Guest Post: Preparing for Red Hat exams

by Anderson Silva

Below is the first 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.

I have been working for Red Hat for over 5 years, and throughout these years I have had the opportunity to take several Red Hat Training courses and earn a few certifications. These certifications include: Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHEL5, 2007), Red Hat Certified Architect (2010) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHEL6, 2012).

So, when I read that the good people at Red Hat Training were looking for some ‘How do you prepare’ for Red Hat training courses and exams, I thought I had something to offer.

Red Hat Training courses are usually set up in a small classroom environment with 4 days of lectures, Monday through Thursday, and the exam on Friday. Throughout the years, the amount of time the exam takes has changed a bit, but one can be sure to take up at least your entire morning on Friday.

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2013 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year

The Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year Award is back, and it’s time for Red Hat Certified Professionals (RHCPs) to submit their stories.

Red Hat will again be honoring the hard work, expertise, and ingenuity of some of the world’s premier IT professionals through its annual contest. The 2013 version of this contest will be open to all Red Hat Certification credentials (RHCSA, RHCE, RHCVA, RHCSS, RHCDS, RHCA, JBCAA, JBCD, and Red Hat Certificates of Expertise).

To be considered for the 2013 RHCP of the Year contest, you must be a current Red Hat Certified Professional and complete the online form. You will be asked to provide a 500-words-or-fewer summary that details how you innovatively and creatively used your Red Hat Certified skills to enhance your IT environment, increase system performance, tightened system security, and/or otherwise deliver results for your organization. Red Hat will accept submissions now through March 8, 2013.

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Favorite links and pages of the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

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

Red Hat
Red Hat Training North American winter promotion, RedHat
WEBINAR: Innersource Fundamentals: Egalitarianism, Meritocarcy and Measuring Success, RedHat
Getting your company in open source shape, ServicesSpeak
PayPros selects RHEL6 to create next-generation payment platform, RedHat
Five notable new features in Fedora 18, PCWorld
RHEV 3.1 storage: functionality and considerations, SearchVirtualStorage
Fedora lets you choose your own GUI adventure, Wired

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Getting Your Company In Open Source Shape

by Guy Martin (Red Hat)

The holiday decorations are now (hopefully) put away, and fond memories of merriment from the past month or so are behind us.  All that remains now is the time-honored tradition of the New Year’s Resolution. This should not surprise most of you, but the perennial favorite is usually a combination of ‘lose weight, eat healthier, get in better shape.’  Pondering my own resolutions to continue on a healthier path got me thinking about what it means to get your company in ‘Open Source Shape.’

There are many parallels to successfully getting yourself in better physical shape and getting your company started on the right foot to more successful and productive use of open source.  Let’s take a look at a few of these examples below,  pulling some lessons from the exercise world that you can apply in your enterprise.

Running shoes

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Favorite links and pages of the week

by Mike Randall (Red Hat)

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

Red Hat
Red Hat Training North American winter promotion, RedHat
WEBINAR: Innersource Fundamentals: Egalitarianism, Meritocarcy and Measuring Success, RedHat
Producing a Red Hat Training course, Part I, ServicesSpeak
Red Hat takes the wraps off RHEL 5.9, PCWorld
Red Hat suddenly has cloud momentum, SeekingAlpha
Mexican Federal Electoral Institute relies on Red Hat to power national electoral system, RedHat
Indonesia Stock Exchange halves its hardware cost with Red Hat solution, RedHat

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Producing a Red Hat Training Course – Part 1

by Wander Boessenkool (Red Hat)

Producing a Red Hat Training course takes a lot of hard, but also thankful, work. In this series of posts I will explore the workflow that goes into producing a single course.

To satisfy our technical readers we still start this series with a post about the tools we use to produce our output documents, from the slide-decks used by our instructors, through the PDF files sent to our printers to produce the printed version of our Instructor Guides and Student Workbooks, to the HTML content and stylesheets used for our Red Hat Online Learning offering.

Single Source Publishing

All of our course materials are authored in DocBook, an XML dialect designed for producing texts, ranging from a one page article all the way up to a set of multiple books. Using DocBook we can then easily convert a single set of source files describing a book into a wide range of output formats using XSL transforms.

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Migration planning using JBoss Cake

by Emily Brand (Red Hat)

Starting research on how to migrate your applications to JBoss can be an overwhelming process. Taking the migration in small steps will help manage expectations and increase the success of the effort. The major steps for planning include creating a project management office, completing a current state analysis, and creating a diagram specifying how applications interface with each other throughout your organization. With that information in hand you are ready to create a project plan and begin the migration.

Create a Project Management Office (PMO)
Decide which project managers will be the overall leads of the project. If you are missing resources that are capable of project managing, Red Hat Consulting can help augment your PMO and train your project managers for migrations.

The PMO will handle scheduling by creating a project plan. The project plan should originally be a high level document specifying the list of applications and the project start and end date. Managing and mitigating risks is the number one goal of the project manager. The PMO will also be in charge of holding individuals accountable for sticking to the project plan after achieving buy-in as well as coordinating communication throughout all of the necessary parties including infrastructure, database, and application teams.

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