Below is the second in a series of posts by actual Red Hat Certified Professionals offering their preparation tips for taking Red Hat exams. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s and not necessarily those of Red Hat Training.
When I began with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), I started with zero knowledge. As a system administrator, I had been working mostly on other operating systems, but not on RHEL. I had been asked to set up a server for a client that wanted a Linux environment because of its stability and performance with clustered environments, so I quickly browsed for Red Hat courses for and enrolled in class. After completing the course, next came the heart-stopping RHCSA exam, but I wasn’t that worried since I felt prepared for that day.
1. Attend the training/course even if you have previous experience with Red Hat (you will still benefit from the training!).
2. Practice the commands after every class. Complete all the lab exercises before the next training lesson.
3. Ask questions after the training exercises if there’s something you don’t understand.
4. If you can get a class partner, try to work with him/her. Take turns in breaking each other’s machine and discuss the solutions.
5. Remember the readily available help, which is “tail -f /var/log/messages” and “man”. These helped me a lot during the practice exam and also the actual exam.
6. Don’t memorize. Understand the concept.
7. If the exam schedule is far, still practice on troubleshooting. Get comfortable on GUI or CLI (the choice is yours, for me I prepared with CLI, even though I trained on GUI, as with CLI I get faster execution.
8. Get rest before the exam and remember your exercises/mistakes from your training.
When you become RHCSA, be involved in the Red Hat Community! Share your best practices when it comes to installation, configuration and management, and help others better understand the benefits of Red Hat technologies.
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