The intensive, hands-on Red Hat® Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management course teaches storage management, the Red Hat High Availability Add-On, and the shared storage technology delivered by Red Hat Global File System 2 (GFS2) and Red Hat Storage Server.


Red Hat offers a method of training that is convenient to you – classroom, online, or at your site.


5 days 

Course Overview

Created for senior Linux® system administrators, this four-day course strongly emphasizes lab-based activities. You’ll learn how to deploy and manage shared storage and server clusters that provide highly available network services to a mission-critical enterprise environment.

This course can also help you in your preparation for the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management exam (EX436). This version of the course includes the exam.

Course content summary

Install and configure the Red Hat High Availability Add-On

Create and manage highly available services

Work with shared storage (iSCSI) and configure multipathing

Configure GFS2 file systems

Configure XFS® file systems

Work with the Red Hat Storage Server

What is a Certificate of Expertise credential?

Red Hat Certificates of Expertise are specialized credentials available to individuals who pass performance-based exams. The certificates demonstrate skills and knowledge in specialized areas.

Audience and prerequisites

Audience for this course

  • Senior Linux system administrators responsible for maximizing resiliency though high-availability clustering services and using fault-tolerant shared storage technologies
  • Individuals interested in earning Red Hat Certificates of Expertise, as well as a Red Hat Certified Architects (RHCA) designation

Prerequisites for this course

  • If you have not earned your Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification, you can confirm whether you have the correct skill-set knowledge by passing the online skills assessment.

Outline for this course

Clusters and storage

Get an overview of storage and cluster technologies.

ISCSI configuration

Set up and manage iSCSI.


Learn basic manipulation and creation of udev rules.


Combine multiple paths to SAN devices into one fault-tolerant virtual device.

Red Hat high-availability overview

Learn the architecture and component technologies in the Red Hat® High Availability Add-On.


Understand quorum and quorum calculations.


Understand fencing and fencing configuration.

Resources and resource groups

Understand rgmanager and the configuration of resources and resource groups.

Advanced resource management

Understand resource dependencies and complex resources.

Two-node cluster issues

Understand the use and limitations of two-node clusters.

LVM management

Review LVM commands and Clustered LVM (CLVM).

Global File System 2

Understand the GFS2 file system and use tools to create, maintain, and troubleshoot it.


Explore the features of the XFS® file system and tools required for creating, maintaining, and troubleshooting.

Red Hat Storage

Work with Gluster to create and maintain a scale-out storage solution.

Comprehensive review

Set up high-availability services and storage.

Recommended next exam or course

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management exam (EX436)

Hands-on, performance-based, 4-hour exam.

Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management (RH401)

Equips senior administrators for large-scale deployment and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, including Red Hat Network Satellite server.

Red Hat Enterprise System Monitoring and Performance Tuning (RH442)

Gives senior administrators the methodology and experience with performance tuning and capacity planning for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

This course prepares you for these credentials

Red Hat Certified Architect — RHCA

RHCA certification incorporates the skills and knowledge of RHCDS plus advanced networking services security, system monitoring, and performance tuning.

Certificates of Expertise

Certificates of Expertise are incremental credentials attached to an RHCE certification that demonstrate skills and knowledge in specialized areas.



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