Passed EX436 High Availability Clustering

After my classroom exam was cancelled, I decided to take an individual exam.

Red Hat Individual Exam Experience

This was the first time I took an individual exam, and to be honest, having read plethora of reviews online about people having all sorts of problems, I was, to say the least, a bit worried.

There are two places that offer individual Red Hat exams in the UK, one in London, and one in Manchester. Either way it’s a two-hour drive from where I live. Driving in London is a no no, so I booked the exam in Manchester. The place is at the UKFast Campus and it has free on-site parking, amazing.

I didn’t get the personal testing station (the one that they show in the individual exam sessions video), but was provided with a 17″ laptop instead. I was monitored remotely by a Red Hat test proctor.

The whole experience was very positive. I had no issues with the laptop, no networking or performance problems. I already started considering taking all of my RHCA exams there.

EX436 Exam Experience

I’ve passed the exam with the score of 300/300.

I finished all the tasks in under 90 minutes, and then spent some time testing everything making sure that there are no issues. I’d say that 3 hours is plenty of time even if you need to troubleshoot something (I did have to troubleshoot a few things).

What I liked about this exam the most was the implementation of a complete solution. You build from the ground up until you have a highly available system.

As with other Red Hat exams that I’ve taken, the key thing for me was to know where to find information on a RHEL system.

14 thoughts on “Passed EX436 High Availability Clustering

  1. Congratulations.
    I took the exam past year, I’ve the same experiencie.
    Also I used your notes to study.


  2. Hi Guys,

    I am appearing in EX436 exam next week. I have experience with RHEL cluster administration and also completed the Red Hat recommended training. I am looking for some sample exam questions to have an idea.

    Anyone please help me.

    • There is a comprehensive review lab at the end of the RH436 training course if you have access to RHLS.

      Good luck with your exam!

  3. Hi,

    Thanks Tomas for your reply. I have access to online course and have practiced comprehensive labs. I have another question regarding SELINUX context. With RHEL 7.1, can I use the below command, if it is asked in exam to mount Apache Document Root with SELINUX context on GFS2.

    pcs resource create clusterfs Filesystem device=”/dev/clustervg/ clusterlv” directory=”/var/www/html” fstype=”gfs2″ options=”noatime,context=system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_content_t:s0″ op monitor interval=10s on-fail=fence clone interleave=true

    Or if you can suggest me any other way to achieve the same.

    Thanks !!!

    • Although I’ve not verified your syntax, that command looks OK. You will likely want to use nodiratime with GFS2 as well.

  4. Hi,

    Today I have successfully passed my EX436 High Availability Clustering Exam with 300/300 score.

    First step towards RHCA …..

    Thanks for support and guidance here …..

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