Passed EX280 OpenShift Administration

Kick-starting the new year with OpenShift.

EX280 Exam Experience

I took an individual exam that was based on OpenShift 3.9.

It was, hands down, the Red Hat exam I enjoyed the most. The container technology provided by Docker is fascinating, with OpenShift you can go from git push to a running application in a few minutes.

While Ansible-based OpenShift 3 installation is not part of the exam objectives, if you are familiar with Ansible, it will help you during the exam. At least I feel like EX407 experience came in handy.

EX280 is a 3-hour exam, if it was up to me, I’d probably make it a bit longer, simply because there is a lot of documentation available for OpenShift. There are things that I have to look up no matter how often I use them (e.g. limit range object definition), and it takes time.

The exam score 300/300.

Exam Preparation

I took my time with this one and spent several months using Minishift, configuring storage servers and deploying internal registries, building Docker images, testing S2I using simple code and various examples available on GitHub. I also used Kubernetes on AWS.

I’ve done 40+ lab hours on RHLS including the DO180 course.

30 thoughts on “Passed EX280 OpenShift Administration

  1. wow.. 300 … Congrats…!
    Ansible sample exam you posted really helped a lot.
    Can you also post a sample exam for openshift. :)

  2. Hey Tomas

    Big fan of yours here :)
    this is great news, congratulations!!!

    Do you have any special advice for this one, or just practise, practise, practise?
    I also enrolled for EX280 but then I got scared so did not pick a date yet. Instead I scheduled EX342 and hoping for the best..

    Do you have any other exam on your list?
    I’ve been following this website for a while and have to say you did a fantastic job passing all those exams.

    All the best!

    • Thanks very much Karol. You can deploy Minishift locally with some shared storage and Docker registry, then use it as a playground. That’s what I did basically, and I learnt a lot. Don’t try to memorise things, but rather know how to export existing OpenShift resources. You can then use them as a template.

      I do have one other Red Hat exam on my list, however, I’ve not booked it yet.

    • Thank you Tomas.
      Would you say it is possible to pass this exam without access to RHLS lab?

      Or even better, which exam do you find the easiest to pass without access to RHLS labs?
      Thanks in advance for your opinion.

    • You can definitelly pass EX280 without access to RHLS. In fact, you can probably pass any Red Hat exam if you have relevant experience (or if you practise in your homelab a lot).

      I’d say that the easiest exam to pass was EX200, I didn’t use RHLS for that.

    • If you know where to find examples in OpenShift documentation, you will be fine. No need to memorise everything.

    • I don’t plan on taking the exam because I don’t use OpenStack, however, I did some studying using RHLS to get familiar with the technology.

  3. Hi, new to your wonderful blog. Wondering if you can help me decide – if I plan to do both the Openshift and Ansible exams, which would you do first? I’m asking based on difficulty (which is easier) and also what makes sense, in logical sequential order (if one will help with the other). I saw that your wrote that your Ansible experience helped with the Openshift exam; not sure if it’s essential though.
    I also asked about the difficulty because my RHCE will expire by September so really need to take at least 1 of them and pass, if I’m pressed for time. Maybe 1 of the exams would fit both criteria. :) I do think both exams are interesting and seem rewarding. I’m just not very fast with studying for exams. I don’t know if I can finish 1 exam per month. I am leaning towards Openshift but I’m not a developer, though I did just complete the CKAD but not the CKA exam yet. I’m definitely not ready for the CKA.
    Your advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Albert, thanks for your message. If I were to do the exams again, I would do Ansible first, because it’s less challenging compared to OpenShift. I took the OpenShift v3.x exam, but I don’t think that you need Ansible for OpenShift v4.x (the deployment process has changed).

      If you don’t use OpenShift or Kubernetes on a daily basis, the exam might be a bit difficult to prepare for in one month. There are several bits and pieces that can catch you off guard. And let’s face it – OpenShift is big, it has a lot of moving parts. Having said that, learning Ansible and setting up a homelab for it would be much easier in my opinion. Let me know what you decide!

  4. Congratz again, Lisenet!
    Your ex407 sample exam helped me to take the ex407. So, thank you, man.
    Now I’ve been looking for the ex280 a while. Let me ask some questions, please.
    On the redhat labs we have two options to work with OpenShift, CLI and Dashboard. Is it the same on the exam?
    Also, I’d like to know what did you mean that knowing about YAML structure helped you on the exam. So, will it be necessary for us to write applications, or did you mean that because it will facilitate possible troubleshooting on the exam?
    For the last, did you use also the officials do280 redhat training?

    Kindly regards,


    • Thanks Rafael. I can’t tell you what’s available on the exam, but you get to work with OpenShift.

      It’s not necessary to know YAML, no. I just felt that it helped me a lot with config and templates.

      With regards to the last question, I had access to RHLS. I used DO180 and DO280 training courses.

  5. I hope it’s never too late to congratulate on the success with a RH exam, so big congrats to you for succeeding in these difficult and scary times. And thank you for sharing your knowledge on your blog.
    You said you used Minishift, among other resources, for prep. I wonder then what’s your hardware setup looking like to have enough h/w resources to run Minishift. Not exactly make and model, just numbers on RAM, processor and storage…

    • Thank you very much.

      I did use Minishift, yes. I have it set up on my laptop running inside VirtualBox. The Minishift VM has 4GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores. Installation process is very simple in case you’re interested:

      I also have OKD 3.11 installed (single master) on a separate workstation that has 8 CPU cores and 32GB of RAM, however, I only need half of that memory to run it (for my homelab needs).

  6. Hi Tomas,

    Congratulations on passing EX280. I have been following your blogs and practiced your EX294/EX407 sample exam a lot. I have passed EX294 exam last week. Thanks a lot for your sample exam that really helped me a lot to pass my exam. Would you please do a sample exam for EX280 as well?

    • Thanks Rajesh. Unfortunatelly, I won’t be creating a sample exam for OpenShift because I have already taken the EX280 exam. My knowledge of the exam material would in one way or another shape the content of the sample exam.

  7. Congrats , so documentation will be available during exam ?how ? Will setup have internet access or have locally available docs ?

  8. Hello Tomas,

    While Ansible-based OpenShift 3 installation is not part of the exam objectives, if you are familiar with Ansible, it will help you during the exam” —- Please help understand how Ansible helps in this exam ? Are we expected to write any yamls?

    • Hi Mayur, OpenShift configuration is based on YAML templates. Ansible playbooks are also written in YAML. If you are familiar with Ansible and YAML, it will definitelly help you while working with OpenShift.

  9. Hi Tomas,

    You mention product documentation will provided. May I know which are site we can access during exam?

    • You will not have access to the Internet during the exam, but product documentation will be provided locally.

  10. Thanks Tomas. Can you tell me where I can get product documents so that I can use them during my lab practice.

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