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Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Crash Course (RHEL 7)

Get Ready to Crush the Red Hat RHCE Exam

Sander van Vugt

Red Hat recently made a major update to the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) exam. If you are interested in taking the old exam (RHEL 7) before it expires, this live hands-on training course will walk you through the RHEL 7 exam topics. It also provides real-time CLI demos to give you the edge you need to understand not only the exam topics, but insights into how to approach the performance-based test itself. Sander van Vugt will share his extensive knowledge of Red Hat, the RHCE exam and test-taking strategies so you are fully prepared and confident on test day.

If you are interested in taking the RHEL 8 RHCE EX294 exam, please be sure to sign up for that live training session with Sander van Vugt titled Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) EX294 Crash Course: Red Hat Ansible.

Red Hat has a comparison of the RHEL 7 and RHEL 8 exams here:

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Set up a lab environment
  • Configure Remote Authentication
  • Configure Keberized NFS
  • Set up an iSCSI Target and Initiator
  • Shell scripting
  • Managing CIFS File Shares
  • Configuring Advanced Networking
  • Administering MariaDB databases
  • Advanced Apache configuration
  • Setting up a Caching-only DNS Server
  • Configuring Postfix for email forwarding
  • Analyzing and Optimizing Performance

This training course is for you because...

  • You want insights into topics that are essential for passing the RHCE exam
  • This training gives insight into the Kerberized items that are used on the RHCE exam, scripting as well as iSCSI configuration


  • Attendees of this course should be RHCSA certified, or have knowledge at an equivalent level

Materials, downloads, or Supplemental Content needed in advance:

The course participant needs to install and configure a lab environment. For the lab 3 virtual machines are needed, all using the latest version of CentOS. Install one machine with 2GB RAM and 12 GB storage, using the “Server with GUI” installation pattern, and 2 machines with 1 GB RAM and 10 GB storage. These may be installed using the “Minimal” installation pattern.


In addition to the contents covered in this live course, participants are encouraged to watch the "Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Complete Video Course with Virtual Machines, 2/e"

If you need to brush up on your RHCSA skills you can watch the "Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) with Virtual Machines, Second Edition"

About your instructor

  • Sander van Vugt has been teaching Linux since 1995 and has written more than 60 books about different Linux related topics. Sander is the author of the best-selling previous editions of the RHCSA Complete Video Course, as well as many other Red Hat related video courses. He is also a regular speaker on major Linux conferences all over the world.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Segment 1: Setting up a Lab Environment (1 hour)

  • Instructor will show how to set up a lab environment that allows participants to practice the acquired skills in their own environment.
  • Attendees will follow along while the instructor demonstrates.
  • Break: 10 minutes

Segment 2: Configuring Remote Authentication (1 hour)

  • Instructor will explain setting up remote authentication
  • Students will learn the different authentication options offered in RHEL 7
  • Break: 10 minutes

Segment 3: Managing Kerberized NFS (2 hour) with a 10-minute break in the middle

  • Instructor will explain steps for setting up Kerberized NFS
  • Lab Exercises

Segment 4: Managing Advanced Apache Features (2 hours with 10 min break in middle)

  • Instructor will demonstrate how to configure Apache to work with SSL Certificates, authentication and hosts restrictions
  • Lab Exercises
  • 10-minute break

Segment 5: Setting up a Caching-only DNS Server (20 mins)

  • Instructor will explain setting up a Caching-only DNS server
  • Lab Exercises

Segment 6: Configuring Postfix for e-mail Forwarding (20 mins)

  • Instructor will explain configuring Postfix for e-mail forwarding
  • Lab Exercises

Segment 7: Analyzing and Optimizing Performance (40 mins)

  • Instructor will explain performance analysis and optimization through sysctl
  • Lab Exercises


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