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RH300 Red Hat Certified Engineer Course and Exam

The Red Hat Certified Engineer course is designed for UNIX- and Linux-experienced users, networking specialists, and system administrators. This 5-day course provides intensive hands-on training on Red Hat Linux 7, and includes the RHCE Certification Lab Exam.

The 5-day course includes

  • 4 days intensive fast-track training on Red Hat Linux 7
  • Hands-on labs, exercises, and daily quizzes
  • RHCE Exam on day 5
  • One workstation per student
  • Student materials, pre-assessment questionnaire, study aids, handouts
  • Red Hat promotional items

All other expenses of travel and per diem are the student's responsibility. E-mail Axian Training at or call Kay Norin at (503) 644-6106, extension 107 for accommodation details.


A system administrator who has been trained and then tested by means of the RHCE Exam, a realistic performance-based lab exam that tests his/her actual ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux; understand limitations of hardware; configure basic networking and file systems; configure the X Window System; configure basic security, set up common network (IP) services, carry out basic diagnostics and troubleshooting, and perform essential Red Hat Linux system administration.


UNIX or Linux system administrators who have significant real-world experience with UNIX or Linux systems administration and some experience setting up key networking services such as HTTP, DNS, NIS, DHCP, and who want a fast-track course to prepare for the RHCE Exam.




5 days

Training Start Time:   9:00 a.m.
Training End Time:    4:30-5:00 p.m. (depending on class progress)

What this course is about and what you can learn

New! Updated for Red Hat Linux 7

Below is an outline of the skills and knowledge represented in the training elements (4 days) and in the Certification Lab Exam (1 day) of the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) course. The course and certificate will be based on Red Hat Linux 7.

The RHCE training elements and Certification Lab Exam will also review and test on certain prerequisites for the course. The prerequisites for the RHCE course are outlined in a separate document, which should be carefully reviewed by anyone planning to attend an RHCE course.

The RHCE outline, together with the prerequsites outline, can serve as a study outline for those planning to attend the RHCE course and take the Certification Lab Exam. It is highly recommended that all prospective RHCE participants review these outlines in preparation for the course and exam.

Note: Technical content subject to change without notice. Significant changes in course content will generally be available in posted outlines at least two months prior to being implemented in scheduled courses, to allow enrolled students adequate prep time. Reload this page regularly to insure up-to-date information.


The prerequisites are important. Participants arriving without a large portion of these prerequisites will make less than optimal progress in the training and will be unlikely to pass the certification exam. Please do not sign up for RH300 unless you are experienced with systems administration or are a power user in UNIX / Linux environments.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Hardware and Installation (x86 Architecture)
    Hardware Compatibility
    CPU and SMP Support
    New Hardware Detection
    Plug and Play
    Serial and Parallel Ports
    Block and Other Devices
    Disk Addressing and Partitioning
    Peripheral Devices and their Configuration
    The Boot Process
    The Red Hat Installer
    Performing and Validating the Installation

Unit 2: Configuration and Administration

    Reconfiguring Installed Options
    Networking, Sound and User Authorization configuration
    File Systems and /etc/fstab
    RPM Package Manager
    Virtual Consoles
    Administering User Accounts and Groups
    cron and anacron
    locate and tmpwatch
    System Logging
    GUI Administration Tools
    The Update Agent
    Documentation and Help Sources

Unit 3: Alternate Installation Methods

    Laptops and Multiboot Systems
    Serial Console Installation
    The LILO Boot Prompt
    Configuring a Red Hat Linux Network Installation Server
    Using kickstart to Automate Installation

Unit 4: Kernel Services and Configuration

    The /proc filesystem
    /proc/sys configuration with sysctl
    The Linux Quota System
    Understanding /etc/inittab
    Managing System V Initialization Scripts
    Software RAID Configuration
    Configuring, Compiling and Installing the Linux Kernel
    The LILO Map Installer

Unit 5: Standard Networking Services

    TCP/IP Fundamentals
    Email Delivery and Protocols
    NFS Server
    Squid Proxy Server
    Other Red Hat Linux Network Services

Unit 6: X Window System

    The X Server
    X Clients/Window Managers
    The X Font Server
    Display Managers
    XFree86 Startup
    The Gnome and KDE Environments
    Remote Display of X Applications
    X Security

Unit 7: User and Host Security

    Security Concepts
    Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)
    Network Information Service
    Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
    The inetd Super-Server and tcp_wrappers
    ssh: secure shell, telnet and remote copy

Unit 8: Routers, Firewalls, Clusters and Troubleshooting

    Static and Dynamic Routes
    Linux as a Router and Firewall
    ipchains and Firewall Rules
    IP Masquerading
    Cluster Configuration and Daemons
    High Availability Clustering with Load Balancing
    Simple Failover Service
    High Performance Clustering
    Rescue Environment Utilities


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