Exam objectives — Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management

The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management Exam (EX401) tests candidates' abilities to use Red Hat-supported products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux®, Red Hat Network Satellite server and Red Hat Subscription Asset Manager to deploy and manage both physical and virtual systems in an efficient, scalable, replicable, and reliable manner.

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Preparation for the EX401 Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management Exam

Red Hat encourages all candidates for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management Exam to consider taking RH401 - Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management. Attendance in this class is not required, so one can choose to take just the exam.

While attending Red Hat classes can be an important part of one's 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.

Exam format

This exam is a performance-based evaluation of systems deployment and management skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of systems administration tasks focused on configuring Red Hat Network Satellite and Red Hat Subscription Asset Manager and then use those systems to deploy client systems.  Candidates are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.

This exam consists of one section lasting four (4.0) hours.

Study Points for the Exam

Candidates for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Configure Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite server
  • Install and configure Red Hat Subscription Asset Manager (SAM)
  • Register a SAM with RHN Satellite and generate reports on subscription utilization
  • Add base channels from ISO images
  • Create child channels of a base channel
  • Create different types of RHN users
  • Create groups and add group administrators
  • Create configuration channels
  • Create a custom RPM spec file and build a binary RPM from provided source code
  • Upload custom RPMS to an RHN Satellite server
  • Create activation keys
  • Assign groups, software channels, and configuration channels to an activation key
  • Configure errata
  • Provision RHN Satellite Server clients using kickstart
  • Set up an SVN version control repository
  • Kickstart a machine using Cobbler
  • Manage virtual systems using RHN Satellite server
  • Clone channels and use a cloned channel

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

Red Hat Courses Covering These Skills

Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management (RH401)