First exam of RHCA down, four to go!
I'd not blogged about this before, but about a month ago, I took the RH436 course, on Red Hat clustering and storage management. I figured that as a requirement for RHCA, this would probably be a good course to start with since I had limited knowledge in the area. I got a brand new (pilot) course, and the instructor of the course was actually the one that wrote it (thanks Marc!). This new course is based on RHEL 5.1, and uses Xen domains for the cluster nodes rather than physical hardware - this should both drive down the cost of the hardware and make it much easier for the students in the class. The main benefit is that the requirement that currently exists for access to remote hardware (either in Raleigh, Stuttgart, or Singapore) will be removed, and more students will be able to take the course. This can't be done right now, since they are not sure that all classrooms will be able to support Xen, have large enough hard drives, etc. So the first parts are in place, restructuring the course such that requirement is strictly no longer there (since FC switches, storage arrays, etc) are not required. Next comes making sure that all of the hardware in the classrooms is actually capable of running the class. For now, though, the remote equipment is still in use. So, I know what you've been waiting for - the much anticipated score of the exam. RHCA exams take longer to score due to significantly lower volume than the RHCE exams. First, RHCA exams are not offered as frequently or in as many locations as the RHCE exams, and second there are many fewer qualified people to proctor and score them.
Endorsement requirements: Section score: 100 ENDORSEMENT: PASS