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Re: [rhelv5-list] Sitting for the RHCE Exam

On Wed, 2010-01-13 at 14:24 -0600, Robert G. (Doc) Savage wrote:
> Obviously those of us who have sat for that exam cannot offer any
> specific advise. There are several general areas you should bone up on,
> such as installing and configuring the OS itself, a web server, setting
> up accounts, setting up permissions and quotas, and so on. Sitting
> through a formal course like RH300 is helpful, but there is really no
> subsitute for total immersion in RHEL as an admin for many months (years
> would be better).

He's already been through the Red Hat Academy content.  Although RH300
would be a nice refresher, I think it's all experience (or not) at this
point.  Depends on his Academy program though.

> IMHO there are gaping holes in the RHCE program that are not taught in
> courses and not captured in the RHCE exam. SELinux is given the most
> superficial coverage. Backups aren't even mentioned. Nor are virtual
> machines or SANs unless they've been added recently. You'll have to
> learn about those on your own.

Doc, some advice ... and I'll do this as polite as possible ...

Actually _know_ the Red Hat Training products _before_ mentioning this
again.  ;)  After the 333 Security exam was introduced, the entire 400
level was developed and dedicated to this.

Titles like ...

- Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS)
  RH300 + EX333 + EX423 + EX429
  [ RH423/EX423 = Dir Server, RH429/EX429 = SELinux ]

- Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS)
  RH300 + EX401 + EX423 + EX436
  [ RH401/EX423 = Management/Virt, RH436/EX436 = Storage ]

- Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)
  RH300 + EX333 + EX401 + EX423 + EX436 + EX442
  [ RH442/EX442 = Perf/Tuning ]

Now I know what you're thinking next ... price.  $749 for the RHCE alone
is bad enough, another few grand?  Yikes!  Right?

Well, understand Red Hat doesn't make money on these exams any more than
Cisco does for the CCIE (check the price on that 2-day baby lately? ;).
In fact, the training subsidizes the exams -- otherwise in-person,
hands-on system exams would either be a loss or, worse yet, the
Prometric/Vue non-sense of remote connections and virtualized systems
(as I've been exposed to -- see my prior post).

All-in-all, anyone who can pass EX442 gets my vote.  And I've been
tuning Linux for enterprises (not just playing at home or, installing
web servers) since late 1994.  I failed that one, after having RH442
(only by 3%, but still).  I recommend the RH442 to everyone, even those
that don't believe in certs -- it's an outstanding class (and you can
sit it without the RHCE -- only need the RHCE to take the EX442 exam).

If you want to prove SELinux or SAN knowledge, pass EX429 and EX436,
respectively.  ;)

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