Red Hat is offering a course tailored to advanced users of its Red Hat Enterprise products - enabling users to go directly to the company, instead of the open-source community, to learn new skills.
Geared for users who already hold the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) credential, the RH423 Red Hat Enterprise Directory Services and Authentication course is not exactly for beginners. Rather, it will help systems administrators who make technical decisions affecting a whole organisation.
During the course, RHCEs will learn advanced methods and practices for configuring and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Kerberos. Users will learn skills including how to ensure that e-mail is functioning correctly, to determine how users access services, how authentication is handled, and how to develop a network password schema, said Pete Childers, vice-president of global learning services at Red Hat.
"The great thing about this course is that it is hands-on," Childers said. This means there are no multiple choice tests, so students are certified on a performance basis, he said. "You earn the certification by carrying out the tasks.
"In open source and Linux communities there are literally thousands of sites and pages, full of information and how-tos. What Red Hat does in our learning services is we take all the methods and best practices and write them so they are designed for Enterprise Red Hat 3."
Other than the RH423 and RHCE, Red Hat also offers a Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) certification course - a pared-down version of its RHCE program that does not test the networking services and networking security skills needed to become an RHCE.
Rival SuSE offers certification for Linux administrators in conjunction with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). Red Hat is the only Linux supplier that does not support the LPI.
Rebecca Reid writes for ITWorldCanada.com