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RHCSA 7 Exam Presentation

The RHCSA exam (Red Hat Certified System Administrator), also called EX200, is a performance-based exam lasting 2 hours and half, focusing on installation and server configuration on RHEL 7 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7).

You can take the exam in a classroom setting monitored by a proctor or in a Individual Exam Session (IES) remotely monitored. A FAQ about IES is available on the Red Hat website.

Red Hat provides a FAQ about its certification program and one about the Red Hat Learning Subscription service (RHLS).

Red Hat exams are covered by a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement): anybody taking an exam can’t talk about it. For this reason, all quiz or sample exams in this website are based on exam objectives and not on real questions, even though the level of difficulty is similar.

After taking the exam and in the next three days, you will receive an email with your result (the pass mark is 210 out of 300). But you will never know what part you succeeded or what part you failed!

Additional Resources

Here you will find the following resources:

You can use this website like a study guide if you’ve got already some basic Linux experiences.

RHCSA 7 Prices

For your information, here are the latest known Red Hat RHCSA 7 exam prices on March 16, 2016 per country (previous prices are between parenthesis):

  • United States/Canada: $400
  • Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland): €500 (€470)
  • Europe (Ireland, Italy, Spain): €450 (€400)
  • Europe (Czech Republic, Lithuania, Portugal): €420 (€380)
  • Australia: AUD 650 (inc GST) (AUD 715)
  • China: 2,100 CNY
  • Hong-Kong: 1,680 HKD
  • Indonesia: 2,700,000 IDR
  • Israel: $500
  • Japan: 36,000 JPY (excl.tax)
  • Korea: ₩280,000 (140,000 KRW)
  • Mexico: $550
  • New Zealand: 700 NZD
  • Philippines: 14,000 PHP
  • Singapore: 700 SGD
  • South Africa: $500
  • Taiwan: 6,800 TWD
  • Thailand: 15,000 THB
  • UAE: $500
  • United Kingdom: £450 excl tax (£410)

Source: http://www.redhat.com/en/services/training/ex200-red-hat-certified-system-administrator-rhcsa-exam

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84 comments on “RHEL7 RHCSA (EX200)
  1. cdz says:

    Concerning prices – worth mentioning that in US/Canada price 400$ goes with all taxes included, meanwhile in Europe (France at least) you pay additional 50 euros for VAT. Which comes out at 500 euros in total for exam

  2. Phrosgone says:

    New price for Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland): €470

  3. mambo says:

    I just wanted to thank u for putting all this information together! Passed my exam these days @ Zurich, Switzerland. Maybe i`ll come back for RHCE. <3 Certdepot.net

  4. redsu says:

    Just to say thank you to certdepot and the people who added their comments and suggestions here. It certainly helped passing my RHCSA 7 exam.

  5. lisenet says:

    The RHCSA exam cost of £450 in the United Kingdom is without VAT, what makes it £540 in total when VAT is added.

  6. Jaz says:


    I have asked this question before but couldn’t find it anywhere. So I am asking it again and I hope you’ll help me in this regard.

    I am trying to appear for the exam in my country Pakistan, but unfortunately there are no exams scheduled here from last few years.
    Currently, I am tired and upset finding out the right place to go because most of the companies in Asia who conduct exams/training listed on Redhat website contains outdated information about them (which means most the companies are no longer operational)
    There is no chance of finding the authorized center online in Asia.””

    I am now interested to go to DUBAI as one of the company named ‘Sitespower’ claims to be authorized and is listed on redhat website.
    How do I trust them?

    Where did you appear for the exam? And all other members in this website?

    Who should I contact to help me in this matter?

    Please help. Thank you

  7. malikawais7 says:


    I am new in linux world and planning for RHCSA exam. I will be thankful if anyone can suggest me good learning material for beginners to prepare for the exam of RHCSA. I am looking forward your kind reply.

  8. gavidialexis says:

    I just pass my exam thanks for the help

    • CertDepot says:

      You’re welcome!

    • scryptkiddy says:

      Congrats. I just failed mine yesterday unfortunately. Odd thing is, I felt more comfortable submitting the exam than I did going in. Even had time to double check everything. Just a bit shocking because I really don’t know where to go from here since they do not tell you what areas you failed in.

  9. rhel_addict says:

    Hi Cert-depot,
    For both the attempts the virtual window after a reboot configuring LVM and swap closed and re-appeared –but the comment was “Booting from Hard disk”

    It was still remaining hang for 40 mins, I checked with the examiner–he said problem is on my side.

    So far 3 times consecutively I got 0%—why?
    Where could I do wrong?

    • CertDepot says:

      I don’t know.
      You should retry the last operations that you did in a KVM lab to see what could be the reason:
      – syntax error in the /etc/fstab file,
      – wrong partitioning size with or without overlap,
      – wrong type of partition,
      – error when disabling/enabling the swap partition/logical volume,
      – etc.

    • dsismanis says:


      I did my exam today and got the same result.
      The last question was to create an lv and mount it. I added it into /etc/fstab and did a mount -a. All mounted successfully no syntax errors. When i did the reboot it was stuck at Booting from Hard Disk. I was there for 40mins trying to get support from person on kiosk chat or redhat person. They did not help, they said it was me.
      I could not see the grub menu and the kernel to boot from message so I could edit and do some investigating.
      Did you end up working out what it was? Surely it couldn’t have been the lvcreate/mount, else the mount -a would’ve failed.

      • Lisenet says:

        Did you use a UUID?

        • Brightside says:

          Hi, I failed my exam too. I got score 183. I had the same problem with “Booting from Hard disk”. I used UUID in /etc/fstab and I always used mount -a to make sure fstab file was working. I’m sure the type of partition was correct. I had tried in my lab with CentOS and it booted without problem. Can you help me why?

          • Sam says:

            Brightside, unfortunately there is no simple way to resolve this issue. I can only suggest that you attempt to replicate the problem at home. Try and replicate with a CentOS 7.0 (with and without updates). Take Note of the N.D.A.

  10. Jaz says:

    It’s been more than 55 hours and still waiting for my result.
    How do I contact RedHat directly?

  11. bang95838 says:

    Can anyone help me with RHCSA autofs question, the question is:
    configure autofs to automatically mount the home directory for user lisa under /dirnet when she logs into the system.
    Step by step explaination would be appreciate.

    • CertDepot says:

      If you follow this tutorial starting at the NFS Server Configuration title, you should get the answer you are waiting for.

    • fdvalero says:

      First you need to install the right package
      yum install -y autofs
      showmount -e server.example.com /etc/auto.master.d/lisa.autofs
      echo “/dirnet -rw,sync labipa.example.com:/home/lisa” > /etc/lisa.mount
      mkdir /dirnet
      systemctl enable autofs
      systemctl start autofs
      cd /dirnet


      • hallo says:

        I saw a video where Sander Van Vugt said showmount -e doesn’t work for NFSv4. He said, instead, just try to mount it

        • CertDepot says:

          It is very well known that showmount -e doesn’t work if you don’t open some specific ports on the firewall (more information here).
          Try to stop the firewall, you will see that showmount -e works whatever NFS version you use.

          • Lisenet says:

            This is a bit more than stopping a firewall. Even if you stop it, you still need rpc-bind and mountd services to be running, as otherwise it’s not going to work. These services are only required by NFSv3, therefore if you run an NFSv4-only server, showmount won’t work (despite the fact that firewall is disabled).

          • CertDepot says:

            Thank you for these precisions.

  12. Threepw00d says:

    Thanks a lot for putting up this site!
    I’ve passed my ex200 last friday, also thanks to your help and effort!

  13. fdvalero says:

    Hello  my friends

    As   many of you know, I’ve  doing  a  few  videos  about  RHCSA  practice  exams  in  order to help  you in the preparation  for this  exam.  All  this  videos  are  in my youtube  channel.

    I did the  exam. My first  impression of the  exam  was  it  is  hard, but  after you read  all  the  instructions  you will  notice  that  is  not  that  hard,  the  key is  practice  all  the  topics  from  the  red had  website. https://www.redhat.com/en/services/training/ex200-red-hat-certified-system-administrator-rhcsa-exam

    After  a  few  minutes  I realized all  that  need  to do in order  to get  all  the  points. First  you need  to focus  on the  easy points, this  kind of questions  give  you a  confident  to continue,  because  you still  nervous  at  this  point.  Then, do NOT  try to be  smart  doing things  through the  terminal  when you already know  very well  how  to  do it  using the  GUI. Red  Hat  do not  look  how  you do it,  they look  for the  final  result.

    Also is  very important  to reboot  your station  every time  that  you think  is  necessary, or after a  big change, because  if the  station  do not  boot  unattended  you will  get  score  of 0. Do not  waste  time  in question  where  you need to  read man  pages, this  is  unnecessary  if you practice. Remember,  practice  is  the  key.

    More  common errors  are  typos  in the  name  of the  users, servers, url;  etc.  So, this  mean  that  you need to read very  well, example:  user harry or user hary. Is  very easy to  make  this  error.No worries  about  the  time,  there  is enough  time  to finish the  exam  twice,  yes;  twice.

    The  good resources  for your preparation are  the  books  from:  Asghar  Ghori,  Sander van  Vugt  and Michael  Jang. Those  books  provide  multiples  lab  and practice  exams  at  the  end of the  book.  And yes, are  more  difficult  than the  exam.

    Another  key point  that  can  help you is  if  you are  currently working with  Red Hat  product,  either CentOS  or Fedora.  This  is  a  plus, also if you are  already on a  Linux  Administrator  position.

    You  can follow  me  on this  page, or you can  join me  in a  WhatsApp group, and  also participate  on the  live meetings  that  I schedule  frequently.

    WhatsApp  Group:

    Spanish:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/JSBTIC114DVKgLuoF6MwpT

    My youtube  channel  is:

  14. dingdong says:


    Does the EX200 exam test system have graphical.target already available?

    Asking because in regards to the KVM objective, I would want to use the GUI, instead of the cli.

    • CertDepot says:

      As regularly said, the GUI may be available but you can’t be sure.
      Also, don’t spend too much time on the KVM objectives. They are not at the heart of the RHCSA exam.

  15. Peatross says:


    I have a question about the exam. I took the exam last Friday and as expected at the beginning I had to reset the root password, but in doing so the shell that is used to reset the password wasn’t responding correctly. I couldn’t see what I was typing and what I typed wasn’t always what was sent to the shell. I had to type commands and then type history to see what was actually sent. Then to reset the password it wouldn’t accept input directly so I had to use the command echo with passwd –stdin. After which when I finally got it reset and logged in everything else worked fine.

    It was very infuriating and I wasted a lot of time arguing with the proctor over text chat who relayed my messages to RH who in-turn responded that everything was good on their end and just expected me to continue like nothing was wrong. So, I was wondering was that normal for the exam? In all my studying I never ran across any comments or instructions to interact with the shell in such a way?

    Your site has been a great help and overall I think I passed, thanks.

  16. Palaniappan says:

    I did redhat exam.. While rebooting it went to maintenance mode… But i did all the question then i rebooted.. It went to physical mode.. But the time got over.. So do i lose any marks for this problem

  17. Ken says:

    First of all, I would like to thank CertDepot as I’ve just passed my exam on Thurs. All credits goes to you !!

    To people out there, you may use nmtui (Network manager Text UI) and authconfig-tui (LDAP Text UI). People like me can’t remember the lengthy commands and the TUI is very helpful.

    In addition, you need to understand how to set the netmasks with nmtui, eg IP/24, IP/32 etc. Otherwise you may modify the if-eth0 file as usual, and reboot the server if needed.

    The exam questions were pretty easy, as most of them are mentioned in this forum.

    I was over-confident when I left the Test Center.

    To my astonishment, I’ve merely score a 216/300 (Pass = 210) !!

    I didn’t have a chance to practice LDAP and AutoFS as there’s no LDAP Server in my environment. During the exam, I’ve managed to configure the LDAP and tested the ldapuser login successfully.

    However, I couldn’t get the AutoFS working. This is my fault as I didn’t fully understand the AutoFS concept prior to my exam. Bear in mind that you need to modify both the auto.master and the auto.XXX files to make it work.

    I’m not sure where else I’ve gone wrong for other questions besides the AutoFS, which causes me to have such a low scoring.

    Creating archive, eg tar cvf (include j,z,Z) for bzip, gzip, compress) is something you need to know too.

    It’s good to help you guys know that the firewall, SE Context, scripting were not tested in the recent exam. 😛

  18. manny70 says:

    Thank you so much for the work you put into this site. With the good advice/info from this site I managed to pass on Friday 🙂

  19. RTTST says:

    I have created a VM based on appendix B of the Jang/Osaria book. Obviously the kickstart requirement utilizes a static IP address. And (based on the IPs utilized) the NIC is defaulted to a NAT configuration. In my test environment, yum mirrors, repos, etc. are inaccessible, because the physical system and network use a different private networking class. I have to create and implement a bridge (eg “virbr0”) for it to work. My hope is the testing kiosk is pre-configured to allow yum searches, listings and installs on the VMs. Is that indeed the case? Or, is it a requirement to build and assign a bridge for the VM access prior to the VM creation?

    Thank you in advance.

  20. RTTST says:

    I just had a frustrating time with determining why I could not communicate between a host and a VM that was created from a kick-start file. Both were on different subnets, and I exhausted multiple attempts at ip routing and variations in subnet masks. I finally found the root cause of the problem.

    Think in terms of the defaults in KVM NAT networking. Typically the host utilizes a virbr0 net device with a IP and provides DHCP on the same subnet. Complicate this with VM ks.cfg requirement to be populated with a static I could ping from the VM, but nothing more. And, there was nothing possible in the reverse direction from the host. Internet searches pointed to creating a bridge “br0” as a solution. This is a viable solution provided one is comfortable with possibly having to reboot the host system (aka testing kiosk). So I looked for another means.

    It turns out the conflict was created by KVM parameters created on the VM. It too had its own virbr0 NAT device that was using the default IP. Hence, my pinging results were to that device, and not the host. To solve the problem, I used “#virsh net-edit default” to change the VM’s virbr0 to a different private IP subnet…say or similar. This required a restart of only the VM. But, only then was I able to ssh to the VM from the host, and point my repos file to the FTP site on the host.

    I hope this is helpful.

  21. RTTST says:

    Wow. Just took the RHCSA exam. I will not elaborate, but I did not do well. I spent too much time chasing a problem that could not be resolved by normal means. It was more a challenge for RHCE testers perhaps, and/or a test in deception; not knowledge. [From a barebones new install, one would never encounter such an environment.] To be fair though, the other content tested was appropriate. I knew it well thanks to this site and other resources. But, the distraction did not leave me with sufficient time to present same. I would recommend preparing on an AT-286 system, because it was characteristic of my kiosk experience…very…slow. Overshot keystrokes multiple times, which took forever to backspace over again to correct. There is no doubt I will pass the exam upon a second attempt given what was learned in this first experience. I do have doubts though that the certification is all “that” given what I encountered. Sorry, I am not trying to be disrespectful or disparaging, but it is my honest opinion.

  22. omipenguin says:

    Can anyone tell me which RHEL Version is used as a testing platform? It will be a great help …

    Thanks …

    • CertDepot says:

      RedHat doesn’t provide this kind of information. You can expect RHEL 7.0, RHEL 7.1 or RHEL 7.2 (the two first options being the most likely).
      If this answer doesn’t satisfy you, you will have to call a RedHat representative of the country where you want to take the exam but you won’t be sure of the answer until the exam itself!

  23. Deeresh says:

    What about the price in india?

  24. aliaj00 says:

    I passed the RHCSA 🙂 thanks guys for the very good references to the topics

  25. nomadrc says:

    Hello, I am planning to take the RHCSA soon. I used Red Hat’s skills assessment tool with the following result:

    “The assessment recommendation considers that:
    You are a beginning or intermediate level Linux administrator.
    Based upon your assessment, we recommend you take the following courses:
    RHCSA Rapid Track course with RHCSA exam (RH200)”

    Like most I lack the funds to enroll in this course, I am looking for advice on what would be a good way to approach studying for the RHCSA which is focused and drill/practice-oriented? I’m interested in drilling myself repetitively on timed questions, much like the Task of the Day ones offered here.

    • CertDepot says:

      Learn the various objectives and start practicing intensively.

    • Lisenet says:

      Buy Sander’s book (I’m not advertising, however, I used his book myself and I found it really useful), read the whole thing and practice. If you don’t feel like you want the book then make sure that you have some study plan in place that covers all exam objectives.

  26. tty says:

    Hi, I just got my RHCSA exam, and I just want to thank you for this useful website.

  27. stood77 says:

    One question about the environment: should I do all the work on virt console? Am I allowed to run remote graphical commands? Should I SSH to the remote system or can I just rely on the virt remote console?

  28. demianphillips says:

    I see lots of people asking about GUI access. As I recall there are one or two GUI based config tools that make life easier as they have sanity checking that does not exist in the command line tools.

    yum groupinstall “Server with GUI” will give it to you in the test but you will sacrifice 10 to 15 minutes of time as it installs all those packages.
    I’m pretty sure one of the things that was better to do in GUI (and our instructor for classes emphasized this) was the LDAP config.

  29. DirectedSoul says:

    Hi CertDepot,
    I passed my RHCSA, just studying for 11 straight days, I work in an Opensource company, that being said your website has helped me to cover up all the objectives after I did my part of the study. Thanks for compiling these wonderful notes together.

  30. ldimhadi says:

    I wanted to schedule my rhcsa exam with psi/examslocal.com but they no longer administer red hat exams as of june 2018. Anyone has any idea how and where to schedule/take the test?

  31. smstong says:

    Note: 2018-10-19 RHCSA@TORONTO, exam virtual machine is running RHEL 7.0.

    So nmcli connect modify eth0 ipv4.gateway doesn’t work.
    You have to use ” nmcli connect modify eth0 ipv4.address=”″

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