RHEL 7 Password recovery procedure.

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Everybody thinks the password recovery procedure in RHEL 7 is simple. But it is not.

To start with, there are several procedures spread all over the Internet. All are slightly different, all are supposed to run in all situations, with physical server and virtual machine. They aren’t.

Then, a RHCSA candidate not only has to know the procedure, he also has to be quick: wasting several minutes waiting for the autorelabel to run is not very efficient. Some enhancements exist to avoid this pitfall.

Finally, failure is not an option: several RHCSA candidates have experimented what it means to receive a zero score because they couldn’t make it.

Test this RHEL 7 password recovery procedure many times. Learn it by heart.
If something doesn’t work as expected, report it, even though it has been already tested hundred times by many people.

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2 comments on “RHEL 7 Password recovery procedure.
  1. n0rg says:

    Nice to see something like this in a post as I recently travelled to take the Openstack v5 exam. After taking an on-line course, I knew how to setup and manipulate the different dashboards. I also knew that in order to get there, you had to perform some items in sequence. So I wrote down what was needed in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 file and the needed ifcfg-bridge file. Studied them hard. Travelled in plenty of time, reviewed like crazy. But when I got to the kiosk and started to enter the data, it would not bring up the browser. I got no help from the cold-shouldered, don’t care anonymous bot at the other end, so I tried for 3 hrs and had no joy. Big fat zero. Only to find when reviewing in the car, I forgot an entry in one file! To me this does nothing to test your ability on how to administer and install an openstack platform, but does make money for Red Hat. My point: this has nothing to do with the password recovery except for the concept that Red Hat requires administrators to memorize “stuff” that is readily available to them. I haven’t answered my survey yet, but this is what I’m thinking of telling them – the above and need to revise their policies to make a testing session more fair and equitable, and oh yes, to have someone on the other end that will tell you their name and actually act like they give a **** about how your testing session goes. THANKS!

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Allowed time: 5 minutes.
Create two users "tom" and "engine". "tom" has the UID/GID 3000 and "engine" the UID/GID 4000. "engine" doesn't have an interactive shell.

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