Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage Exam (EX236) objectives

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Performance-based exams

This exam is a performance-based evaluation of storage administration skills and knowledge. To get certified, you must perform a number of routine storage administration tasks and are evaluated on whether you have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.

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Exam results

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Preparation for the EX236 Red Hat Certified Storage Server Administration Exam

Red Hat encourages all candidates for the EX236 Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage Exam to consider taking the Red Hat Storage Server Administration (RH236) course. Attendance in this class is not required to take the exam.

While attending Red Hat classes can be an important part of your preparation to take this exam, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.

Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat's products are available. Red Hat does not officially endorse any as preparation guides for its exam. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading deepens understanding and can prove helpful.

Components of the exam

The exam is organized as follows:

Storage Server administration: 2 hours

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage Exam

  • Deploy the Red Hat Storage Server appliance on both physical and virtual hardware and work with existing Red Hat Storage Server appliances.
  • Configure a Red Hat Storage Server storage pool.
  • Create individual storage bricks on either physical devices or logical volumes.
  • Create various Red Hat Storage Server volumes such as:
    • distributed 
    • replicated 
    • distributed-replicated 
    • stripe-replicated
    • distributed-striped
    • distributed-striped-replicated 
  • Format the volumes with an appropriate file system.
  • Extend existing storage volumes by adding additional bricks and performing appropriate  rebalancing operations.
  • Configure clients to use Red Hat Storage Server appliance volumes using native and network file systems (NFS).
  • Configure clients to use Red Hat Storage Server appliance volumes using SMB.
  • Configure Red Hat Storage Server features including disk quotas and POSIX access control lists (ACLs).
  • Configure IP failover for NFS-and SMB-based cluster services.
  • Configure geo-replication services.
  • Configure unified object storage.
  • Troubleshoot Red Hat Storage Server problems.
  • Monitor Red Hat Storage Server workloads.
  • Perform Red Hat Storage Server management tasks such as tuning volume options, volume migration, stopping and deleting volumes, and configuring server-side quorum.

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.

Red Hat courses addressing these skills

RH236—Red Hat Storage Server Administration