January has been a lot of fun to say the least.
Bump in the Road – EX436 Exam Cancelled
I spent all January studying towards EX436 and going through all exam objectives, putting around 2 hours into homelabbing every day. It was an intense month to be honest, but I’m glad I’m done with it, because I’d like to stop having dreams about distributed lock manager and clustered LVM. I’ve compiled a list of useful notes and put them on GitHub so that I can always come back and refresh my memory.
I had my exam booked for the 15th February, however, it’s been cancelled by Red Hat (not enough candidates apparently). That was a bit of a bummer, but no damage done. After getting in touch with Red Hat I was advised that a refund will follow, and that I’ll need to place a new order and re-book the exam.
It looks like Red Hat are notorious for this sort of thing, although my previous experience with EX200 and EX300 is poles apart. I didn’t think that exams could get cancelled, but that’s lack of research on my part to be honest. There are far less candidates taking RHCA level exams. Looking on the bright side, now I know what guaranteed-to-run exams are for.
I’m a bit reluctant to take an individual (aka Kiosk) exam, mainly because I had really good experience with class-based exams, however, if there is no availability for EX436, I’ll look into EX436K.
Second RHCA Exam – EX407 Ansible
While I wait for my EX436 things to get sorted out, I started preparing for the second exam – I plan on spending the next 6 weeks studying Ansible.
Unlike HA clustering which I have experience with, I never actually used Ansible (I’m that Puppet guy). I’m not going to start on how amazing Puppet is, because this may upset certain readers (you know who you are). I figured that it would be good to learn something new this time.
That’s another conundrum altogether really, and the reason why I’ve not got five RHCA exams set in stone yet. At the moment I’m making these decisions as I progress with my studies. In reality, it would be a no-brainer to stick to technologies that I use daily and choose the exams based on that, but there are tools that I’d like learn that are particularly interesting. It’s never that simple, I know.
Time to focus on the task in hand and write some playbooks.