New Linux Automation learning emphasizes Ansible Best Practices (DO447/EX447)


Network and Linux Administrators need to understand best practices and leveraging the advanced features of Ansible in order to enable scalable design and operation of the technology in the enterprise. This new training, Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices (DO447), expands on knowledge of best practices using Ansible skills that students were introduced to in Red Hat System Administration III: Linux Automation (RH294). It also adds a number of techniques to your skills portfolio with broad application including:

  • Use Ansible to interact with APIs to collect information and control services
  • Write playbooks that can be run in parts for testing purposes
  • Reformat and using data read from external sources and files in Ansible Playbooks
  • Implement playbooks which perform rolling service updates to avoid outages

A key best practice with Ansible is to enable effective management of changes to and execution of playbooks. Two days of in-depth content on building a workflow to centrally manage automation with Red Hat Ansible Tower is included in this course. With additional automation best practices, we aim to see our students gain a better understanding of how efficient automation with Ansible can be when executed and maintained when best practices are applied. 

In conjunction with the release of the new course, the training and certification team created the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices exam (EX447). It is a performance-based test of your knowledge and skill in managing multiple systems using Red Hat® Ansible® Engine and Red Hat Ansible Tower.

The  Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices exam will be of interest to anyone seeking to demonstrate a broader knowledge and understanding of Ansible best practices, applying Ansible in larger and more complex projects, and using Ansible Tower. Begin your Ansible Automation learning journey today. 

3 responses
Flight Engineer Flight Engineer
Flight Engineer
Hi Amy! :) Guess what, I have just started studying DO447 and I'm taking EX447 in September ! :D

That's awesome! Good luck! :smileyhappy:

Mission Specialist
Mission Specialist

I recently registered for training and certification (DO447/EX447) in Dec 2020, now that EX407 is retired, what are my options for taking exam in ANsible Automation certification track and get certified in Ansible track.


I am wondering why would Redhat even allowed me to register and take exam which will be retired after DEC31st in Second week of December 2020. Please suggest on which code to use to complete my exam under Ansible track. 


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