"I only recently obtained my RHCE for Enterprise Linux 6. I had
never used Linux in an enterprise environment, although I had used
it on my own personal PC for a few years.
"It's actually not quite fair to compare the MCSE to the RHCE,
because the RHCE is only a subset of the full RHCA certification
offered by RedHat. But the RHCE will do for the purpose of this
"The most significant difference between the MCSE and RHCE is
that the RedHat exam is entirely practical. You get a series of
tasks to perform on a live, real world RHEL install. So while the
MCSE might as you which kind if DNS server you would setup in a
given situation, the RHCE asks you to actually set up a caching DNS
server. Knowing the difference between a master, slave and caching
only DNS server will not get you very far in the RHCE - you need to
know how to install and configure one on a live RHEL install. This
means knowing the location of the configuration files, knowing its
syntax, knowing how to setup the firewall to grant access to the
DNS server, and knowing how to test your settings. And if you mess
up a configuration file without backing it up, there is no reset
button to help you out. Just like in real life, if you screw
something up, you go directly to jail without passing Go."
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