Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Exam (EX300)

Course Overview

This exam and the exam objectives provided here are based on the Red
 Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7 version of the exam. We are offering Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) Exam (EX200) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via onsite and Individual Exam Sessions. To review the exam objectives for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 offering, please click here.

The performance-based Red Hat Certified Engineer exam (EX300) tests to determine if your knowledge, skill, and ability meet those required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems. Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification is required to earn RHCE certification.

An RHCE certification is earned by a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, and ability required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.


In preparation

Study points for the exam

RHCE exam candidates should consult the RHCSA exam objectives and be capable of RHCSA-level tasks, as some of these skills may be required in order to meet RHCE exam objectives. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance through revisions to this document.

RHCE exam candidates should be able to accomplish the following without assistance. These have been grouped into several categories.

System configuration and management

Use network teaming or bonding to configure aggregated network links between two Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems
Configure IPv6 addresses and perform basic IPv6 troubleshooting
Route IP traffic and create static routes
Use firewalld and associated mechanisms such as rich rules, zones and custom rules, to implement packet filtering and configure network address translation (NAT)
Use /proc/sys and sysctl to modify and set kernel runtime parameters
Configure a system to authenticate using Kerberos
Configure a system as either an iSCSI target or initiator that persistently mounts an iSCSI target
Produce and deliver reports on system utilization (processor, memory, disk, and network)
Use shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks

Network services

Network services are an important subset of the exam objectives. RHCE candidates should be capable of meeting the following objectives for each of the network services listed below:

Install the packages needed to provide the service
Configure SELinux to support the service
Use SELinux port labeling to allow services to use non-standard ports
Configure the service to start when the system is booted
Configure the service for basic operation
Configure host-based and user-based security for the service


Configure a virtual host
Configure private directories
Deploy a basic CGI application
Configure group-managed content
Configure TLS security


Configure a caching-only name server
Troubleshoot DNS client issues


Provide network shares to specific clients
Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration
Use Kerberos to control access to NFS network shares


Provide network shares to specific clients
Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration
Use Kerberos to authenticate access to shared directories


Configure a system to forward all email to a central mail server


Configure key-based authentication
Configure additional options described in documentation


Synchronize time using other NTP peers

Database services

Install and configure MariaDB
Backup and restore a database
Create a simple database schema
Perform simple SQL queries against a database

Audience and prerequisites

Audience for this exam

Experienced Linux IT professionals who currently have RHCSA certification and are interested in earning an RHCE certification
Experienced Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators seeking validation of their skills
Students who have attended the Red Hat System Administration I, II, and III courses or the RHCE Certification lab
Experienced Linux system administrators who require a certification either by their organization or based on a mandate (DOD 8570 directive)
An RHCE who is noncurrent and has passed the RHCSA exam

Prerequisites for this exam

RHCE Rapid Track Course, System Administration I, II, or III or equivalent experience
Real-world system administration experience

Not sure if you have the correct skill-set knowledge? Find out by passing the online skills assessment. Read the RHCE exam objectives for more information on skills requirements.

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