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2006-08-03

Red Hat Enterprise Training

I was at Red Hat Training this week. I took RH133 Red Hat Linux System Administration course at Global Knowledge which located in down-town Manhattan at 90 Broad street.

It was one of the best training courses I ever attended. Instructor Rob Locke was great! Unfortunately, I am not going to take the exam to become a Red Hat Certifief Technician but today they gave us a taste of what the exam will be like. I loved it.

They made us install a troubleshooting package and then go to init 3. Then, we started to the tests. They were divided into 3 categories. Basically, they break something in your system and make you repair it. They do not care how you fix it as long as it is fixed.

They had 4 so called 'local' problems, 2 network and 3 boot problems. The last boot problem was the hardest to find but my scripting skills helped me realize that they broke bash and that's why the system was not booting up.

I was one of the few who fixed all the issues and I was proud of myself when I completed them. I came home and tested myself via their course pre-assessment tasks. Normally, you should take RH033 , Red Hat Linux Essentials but I had skipped that as it would be difficult for me to get both that one and system administration.

Interestingly, when I tested myself using Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire, I scored 34/48 but scored 37/48 on Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire .

Below are my results... The thing is, I use Ubuntu as my desktop :)

Red Hat Linux Essentials Pre-assessment Questionnaire

Topic Evaluation Score
Basic Filesystem and File Commands Deep Understanding 4
The Linux Filesystem Layout Substantial Knowledge 3
Permissions and Attributes Substantial Knowledge 3
Manipulating Floppy Disks Familiarity 1
The vi and vim Editors Substantial Knowledge 3
Regular Expressions Substantial Knowledge 3
Standard Input and Output System Substantial Knowledge 3
Process Control Substantial Knowledge 3
Client-side Encrypted Communications Familiarity 1
bash Command Line Shortcuts Substantial Knowledge 3
Shell Scripting Substantial Knowledge 3
Task Automation Deep Understanding 4

Total Score: 34



Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire

Topic Evaluation Score
Supported Hardware Substantial Knowledge 3
Installation Deep Understanding 4
Creating and maintaining filesystems Deep Understanding 4
X Window System Administration Familiarity 1
System initialization Substantial Knowledge 3
User and group administration Substantial Knowledge 3
Client-side network authentication Substantial Knowledge 3
Network setup and troubleshooting Deep Understanding 4
Printing Substantial Knowledge 3
System Logging and Monitoring Familiarity 1
System-wide task automation Deep Understanding 4
RPM Deep Understanding 4

Total Score: 37

Conclusion: You have sufficient knowledge of the topics at this skill level.


How Pre-assessment Questionnaires are Scored

Questionnaire takers answer questions on twelve topics related to a particular subject matter.

Each topic is scored separately, more points for more difficult questions. Question type and scoring is as follows:

Question 1:

  • Easy
  • Correct = +1 point

Question 2:

  • Moderately difficult
  • Correct = +2 points

Question 3:

  • Extremely difficult
  • Correct = +4 points

For any one topic, the range of possible points is 0 to 7. Questionnaire takers are evaluated per topic as follows:

Deep Understanding


6 or 7

Substantial Knowledge


3, 4, or 5

Familiarity


1 or 2

Unfamiliar


0

The overall score for the class will be based on the number of topics falling into each category, as follows:

# of topics with this score


Multiplied by

Deep Understanding


4

Substantial Knowledge


3

Familiar


1

Unfamiliar


0

This final score will range from 0 to 48. Based on this score, we come to one of the following conclusions:



42 - 48

You have mastered the topics at this skill level.


Red Hat Linux Essentials (RH033)


Consider taking a System Administration or Network and Security class. Take the Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire to determine your best placement.


Red Hat Linux System Administration (RH133)


Consider taking a Network and Security class or the RHCE Rapid Track course. Take the Red Hat Linux Network and Security Pre-assessment Questionnaire to determine your best placement.


Red Hat Linux Network and Security (RH253)


Most likely, you are prepared for the RHCE exam. Either:

  1. Take RH302, the RHCE exam, or:
  2. Take RH300, the RHCE Rapid Track course, if you would like a review of the material before taking the exam, although this is probably not necessary.

36 - 41

You have sufficient knowledge of the topics at this skill level.


Red Hat Linux Essentials (RH033)


Consider taking a System Administration class. Take the Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire to determine your best placement.


Red Hat Linux System Administration (RH133)


Consider taking a Network and Security class. Take the Red Hat Linux Network and Security Pre-assessment Questionnaire to determine your best placement.


Red Hat Linux Network and Security (RH253)


You are probably prepared for the RHCE exam. However, you should consider taking RH300, the RHCE Rapid Track course, if you would like some review before taking the exam.

32 - 35

You have substantial knowledge of the topics at this skill level, but you may benefit from further study.


Red Hat Linux Essentials (RH033)


Either:

  1. Take the RH033 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux Essentials eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Academy Essentials curriculum, or:
  4. Study the material in this curriculum on your own before taking a system administration class.


Red Hat Linux System Administration (RH133)


Either:

  1. Take the RH133 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux System Administration eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Academy System Administration curriculum, or:
  4. Take the pre-assessment questionnaire for RH253. If you score decently (24+ points) on that quiz, you may consider taking RH300, the RHCE Rapid Track class, or:
  5. Study the material in this curriculum on your own before attempting a Networking and Security class.


Red Hat Linux Network and Security (RH253)


Either:

  1. Take the RH253 class, or:
  2. Take RH300 if you prefer a rapid track class and would like to review the system administration material, or:
  3. Study the material in this curriculum on your own before attempting RH302, the RHCE exam.

24 - 31

Your knowledge of the materials at this skill level is spotty.


Red Hat Linux Essentials (RH033)


Either:

  1. Take the RH033 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux Essentials eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Academy Essentials curriculum, or:
  4. Plan on studying extensively to become completely comfortable with this material before taking a system administration class.


Red Hat Linux System Administration (RH133)


Either:

  1. Take the RH133 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux System Administration eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Academy System Administration curriculum, or:
  4. Take the Red Hat Network and Security Pre-assessment Questionnaire. If you score decently (24+ points) on that quiz, you may consider taking RH300, the RHCE Rapid Track class.


Red Hat Linux Network and Security (RH253)


Take the Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire. If your score for that questionnaire is:

  1. Below 24: consider taking RH133, the System Administration class, or taking classes from the Red Hat Linux System Administration eLearning series, or similar classes from the Red Hat Academy before taking a Networking and Security class.
  2. 24 through 35: consider taking RH300 to learn/review the system administration materials as well as learning the Networking and Security materials in a rapid track class.
  3. Above 35: take a Networking and Security class:

0 - 23

You will need to undertake substantial studying to acquire skills at this level.


Red Hat Linux Essentials (RH033)


You must take a Red Hat Essentials class before engaging in the study of System Administration. Either:

  1. Take the RH033 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux Essentials eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux Essentials curriculum from the Red Hat Academy.


Red Hat Linux System Administration (RH133)


Either:

  1. Take the RH133 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux System Administration eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux System Administration curriculum from the Red Hat Academy.

Also, take the Red Hat Linux Essentials Pre-assessment Questionnaire, if you have not already done so, to consider if classes in that sequence are a better placement.


Red Hat Linux Network and Security (RH253)


Either:

  1. Take the RH253 class, or:
  2. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux Networking and Security eLearning curriculum, or:
  3. Take classes from the Red Hat Linux Networking and Security curriculum from the Red Hat Academy.

Also, take the Red Hat Linux System Administration Pre-assessment Questionnaire, if you have not already done so, to consider if classes in that sequence are a better placement.

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