Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) for RHEL8 or Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation (RH294)
A Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 is a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who is ready to automate Red Hat Enterprise Linux tasks, integrate Red Hat emerging technologies and apply automation for efficiency and innovation.
As teams and organizations pursue digital transformation, it became essential that the Red Hat Certified Engineer credential change match new needs and fill skills gaps.
Therefore, Red Hat has updated the RHCE exam and certification for RHEL 8 to reflect the need for the automation knowledge required to deploy, manage, and support a container-based architecture - making your credential even more valuable and relevant.
What is New?
The new RHCE pathway is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and is represented by a new course and exam. The course and the corresponding certification; Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation (RH294) and Red Hat Certified Engineer exam (EX294) focuses on the automation of Linux system administration tasks using Ansible and shell scripting.
As an award-winning Red Hat Certified Training Partner, PACE Institute is strongly positioned to train you with expert Red Hat trainers to earn this valuable credential of RHCE.
Recommendations for Existing RHCEs
If you’re already a Red Hat Certified Engineer, consider adding automation to your skills set by recertifying on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 version of the credential. While you are not required to recertify on the new version, the changes Red Hat has made to the RHCE credential offer unique opportunities for you to expand and deepen your knowledge.
One of the options you have is to pursue the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation credential while it is still available, studying Automation with Ansible (DO407) as part of your preparation. The RHCSA credential validates skills that are similar to those demonstrated as part of the RHCE credential and could be applied toward becoming a Red Hat Certified Architect in Infrastructure.
If you’re an RHCE who seeks to recertify on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 version of the credential. At PACE, we’re excited to help you build on your existing RHCE credential and boost your career advancement in the field of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Recommendations for Future RHCE Candidates
Learn Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Embark on your journey toward earning a Red Hat Certified Engineer credential by becoming a Red Hat Certified System Administrator. By building Linux system administration skills, you will create a foundation that you can add automation knowledge to through the RHCE credential.
Learn Red Hat Ansible Automation
By developing automation skills to complement your deployment and configuration abilities, you will prove your understanding of how Ansible Automation interacts with other Red Hat technologies.
These course and exam offerings will help you learn and validate automation knowledge:
- Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices (DO447)
- Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices exam (EX447)
- Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices with exam (DO448)
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RHCE Exam (EX294)
The performance-based Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (EX294) tests your knowledge and skill in managing multiple systems using Red Hat Ansible Engine and executing common system administration tasks across many systems with Ansible. The skills tested in this exam are the foundation for system administration across many Red Hat products.
By completing this exam, you can become a Red Hat Certified Engineer. An RHCE is a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who is ready to use Ansible and scripting to automate Red Hat Enterprise Linux tasks, integrate Red Hat emerging technologies, and apply automation for efficiency and innovation. If you choose to continue your learning journey beyond RHCE, the credential can also serve as a foundational step on your path toward our highest level of certification - Red Hat Certified Architect.
This exam is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.8.
Target Audience for the Exam (EX294)
- Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills or require a certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DoD 8570 directive)
- Students who have taken Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation with Ansible (RH294) and are on the path to becoming a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
- Students who are on the path to becoming a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA)
- Systems administrators who want to demonstrate competency in managing multiple systems
- IT professionals who work in a DevOps environment and want to demonstrate competency in automating part of their workload
- Red Hat Certified Engineers who are noncurrent or who are about to become noncurrent and wish to recertify as RHCEs
- Experienced Linux IT professionals who currently have RHCSA certification and are interested in earning an RHCE certification
Prerequisites for the Exam (EX294)
- Have either taken both Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134) or RHCSA Rapid Track Course (RH199), or have comparable work experience as a system administrator on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Have taken Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation with Ansible (RH294) or have comparable work experience
- Review the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam (EX200) objectives
- Review the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (EX294) objectives
- Take our free assessment to find the course that best supports your preparation for this exam
Study points for the Exam (EX294)
As an RHCE exam candidate, you should be able to handle all responsibilities expected of a Red Hat Certified System Administrator, including these tasks:
Be able to perform all tasks expected of a Red Hat Certified System Administrator
- Understand and use essential tools
- Operate running systems
- Configure local storage
- Create and configure file systems
- Deploy, configure, and maintain systems
- Manage users and groups
- Manage security
Understand the core components of Ansible
- Configuration files
- Use provided documentation to look up specific information about Ansible modules and commands
Install and configure an Ansible control node
- Install the required packages
- Create a static host inventory file
- Create a configuration file
- Create and use static inventories to define groups of hosts
- Manage parallelism
Configure Ansible managed nodes
- Create and distribute SSH keys to managed nodes
- Configure privilege escalation on managed nodes
- Validate a working configuration using ad hoc Ansible commands
Script administration tasks
- Create simple shell scripts
- Create simple shell scripts that run ad hoc Ansible commands
Create Ansible plays and playbooks
- Know how to work with commonly used Ansible modules
- Use variables to retrieve the results of running a command
- Use conditionals to control play execution
- Configure error handling
- Create playbooks to configure systems to a specified state
Use Ansible modules for system administration tasks
Use Ansible modules to work with;
- Software packages and repositories
- Firewall rules
- File systems
- Storage devices
- File content
- Scheduled tasks
- Users and groups
Work with roles
- Create roles
- Download roles from an Ansible Galaxy and use them
Use advanced Ansible features
- Create and use templates to create customized configuration files
- Use Ansible Vault in playbooks to protect sensitive data
Create and use templates to create customized configuration files Work with Ansible variables and facts Create and work with roles Download roles from an Ansible Galaxy and use them Manage parallelism Use Ansible Vault in playbooks to protect sensitive data Use provided documentation to look up specific information about Ansible modules and commands
As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.
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