JBoss Certified Application Administration (JBCAA) Exam objectives (EX336)

Exam Overview

Note: This exam, formerly known as the JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) exam, relates to Red Hat® JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform 5 and is no longer available. For the updated version of this exam that relates to Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, please see Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator (RHCJA) Exam (EX248).

The JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) Exam (EX336) exam tests whether exam candidates are ready for the real-world responsibilities of administering JBoss Enterprise Application Platform based applications and systems for production purposes. Those who pass the exam earn the JBoss Certified Application Administrator credential. This document provides guidance on the exam format and objectives.

The JBCAA exam is 100% performance-based; candidates demonstrate their knowledge and skills by doing tasks rather than regurgitating facts. Most IT certification exams ask a series of questions for which you will choose A, B, C, or D—or the ever-unpopular "Choose all that apply." You will not see questions like that on the RHCJA exam. In fact, you will not see any questions at all. Instead, you will be provided with a real environment in which you will perform a list of real-world tasks. For example, we might ask you to replace Hypersonic with a production database rather than asking a series of questions about how one might do that. Consequently, candidates are advised to view any online “brain dumps” and the like with skepticism. The single best source of information about what is on this exam is this document.

The JBCAA exam is taken over 4 timed hours. Some time is required in advance of the start time in order to check identification and gather information.

Exam preparation: Documentation

Red Hat's performance-based approach to testing means that experience is the best preparation for the exam. Even experienced people sometimes have gaps in their knowledge, however. Training and self-study are effective supplements to experience. Training in particular can accelerate experience. Red Hat offers the JB336 JBoss for Administrators course, which covers most of what is on the exam. Coverage of earlier versions may vary.

To help you prepare, this document lists the task areas you can expect to see covered on the exam. We also include some official and unofficial sources of additional documentation on the task areas. Please be aware that we provide these as suggestions for study and as such they do not constitute an official endorsement for other purposes nor the continued accuracy and relevance of the resources over time. All candidates should review these materials, including candidates who have attended training.

Access to documentation during the exam will be limited to the official Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 5.1.0 documentation for the version being tested plus any sample files or additional documentation included with the product. We will not strip anything out that is normally included.

Please note that you will not have access to the jboss.org wiki. While it is a useful resource and includes content we recommend for study, the wiki format makes it inappropriate for access during an exam. We want to test you, not the people reading and updating the wiki.

You will not be permitted to bring any hard copy or electronic documentation into the exam. This prohibition includes notes, books, or any other materials. Internet access will be strictly controlled. Keep these restrictions in mind as you study.

Exam preparation: Environment

You will be working on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 system during the exam, so prior experience using Linux or UNIX will be helpful. The purpose of this exam is not to test operating system administration skills and extensive experience is not required. You will have a full desktop environment in which to work and we will provide a list of basic commands for your reference in addition to the man pages and other documentation that come with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Fedora provides a freely available alternative for you to practice your Linux skills. A live CD version is available that allows you to work on Fedora without needing to install it on your computer. While it is not an exact match for the environment in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it is definitely close enough for the level of familiarity required.

Exam tasks

JBCAA exam candidates should be able to perform the following tasks on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. To aid your study, we have also included a list of additional study sources for these activities. As noted above, some of these materials will not be permitted during the exam. We advise all candidates to attend the JB336 JBoss for Administrators course and to study the supplemental references listed below.

  • Install and run a basic JBoss EAP instance
  • Configure multiple JBoss EAP instances on a single computer
  • Configure JBoss web connectors (including HTTPS)
  • Configure default Web properties for deployed applications
  • Configure JBoss EAP logging
  • Secure access to JBoss EAP services
  • Configure JBoss EAP application deployment
  • Configure JBoss JVM properties
  • Remove unnecessary services
  • Configure JBoss to use a production quality non-XA DataSource
  • Replace Hypersonic with a production database
  • Configure and use a DBMS-based Security Domain
  • Deploy an application to the root context
  • Configure a JBoss EAP cluster using TCP
  • Create a clustered JMS queue using TCP
  • Configure JBoss EAP, Apache and mod_jk for automatic load balancing and fail over
  • Configure an XA DataSource