I really need go to RH133 Red Hat Linux System Administration and RHCT Exam. I’m planned to take it on 21-25 July or 18-21 August at Training Choice. But if I take the class in August I need to wait for another month coz the exam only will start on 19 Sept. No RHCT Exam on August.

Source: RedHat Certification


Components of the RHCE and RHCT Exams

The RHCT exam is a subset of the RHCE exam, and is organized as follows:

  • Troubleshooting and System Maintenance — 1 hour
  • Installation and Configuration — 2 hours

In order to earn RHCT, one must successfully complete all the requirements in Troubleshooting and System Maintenance, and must achieve a score of 70 or higher on Installation and Configuration.

For RHCE exams given on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and higher, the exam is organized as follows:

  • Troubleshooting and System Maintenance — 2.5 hours
  • Installation and Configuration — 3.0 hours

In order to earn RHCE, one must successfully complete all the RHCT-level Troubleshooting and System Maintenance requirements, and successfully complete enough additional RHCE items to earn a score of 80 or higher overall on the section.

In addition, one must score 70 or higher on the RHCT items of Installation and Configuration, and 70 or higher on the RHCE components of that section. We describe the skills associated with RHCT and RHCE below.

RHCT skills

Troubleshooting and System Maintenance

RHCTs should be able to:

  • boot systems into different run levels for troubleshooting and system maintenance
  • diagnose and correct misconfigured networking
  • diagnose and correct hostname resolution problems
  • configure the X Window System and a desktop environment
  • add new partitions, filesystems, and swap to existing systems
  • use standard command-line tools to analyze problems and configure system

Installation and Configuration

RHCTs must be able to:

  • perform network OS installation
  • implement a custom partitioning scheme
  • configure printing
  • configure the scheduling of tasks using cron and at
  • attach system to a network directory service, such as NIS or LDAP
  • configure autofs
  • add and manage users, groups, quotas, and File Access Control Lists
  • configure filesystem permissions for collaboration
  • install and update packages using rpm
  • properly update the kernel package
  • configure the system to update/install packages from remote repositories using yum or pup
  • modify the system bootloader
  • implement software RAID at install-time and run-time
  • use /proc/sys and sysctl to modify and set kernel run-time parameters
  • use scripting to automate system maintenance task

Course Outline

  • Unit 1 – System Initialization

  • Objectives
  • Boot Sequence Overview
  • Boot Loader Components
  • GRUB and grub.conf
  • Starting the Boot Process: GRUB
  • Kernel Initialization
  • init Initialization
  • Run Levels
  • /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit
  • /etc/rc.d/rc
  • System V run levels
  • /etc/rc.d/rc.local
  • Controlling Services
  • Hands-on Lab 1: Managing Startup

Unit 2 – Package Management

  • RPM Package Manager
  • Installing and Removing Software
  • Updating a Kernel RPM
  • rpm Queries
  • rpm Verification
  • About yum
  • Using yum
  • Searching packages/files
  • Configuring Additional Repositories
  • Creating a private repository
  • Red Hat Network
  • Red Hat Network Server
  • Entitlements
  • Red Hat Network Client
  • Hands-on Lab 2: Working with packages

Unit 3 – Kernel Services

  • Objectives
  • The Linux Kernel
  • Kernel Images and Variants
  • Kernel Modules
  • Kernel Module Utilities
  • Managing the initrd Image
  • Accessing Drivers Through /dev
  • Device Node Examples
  • Managing /dev With udev
  • Adding Files Under /dev
  • Kernel Configuration With /proc
  • /proc Examples
  • sysctl : Persistent Kernel Configuration
  • Exploring Hardware Devices
  • Monitoring Processes and Resources
  • Hands-on Lab 3: Configuring the kernel

Unit 4 – System Services

  • Network Time Protocol
  • System Logging
  • syslog Configuration
  • XOrg: The X11 Server
  • XOrg Server Configuration
  • XOrg in runlevel 3
  • XOrg in runlevel 5
  • Remote X Sessions
  • SSH: Secure Shell
  • VNC: Virtual Network Computing
  • cron
  • Controlling Access to cron
  • System crontab Files
  • Daily Cron Jobs
  • The anacron System
  • CUPS
  • Hands-on Lab 4: System Services

Unit 5 – User Administration

  • Adding a New User Account
  • User Private Groups
  • Modifying / Deleting User Accounts
  • Group Administration
  • Password Aging Policies
  • Switching Accounts
  • sudo
  • Network Users
  • Authentication Configuration
  • Example: NIS Configuration
  • Example: LDAP Configuration
  • SUID and SGID Executables
  • SGID Directories
  • The Sticky Bit
  • Default File Permissions
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • SELinux
  • SELinux: Targeted Policy
  • SELinux: Management

Unit 6 – Filesystem Management

  • Objectives
  • Overview: Adding New Filesystems to the Filesystem Tree
  • Device Recognition
  • Disk Partitioning
  • Managing Partitions
  • Making Filesystems
  • Filesystem Labels
  • tune2fs
  • Mount Points and /etc/fstab
  • Mounting Filesystems with mount
  • Unmounting Filesystems
  • mount By Example
  • Handling Swap Files and Partitions
  • Mounting NFS Filesystems
  • Automounter
  • Direct Maps
  • gnome-mount
  • Hands-on Lab 6: Adding New Filesystems to the Filesystem Tree

Unit 7 – Advanced Filesystem Management

  • Configuring the Quota System
  • Setting Quotas for Users
  • Reporting Quota Status
  • What is Software RAID?
  • Software RAID Configuration
  • Software RAID Testing and Recovery
  • What is Logical Volume Manager (LVM)?
  • Creating Logical Volumes
  • Resizing Logical Volumes
  • Logical Volume Manager Snapshots
  • Using LVM Snapshots
  • Archiving tools: tar
  • Archiving Tools: dump/restore
  • Archiving Tools: rsync:
  • Hands-on Lab 7: Advanced Filesystem Mangement

Unit 8 – Network Configuration

  • Objectives
  • Network Inferfaces
  • Driver Selection
  • Speed and Duplex Settings
  • IPv4 Addresses
  • Dynamic IPv4 Configuration
  • Static IPv4 Configuration
  • Device Aliases
  • Routing Table
  • Default Gateway
  • Configuring Routes
  • Verify IP Connectivity
  • Defining the Local Host Name
  • Local Resolver
  • Remote Resolvers
  • Verify DNS Connectivity
  • Network Configuration Utilities
  • Transparent Dynamic Configuration
  • Implementing IPv6
  • IPv6: Dynamic Interface Configuration
  • IPv6: StaticInterface Configuration
  • IPv6: Routing Configuration
  • New and Modified Utilities
  • Hands-on Lab 8: Manage Network Settings

Unit 9 – Installation

  • Anaconda, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installer
  • First Stage: Starting the Installation
  • First Stage: Boot Media
  • Accessing the Installer
  • First Stage: Installation Method
  • Network Installation Server
  • Second Stage: Installation Overview
  • Configuring File Systems
  • Advanced Partitioning
  • Package Selection
  • First Boot: Post-Install Configuration
  • Kickstart
  • Starting a Kickstart Installation
  • Anatomy of a Kickstart File
  • Kickstart: Commands Section
  • Kickstart: Commands section
  • Kickstart: Packages Section
  • Kickstart: %pre, %post
  • Hands-on Lab 9: Installation and System-Initialization

Unit 10 – Virtualization with Xen

  • Virtualization with Xen
  • Hardware Considerations
  • Preparing Domain-0
  • Virtual Resources
  • Domain-U Configuration
  • Installing a new Domain-U
  • Domain Management with xm
  • Activating Domains on boot
  • Hands-on Lab 10: Exploring Virtualization

Unit 11 – Troubleshooting

  • Method of Fault Analysis
  • Fault Analysis: Gathering Data
  • Things to Check: X
  • Things to Check: Networking
  • Order of the Boot Process
  • Filesystem Corruption
  • Filesystem Recovery
  • Recovery Run-levels
  • Rescue Environment
  • Rescue Environment Utilities
  • Rescue Environment Details
  • Hands-on Lab 11: System Rescue and Troubleshooting

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