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Master Geek

# 123129 25-Jun-2013 18:43
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Does anyone have theses qualifications or any Redhat one? 
Got a few questions:

Is it worth getting in NZ?
How hard are the exams/ what are they like?
Any good revision materials you recommend?


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Master Geek

  # 845367 26-Jun-2013 07:03

Hi there, sorry I can only speak for RHCSA, but the principle is still the same.

Yes it is worth getting if this is your trade or career specialty. The course is 5 days with the last day used for the exam. The exam is packed full, so if you are relying on man pages, you will be likely to run out of time. Success is dependent entirely upon your previous experience with RHEL, and so I recommend downloading centos and practice performing all the types of activities they list on the website for the certifications until it is second nature.

Good luck!

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  # 845409 26-Jun-2013 09:22
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I hold a current RHCE, but it will expire with the Redhat 7 release. When I did the RHCE exam I found it very easy and straight forward. I do work with RHEL every day, and the questions/answers are Redhat Specific, BUT if you have bad habits like me, and you are use to doing things your own way, you need to make sure you know the "Redhat way" of doing things.

As a sysadmin and/or security professional dealing with linux everyday, I still think that RHCE is one of the best certifications to complete as it demonstrates practical knowledge of the OS.

The Rapid track course is highly recommended if you want to "Redhatify" your current linux skills ;)




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Master Geek

  # 845717 26-Jun-2013 18:47
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Thanks for the replies guys, I currently spent a good chunk of my time using CentOS at my work, so i'm familiar with the operating system and technologies, would just need to look at learning about the stuff we don't really use.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 951934 13-Dec-2013 22:47
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Just continuing this thread again as I am wanting to know a bit more regarding revision for RHCE which Abo asked about in his original question.

Is the Osbourne/McGaw-Hill textbook "RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification - Practice Exams with Virtual Machines" by Michael Jang
suitable revision material for the Auldhouse RHCSA-EX200/RHCE-EX300 exams. The book contains four practice exams and three CentOS virtual machines (64bit) to experiment with.
The book has good reviews at

There is also the Redhat documentation to refer to at the RHEL 'Customer Portal' Support website
including the 'Installation' and 'Networking' guides.   

I first started Linux with Redhat-5.6 in 1998 and switched to a Debian home network soon afterwards. As 'mthand' said above there is no time during exams to refer to the man pages I can achieve that, just want to be sure that the Osbourne book on is enough for a experienced Debian user to prep for the EX200 exam.


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Master Geek

  # 965291 12-Jan-2014 08:01
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Does anyone have theses qualifications or any Redhat one?
I gained the RHCSA certification in 2013.

Is it worth getting in NZ?
Yes, I think that the cert is worth getting; it shows your current or future employer that you have a baseline of RHEL knowledge as defined by the exam objectives (

How hard are the exams/ what are they like?
It all depends on your background knowledge. Going into the RHCSA course+exam I had little RHEL specific experience, but some general Linux know-how and a tonne of Solaris skills. None of the concepts introduced in the course materials were new to me, I just had to learn the Red Hay equivalent. The exam is a practical hands-on one, not multi-choice like some previous certification I have done (e.g. Solaris).

Any good revision materials you recommend?
I did the combo RHCSA course + exam. I did no revision other than re-read the course notes for the topics covered that day, then on the Friday just sat the exam and passed. So from my experience the course notes were all that was required. It would recommend that you have a CentOS installation at home to practice on. The exam is difficult enough that not everyone passes on their first attempt.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 965514 12-Jan-2014 15:37
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I found Michael Chang's "Practice Exams with Virtual Machines" very good revision its lab excercises use the command line tools most of the time. There's an emphasis that you should throughly learn SELinux configuration and it examines each of the exam objectives listed at and

Due to non declosure agreements admins who have sat EX300 are not going to reveal much but there are plenty of hints in the objectives and RHCSA rapid track videos on the Redhat site giving an indication what to expect in the exam.

My only complaint about "Virtual Labs" is the three server,client and blackhat virtual machines on the dvd are the "Scientific Linux" distro and each is 10 GB in size which is quite a load when running in Virtual Machine Manager. I was expecting CentoS images, also there is no pdf of the book. Besides that Michael Chang has written an excellent guide to prep for the EX200/300 exams.

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  # 965655 12-Jan-2014 19:26
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Abo: Does anyone have theses qualifications or any Redhat one? 
Got a few questions:

Is it worth getting in NZ?
How hard are the exams/ what are they like?
Any good revision materials you recommend?


Please feel free to ping me if you want to chat as i work for Red Hat locally

They are very well recognised qualifications and we run the courses locally through Auldhouse.

RHCE for RHEL6 isn't easy by any means, but a good sysadmin should pass. The focus is on experience rather than book work.


Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

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