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EX318 Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator Preparation Guide


The EX318 Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) Exam tests one's ability to install, configure and use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to deploy virtual instances. Candidates who pass this exam will earn the certification Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator. Candidates who are also current Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCEs) may apply EX318 as a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in lieu of EX423 Red Hat Enterprise Directory Services and Authentication toward the Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) credentials.

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Performance-based Exams

This exam is a performance-based evaluations of system administration skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of routine system administration tasks and 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.

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Authorized Training Partners

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Official scores for this exam come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within five (5) US business days.

Exam results are reported as section scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.

Preparation for the EX318 Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator Exam

Red Hat encourages all candidates for the EX318 Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator Exam to consider taking RH318 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. 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.

Components of the Exam

The EX318 Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator Exam is a single-section exam lasting 3.0 hours.

Study Points for the Exam

Prerequisite skills for the Exam

Candidates for the EX318 Exam should be capable of the following:

  • using Microsoft Windows operating systems
  • installing software on Microsoft Windows operating systems

Note: the objective of this exam is to test candidates' abilities to use Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to implement Linux and Windows virtual systems. It is not a test of one's ability to administer particular operating systems. Nevertheless, system administration experience in both Linux and Windows environments can be useful.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Installation, Configuration and Use

Candidates should be able to perform the tasks listed below.

  • Install Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager (RHEV-M) and any dependencies
  • Use RHEV-M to
    • Create Data Centers
    • Create Clusters
    • Manage Hypervisor Hosts
    • Configure Storage
    • Create Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows virtual machines
    • Create Pools
    • Create Templates
    • Create RHEV-M users
  • Install and configure a Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor (RHEV-H) to support guests and attach to a RHEV-M
  • Import installation media for creating new virtual machines
  • Perform management tasks such as collecting logs, creating bookmarks for specific events, etc.

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must be persistent.

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