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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) is the most sought after hands-on, performance-based certification. There are some changes in the old RHCSA exams done by the Red Hat including switching from RHEL 7 to recently released RHEL 8 Linux system.

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The RHCSA exam (EX200) is created to test your System administration knowledge across a wide range of environments and deployment scenarios. The skills tested in RHCSA exam are the foundation for system administration across all Red Hat products. You need to pass the RHCSA exam before sitting for an RHCE exam, We’ll do a different guide covering objectives of the RHCE certification exam.

RHCSA 8 (EX200) Exam Objectives

The Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam is a hands-on, practical exam that requires you to undertake real-world tasks. So make sure you’ve prepared well before attempting the exam.

As you read and prepare for this exam, here is a complete exam objectives. They’re grouped into several categories.

1. Understand and use essential tools

  • Access a shell prompt and issue commands with correct syntax
  • Use input-output redirection (>, >>, |, 2>, etc.)
  • Use grep and regular expressions to analyze text
  • Access remote systems using SSH
  • Log in and switch users in multiuser targets
  • Archive, compress, unpack, and uncompress files using tar, star, gzip, and bzip2
  • Create and edit text files
  • Create, delete, copy, and move files and directories
  • Create hard and soft links
  • List, set, and change standard ugo/rwx permissions
  • Locate, read, and use system documentation including man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc

2. Operate running systems

3. Configure local storage

  • List, create, delete partitions on MBR and GPT disks
  • Create and remove physical volumes
  • Assign physical volumes to volume groups
  • Create and delete logical volumes
  • Configure systems to mount file systems at boot by universally unique ID (UUID) or label
  • Add new partitions and logical volumes, and swap to a system non-destructively

4. Create and configure file systems

  • Create, mount, unmount, and use vfat, ext4, and xfs file systems
  • Mount and unmount network file systems using NFS
  • Extend existing logical volumes
  • Create and configure set-GID directories for collaboration
  • Configure disk compression
  • Manage layered storage
  • Diagnose and correct file permission problems

5. Deploy, configure, and maintain systems

  • Schedule tasks using at and cron
  • Start and stop services and configure services to start automatically at boot
  • Configure systems to boot into a specific target automatically
  • Configure time service clients
  • Install and update software packages from Red Hat Network, a remote repository, or from the local file system
  • Work with package module streams
  • Modify the system bootloader

6. Manage basic networking

7. Manage users and groups

8. Manage security

  • Configure firewall settings using firewall-cmd/firewalld
  • Configure key-based authentication for SSH
  • Set enforcing and permissive modes for SELinux
  • List and identify SELinux file and process context
  • Restore default file contexts
  • Use boolean settings to modify system SELinux settings
  • Diagnose and address routine SELinux policy violations

Conclusion

We’ll try come up with content for each of these objectives. And maybe later do an eBook for reference. Red Hat encourages you to consider taking Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134) to help prepare.

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