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I’m an RHCSA as of August 17th, and I figured I’d jot down a few notes about my preparation, successes, and failures.
My materials to prepare for this exam:
CBT Nuggets System Administrator Prep videos
Michael Jang’s RCHSA/RHCE 7 book
Some free online practice exams
3x micro PCs for hypervisors
The CBT Nuggets video series was rudimentary, but it has one of the better intros into SELinux that I’ve seen.
The Michael Jang book was a little rough around the edges, but I highly recommend it. The only thing I would have done differently is take VM snapshots at the beginning of each chapter so I could do the examples in the chapter, roll back changes, and then do the labs (which overlap some with chapter examples).
Jang’s practice exams are good, and I found a couple text-only practice exams, as well as a VMware image.
In addition to working through Jang’s examples, I’ve been working on setting up a pseudo-enterprise environment in my home lab. This helped with some of the exam objectives, since I better understood the whole process.
Michael Jang’s coverage of the objectives was very good.
I interpreted the objectives slightly differently, and my failure to review something that would have taken 15 minutes bit me.
I overthought one objective, and inferred something the question didn’t say. Read the question multiple times, and don’t infer anything.
I lost a few points because I got hung up on one final config before I went through and double-checked everything.
Everything I took seriously and (re-)review from the Jang books, I nailed.
All in all, I’m happy with my performance, and the exam was very good and matches its description fairly well.