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Survey of main topics covered in Red Hat Certified Engineer Certification Exam

By Editorial Team on 2018-11-15

Red Hat Company offers a few highly regarded Linux certifications for system admin and engineer professionals. Red Hat is known for its enterprise Linux operating system that is used by millions of cloud service providers and large companies. This article discusses topics that are covered in Red Hat Certified Engineer or RHCE exam.


As of Nov 2019, Red Hat Company was acquired by IBM. However, they still run their certification programs. Red Hat certification exams have lower passing rates relative to Linux exams offered by Linux Professional Institute (like exam 101 and 102) or Linux+ by CompTIA. Therefore, Red Hat is geared toward junior to senior professionals. Although, this article will discuss topics covered in Red Hat Certified Engineer exam, passing Red Hat Certified System Admin or RHCSA exam is its prerequisite.  

The performance-based Red Hat Certified Engineer exam (EX300) tests to determine if your knowledge, skill, and ability meet those required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems. Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification is required to earn RHCE certification. An RHCE certification is earned by a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, and ability required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

RHCE exam candidates should be able to accomplish the following without assistance. These have been grouped into several categories.

System configuration and management

  • Use network teaming or bonding to configure aggregated network links between two Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems
  • Configure IPv6 addresses and perform basic IPv6 troubleshooting
  • Route IP traffic and create static routes
  • Use firewalld and associated mechanisms such as rich rules, zones and custom rules, to implement packet filtering and configure network address translation (NAT)
  • Configure a system to authenticate using Kerberos
  • Configure a system as either an iSCSI target or initiator that persistently mounts an iSCSI target
  • Produce and deliver reports on system utilization (processor, memory, disk, and network)
  • Use shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks

Network services
Network services are an important subset of the exam objectives. RHCE candidates should be capable of meeting the following objectives for each of the network services listed below:

  • Install the packages needed to provide the service
  • Configure SELinux to support the service
  • Use SELinux port labeling to allow services to use non-standard ports
  • Configure the service to start when the system is booted
  • Configure the service for basic operation
  • Configure host-based and user-based security for the service

HTTP/HTTPS

  • Configure a virtual host
  • Configure access restrictions on directories
  • Deploy a basic CGI application
  • Configure group-managed content
  • Configure TLS security

DNS

  • Configure a caching-only name server
  • Troubleshoot DNS client issues

NFS

  • Provide network shares to specific clients
  • Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration
  • Use Kerberos to control access to NFS network shares

SMB

  • Provide network shares to specific clients
  • Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration

SMTP

  • Configure a system to forward all email to a central mail server

SSH

  • Configure key-based authentication
  • Configure additional options described in documentation

NTP

  • Synchronize time using other NTP peers

Database services

  • Install and configure MariaDB
  • Backup and restore a database
  • Create a simple database schema
  • Perform simple SQL queries against a database


By now you have a better understanding of what topics come in a Linux system engineer exam. If your goal is to obtain RHCE or LPI certification, you should start with Linux+ first, then move on to LPI admin certifications (exam 101 and 102), and finally move on to Red Hat system admin certification and RHCE. Here is a good article for candidates interested in Linux career.

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