Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management (RHN / Satellite)

The Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management Expertise Exam is a performance-based test of the skills covered in the Red Hat Enterprise Deployment, and Systems Management (RH401) course. RH401 trains people with RHCE-level competency on skills required to manage and deploy large-scale deployment and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems successfully.

In order to enrol in this exam, one must have an RHCE on a current release at the time of the exam. Upon passing the exam, one will have earned this additional Certificate of Expertise to one’s RHCE certification.

Counts towards RHCA and RHCDS certifications

This Certificate of Expertise is one of five required to earn the designation Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) and one of the three required in order to earn the designation Red Hat Certified Datacentre Specialist (RHCDS).

Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management

Red Hat Enterprise Deployment and Systems Management (RH401) is a four-day lab-based course that explores the concepts and methods necessary for successful large-scale deployment and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. Experienced system administrators learn how to implement and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments efficiently and effectively, in ways that make their systems manageable by a team of administrators. Central to the course is hands-on training in the use of the Red Hat Network Satellite Server for deployment and provisioning of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. By the end of this course, students will have built their own RPM packages and will have used Subversion to make changes to scripts.


  • Experienced Linux system administrators responsible for the planning, deployment, and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)who want to earn:
    • Certification of Expertise
    • Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS)
    • Red Hat Certificate Architect (RHCA)


  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification or equivalent experience
  • Students without an RHCE certification are encouraged to do a skills assessment online

Duration: 4 Days (32 hours)

Fee: Rs 44,000/- + service tax

Content Outline

  1. Essential System Management
    • Goals of Enterprise system management
    • Standardisation, centralisation, and scalability
    • Provisioning and automation
  2. Installing a Red Hat Network Satellite Server
    • Introduction to RHN Satellite – features, prerequisites
    • Installing Satellite Server software
    • Understanding software channels and entitlements
    • Importing channel content into a Satellite Server
  3. Red Hat Network Organisation
    • Organization management and trust relationships
    • Managing user accounts
    • Assigning user roles (security)
    • Managing system groups
  4. Managing Changes with Revision Control
    • Introducing revision control concepts
    • Basic Subversion repository administration
    • Using Subversion to manage revisions
  5. Red Hat Network Client Configuration
    • Secure communication with SSL
    • Red Hat Network registration
    • Creating and using activation keys
    • Registration automation with
    • Troubleshooting RHN registration
  6. Red Hat Network Software Management
    • Software channel relationships
    • Cloning existing software channels
    • Managing custom software channels
    • Notifying clients of changes: managing errata
  7. Building RPMs
    • Building open source software
    • Using RPM macros
    • Writing custom spec files
    • Using rpmbuild to create RPMs
    • Signing packages for security
  8. RHN Application Programmer Interface
    • Uses for Red Hat Network API
    • Basic RHN API program structure
    • Sample programs
  9. Configuration File Management with Red Hat Network
    • Managing configuration channels
    • Configuration file macros
    • Configuration file management using command-line tools
  10. Provisioning with Kickstart
    • Anaconda kickstart options
    • Building a provisioning environment
    • Using Cobbler for provisioning
  11. Virtual Machine Management
    • Virtual host/virtual platform entitlements
    • Controlling Xen guests using RHN
    • Red Hat Network management of Xen virtual machines
  12. RHN Satellite Server Administration
    • High-availability options
    • Embedded database management
    • Certificate management
    • Changing from disconnected to connected operation
    • Inter-satellite synchronisation (ISS)
    • Exporting software channels
    • Troubleshooting
  13. Red Hat Network Proxy Server
    • RHN proxy server installation
    • Configuring a client to use a RHN proxy server
    • Managing software with RHN package manager

Certification Examination

The EX401 Deployment and Systems Management Expertise Exam tests candidates’ abilities to use Red Hat-supported products including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite Server, and virtualization to deploy and manage systems in an efficient, scalable, replicable and reliable manner.

Exam Format

The format is performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on live systems, rather than answering questions about how one might perform those tasks.


Candidates must be an RHCE on a release that is considered current in order to take this exam.

Components of the Exam

The Exam is organised as follows:

  • Satellite Server Installation and Configuration: 4 hours

Duration: 4 Hours

Fee: Rs 12,500/- + service tax

Exam Objectives

Candidates should be able to perform the tasks listed below:

  • Install an RHN Satellite server
  • Add base channels from ISO images
  • Create child channels of a base channel
  • Create different types of users
  • Create groups and add group admins
  • Create configuration channels
  • Create a custom RPM spec file and build a binary RPM from source code
  • Upload custom RPMS to an RHN Satellite server
  • Create Activation keys
  • Assign groups, software channels and configuration channels to the Activation key
  • Configure errata
  • Provisioning clients using kickstart
  • Set up and configure DHCP
  • Configure PXE-boot
  • Set up an SVN version control repository
  • Kickstart a machine using Cobbler
  • Manage virtual systems using RHN Satellite Server
  • Clone channels and use a cloned channel

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