Exam objectives – EX436

Manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments

The Red Hat® Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management (EX436) tests the ability of a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) to implement high-availability clustering, logical volume management, and GFS file systems for enterprise environments.

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Performance-based exams

This exam is a performance-based evaluation 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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Preparation for the Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management Expertise Exam

Red Hat encourages all candidates for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management (EX436) to consider taking the Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management (RH436) training course. Attendance in this class is not required, so one can choose to take just the exam. Many successful candidates who have come to class already possessing substantial skills and knowledge have reported that the class made a positive difference for them.

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 exam is organized as follows:

  • Clustering and storage management: 4.0 hours

To earn the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management, you must earn a score of 70 or higher.

Prerequisite skills for the exam

  • Candidates must be an RHCE on a release that is considered current in order to take this exam.

Clustering and storage management

Candidates should be able to perform the tasks listed below:

  • Configure a high-availability cluster, using either physical or virtual systems, that:
    • Provides a service fail-over between the nodes.
    • Provides a preferred node for the service.
    • Selectively fails over based on node characteristics.
  • Manage logical volumes in a clustered environment such as:
    • Create volumes and volume groups that are available to all members of a highly-available cluster
    • Create snapshots of logical volumes
  • Configure a GFS file system to:
    • Meet specified size, layout, and performance objectives.
    • Support file system quotas.
  • Configure iSCSI targets and initiators.
  • Manage device configuration using udev
  • Create and manage Red Hat Storage based clusters including:
    • Creating distributed clusters
    • Creating replicated clusters
    • Implementing and utilizing appropriate file systems

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

Red Hat course covering these skills

Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management (RH436)

The Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management training course is designed to train IT professionals with RHCE-level competency on skills required to deploy and manage highly available storage data to the mission-critical enterprise computing environment. Complementing skills gained in Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management (RH401), this course delivers extensive hands-on training with storage management, Red Hat Cluster Suite, and the shared file system, GFS.