The Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management exam (EX436) is a performance-based test of the skills and knowledge needed to implement high-availability services on Red Hat Enterprise Linux® using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability Add-on.


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In preparation

Red Hat recommends that candidates earn Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) or Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) before attempting this exam but neither is required.

Study points for the exam

To help you prepare, review the exam objectives which highlights the task areas you can expect to see covered in the exam. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.

Candidates should be able to perform the tasks listed below:

  • Configure a high-availability cluster, using either physical or virtual systems, that:
    • Provides a service fail-over between the nodes
    • Provides a preferred node for the service
    • Selectively fails over based on node characteristics
  • Manage logical volumes in a clustered environment such as:
    • Create volumes and volume groups that are available to all members of a highly-available cluster
    • Create snapshots of logical volumes
  • Configure a GFS file system to:
    • Meet specified size, layout, and performance objectives
    • Support file system quotas
  • Configure iSCSI targets and initiators
  • Manage device configuration using udev
  • Create and manage Red Hat Storage based clusters including:
    • Creating distributed clusters
    • Creating replicated clusters
    • Implementing and utilizing appropriate file systems

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.

What you need to know

Red Hat encourages all candidates for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management (EX436) to consider taking the Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management (RH436) training course. Attendance in this class is not required, so one can choose to take just the exam. Many successful candidates who have come to class already possessing substantial skills and knowledge have reported that the class made a positive difference for them.

While attending Red Hat classes can be an important part of one’s preparation to take exams, attending classes does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.

Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat’s products are available. Red Hat does not officially endorse any as preparation guides for its exam. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading deepens understanding and can prove helpful.

Exam format

This exam is a performance-based evaluation of system administration skills and knowledge. Candidates perform a number of routine system administration tasks and are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria.

Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.

The exam is organized as follows:

Clustering and storage management: 4.0 hours

Scores and reporting

Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 U.S. business days.

Exam results are reported as section scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.

Audience and prerequisites

  • Experienced Linux® system administrators responsible for the planning, deployment, and management of more than 1 physical or virtualized server
  • An RHCE interested in earning a Red Hat Certificate of Expertise or an RHCDS or RHCA credential

Prerequisites for this exam

Exam candidates must:

  • Hold a current RHCE certification at the time the exam is taken.
  • Have Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management (RH436) or equivalent experience.
  • Understand that real-world system administration experience is also an important aspect of preparation for the exam.
  • Review exam objectives for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management Exam.

Recommended training

Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management (RH436)

Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management with exam (RH437)