Tuesday, 15 July 2014

RHEL 7 - RHCE + RHCSA Exam Objectives

I intend to go through these exams at some point in the near future and I thought it would be handy to have the objectives for both exams here.

Note: I'm reusing the links from my RHEL 6 post, so if something doesn't quite work let me know and I'll update the post with a new RHEL 7 post. I do intend to go through them but it might take me a while.

I'll attempt to link newer post to the relevant objective, where appropriate. Almost always, it won't be appropriate and in that case I have made an attempt to link to a page with the relevant information for the objective.

Feel free to suggest a better or alternatively link to ones I have provided.

RHCSA Exam Objectives

Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify and remove objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance through revisions to this document.

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 runlevels
* Archive, compress, unpack and uncompress files using tarstargzip, and bzip2
Create and edit text files
Create, delete, copy and move files and directories
Create hard and soft links
* List, set and change standard ugo/rwx permissions
Locate, read and use system documentation including man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc .
[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 runlevels manually
* Interrupt the boot process in order to gain access to a system
Identify CPU/memory intensive processesadjust 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, create and delete logical volumes
Create and configure LUKS-encrypted partitions and logical volumes to prompt for password and mount a decrypted file system at boot
Configure systems to mount file systems at boot by Universally Unique ID (UUID) or label
Add new partitions, 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, unmount and use LUKS-encrypted file systems
Mount and unmount CIFS and NFS network file systems
Configure systems to mount ext4, LUKS-encrypted and network file systems automatically
* Extend existing logical volumes
Create and configure set-GID directories for collaboration
Create and manage Access Control Lists (ACLs)
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 runlevel automatically
Configure a physical machine to host virtual guests
Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems as virtual guests
Configure systems to launch virtual machines 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 filesystem
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

RHCE Exam Objectives

Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify and remove objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance through revisions to this document.

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, including Rich Rules, Zones and custom rules, to implement packet filtering and configure network address translation (NAT).
Use /proc/sys and sysctl to modify and set kernel run-time parameters
Configure system to authenticate using Kerberos
Configure a system as an iSCSI 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
Configure a system to log to a remote system
Configure a system to accept logging from a remote system

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 labelling 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

RHCE candidates should also be capable of meeting the following objectives associated with specific services:


Configure a virtual host
Configure private directories
Deploy a basic CGI application
Configure group-managed content
Configure TLS security


Configure a caching-only name server
Configure a caching-only name server to forward DNS queries


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


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


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


Configure key-based authentication
Configure additional options described in documentation


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.

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