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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam

Exam description 

The performance-based Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam (EX200) tests your knowledge in areas of system administration common across a wide range of environments and deployment scenarios. The skills tested in this exam are the foundation for system administration across all Red Hat products. 

By passing this exam, you become a Red Hat Certified System Administrator, which also counts toward becoming a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA). You must be an RHCSA to become a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE). 

The exam based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is available via on-site and individual exams. 

Audience for this exam 

  • Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills 
  • Students who have attended Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134) and are on the path to becoming an RHCSA 
  • Experienced Linux system administrators who require a certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DoD 8570 directive) 
  • IT professionals who are on the path to becoming a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) 
  • An RHCE who is noncurrent or who is about to become noncurrent and wants to recertify as an RHCE 

Recommended for this exam 

Red Hat will offer the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam (EX200) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 available at our exam Kiosk until May 7, 2020.  

Study points for the exam 

RHCSA exam candidates should be able to accomplish the tasks below without assistance. These have been grouped into several categories. 

Understand and use essential tools 

  • Access a shell prompt and issue commands with correct syntax 
  • Use input-output redirection (>, >>, |, 2>, etc.) 
  • Use grep and regular expressions to analyze text 
  • Access remote systems using SSH 
  • Log in and switch users in multi-user targets 
  • Archive, compress, unpack, and uncompress files using tar, star, gzip, and bzip2 
  • Create and edit text files 

Note: Red Hat may use applications during the exam that are not included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the purpose of evaluating candidate's abilities to meet this objective.  

Operate running systems 

  • Boot, reboot, and shut down a system normally 
  • Boot systems into different targets manually 
  • Interrupt the boot process in order to gain access to a system 
  • Identify CPU/memory intensive processes, adjust process priority with renice, and kill processes 
  • Locate and interpret system log files and journals 
  • Access a virtual machine's console 
  • Start and stop virtual machines 
  • Start, stop, and check the status of network services 
  • Securely transfer files between systems 

Configure local storage 

  • List, create, delete partitions on MBR and GPT disks 
  • Create and remove physical volumes, assign physical volumes to volume groups, and create and delete logical volumes 
  • Configure systems to mount file systems at boot by universally unique ID (UUID) or label 
  • Add new partitions and logical volumes, and swap to a system non-destructively 

Create and configure file systems 

  • Create, mount, unmount, and use vfat, ext4, and xfs file systems 
  • Mount and unmount CIFS and NFS network file systems 
  • Extend existing logical volumes 
  • Create and configure set-GID directories for collaboration 
  • Create and manage access control lists 
  • Diagnose and correct file permission problems 

Deploy, configure, and maintain systems 

  • Configure networking and hostname resolution statically or dynamically 
  • Schedule tasks using at and cron 
  • Start and stop services and configure services to start automatically at boot 
  • Configure systems to boot into a specific target automatically 
  • Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems as virtual guests 
  • Configure systems to launch virtual machines at boot 
  • Configure network services to start automatically at boot 
  • Configure a system to use time services 
  • Install and update software packages from Red Hat Network, a remote repository, or from the local file system 
  • Update the kernel package appropriately to ensure a bootable system 
  • Modify the system bootloader 

Manage users and groups 

  • Create, delete, and modify local user accounts 
  • Change passwords and adjust password aging for local user accounts 
  • Create, delete, and modify local groups and group memberships 
  • Configure a system to use an existing authentication service for user and group information 

Manage security 

  • Configure firewall settings using firewall-config, firewall-cmd, or iptables 
  • Configure key-based authentication for SSH 
  • Set enforcing and permissive modes for SELinux 
  • List and identify SELinux file and process context 
  • Restore default file contexts 
  • Use boolean settings to modify system SELinux settings 
  • Diagnose and address routine SELinux policy violations 

Preparation 

Red Hat encourages you to consider taking Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134) to help prepare. Attendance in these classes is not required; you can choose to take just the exam. 

While attending Red Hat classes can be an important part of your preparation, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success. 

Exam format 

The Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam is a hands-on, practical exam that requires you to undertake real-world tasks. Internet access is not provided during the exam, and you will not be permitted to bring any hard copy or electronic documentation into the exam. This prohibition includes notes, books, or any other materials. For most exams, the documentation that ships with the product is available during the exam. 

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. 

The Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam is a hands-on, practical exam that requires you to undertake real-world tasks. Internet access is not provided during the exam, and you will not be permitted to bring any hard copy or electronic documentation into the exam. This prohibition includes notes, books, or any other materials. For most exams, the documentation that ships with the product is available during the exam. 

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.