Red Hat Training recognizes its top North America instructors

by Ralph Rodriguez (Red Hat)

During Labor Day Week, Red Hat Training North America held its annual Instructor and Partner Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. As is our tradition, on the final evening, we held our awards banquet, recognizing the instructors that have made the biggest impact over the course of the last year.

It is with pleasure that I reveal the instructor awards given that night:

Special Award for Training Advocacy
Rhett Williams

Rhett teaches in Southern California, a significant growth region for Red Hat Training. That growth is a result, in part, of his advocacy of Red Hat Training among his students. Without being a “salesman”, he talks to students about Red Hat’s training programs, training tracks, and other courses that will help them, resulting in an extremely satisfied, customer base.

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Behind Red Hat Server Hardening (RH413)

by Scott McBrien (Red Hat)

My name is Scott McBrien. I work for the Red Hat Training Curriculum Development Team and was the project leader for the development of the Red Hat Server Hardening (RH413) course. Before joining the Red Hat Training Curriculum Development Team, I worked as both a Red Hat training instructor and consultant. I hope that my field experiences show through in our new class.

When I first started thinking of writing a security focused class, I tried to think about what story would make a compelling course that I, and other systems administrators, would like to attend. One of the topics that I have seen grow to be pervasive in the systems administration community is Security Policy Compliance. Many of us have had the lovely experience of having someone from another team, or an outside consultant, come in to run some type of scanning software against our machine, and say “You’re not in compliance with SECURITY-STANDARD”. In my experience, the systems administrator is told to fix the deficiency without a lot of direction from the person telling them that there’s a problem, or worse, they are given instructions by someone who is not an expert on the technology, which fixes the audit deficiency, but down the line causes problems. A situation that I see over and over again is systems administrators being told to install non-supported software on their Red Hat Enterprise Linux machines because the version they have is “old” or “vulnerable”. In reality, Red Hat does a lot of work to publish updates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and other products) so that an administrator can use supported, packaged software from Red Hat and not have software open to known vulnerabilities. Red Hat’s update management and application of updates is the first topic in “Red Hat Server Hardening”.

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Red Hat announces new OpenStack certification

by Iain Gray, vice president, global services, Red Hat

Today is an exciting day for Red Hat as we announce our new Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service and expanded training in support of Red Hat’s OpenStack technology.

We launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform at the Red Hat Summit in June as a core part of our open hybrid cloud strategy. There is a huge amount of excitement about OpenStack both at Red Hat and from our customers. In terms of company focus, it truly is “the next Linux.” Our goal is to bring our enterprise experience to the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market and provide an OpenStack platform that our customers can trust.

We are committed to providing services that help our customers use OpenStack to get their products to market faster. We recently launched a range of IaaS-focused offerings. From cloud migration strategy consulting, to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform product-pilot implementation services, through complete IaaS-based solution development, we can support our customers through every stage in their cloud journey. Red Hat OpenStack Administration (CL210), a course we introduced earlier this year, helps customers build their teams’ readiness to adopt and use this new technology.

Today, we complement and expand these offerings by introducing the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service and expanding the Red Hat OpenStack Administration course to cover new capabilities in the latest release and to provide preparation for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Infrastructure-as-a-Service Exam (EX210).

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Announcing the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening

by Randy Russell (Red Hat)

I am pleased to announce our newest certification, Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Server Hardening. This new Certificate of Expertise will take the place of the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Security: Network Services and Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Directory Services and Authentication. Red Hat Certified Professionals working towards earning Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) or Red Hat Certified Architect are able to visit our Certification FAQ to learn more about how this new Certificate of Expertise fits into these programs. Why are we introducing this new credential and replacing long-standing ones with it?

Every year, Las Vegas plays host to DEF CON® Hacking Conference, which is routinely described as the world’s biggest hacker conference. Most people attend to learn about security exploits so that they can protect themselves and others. At last year’s conference many speakers within the DEF CON community spoke about the important of asking questions, engaging with others while at the conference and sharing knowledge.

One speaker, who is particular well-established, likewise made such a statement. He then went on to say that in order to speak to him, there were requirements. He then proceeded to enumerate, accompanied by slides, the vast array of skills and knowledge one needed in order to be worthy to step into his presence. His rigorous list would be an excellent checklist for someone who wanted to have a heavy-duty, information assurance consulting practice. However, many of us must think about security and implement practices that address specific risk factors with appropriate levels of time, effort and money. It is not our role to contemplate the vast everythingness of everything. We need to ensure that we have taken appropriate steps on systems within our care. In short, we need focus within that deep, broad ocean called security.

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The best of 2013, so far

We’ve somehow already reached the halfway point of the calendar year. Since Halloween decorations will be out before you know it, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at our most popular posts from the first six months of the year, just in case you missed something. Have something in mind you want to read about during the second half of the year? Want to contribute? Please let us know.

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VIDEO: Rafael Guimarães, 2013 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year

At Red Hat Summit last week in Boston, Rafael Guimarães was awarded this year’s prestigious Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. A native of Brazil, Guimarães is a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) at Petrobras, the largest oil company in Brazil and one of the largest in the world. This is his story.

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Red Hat Training and certifications help build your path to the cloud

by Randy Russell and Pete Hnath (Red Hat)

Cloud computing represents a major shift in enterprise IT architecture that requires companies to rethink their strategy. Red Hat is bringing to market a full portfolio of training and certification offerings that enable customers to evaluate Red Hat’s cloud technologies and understand how to deploy them successfully.

Customers seeking to build an open Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud may look to Red Hat OpenStack as their foundation. OpenStack is emerging as a leading platform for IaaS cloud architectures and has attained broad industry support. Red Hat is excited to announce the immediate availability of Red Hat OpenStack Administration (CL210), which provides architects and system administrators with a hands-on course to learn how to install, configure, and manage a Red Hat OpenStack deployment. Later this summer Red Hat will also introduce the Red Hat certificate of expertise in OpenStack IaaS, which will validate a professional’s ability to successfully deploy and administrate an OpenStack based IaaS cloud.

For customers looking to deliver an open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud, OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat may be the solution. OpenShift gives application developers self-service access so they can easily deploy applications on demand. Red Hat is pleased to announce the immediate availability of OpenShift Enterprise Administration (CL280), a heavily lab-based 2-day course that guides the student through the steps to install, configure and manage an OpenShift based PaaS cloud.

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