It has been awhile since I last posted. This year I attempted to achieve certifications, learn new things, and continue to grow professionally. With less than a few months I am ready to end this personal challenge on a very strong note. In a few weeks I’ll be taking the RHCE exam for RHEL 6. Due to the NDA and the hands-on lab environment, this exam has a tough reputation. No multiple choice, no braindumps, no cramming. Just you and a RHEL box for 4+ hours.
I’ve been preparing for this ever since I passed my last LPI based Ubuntu exam. My studying has been extremely hands-on. I setup countless virtual and physical machines running CentOS 5, RHEL 5, and more recently, RHEL 6. The material I used for studying comes right off Red Hat’s training webpage and their list of RHCE exam objectives. I also read Michael Jang’s RHCE book. I followed my self study with 2 virtual training classes from Red Hat. These were very helpful as they provided lab examples of realistic scenarios that mimics the exam objectives. I was not able to take the exam as planned in October due to the birth of my first son, who came just a few weeks early. The silver lining is that my exam will now be based on RHEL 6, which recently came out this month. For the next few weeks I will be applying all that I’ve learned to this new version.