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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Crash Course, Part 2

Get Ready to Crush the Red Hat RHCSA exam

Sander van Vugt

Get the information you need to pass the RHCSA exam! The Red Hat RHCSA exam is the most demanding and popular Linux certification. It qualifies Linux administrators, users and developers the skills required to work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a corporate environment. In this training - which is part 2 of 2 - participants will learn about the more advanced skills that are required to pass the RHCSA exam. Together with Part 1 of this training, students will have acquired all that is necessary to become RHCSA certified.

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

  • Managing LVM Logical Volumes
  • Working with KVM Virtual machines
  • Configuring external authentication
  • Managing remote mounts and automount
  • Managing the boot procedure
  • Applying basic troubleshooting skills
  • Configuring SELinux and firewalling

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to earn your Red Hat Certified System Administrator certification.
  • You would like to learn the basic skills that are required for working with Linux
  • You would like to become familiar with the RHCSA certification topics and structure


Participants have attended Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Crash course, Part 1 [link to Part 1 training] or have equivalent knowledge or experience

Materials, downloads, or Supplemental Content needed in advance:

To work through the labs in this course, the course participant needs to install and configure his own lab environment. This can be a Linux virtual machine that runs in virtualization software on the participants own computer, using software like VMware Workstation or Oracle VirtualBox, or on a dedicated computer. Instructions on how to set up a lab environment can be found on Safari at


In addition to the contents covered in this live course, participants are encouraged to study Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) with Virtual Machines, Second Edition which is available on Safari (video)

If an attendee has absolutely no experience with Linux the following course will be helpful (video) Beginning Linux System Administration

About your instructor

  • Sander van Vugt started working with Linux in 1992. He wrote his first book about Linux in 1999, and up to date has completed 62 different books on Linux related topics, including the best selling RHCSA/RHCE 7 Cert Guide. Sander is the author of over 20 Linux related video courses. He also works as a Linux instructor, teaching on-site and on-line classes for customers around the world.


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

Day 1

Segment 1: Managing LVM Logical Volumes and KVM Virtual Machines (2 hrs)

  • Instructor will show how work with LVM logical volumes and KVM Virtual Machines
  • Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises.

Break (10mins)

Segment 2: Configuring External authentication and remote mounts (2 hrs)

  • Instructor will show how to set up external authentication using authconfig-tui
  • Instructor will explain configuration of remote mounts and autofs
  • At the end of this segment, students will work their way through an advanced lab assignment.

Day 2

Segment 3: Managing the boot procedure and troubleshooting (2 hrs)

  • Instructor will explain all components that are involved in a Linux boot
  • Instructor will explain how to approach in generic Linux troubleshooting.
  • Students will apply this knowledge by working through different lab exercises

Break (10mins)

Segment 4: Configuring SELinux and firewalling (2hrs)

  • Instructor will explain SELinux and firewalling
  • Instructor will give several demo's to demonstrate how SELinux and firewalling are used
  • Attendees will apply this knowledge by working through different lab exercises.