Exam topics in this guide

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Understand and use essential tools  
Access a shell prompt and issue commands with correct syntax 2
Use input-output redirection (>, >>, ├, 2>, etc.) 3
Use grep and regular expressions to analyse text 3
Access remote systems using ssh 2
Log in and switch users in multiuser targets 2
Archive, compress, unpack, and uncompress files using tar, star, * gzip, and bzip2 3
Create and edit text files 3
Create, delete, copy, and move files and directories 3
Create hard and soft links 3
List, set, and change standard ugo/rwx permissions 3
Locate, read, and use system documentation including man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc 2
Operate running systems  
Boot, reboot, and shut down a system normally 4
Boot systems into different targets manually  
Interrupt the boot process in order to gain access to a system  
Identify CPU/memory intensive processes, adjust process priority with renice, and kill processes  
Locate and interpret system log files and journals  
Access a virtual machine’s console  
Start and stop virtual machines  
Start, stop, and check the status of network services  
Securely transfer files between systems  
Configure local storage  
List, create, delete partitions on MBR and GPT disks  
Create and remove physical volumes, assign physical volumes to volume groups, and create and delete logical volumes  
Configure systems to mount file systems at boot by Universally Unique ID (UUID) or label  
Add new partitions and logical volumes, and swap to a system non-destructively  
Create and configure file systems  
Create, mount, unmount, and use vfat, ext4, and xfs file systems  
Mount and unmount CIFS and NFS network file systems  
Extend existing logical volumes  
Create and configure set-GID directories for collaboration  
Create and manage Access Control Lists (ACLs)  
Diagnose and correct file permission problems 3
Deploy, configure, and maintain systems  
Configure networking and hostname resolution statically or dynamically  
Schedule tasks using at and cron  
Start and stop services and configure services to start automatically at boot  
Configure systems to boot into a specific target automatically  
Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems as virtual guests  
Configure systems to launch virtual machines at boot  
Configure network services to start automatically at boot  
Install and update software packages from Red Hat Network, a remote repository, or from the local file system  
Update the kernel package appropriately to ensure a bootable system  
Modify the system bootloader  
Manage users and groups  
Create, delete, and modify local user accounts  
Change passwords and adjust password aging for local user accounts  
Create, delete, and modify local groups and group memberships  
Configure a system to use an existing authentication service for user and group information  
Manage security  
Configure firewall settings using firewall-config, firewall-cmd, or iptables  
Configure key-based authentication for SSH 2
Set enforcing and permissive modes for SELinux  
List and identify SELinux file and process context  
Restore default file contexts  
Use boolean settings to modify system SELinux settings  
Diagnose and address routine SELinux policy violations  


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