Performance tuning and capacity planning for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat® Enterprise Performance Tuning is designed to teach senior Linux® system administrators the methodology of performance tuning for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


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


5 days 

Course overview

This course discusses system architecture with an emphasis on understanding the implications on system performance, methods for testing the effects of performance adjustments, open source benchmarking utilities, methods for analyzing system and networking performance, and tuning configurations for specific application loads.

A Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE®) who successfully completes this course is prepared to take the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning exam (EX442).

Course content summary

Tuning for use-case scenarios (for example, HPC, large memory, database, and file server)

Tuning for power consumption

Tuning virtual machines (host and guest)

Tuning memory and caches

Tuning CPU and memory utilization using cgroups

Gathering performance metrics and other data for tuning purposes

What is a Certificate of Expertise credential?

Certificates of Expertise are upper-level credentials available to RHCEs who pass upper-level performance-based exams. The certificates are incremental credentials, attached to an RHCE certification, that demonstrate skills and knowledge in specialized areas.

Audience and prerequisites

  • Experienced Linux system administrators responsible for maximizing resource utilization through performance tuning
  • An RHCE interested in earning a Red Hat Certification of Expertise, or a Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) or Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) credential

Prerequisites for this course

  • RHCE certification or equivalent experience

Outline for this course

Introduction to performance tuning

Understand the basic principles of performance tuning and analysis.

Collecting, graphing, and interpreting data

Gain proficiency in using basic analysis tools and in evaluating data.

General tuning

Learn basic tuning theory and mechanisms used to tune the system.

Hardware profiling

Understand and analyze hardware.

Software profiling

Analyze CPU and memory performance of applications.

Mail server tuning

Learn about basic storage tuning using an email server as an example.

Large memory workload tuning

Understand memory management and tuning.

HPC workload tuning

Understand tuning for CPU-bound applications.

File server tuning

Understand storage and network tuning in the context of a file server application.

Database server tuning

Tune memory and network performance using a database application as an example.

Power usage tuning

Tune systems with power consumption in mind.

Virtualization tuning

Tune ‘host’ and ‘guest’ for efficient virtualization.

Note: Course outline is subject to change with technology advances and as the nature of the underlying job evolves. For questions or confirmation on a specific objective or topic, please contact a training specialist.

Recommended next exam or course

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Performance Tuning exam (EX442)

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

Red Hat Enterprise SELinux Policy Administration (RHS429)

Equips application programmers and senior system and security administrators for SELinux policy writing, including management, compiling, and debugging.

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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