Retired - Red Hat Certified Specialist in Application Server Management exam


Exam description

Note: This exam and credential are no longer available.

A Red Hat Certified Specialist in Application Server Management has demonstrated the skills and knowledge needed to use JBoss Operations Network to monitor and manage application systems running on Red Hat® JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux®. The Red Hat Certified Specialist in Application Server Management exam was a performance-based exam.

Audience for this exam

The audience for this exam is experienced system administrators who use JBoss Operations Network to manage and monitor application systems.

Prerequisites for this exam

There are no prerequisite for this exam, but Red Hat recommends that you have good, hands-on experience with JBoss Operations Network and consider taking the JB234 course as well.

Not sure if you have the correct skill-set knowledge? Find out by passing the online skills assessment.


Study points for the exam

To help you prepare, the exam objectives highlight the task areas you can expect to see covered in the exam. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.

To become a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Application Server Management, you should be able to perform the following tasks:

Install and manage JBoss Operations Network server
  • Execute a basic installation of JBoss Operations Network server
  • Install, start, stop, and restart JBoss Operations Network server
  • Understand rhqctl script use
Install and manage RHQ Agent on a managed platform
  • Install and upgrade an agent on a managed platform from the JAR File
  • Register and re-register the agent
  • Clean the agent configuration, with the original security token
  • Understand and use agent prompt commands
  • Run the JBoss Operations Network agent as a service
  • Change the agent connection configuration
  • Install the agent from an RPM
  • Start the agent
Install and manage plug-ins
  • Install JBoss Agent Plug-in Packs
  • Install Platform Plug-in
  • Install Agent plug-ins through JBoss Operations Network server, without physical access to the managed platform
  • Configure the agent to discover Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 6 instances
Manage resources
  • Discover resources
  • Know the different the types of resources
  • Use dynamic searches for resources and groups
  • Fix connection settings for JBoss EAP-type resources
  • Interact with system users for agents and resources
Managing groups
  • Create static groups
  • Create dynamic groups
  • Write RHQ Dynagroup expressions
  • Recalculate dynamic groups
  • Use recursive groups
  • Define and configure metrics and measurements
  • Enable and disable metrics for a specific resource
  • Change metrics templates
  • Understand server metrics and JBoss EAP-type resource metrics
  • Understand resource traits
Define alerts
  • Understand and define alert conditions
  • Understand and define alert dampening
  • Understand and define alert notifications
Deploy applications and content
  • Understand and design bundles
  • Create a basic Ant bundles file
  • Provision bundles
  • Deploy content and applications through bundles
Manage configuration drift
  • Understand drift, drift definitions, and detection
  • Understand snapshots, deltas, and baseline images
  • Add a drift definition for a resource
  • Pin snapshots and manage compliance
Manage users and roles
  • Create a new user
  • Create a new role
  • Define access control and permissions

While the focus of this exam is the use of JBoss Operations Network, candidates should be aware that it is conducted on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Therefore, some familiarity with Linux environments is advisable.

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

What you need to know


Red Hat encourages all Red Hat Certified Specialist in Application Server Management candidates to consider taking the Systems Management with Red Hat JBoss Operations Network (JB234) course.

While attending Red Hat Training classes can be an important part of your 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 endorse any as preparation guides for any exams. Nevertheless, candidates may find additional reading deepens understanding and can prove helpful.

Exam format

This exam is a performance-based evaluation of JBoss Operations Network skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of tasks focused on using JBoss Operations Network to manage application servers 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.

This exam consists of 1 section lasting 3 hours.

Scores and reporting

Official scores for exams 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 3 U.S. 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.

Recommended training

Systems Management with Red Hat JBoss Operations Network (JB234)