Pawan Sharma | March 1, 2011 | | 2 Comments so far

RHCSA Objectives

As all knows about Red Hat's certification exams, the new Red Hat System Administrator Exam is also a performance based hands-on exam. The exam objectives are similar to the old RHCT but there are some new task added to the RHCSA.

TASKS to perform in Red Hat System Administrator Exam :

  • Boot, reboot, and shutdown the system normally
  • Diagnose and correct problems at boot
  • Boot systems into different runlevels for troubleshooting and system maintenance
  • Use single-user mode to gain access to a system for which the root password is not known
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  • Diagnose and correct misconfigured networking settings
  • Diagnose and correct hostname resolution problems
  • Diagnose and address permissions problems and SELinux policy violations
  • Diagnose and correct non-hardware disk storage problems
  • Adding new partitions, logical volumes, filesystems, and swap areas to a system non-destructively
  • Manually open, mount, unmount, and close LUKS-encrypted filesystems
  • Extend existing unencrypted ext4-formatted logical volumes
  • Login or switch user to the root account
  • Use ssh and VNC to access remote systems
  • Locate and read on-line documentation using man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc
  • Locate and analyze system log files
  • Understand how to use grep and regular expressions to analyze text output
    Access a bash shell prompt and issue commands with correct syntax; use pipelines and I/O redirection
  • Use text editors such as gedit and vim to create and edit text files
  • Manage system resources: identify CPU/memory intensive processes, adjust process priority with renice, kill processes
  • Manage files and directories: create/delete/copy/move; create hard and soft links
  • Use tar, gzip, and bzip2 to archive and compress files
  • Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux manually with the graphical installer from network installation media
  • Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux automatically using Kickstart
  • Configure a physical machine as a RHEL-based virtualization host
  • Manage virtual machines: install/start/stop/configure to start at boot/access a VM´s graphical console
  • Manage disk partitions: understand MBR-style partitions (primary,extended,logical); list/create/delete partitions
  • Manage logical volumes: create/remove physical volumes, assign PVs to volume groups, create/delete logical volumes
  • Create and configure LUKS-encrypted partitions and logical volumes to prompt for password and mount decrypted filesystem at boot
  • Canage ext4 filesystems: create, label, mount, mount automatically at boot (by UUID or label), unmount
  • Mount and unmount CIFS and NFS network filesystems, manually or by configuring autofs
  • Manage network devices: understand basic IP networking/routing, configure IP addresses/default route statically or dynamically
  • Manage name resolution: set local hostname, configure /etc/hosts, configure to use existing DNS server
  • Manage network services: check status, start, stop, configure to start automatically at boot
  • Configure the scheduling of tasks using cron and at
  • Manage local user and group accounts: create, delete, change passwords, adjust password aging, adjust group memberships
  • Use network user and group accounts stored on an existing LDAP directory service
  • Manage standard permissions: list, interpret, change ugo/rwx
  • Use sgid directories for collaboration
  • Set and manage Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Manage SELinux security: set enforcing/permissive modes, list file and process context, restore default file context, use "booleans" to adjust policy
  • Manage default firewall settings with basic tools
  • Install and update software packages from RHN or remote repository, or from the local filesystem
  • Update the kernel package appropriately to ensure a bootable system
  • Modify the system bootloader
  • Configure the system to synchronize system time using remote NTP servers
  • Deploy a VNC server that allows multiple desktops to be shared
  • Deploy file sharing services with HTTP/FTP.