Preparing for Red Hat exams

When it comes to our exams, one of the questions we’re most frequently asked is, “How do I prepare?” There are obviously many different ways to study, and everyone’s preparation habits are different, so this is a very difficult question to answer. Rather than try to answer it ourselves, we’re looking for your help.

Our exams are intentionally rigorous and focused on hands-on exercises to ensure only candidates who have the proper skills pass. If everyone that took an exam passed, a certification would be of zero value to the IT and developer communities. We make sure everyone with a Red Hat or JBoss certification really knows their stuff.

That said, our exams are not impossible. And to show you they’re not impossible, we’d like to start a new series of guest blog posts here where those that have been successful share their stories of how they prepared. These posts will not include specifics about the exam. Rather, they will be stories of how their time was spent leading up to the exam.

Want to share your story?

We’re looking for a mix of Red Hat Certified Professionals that have prepared for exams in differing ways: courses, study groups, etc. Do you think you have some insight to share? Please send an email to with a sentence or two explaining how you prepared and were successful. Those selected will then be invited to write a guest post for our blog. We’ll even throw in some Red Hat swag as a thank you.

Favorites for the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Free EAP6 seminar in Atlanta, GCA
2012 EMEA Partner Conference in review, ServicesSpeak
Manx Telecom technicians earn RHCDS, IsleOfMan
RHEL: the original cloud operating system, RedHat
Red Hat continues storage momentum with key milestones, Red Hat
Avoid common mistakes when setting up storage for RHEV, SearchServerVirtualization

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EMEA Partner Conference 2012 In Review

by Jessica Benton (Red Hat)

Istanbul, Turkey, 8-9 November

Over 100 attendees gathered together this November for Red Hat’s 2012 EMEA Training Partner Conference, taking over Istanbul’s Elite World Hotel. Partners and individuals from South Africa to Finland to Morocco to Russia and all points in between shared experiences and learned new ways to train and certify IT professionals, and how to optimize the customer experience. Those in attendance were partners and individuals that help us deliver training throughout Europe and the world, including Certified Training Partners (CTPs), Delivery Partners, Contractor Instructors, and Training Resellers and Distributors.

The week included presentations covering such topics as industry trends, quality approaches of Red Hat courses and various Red Hat offerings, including virtual training, new courses, and certifications, as well as a keynote from Werner Knoblich, VP and General Manager of Red Hat EMEA. Attendees were also able to share best practices with one another through numerous business and technical sessions, which included sales and marketing topics for reseller and CTP attendees, as well as middleware and infrastructure topics.

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Migration strategy 2.0: Plan a services-focused approach for greatest success

by Thomas Crowe (Red Hat)

As an experienced IT professional, chances are you’ve been involved with a migration of some sort. Whether it’s a simple migration, such as moving static data to another node or a highly complex migration across datacenters, all successful migrations have one thing in common – rock solid planning. Migrations that are attempted without the requisite planning can be fraught with peril, and end up with disastrous consequences

Ultimately, users, our customers, do not really care if a given server is up or down. They care whether they can access a specific application, such as email, a web site, or data. It is the service that users care about, and it is the service in which migration planning needs to be focused.

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Favorites for the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

Below are links to some pages and articles we found this week and really liked.

Red Hat
Taste of Training: Managing software on a RHEL system, RedHat
The business value of open source software, ServicesSpeak
Red Hat Linux born on Halloween, InternetNews
Red Hat Enterprise Linux achieves top security certification, NetSecurity
Red Hat CloudForms: Delivering managed flexibility for the cloud, InfoWorld
Facebook, AMD, Red Hat, Canonical partner for ARM push, BitTech

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