You must all be knowing that Red hat has started taking RHCSA and RHCE exam now on Red hat Enterprise Linux 7 though they are still providing Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) Exam on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via onsite and Individual Exam Sessions.
Currently there are not many RHEL 7 books for RHCSA and RHCE. And if you are taking training from Red hat certified partner you may get latest books viz. SA1 (RH124), SA2 (RH134) and SA3 (RH254) which will cover complete syllabus of RHCSA and RHCE exam on Red hat Enterprise Linux 7.
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I tried to find some useful books on RHEL 7 which you may find useful for your exam preparation. From time to time I will keep this post updated from the latest books which will help in clearing RHCSA & RHCE exam on RHEL 7.
Practice/Sample Papers for RHCE & RHCSA Exam (RHEL 7)
I have got many requests from students and RHCSA & RHCE aspirants for practice papers for these certification exams. At their request, I have made sample/practice papers for RHCSA (EX200) and RHCE (EX300).
If you have already taken your training & gone through the below books and want to test your Linux skills, then I will recommend you to buy RHEL 7: Practice Papers for RHCSA & RHCE.
This book contains a good set of questions for your practice and if you are stuck on any question, you can check answer sheet given at the last of this book. Do check this book and let me know what you think about it. If you purchase this book, don’t forget to leave your review. I am sure you will like this book and it will help you to clear RHCSA and RHCE exams in the first attempt.
This book will be continually updated with new questions and sample papers from time to time. If you find any errors in the book, do let me know.
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RHEL 7 Books for RHCE & RHCSA
1. Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (7th Edition)
This book is from Mark G. Sobell and I choose this book because it gives you in-depth knowledge of Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With this book, you can master your Linux administration skills and security using the command line, GUI tools, Python, systemd, and Firewalld.
This book also contains the configuration and setup of database services like MariaDB and MySQL. Installation and configuration of MariaDB is also on the RHCE syllabus, so it will help you a lot in the preparation for your Red Hat exam. Apart from this, it covers the full exam objectives also for the LPI Linux Essentials exam plus extensive coverage of the CompTIA Linux+ exam objectives.
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2. Red Hat RHCE/RHCSA 7 Cert Guide
This is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (EX200 and EX300) complete certification guide by Sander van Vugt. Sander has very rich experience in Linux and this is a must-have book if you are thinking to give Red Hat RHCE/RHCSA 7 exam and want to clear it.
This book is a must-have and below are some of its features that will make up your mind.
- Step-by-step chapter labs to help you practice what you’ve just learned.
- Pre-exam theoretical exam to help you decide if you’re ready for the real exam.
- 4 sample exams (2 RHCE, 2 RHCSA) delivered through Pearson’s state-of-the-art PCPT test engine.
- Pre-chapter “Do I Know This Already” (DIKTA) quizzes to assess your knowledge of each chapter’s content, so you can decide how much time to spend on each section.
- Chapter-ending Exam preparation sections delivering even more exercises and troubleshooting scenarios.
This RHEL 7 book is currently only on PRE-ORDER and you will have to wait for some time. This book is specially written for RHCSA and RHCE exam on RHEL 7. Do have a look at this book.
3. RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide, Seventh Edition
This RHEL 7 certification guide is by Michael Jang, who is a very popular author and has good experience in writing certification guides for RHCSA and RHCE aspirants.
This book is fully revised to cover the recently released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and the corresponding RHCSA and RHCE certification exams. You can refer to this book if you are preparing for RHEL 7 certification as this book covers all official exam objectives for the new exams.
4. RHCSA & RHCE Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: Training and Exam Preparation Guide (EX200 and EX300), Third Edition
This RHCSA and RHCE cert guide is from Asghar Ghori and the author has good experience in Linux and gives tips for the exam. This is the updated version of the previous book from Asghar and covers all the new topics which are objectives of the RHEL 7 exam and will help in clearing the RHEL 7 exam.
- Updated to the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
- Updated to cover ALL official exam objectives for the RHCSA and RHCE exams based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
- Step-by-step exercises to accomplish tasks
- Do-It-Yourself challenge labs at the end of each chapter
- Concepts explained with diagrams
- Commands and options summarized in tables
Overall there are 25 chapters in this book, 13 for RHCSA and 12 for RHCE. This book has 4 scenario-based sample exams, 2 for RHCSA and 2 for RHCE. This book is available for purchase.
5. RHEL 7: System Administrator Guide
This is an official system administrator guide from Red Hat for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and I will recommend this Free book/guide to you. It contains all the aspects of RHEL 7 and how you can work with the command line, GUI, basic system configuration, managing services, monitoring and automation, Kernel, module, and driver configuration etc.
This FREE guide on RHEL 7 is available for download and also in online form. You can read it in your own comfort.
Currently, these are the only books that I found a good reference for giving RHCSA & RHCE exam on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. If there will be more such good books I will update this post. Let me know if you are reading some other RHEL 7 books for preparing RHCSA and RHCE exam and do not forget to subscribe to my LINUX newsletter for more tips and information in Linux/UNIX.
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Could you please suggest me to get materials for RHCVA.
Sorry, but I don’t have the idea about good material about RHCVA. I would suggest to go with Red Hat official material.
HI, could you suggest some preparation for rhcsa? I am new to Redhat and would like to get certify. I am windows user for more than 13 years, its hard to start, but I believe its possible. Just need some guide from guru.
If you are windows administrator, would ask you to start with learning basic unix stuff first. Install Linux in your system and start practicing. Red Hat official books and administrator’s guides are good to start. Let me know if you need any specific help.
I have setup my Centos 7 and Redhat 7 in VM environment. I am preparing the test now.
Do let me know if you need any help.
Thanks, your book is amazing. I passed the RHCSA exam EX200. I am now sure I will also pass the RHCE exam using just your book.
Nice to read such comments Philippe.
Hope you have already reviewed our book on Amazon and good luck for your RHCE exam.
I have a new question. Please could you tell me why yum install system-config-kickstart comes back with the error Nothing To Do ?
I’m using Centos7.
I also tried running the command system-config-kickstart directly supposing it was already installed but it gave me nothing.
As per your comment looks, it is already installed. Even if it is not installed it should give error that there is no such command.
Good morning Pawan,
My name is Philippe and I have a problem I thought you could help me with. When I try to create a new virtual machine in Virtual Machine Manager I get the following error:
“Warning: KVM is not available. This may mean the KVM package is not installed, or the KVM kernel modules are not loaded. Your virtual machines may perform poorly.”
when I run: # lsmod | grep kvm
all I get is: kvm 525259 0
I have a AMD A10-4600M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics processor.
I downloaded all the necessary virtualization packages, I started libvirtd and enabled it as well.
I do not know what I’m not doing or what I’m doing wrong, my cpu supports virtualization and I made sure it is enabled in the BIOS but I do not know what kind of cpu RHEL7 requires for kvm or what I need to do to get this cpu to work with KVM.
I also ran the egrep ‘(vmx|svm)’ /proc/cpuinfo and received no output.
Please help me, I’m really trying to learn RedHat and pass my certifications but don’t want to keep getting frustrated.
Thank you, I appreciate your help!
Have you installed the required KVM packages?
Also, without KVM you can complete your RHCSA and RHCE syllabus as you don’t have to install OS in exam. Let me know if you need any other help or have any questions.
Well that’s good news and thanks for your prompt response. Just to be sure, would you please give me the list of all the KVM packages needed ?
The reason why I’m still trying to get KVM is because I’m studying Michael Jang’s book and the systems he’s asking to set up are through KVM.
So without them, I won’t even be able to go through the book.
Please use below link for RHEL 7. It has good info.
It says they are already installed, nothing to do. But there I read that I need to be first subscribed to Red Hat but I can’t because I’m using Centos7.
Grep vmx and svm in /proc/cpuinfo. It should show these value for virtualization to work.
I just reinstalled Cent0S7 actually now in my physical machine, and no longer via VirtualBox. It’s working perfectly fine now.
Thank you !
That sound great. Keep practicing now. Good luck for your exams.
hi, i want to study RHCSA & then RHCE for RHEL7, what are the real exam papers codes for RHCSA & RHCE.
Please check syllabus of RHCSA and RHCE, there you can find syllabus and exam code.
Happy to see you here…
how can i practice rhel 7 commands and some virtualization concepts…is there any open sources for practicing rhel..thanks in advance for u r reply
You can download CentOS ISO and can install it in software like VMware workstation and can do your practice.
Can I buy 2nd book?
Yes, why not. Are you having trouble in buying book?
I am having more than 10+ years experiance in windows and now i want to learn Linux administration.
So how to proceed for that as a new learner?
i prefer to start as my own, so which books and video i need to refer for that ?
Just start with basics and install virtual machine on your PC/laptop and start practicing. There are lots of free resource available online if you just want to learn.
Can anyone help me with the books for RHCE Books 2, 3 or 4? A download link would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know where i can practice using virtual server? any place when i can practice? I am sorry i am new to this and trying to learn linux
We do not provide any download link. You will have to buy them. For your practice you can install any virtual machine software in your desktop/Laptop and install Linux or CentOS in it.
I am interested in RED HAT Certifications.
What do you think about the online training’s provided by them as its not possible for me to visit any center.
And tell me one book that i should take to start preparing at least learning point of view.
Also do you have any pdf or any material that you can share so that will be helpful for me.
Thanks in advance.
I have not gone through their online training so can’t comment. But I am sure Red Hat must be having very good training but it may be costly.
Currently I am having Asghar Ghori book and it covers all the topics. I have also checked some part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (EX200 and EX300) book by Sander van Vugt in Safari store which is still not released, but it is also very good.
Please send Asghar Ghori Rhcsa & Rhce Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 book links.
No I don’t have that nor I provide any links for downloads.
All the info is really very helpful. Actually I am working professional and so not getting much time for study much. If I will ask you to suggest me to study only one book among them, then which one you will suggest. which book will excellent to pass RHCSA/RHCE also with easy understanding.
For RHCSA and RHCE exam, I will ask you to wait for book no. 2. (Red Hat RHCE/RHCSA 7 Cert Guide) or you can see video tutorial by same author. It is available in Safari Books online. Link: https://www.safaribooksonline.com/library/view/red-hat-enterprise/9780134033969/
Book number 3 is also good.
Good morning brother,
I had completed my degree course (B.E. CSE) in 2011, but I had cleared my 2 backlogs on 2013 (ie) Passed Out.
And in 2012, I done my CCNA certification , till now I had no job. Now Iam interested to took up my career in Linux Adminstrator. but I don’t how to plan and prepare for this exam and how long it will take up for preparation.
And I had lot of resources like CBT NUGGETS and YouTube video tutorials , lot of ebooks etc.
It totally depends upon you. If you are able to give good amount of time, then you can prepare early. You can use any resource for learning, the main thing is your concept. You can also join institute if you are not able to study at home.
I could not clear my rhce on rhel7 in 1st attempt. Can you please give give m some tips that I can apply in my next attempt.
At what question you got stuck?
Hi there! can u bring me a proper syllabus for RHCSA and RHCE for RHEL7. I’ve Googled but there are various kind of syllabuses. Kindly advice
Didn’t you checked http://www.pawanbahuguna.com/rhel-7-syllabus-rhcsa-rhce/
Thanks sir ji 🙂 …. I didn’t saw that.
I contacted Red Hat and they are no longer testing for enterprise 6. They informed me that they are only testing for enterprise 7 kiosk or instructor based testing. Can you check your sources to see if this is correct? I took admin1 and admin2 for rhsca but didnt take my exam for enterprise 6. A few years latter and Im a the point where I need to take the exam after person reasons have delayed my testing. Also is there any 1 or 2 books that you can recommend that are currently avaiable now? Im thinking of purchasing 4. RHCSA & RHCE Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: Training and Exam Preparation Guide (EX200 and EX300), Third Edition. And or . Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (7th Edition): Any book better then the other for passing the rhcsa ex200 exam for enterprise 7?
Earlier I read in Redhat website, that they can schedule RHEL6 exam on demand till December 2015 but now I am not able to find that. May be they have discontinued it.
For RHEL 6, there are some good books and I have taken reference from those to clear the exam, please check here: http://www.pawanbahuguna.com/passed-rhcsa-rhce-good-marks/
For RHEL7, there are currently 2 books only available for purchase as mentioned in above post, though you can take reference from Redhat workbooks. They are also very good.
Or please wait for few months till the other 2 books are launched.
How can you say the second book, the Cert Guide is a good book and you have read it when it’s not even scheduled for release until 7/15?
I have seen video course of Sander van Vugt for RHEL7 and it is really awesome and I am sure book will also be based on same.
This is for people wanting to give exam on rhel6. The time is limited likely till end of March. This month. For latest information check redhat website.
Those who want to give exam on RHEL 7 and are migrating from 6 should know that there is a vast difference between v6 and v7.
So you have to prepare yourself on 7 before exam.
About books: for v7 no books available other than those from RedHat. And you will get them only if you join classes.
But there is an option. Redhat site has a system administration guide that is not less than any book. So go out and check that. I am providing the link below.
But for exam forms you need those books from Red Hat.
For RHEL 7, Admin guide is good to understand Red hat 7 and as I said in my article above that original books from Red hat covers complete RHCSA and RHCE syllabus are ultimate.
Soon RHCE/RHCSA 7 Cert Guide by Sander will hit the market than I think student can take reference from that book also.
These books are very good for certification.
Yes these books are very good for RHEL 7.
Hi Pawan, can you please give me your email address?My email is [email protected]
Please contact me using contact us page.
Hi Pawan ,
Thanks a lot..I am preparing for RHCSA on RHEL 6 for past two months .Do you have any idea as to what is the deadline upto which we can take exams on RHEL 6 as RHEL 7 has released . Shall I Jump to RHEL 7?? What do you suggest ?
I will suggest you to take Exam on RHEK 7 though red hat is still taking exam on RHEL 6 and there is no such date of its retirement.
Hi I want to know whether should I give exam for rhel6 or rhel7. I want to do certification exam. Some people suggest me go for 6 some saying 7
I will suggest to exam on RHEL 7 as it is always good to take exam of latest version and soon their may be demand of people who are good in RHEL 7 in industries.
Please let me know if EX200 exam is available at Pearson exam center? How to book the slot? I am self learning through books and videos.
I doubt Pearson has that exam. You can check with your local Red hat approved center for booking Red hat exam. Check below link.
Thanks Pawan. I have passed in RHCSA (RHEL 7) but problem is that I don’t know where I lost the points. Would I have been penalized for creating a back up of configuration files or a test directory which i created for testing out stuff in the exam ?
Congrats buddy! That’s is very interesting question. Actually we do not have any option to know that. I don’t think creating backup files or directories will be a problem in Redhat exams.
Thanks Pawan. And Sander’s book is coming out on Aug 7th this year. He has updated that in his Twitter account.
Thanks for update buddy. I am waiting for that book.
congratulations ! I’m next in line.
I just had a quick question: If you could give me an estimate in percentage, how many percent of the stuffs that are in Pawan’s book in the exam ?
Not doubting his book, I just would like to know if I need more study materials or I could just focus on his.
All parts are covered in the book. It has sample papers and would help you if you have already completed your study for the EXAM.
Thank you Pawan, you’re the man!