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RHCE Certification Lab (RH299)

This course is for individuals seeking a hands-on, lab-based review prior to taking the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam. Individuals taking this course should have already completed their classroom training and simply be preparing to take or retake the exam. During this course, you will work at your own pace through the complete set of labs from both the RHCSA [Red Hat Certified System Administrator] Rapid Track course (RH199) and Red Hat System Administration III (RH254).

This course includes a few instructor lectures designed to review key technologies such as systemd, firewalld, and IPv6. For the classroom and virtual classroom versions of this course, an instructor will be available throughout the week to assist you as you work through the labs. This version of the course does not include the Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) EX200 or the Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE) EX300 exam.

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Who Should Attend?

  • RHCEs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or earlier who wish to recertify on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Students who previously attempted the RHCE exam, did not pass, and wish to retake the exam
  • Students who have completed the RHCE track courses (Red Hat System Administration I, II, and III or equivalent) and would like additional hands-on practice prior to taking the RHCE exam

What You'll Learn

  • Managing and troubleshooting systemd services during the boot process
  • Network configuration and basic troubleshooting
  • Managing local storage, creating and using file systems
  • Firewall management with firewalld
  • Automating installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux© using kickstart
  • Manage SELinux settings
  • Using NFS and Samba shared filesystems
  • Network port security and link aggregation
  • iSCSI initiator and target configuration
  • Domain Name System (DNS) troubleshooting and caching name server
  • Providing Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) file servers
  • Apache HTTPD web server management
  • MariaDB SQL datbase configuration
  • Postfix Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) nullclient for servers
  • Bash scripting for automation

Course Outline

1. Local and remote logins

  • Review methods for accessing the system and engaging Red Hat Support

2. File system navigation

  • Copy, move, create, delete, link, and organize files while working from the Bash shell prompt

3. Users and groups

  • Manage Linux users and groups and administer local password policies

4. File permissions

  • Control access to files and directories using permissions and access control lists (ACLs)

5. SELinux permissions

  • Manage the SELinux behavior of a system to keep it secure in case of a network service compromise

6. Process management

  • Evaluate and control processes running on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system

7. Updating software packages

  • Download, install, update, and manage software packages from Red Hat and yum package repositories

8. Creating and mounting file systems

  • Create and manage disks, partitions, and filesystems from the command line

9. Service management and boot troubleshooting

  • Control and monitor system daemons and troubleshoot the Red Hat Enterprise Linux boot process

10. Network configuration

  • Configure basic IPv4 networking on Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems

11. System logging and ntp

  • Locate and accurately interpret relevant system log files for troubleshooting purposes

12. Logical volume management

  • Create and manage logical volumes from the command line

13. Scheduled processes

  • Schedule tasks to automatically execute in the future

14. Mounting network file systems

  • Use autofs and the command line to mount and unmount network storage with NFS and SMB

15. Firewall configuration

  • Configure a basic firewall

16. Virtualization and kickstart

  • Automate the installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on virtual machines with kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) and libvirt

17. Managing IPv6 networking

  • Configure and troubleshoot basic IPv6 networking on Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems

18. Configuring link aggregation and bridging

  • Configure and troubleshoot advanced network interface functionality including bonding, teaming, and local software bridges

19. Controlling network port security

  • Permit and reject access to network services using advanced SELinux and firewalld filtering techniques

20. Managing DNS for Servers

  • Set and verify correct DNS records for systems and configure secure-caching DNS

21. Configuring Email Delivery

  • Relay all email sent by the system to a SMTP gateway for central delivery

22. Providing block-based storage

  • Provide and use networked iSCSI block devices as remote disks

23. Providing file-based storage

  • Provide NFS exports and SMB file shares to specific systems and users

24. Configuring MariaDB databases

  • Provide a MariaDB SQL database for use by programs and database administrators

25. Providing Apache HTTPD Web Service

  • Configure Apache HTTPD to provide Transport Layer Security (TLS)-enabled websites and virtual hosts

26. Writing Bash scripts

  • Write simple shell scripts using Bash

27. Bash conditionals and control structures

  • Use Bash conditionals and other control structures to write more sophisticated shell commands and scripts

28. Configuring the shell environment

  • Customize Bash startup and use environment variables, Bash aliases, and Bash functions


  • Completed Red Hat System Administration I, II, and III or equivalent training
  • Taking our Red Hat Assessment prior to enrolling in this course is highly recommended
  • Extensive UNIX administration experience by itself is not adequate for most students

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