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MCSE or RHCE - Which certification should you be the most proud of?

Jun 30, 2011, 11:03 (6 Talkback[s])
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"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 comparison.

"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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