The newly released Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam (EX294) updated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 allows candidates to demonstrate they have the skills to manage and configure multiple systems using state of the art automation tools. Including Red Hat Ansible Engine in this test came as a result of increasingly more IT organizations facing challenges related to scaling infrastructure and efficiently turning to Red Hat Ansible Automation as a common language to automate across different functions. As a result, system administrators need to understand more than how to deploy, configure, and manage an operating system—they need to know how to automate functions and how to make the automation itself scalable.

By shifting the focus of RHCE to the automation of system administration tasks—principally using Red Hat Ansible Automation—we are reflecting the current reality for progressive organizations and the coming reality for the technology industry.

The exam focuses on the automation of Linux system administration tasks using Ansible and shell scripting and using Ansible Engine to perform common systems administration tasks in a multi-system environment. Specific skills tested include:

  • Work with core components of Ansible such as modules, variables and plays
  •  Install and configuring an Ansible control node
  • Configure Ansible managed nodes
  • Run ad-hoc Ansible commands
  • Work with inventories
  • Create Ansible plays and playbooks
  • Use Ansible modules for system administration tasks
  • Create and using templates to create customized configuration files
  • Work with Ansible variables and facts
  • Create and working with roles
  • Use Ansible Vault

To aid in the learning journey, the Red Hat Training team created Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation (RH294) to teach system administrators and developers who need to automate provisioning, configuration, application deployment, and orchestration. Students will also learn how to install and configure Ansible on a management workstation; prepare managed hosts for automation; write Ansible Playbooks to automate tasks; and run playbooks to ensure servers are correctly deployed and configured.

Find out where you are in your RHEL 8 learning journey by completing a Linux Skills Assessment or downloading our free Red Hat Enterprise Linux Technical Overview (RH024).

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About the author

Randy Russell is the director of Certification and leads the team that develops and delivers Red Hat's certification programs and exams.  A long-time proponent of performance-based testing, he has served on the board and as president and chairman of the Performance Testing Council, as well as having presented on this subject and others at industry conferences such as the Association of Test Publishers, the European Association of Test Publishers, CeDMA and TSIA.  Prior to joining Red Hat, Russell was a system administrator and programmer at an environmental economics consulting firm.

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