Interested in pursuing RHCSA

So, since I'm working with RHEL 5/6 everyday, I would like to pursue getting certified.

I want to check to see if what I have is good enough to start. I currently will be using the following:

-CentOS v7 VMs and Virtual Box
-6th edition of RHCSA/RHCE (EX200 & EX300) by Michael Jang

thanks
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  • jdancerjdancer Posts: 482Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Your work experience with RHEL 5/6 will prepare you well. I plan to get my RHCSA 7 later this year once more books and videos appear. Do all the labs, I am sure you will be asked to do all of them.
  • ExpectExpect Posts: 251Member
    yes, you don't need anymore resources. however, some blogs on the internet may be helpful too.
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    Jang's Preface on XXXII, Getting Red Hat Enterprise Linux, 1st paragraph makes the recommendation to have a physical hardware that can handle 64-bit version of RHEL 6, to host other Linux guests.

    I'm hoping I can get by with my Windows laptop (host), Virtual Box and Cents OS guest...
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  • VeritiesVerities Posts: 1,162Member
    The deadline for RHEL 6 version of RHCSA is Feb 28, 2015. Make sure you're ready by then. After that, the RHCSA is all on RHEL 7, which is drastically different. Oh and good luck!
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    Verities wrote: »
    The deadline for RHEL 6 version of RHCSA is Feb 28, 2015. Make sure you're ready by then. After that, the RHCSA is all on RHEL 7, which is drastically different. Oh and good luck!

    The deadline to test for RHCSA, which covers RHEL 6, is Feb 28th?
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  • darkerosxxdarkerosxx Posts: 1,343Banned
    If you're wanting the cert just to have the cert, I would suggest you study up hard and quick, then go take the RHEL6 exam asap, expecting to fail, study on what you missed, and take it again for the pass.

    If you want to get the cert as a study tool to enhance, then prove your knowledge, I would use RHEL7 as a baseline. I would HIGHLY recommend taking the official red hat course with the exam over anything else. It's money, yes, but it's the best quality learning tool you'll find anywhere, hands down.
  • VeritiesVerities Posts: 1,162Member
    JockVSJock wrote: »
    The deadline to test for RHCSA, which covers RHEL 6, is Feb 28th?

    Yes it is.
  • HailHogwashHailHogwash Posts: 87Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Apparently if you purchase before feb 28 you have 1 year from date of purchase to take the exam, see link.
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam - EX200 | Red Hat
  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    Apparently if you purchase before feb 28 you have 1 year from date of purchase to take the exam, see link.
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam - EX200 | Red Hat

    Wow, excellent find!
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    Apparently if you purchase before feb 28 you have 1 year from date of purchase to take the exam, see link.
    Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam - EX200 | Red Hat

    Good info.

    Looks like a person can contact RH Sales Staff to get more info. I will call them tomorrow and see post back what information I get.
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  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    I contacted Red Hat to sign up for the test. It is $350. But I stopped to think, even if I take RHCSA version 6, unless I sign up for RHCE at the same time, I would have to upgrade RHCSA to version 7 before I took RHCE 7. If I sign up for both parts, I need to pass both parts.
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    brownwrap wrote: »
    I contacted Red Hat to sign up for the test.

    Your doing better then me. I've called/emailed Red Hat and no response...
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  • gkcagkca Posts: 243Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    brownwrap wrote: »
    I contacted Red Hat to sign up for the test. It is $350. But I stopped to think, even if I take RHCSA version 6, unless I sign up for RHCE at the same time, I would have to upgrade RHCSA to version 7 before I took RHCE 7. If I sign up for both parts, I need to pass both parts.
    You don't have to upgrade RHCSA 6 to 7, just take EX300 on RHEL 7, here's the source:@RedHat_Training#RHEL7Chat If I have RHCSA on RHEL6 passed, and now I wish to have RHCE, should I pass one more time EX200 in RHEL7?
    @thedivek Nope! As long as your RHCSA is current on RHEL6, you can take the RHCE Exam for RHEL7#RHEL7Chat
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  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    Basically they told me to go to their training page a select the training for the course you want. Then how you would like to train. I select Red Hat 6, then the training sites led me to one in San Jose, 'ExitCertifed.com". I filled out their form and a sales guy called. I told him I was only interested in the test and he sent me a link. Here is Red Hat's email:


    Thank you for contacting Red Hat.

    Here's a link that will show all Red Hat Training exams:
    View all certifications and exams | Red Hat.

    To schedule an exam, simply select the exam's landing page of your choice,
    then proceed to enroll by using the drop down menu under 'How will you
    train/test?'.

    Also, here a link which will show all of our available locations offered for
    testing through our Kiosk/Individual exam testing
    option:Individual exam sessions | Red Hat.

    All locations posted on our site are current and up to date. If you do not
    see a location or date posted, we do not offer testing at that location and/or
    date at this time. Please let me know if I can assist further.
  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    Thank you. That makes things easier. I am starting to think about retirement, but I would like the Red Hat cert before I do.
  • hiddenknight821hiddenknight821 Posts: 1,209Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    What's the real point of doing the RHCSA on RHEL version 6 if you plan to take the RHCE exam on version 7 eventually? If you already have proven experience and knowledge on version 6, then ideally, I believe it'd be better to test your knowledge and stay up to date to fill in the gap.

    If I were to take the exams, I'd just study the entire Jang sixth edition book, then read some white papers on version 7 to fill in the differences then take both exams on version 7.
  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    The point is we don't use RHEL 7 and have no intentions on moving to it anytime soon. We still have RHEL 5 systems here, but we are trying to get rid of them. We have no need to go to RHEL 7. I have not counted the number of machine we have, over a hundred, less than two hundred. A combination of workstations, servers, and clusters. Upgrading to RHEL 7 is bound to break things. Implementing SELinux breaks things. I would rather have knowledge on what I am supporting.
  • hiddenknight821hiddenknight821 Posts: 1,209Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Gotcha, Thanks. Now it makes sense to me to take advantage of the version 6 exam so you can quickly become RHCSA certified with the knowledge you already possessed, and take the RHCE exam on version 7 anytime within three years after passing if you are not in a rush.
  • brownwrapbrownwrap Posts: 549Member
    In three years I MAY be retired. We'll see. In any case, I hope this to be my last job. There are still so many things here where I work that I would like to learn Netapps, EMC, lot of VMware. Customers, in my case scientists, get in the way. They actually have problems they want solved! icon_smile.gif
  • CiderCider Posts: 88Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I dont currently work with linux but would like to get RHCSA / RHCE.

    ANy there any Udemy courses that anyone knows of?
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    Just talked to a Red Hat Training Specialist via phone, here is the deal:

    - RHEL 6 exam is being retired as of Feb 28 2015, to make way for RHEL 7.

    - You can purchase a voucher from RH to take the exam up until Feb 28 2015 and then you have 1 year to take the exam (so if you purchase on Feb 15 2015, you have until Feb 15 2016 to take the exam). If you fail the exam, then there is no other chance to take the exam again for RHEL 6, unless you have another voucher for RHEL 6. The cost of the voucher at this time is $400.00 USD.

    - The exam is taken at a 3rd party facility that is endorsed by RH. You can go on the RH website to find those facilities.

    - Once successfully passing the exam, the cert is good for 3 years.

    HTH
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  • kernel99kernel99 Posts: 8Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    in that case if i complete RHCSA before feb 2016 or around mid 2015 in rhel 6 but would pursue rhce then i might hv to go for rhel7 route???

    how would this work any insights???

    i'm thinking to take a test around end of feb or march RHCSA ver 6 as i'm familiar with it but i'd like to go for RHCE afterwards..

    thanks
  • hiddenknight821hiddenknight821 Posts: 1,209Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    The same goes for the RHCE. You have until February 28th. I suppose you can buy both vouchers (buy extra if you think you're gonna fail the first attempt) and use it anytime within the next twelve months. Here's more information here.
  • kernel99kernel99 Posts: 8Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    thanks for the info.
    I am paying from the pocket so I don't know if I could take a risk of buying only 2 exams. rhcsa & rhce...
    only worried if I fail rhcsa....
  • kly630kly630 Posts: 72Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    It's really good to know we have a year still on the rhce on rhel6 if we buy the voucher before feb 28. I'll likely wind up taking that myself.
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    Quick note.

    Been piloting various VMs and it me, it appears that CentOS 6 and Scientific Linux 66 will be the best to play along with the book by Michael Jang.
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  • hiddenknight821hiddenknight821 Posts: 1,209Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Yeah. Hence, the Jang book is the 6th edition. I'm hoping he's working on the 7th. His books are great.
  • akinakin52akinakin52 Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hello fellow IT Pros,
    I need guidance about getting started to learn Linux. I will like to have someone recommend a good textbook that can introduce me to the world of Linux and any other general advice to get me up to speed with learning Linux.

    Thanks,
  • JockVSJockJockVSJock Posts: 1,118Member
    Linux Bible Book is a great start
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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I think the Linux Command Line was a great 1st book for learning Linux. I'm going thru the Linux Bible right now tho.
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