breaks some configs at your test system and check logs and configs to get it back. Try the free pre- questionnaires on RH Network. Do think about kernel config for RHCE cause kernel tainting is not supported.
So you this is better teaching then a expensive course.
Old 09-15-2006, 04:52 AM   #4
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i passed the certifications 2 months back.i went for training but almost a year back before i took the exams.I time i was trained is RHEL3.0 and the exam i appeared is RHEL4.0.
you can very well prepare yourself on a exam basis.One week time is more than enough.Actually the exams got a name that it is hard but it is really not.
if u wish to get knowledge prepare the entire thing and it will help if the questions are changed on the day u appear.

apart from it,dont thorough in compulsory part.The question appear in RHCT part is quiet suspectable to question change.RHCE part, dont worry any how they must ask u questions for setting up mail server , webserver,etc and these are standards.

the problem i seemed everyone gets in RHCT part is SELinux error from NIS

as odcheck told for troubleshooting use LQ and get urself in some problems

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Old 09-15-2006, 06:56 AM   #5
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I haven't done the RHCE, but I have passed the Novell CLP exam via self-study (using the approach outlined by odcheck above).

I managed to pass the exam (on the second attempt), but it was hard work, and the RHCE would very likely be harder as it's a more demanding qualification than the NCLP. I think it depends on how much Linux experience you've got - at the time, I had barely any at all, which didn't make things any easier. If I'd used Linux on a reasonably regular basis and had a rough idea where most things are, that would have made life easier.

If you've got a bit of experience behind you, then doing a Linux certification by self-study is realistic. If you've got little or none, it's pretty tough to do. Experience first, certification second, that's the best way (IMO).
Old 09-15-2006, 10:49 AM   #6
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RHCE via self training

If U have a lab with some spare PC's and is willing to spend a lot of time on linux and related books then in 3 to 6 months u will be able to take the exam. The main thing about RHCE Exam is it is not a exam to be dealt with pen & paper. About 6 hours of Exam demands real time ability in system administration. I took RHCE in 2005 after attending a course in a RedHat Centre. The important thing than coaching and classes is the syllabus and study meterial provided by RedHat. The study meterial contain all the topics needed for exam. Attending a couple of mock exams in a lab environment will boost you self confidence. Wish U best of luck.
Old 10-07-2006, 08:02 AM   #7
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RHCE via self training

Yes RHCE via self training is indeed Realistic and by all means possible.
But it mainly depends on the experience you have got on RHEL and the level of exposer you have on particular topics. But if you are really a experienced guy, then taking a small traing on RHCE doesn't hurt either.
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Thumbs down Nclp

I cleard RHCE and intersted on NCLP i have gone through the novell workbook,kindly advise me to study further to get NCLP and the question type.
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I cleard RHCE and intersted on NCLP i have gone through the novell workbook,kindly advise me to study further to get NCLP and the question type.
Old 09-01-2008, 10:39 AM   #10
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the book from michael jang RHCE linux study guide (5th edition - where
my laptop is sitting on right now ) is a very good study guide.

all you need is a test environment - 1 fast PC with centos 5 or rhel5
and install xen (or any virtualization apps) so you can get 1 or 2 virtual
hosts to play with. have someone break it and then you try to fix it.

i just passed my rhce last week but i went through the rh300 rapid
track course - which is sort of a review and very much provides in depth
discussion of what the book contains.
but i'd still suggest to go through the course - if you are an experienced
linux admin - get the rapid track course. its worth the $$$ (heh i got the
training with 50% discount for last weeks course so lucky me. ).



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