Last week the CatN office was decidedly quiet. We had decided to send some of our hosting experts on the RHCSA fast track course to become accredited as Red Hat System Administrators. In particular we chose the RH200 course combining two weeks of study into one and finishing with the RHCSA exam.

Completing the RHCSA takes CatN a step closer to becoming a Premier Red Hat partner, in particular as an infrastructure partner. We need to have 4 RHCE’s on staff before we can become a Premier partner, and completing the RHCSA is a prerequisite to becoming a Red Hat Certified Engineer.

The Red Hat training centre in Farnborough is extremely comfortable and the classroom equipment is excellent. We were given quad core xeon workstations with 8GB RAM running a desktop install of RHEL6. In particular the view over Farnborough airport was impressive with private jets landing every hour or so.

The course itself was excellent and was led by Michael Viegel who is a great teacher. We covered a large amount of content very quickly but in enough detail to make the content extremely useful. The feedback from all CatN delegates is very positive and everyone agrees that the course was valuable, covering key topics that we address day to day. It is good to see that this training covers areas that will actually be applied in the company.

I’m happy to announce that two of our experts, Paul Maunders (Operations Director), and Matthew Ward (Web Developer) achieved 100% in the exam, and Jonathon (Senior Developer) was not far off with 95%. They join Mark Sutton (Senior Systems Architect) in passing and are now preparing to start the RHCE course (RH299) to achieve RHCE status.


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