RHEL7 RHCSA Exam objectives

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Note: Besides exam objectives, another page is dedicated to the RHCSA 7 exam.

Understand and use essential tools

NOTE: Red Hat may use applications during the exam that are not included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the purpose of evaluating candidate’s abilities to meet this objective.

Operate running systems

Configure local storage

Create and configure file systems

Deploy, configure, and maintain systems

Manage users and groups

Manage security

Source: Red Hat website.

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jrios9
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jrios9

Hello CertDepot,

Please, could you explain this question to me?

Question:
Create a logical volume called linuxadm of size equal to 10 LEs in vgtest volume group (create vgtest with PE size 32MB) with mount point /mnt/linuxadm and xfs file system structures. Create a file called linuxadmfile in the mount point. Set the file system to automatically mount at each system reboot.

I don’t understand this question.
Specially where it says 10 LEs in vgtest volume group and (create vgtest with PE size 32MB).

Regards!

jrios9
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jrios9
Hello CertDepot, I have to questions and I don’t know if I solved it in the right way. Question 01: Create a logical volume called linuxadm of size equal to 10 LEs in vgtest volume group (create vgtest with PE size 32MB) with mount point /mnt/linuxadm and xfs file system structures. Create a file called linuxadmfile in the mount point. Set the file system to automatically mount at each system reboot. # vgcreate -s 32M vgtest /dev/sdb{1,2} # lvcreate -l 10 -n linuxadm vgtest # mkfs.xfs /dev/vgtest/linuxadm then I added it to fstab in order to mount automatically. Question 02:… Read more »
Johan
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Johan

Hello Certdepot,

In several weeks I’m taking the RHCSA exam. A few questions,
The repository is that HTTP / NFS / VSFTPD? To configure client side is only creating a repo file or do you have to login the host system and modify/create a repo with all commands like firewall-cmd and semanage?

The troubleshooting stuff, Is that also grub issues. If yes, do you have an example procedure to test at my home server?

Thanks in advance.

unixgrrl
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unixgrrl
Took the test yesterday, scored 300. Here is my take on the exam: 1. Understand exactly what you need to configure before you start working on an item. Have a good idea of how you’re going to satisfy the requirements step by step. 2. Test what you’ve configured to make sure it works the way it’s expected to. i.e., check permissions by switching to a user account and trying to read/write a file. Test your fstab entries by unmounting and doing a mount -a command before you reboot. 3. Don’t rely on the gui – it can keep you from… Read more »
oome
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oome

Hi CertDepot,

Does the RHCSA 7 exam include SELinux questions? Can I setenforce 0 and do my exam and mask firewalld to avoid any security trick?

Thanks and regards.

wd23putra
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wd23putra

I failed the RHCSA exam, the exam environment: there was an host that was already installed, on that vm I needed to create lvm, but I think I needed new disk configured from the host, then I had to reset root password, my question is: how to attach a new virtual disk to the vm, if we do not know the root password for host, or can I reset the root password for the host?

Lisenet
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Have you checked the existing disk (fdisk -l comes to mind) on the guest? Perhaps it had some unused space that you were able to utilise?

Sam
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Sam

In addition to CertDepot’s comment: There are multiple questions on the exam. The exam is tough and it is meant to be. I would suggest you review all the potential question ie the EXAM OBJECTIVES on this website. LVM can be a little complex at several levels. There may be free space at any one of these levels (Physical volume, Volume_Group, or Logical_Volume). In addition, that answer may simply be to delete and make a new volume or resize it.

Don’t give up!

reaz_mahmood
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reaz_mahmood

You don’t have to attach a new disk to the vm. You just have to look in the existing disk, normally there is enough unformatted space for the exam.

Johan
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Johan

Hello Certdepot,

Is (NFS) automount still an objective for the RHCSA exam? Is it possible to automount a NFS filesystem using systemd?

Hope to hear from you

reaz_mahmood
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reaz_mahmood

Thank You CertDepot. I have passed my rhcsa on Friday. This website has been an immense help.

Johan
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Johan

Hello Certdepot,

when taking the RHCSA exam what kind of access do you have to get your console of the VM. Is this the virt-manager on the host? Can I start there the console.

Hope to hear from you

Johan
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Johan

Hello Certdepot,

I bought the book of Asgar Ghori. One of the questions was:
Create a directory called testdir2 as user mary in her home directory and set default ACLs on it for user barry for read and write access.

I did the following:
#su – mary
#mkdir testdir (permissions are default 700 on this directory)
As root:
# cd /home/mary
#setfacl -R -m u:barry:rw testdir/

When I su – barry I am not able to cd to this directory. When I use setfacl -R -m u:rwX testdir/

I’m missing something here?

Hope you can help me.

hallo
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hallo

barry will also need read access to /home/mary so perhaps try chmod 705 /home/mary

hallo
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hallo

Additionally, if you want barry to also be able to edit new files in testdir2 then you will also need to do:
setfacl -m d:u:barry:rw testdir

hallo
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hallo

Additionally, if you want barry to also be able to edit new files *and access new folders* in testdir2 then you will also need to do:
setfacl -m d:u:barry:rwx testdir
The x in rwx will not apply to files by default, only to folders

benny
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benny

Pass my rhcsa today. Thanks Certdepot for this site. Really helpful!

Shannon
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Shannon

Is using CentOS, even as a VM a viable option for studying and passing the RHCSA exam?

krish@yyc
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krish@yyc
Hello Certdepot, I read each and every post and comments on this Exam objectives page and registered on Certdepot. I am planning to take RHCSA in Feb end but very confused about preparation for exam, study resources and materials for practice. I do not have previous Linux Admin experience at all but studied Unix Admin I and II on CentOS 6.0 before 3 years. Having couple of years of exp as Desktop Analyst on Windows platform. Now I have started self study since last month. Installed CentOS VDI in Oracle VBox and trying to prepare for an exam. I have… Read more »
vicm12
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vicm12

I am taking RHCSA exam this month, after registration do we get books or should we purchase them ?

spawn
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spawn

Hi Certdepot;

Good Day.

I am planning to take an examination in RHEL 7. I have a reference documents of Sander van Vugt with 124 and 134, may I ask a question Sir. How many exam item do we have in real RHEL examination? and may I ask your advice please on where do I need to focus in order for me to pass the examination.

Thank you Sir.

mehboob
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mehboob

In my country I’m unable to find exam center for EX200. What I found is this: https://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/exam-101-objectives and http://www.pearsonvue.com/lpi/

Now my questions is, is this equal to ex200.

Lisenet
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Both RHCSA and LPIC-1 are entry level exams. The former is RedHat based, the latter is distribution-neutral, and requires you to pass two exams (101 and 102). RHCSA and LPIC-1 differ in material that’s covered, as well as in a way you are tested (hands-on vs multiple choice). Plus RHCSA is purely RedHat so you need to know the “RedHat way” of doing things, what you can get away with LPIC-1. I’ve studied and passed both, and I found LPIC-1 a bit more challenging, mainly because it’s not tied to a particular Linux distribution. RHCSA was easier to pass because… Read more »
nox3r
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nox3r

I have passed RHCSA 280/300. Thx, very useful site

whiteb
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whiteb

Hello CertDepot,

I just wanted to thank you for this excellent resource you have provided. I have recently passed my RHCSA exam, and owe a great deal of that success to this site.

The thing that gave me the most difficulty was the time restriction. I had to leave one of the questions unanswered because I simply ran out of time.

Now onto the RHCE!

hpardis
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hpardis

Hi CertDepot,

Just wanted to say I finally passed RHCSA. Thank you so much for this site and hard work.

man-linux
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man-linux

I did the exam this year and I scored highly. Two little things I thought should be known:
1. The exam used older software than expected – it is actually based on RHEL 7.0 and there was even mention of NFSv3
2. From the very beginning, the VM host had a GUI, but the VM guest which you were required to perform the tasks on, had no GUI. I didn’t try to change this setup in any way, so cannot say if it is easy to change

man-linux
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man-linux

Also I should probably mention that this is an excellent website for preparing. I also used some of Sander Van Vugt’s material.

sniper
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sniper

Thank you certdepot for the great tutorials, i’m planning to take the EX200 next week & the test center send me the objectives which contains rhel 7.0 objectives like LUKS and VNC which they aren’t within the official REDHAT 7.3 objectives, which objectives should i consider?

Sahan
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Sahan

I passed the RHCSA exam two days ago. My Primary resource was this website although I had a pdf copy of Sander van Vugt’s book. Thank you very much “CertDepot.” I recommend this site and ample of practice will do the job.

bibelo78
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bibelo78

Just to make sure: IPv6 is not included in the RHCSA exam, is it?
I’m 99% sure of that, but wanted a definitive answer.

Thank you

Ankit
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Ankit

I want you to know that:
If the LDAP client server configuration is not correctly set in the rhsca exam, you cannot pass the exam.

slangking
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slangking

Has anybody noticed that the kick start objective has been removed from the official RHCSA site ? I took a local copy about 6 weeks ago and it was there then, now it has gone. No mention of KS at all. Can we trust this? Anybody know anything more. I have my exam next week and would obviously like to know so I can study accordingly… Thks. Paul

slangking
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slangking
Has anybody noticed that kickstart has been removed from the official objectives ? https://www.redhat.com/en/services/training/ex200-red-hat-certified-system-administrator-rhcsa-exam I note that (within the space of the last 3 or so weeks) that the following objective has been removed (I had previously taken a local copy): ‘Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux automatically using Kickstart’ The url above does of course state that the content is subject to change but given that kickstart in itself is a considerable subject area can anybody confirm that it has in fact been removed from said syllabus as there is no mention of it now. (It was previously the objective… Read more »
milami88
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milami88
Yay I passed with 250/300! Thanks certdepot! I’ve read so many comments that the exam is supposed to be easy… Well for me it wasn’t easy at all. A few remarks: 1. The VM had no GUI. I haven’t tried to “isolate graphical.target” or anything of that sort though. 2. Does anyone know how to scroll page up/down when there are no such keys on the keyboard? I had to use –help commands and scroll through pages using “|less”. At some point it became a real pain. 3. 2.5 hours is more than enough to complete the tasks. It really… Read more »
markooo
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markooo

Just passed my RHCSA, 233/300. Wasn’t easy, read all books (Sander, Gori, Yang). Most of time was here, so thanks CertDepot, and watched tutorials. Now pursuing my RHCE EX300.
So thanks a lot.

phyosithu
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phyosithu

I”ve been passed my RHCSA Exam with 250/300. It was performance based examination. So, you need to make sure you understand the exam objectives. Thanks CertDepot, you gave me a valuable support to my examination.

bankai
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bankai

Can you please check this website? and tell me what number that is not included in the exam?
thanks

https://www.globalknowledge.com/us-en/course/86281/red-hat-certified-system-administrator-rhcsa-exam-ex200/

Lisenet
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bankai
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bankai

A very important question please. Is putty available in the exam? Can you do a multiple session window? What kind of session is being used?
Thank you

Lisenet
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You can have multiple terminal windows (xterm) open if you want and use them for SSH connections.

P.S. Purely out of curiosity, does your username have anything to do with Bleach?

bankai
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bankai

Thank you and yes comes from Ichigo

Lisenet
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Thought so, nice.

Sam
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Sam

bankai,

To be clear, Putty is a Microsoft Windows remote connection App, using protocols as ssh, telnet, rlogin etc. And hence not available in the exam.

In the exam environment, your host OS will be Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It is likely you will be connecting to a virtual machine.

The two main methods of connections are the through the supplied Virtual Console (I think), or through an shell terminal (use ssh).

You can open multiple shell terminals.

bankai
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bankai

Thank you SAM.
That is sad. Because in PUTTY you can highlight the UUID or any multiple characters then right click, it will paste the messages..

How can you be effective on the exam? How can you open multiple sessions and copy paste some data?

I really appreciate your reply.
Thank you

Sam
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Sam

bankai

Too answer your question, copy and past depends on settings. Highlight the text, ctrl-c, for copy, ctrl-v, to past. There should be mouse options as well. This is very similar to the windows command line method.

I am not sure where your are going with the UUID. To answer your other question, trial, error, and practice, are your friends. Opening multiple bash shell terminals can be done for most Linux (assumed CentOS or RHEL).

Lisenet
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What he meant was he didn’t like the idea of manually typing the UUID – he wanted to copy and paste it “the Putty way”. As per my previous reply, the same can be achieved with xterm.

Lisenet
Member

No need to be sad, xterm allows you to achieve the same thing – you can automatically copy selection to clipboard. Therefore if you open multiple xterm windows, you can copy/paste from one to another.

wbrunc
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wbrunc

If we can use xterm, does that mean the VM has the gui desktop already installed ? If not would the following steps be correct?
1. yum groupinstall gnome-desktop x11 fonts
2. systemctl start graphical.target

Thanks

Lisenet
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There may or may not be a GUI installed on the server, I cannot tell. But you can use xterm regardless.

bankai
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bankai

Last question to you all. To all who passed the exam, The examples here are all of the exam? It is just different questions? Or this site is missing something?

Lisenet
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This website does not contain dumps if that’s what you’re indirectly aimed to know, however questions posted here are of similar complexity you would expect during the exam.

bankai
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bankai
A question to you sir. Since you passed the exam. Based on the objective of ldap and based on the review here. Configuring ldap is not hard if you know how to use authconfig-tui right? Because the exam will just give the server details for ldap and the TLS certificate download directory. I don’t have formal training for RHEL7. But I am a SA for 8 years working on HPUX- RHEL3-6… But of course rhel or rhel7 is a very wide scope. You don’t use all the LDAP and some stuff there in your work. Not everything is needed. So… Read more »
Lisenet
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I’d say that configuring LDAP isn’t hard if you know how to configure a basic LDAP server regardless of a tool you use for it (be it authconfig-tui or something else). I’m self taught when it comes to Linux (Red Hat included), and I concur that you don’t use all the LDAP stuff on a daily basis. Therefore the key thing for the exam is practice. I think that only knowing how to install a package isn’t sufficient in order to successfully configure a service. There are almost always caveats which you learn through testing. Surely there is a chance… Read more »
bankai
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bankai

yeah I know how to use yum and some stuff. but yeah when I check the authconfig-tui I think it is pretty common sense.

Okay last question to you sir. BOOTLOADER
what do I need to know about bootloader?

Lisenet
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Basic stuff, nothing complicated, for example, boot the OS from a specified kernel version.

bankai
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bankai

Forgive my ignorance. What do you mean by dumps?

Lisenet
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The questions are similar but not identical.

bankai
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bankai

That is from this website

https://www.globalknowledge.com/us-en/course/86281/red-hat-certified-system-administrator-rhcsa-exam-ex200/

44. Modify the system bootloader

45. Configure the system to synchronize system time using remote NTP servers

46. Deploy a VNC server that allows multiple desktops to be shared

47. Deploy file sharing services with HTTP/FTP

Sam
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Sam

That looks like RHEL6 exam objectives. If you question this, go directly to the Red Hat exam objective. CertDepot keeps the site up to date.

Lisenet
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These look outdated to me. FTP and VNC are no longer listed as objectives of the RHCSA exam.

olivebay84
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olivebay84

I would like to ask how the environment looks like for the kiosk exam, you log in and then you get an environment where you can log in to the desktop or server? Is there an ssh program you can use or not? Can you open the console?

olivebay84
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olivebay84

I dont quite understand how this works. You have access to the host and the desktop or server is set up a vm? and then you access it?

Lisenet
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In short, when you sit the exam, you get access to a computer with everything explained on screen. I cannot go much into details, but you work with virtual machines.

Sam
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Sam

If you are talking about an exam environment, you will be given instructions to access the VM.

Follow Certdepot’s instruction on setting up a home testing lab, for something that should be close to an exam environment. There will be some differences. Get to know the different connection methods, including the Virtual Manager and SSH. There have been poor review of the kiosk exam type, I can’t speak for this type of exam.

https://www.certdepot.net/rhel7-set-lab/

rb51
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rb51
hi guys Very helpful website, thank you for making it available to all of us…. I want to book the RHCSA test at GlobalKnowledge UK (classroom based I understand). I am assuming it is a one screen only setup for the exam. Questions: 1) Will it be a 2x server/machine exam? 2) Are we able to use GUI in one of the servers (possibly the main server, which I believe will have few things configured so we can perform tasks on/from the other server?) to then use the terminal app to ssh into the other server? Reason for asking is… Read more »

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