RH342 - Exam Objectives/Study Tips

I always find it helpful to review and make notes against the "Objectives" for the Red Hat exams to help guide me on what I should be focusing on. It always works for me where I go through each bullet and breakdown where it is in the student guide/teaching and if I can work through it without note/lab assistance. If so I document where I struggle so I know what to work on. Figured I would share this with the broader community as a tip.

Candidates for the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Linux Diagnostics and Troubleshooting exam should be able to:

  • Understand and employ general methods for troubleshooting
    • Collect system information to aid in troubleshooting
    • Consult documentation resources to aid in troubleshooting
    • Monitor systems for vital characteristics
    • Configure systems to send log messages to a centralized host
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot system start up issues
    • Identify and resolve service failures affecting boot
    • Regain root control of a system
    • Troubleshoot boot issues
    • Identify hardware and hardware problems
    • Manage kernel modules and their parameters
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot file system issues
    • Recover corrupted file systems
    • Recover mis-configured or broken LVM configurations
    • Recover data from encrypted file systems
    • Identify and fix iSCSI issues
  • Resolve package management issues
    • Resolve package management dependency issues
    • Recover a corrupted RPM database
    • Identify and restore changed files
  • Troubleshoot and fix network connectivity issues
    • Use standard tools to verify network connectivity
    • Identify and fix network connectivity issues
    • Inspect network traffic to aid troubleshooting
  • Diagnose application issues
    • Identify library dependencies for third-party software
    • Identify if an application suffers from memory leaks
    • Use standard tools to debug an application
    • Identify and fix issues related to SELinux
  • Identify and fix authentication issues
    • Identify and fix pluggable authentication module (PAM) issues
    • Identify and fix LDAP and Kerberos identity management issues
  • Gather information to aid third party investigation of issues
    • Create kernel crashdumps
    • Compile and execute SystemTap modules


Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance through revisions to this document.

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after restart without intervention.


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Hey @jxgonzales !

I appreciate your methodology of breaking down each goal and working through it independently without relying on notes or assistance from a laboratory. It's a good approach to assess your understanding and pinpoint areas that require practice.

I would like to emphasize that once you have a solid grasp of the theoretical aspects and the process/flow/root cause troubleshooting methodology, it's crucial to practice these objectives in the labs multiple times, without referring to the solutions. During this practice, identify any steps you may have missed or performed incorrectly. This hands-on learning experience will greatly enhance your proficiency in troubleshooting and help you excel in this training

All the best!

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