General Information

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam study notes.

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Schedule an Exam

Taking an individual exam means you will sit at a kiosk style computer and be monitored via a camera at an exam center.

  • Buy an exam voucher from Red Hat (good for 1 year):
    • Click on Red Hat Certified System Administrator (EX200)
    • Under “How will you train/test?”, select “Individual Exam” and then click “Enroll”.
    • Purchase the exam voucher.
    • If you already have a login
      • Login, which brings you to your Red Hat Training page.
      • At the top, click “Request Learning”
      • Above the “Request Booking” form, click “Search Catalog”
      • Type “RHCE” and then search
      • Add the “Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam (EX300K)” to your cart and checkout.
  • Schedule an exam using the voucher.
    • Note: You will need to wait 2-3 days for your exam voucher to be fully processed before you can schedule the exam.
    • Sign up at Innovative Exams (create an account or sign in):
    • Schedule a date/time/location to take the exam with Innovative Exams using the exam voucher purchased from Red Hat.

Taking the Exam

You will need:

  • Photo ID card (Drivers License)
  • Confirmation code
  • Innovative Exams login and password (to actually login and take the test at the kiosk)


  • Individual Exam: A kiosk style computer and being monitored remotely via web cam
  • Tasks, not questions: You will be given tasks to complete on a live system.
  • Exam Results e-mailed to you within 3 business days, but many report getting results back within a few hours.
  • Red Hat Version: May or may not be updated! You could find yourself with a version of Red Hat anywhere from 7.0 - the latest. This is important to note when certain configuration steps differ between versions.


Objectives are listed below in each of their sections.

For a lab setup, using something like VirtualBox works great.
In order to practice the objectives below, setup a virtual machine lab:

    • Description: Main VM to perform anything local only and anything from a “client” perspective
    • CPU/Memory: 1 CPU/1024 MB memory
    • IP: (bridged adapter)
    • Description: Secondary VM to function as a source for “server1” to perform tests (ie NFS/CIFS/HTTP server)
    • CPU/Memory: 1 CPU/1024 MB memory
    • IP: (bridged adapter)
    • Description: FreeIPA LDAP server to install for client authentication practice
    • CPU/Memory: 1 CPU/1024 MB memory
    • IP: (bridged adapter)

Install CentOS 7 on all VMs (Basic Server) and set to the multi-user target.

  • Note: Do not expect to have a access to a GUI on the exam.

  • linux_wiki/rhcsa.txt
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