After my CKA certification, I decided to train for Openshift EX280 exam.
Unfortunately I cannot afford official Red Hat training and my company doesn't pay for the course so I have to do all on my own
The first thing I want to do is to setup a small lab to train with Openshift, I saw that there is available CodeReady Containers but it is very heavy and I cannot run it on my laptop
Do you have an alternative idea on how to setup a small Openshift cluster without spending too much?
Also do you have some tips for passing the exam?
Experience with vanilla Kubernetes does help a lot with EX280 but the exam also expects that you know about OpenShift add-ons such as the oc CLI tool, Deployment Configuration resources, and Source-to-Image (that is not a comprehensive list!).
I would advise you to spend time reading the OpenShift product documentation, and if you cannot install neither a CRC single-node cluster nor a multi-node cluster, you can use the OpenShift playground, that gives you access to a time-limited cluster in the cloud:
Scroll down to the bottom of https://www.openshift.com/try and also check https://developers.redhat.com/courses/openshift/playground-openshift
Product docs are available for free at https://docs.openshift.com/container-platform/4.5/welcome/index.html
When you feel prepated to take the exam, check the OpenShift release it uses so you can review product docs for that release, especially the release nodes that lists differences compared to previous releases. Very little in the changes from OpenShift 4.y to OpenShift 4.y+d affect the exam but you may be surprized by cosmetic changes in command output and look and feel of the web console.
It is more expensive than you'd expect. I don't remember actual numbers but you need 5 VMs (plus a temporary VM during installation) that are not minimal instances. These instances are very "chatty", taking 20%+ CPU when "iddle" (no apps running on your cluster), and shutting then all down and later booting them has a few challenges with managing node certificates.
Anyway I think a cloud-based cluster is good investment for learning. Maybe you can find better prices for one of the managed OpenShift services from IBM Cloud, AWS, and Azure. They would not give you full admin on control plane nodes but might be sufficient cluster admin powers for EX280.
I think the best way for prepare for EX280 Exam is attend for Red Hat DO280V45 course.
If you are good in doing all guided execises and labs quickly, without mistakes and you are understand what you are doing, than your chance to pass exam is high.
Another hint is to know product documentation.
Red Hat gives you access to official docs of Openshift in pdf and html format at exam time.
You can not remember some things but you know where to find hint in docs?
You can easily remember it with official docs.