Earn the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management [+]
The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management exam (EX403) tests candidates' knowledge, skills, and ability to use Red Hat products, including Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and Red Hat Satellite Server, to deploy and manage systems in an efficient, scalable, replicable, and reliable manner.
A Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) who passes this exam will earn a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise that also counts towards earning Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).
This exam is based on Red Hat Satellite 6.
Study points for the exam
To help you prepare, the exam objectives highlight the task areas students can expect to see covered in the exam. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.
Install Red Hat Satellite Server from an ISO image
Create and configure organizations and locations
Create and configure Red Hat Satellite users and roles
Create GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) keys to sign RPMs
Create and configure development life cycles
Create a Puppet product repository
Configure Red Hat Satellite subscriptions, content, and content views
Install a Red Hat Satellite capsule server using an ISO image
Build a custom RPM from a source tarball
Create a Red Hat Satellite activation key
Create a Red Hat Satellite host group
Define smart class parameters for a Puppet module
Register an existing client to a Red Hat Satellite server
Apply errata to client
Configure bare-metal deployment on Red Hat Satellite
Deploy clients using kick starts
As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.
What you need to know
Red Hat encourages all candidates for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Deployment and Systems Management exam (EX403) to consider taking the Red Hat Satellite 6 Administration (RH403) course. Attendance in these classes is not required, and you can choose to take just an exam.
While attending Red Hat's classes can be an important part of your preparation, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.
Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat's products are available. Red Hat does not endorse any as preparation guides for any exams. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading helpful to deepen your understanding.
This exam is a performance-based evaluation of systems deployment and management skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of systems administration tasks focused on configuring Red Hat Satellite Server and then use that system to deploy client systems. Candidates are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.
Scores and reporting
Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 U.S. business days.
Exam results are reported as total scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request. [-]