Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA)

Virtualization helps users make the most out of their IT environments by allowing a single server to run multiple servers or desktop operating systems. The Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) certification assures system administrators have the right skills and knowledge to successfully manage these virtual solutions. If you are a system administrator in a data center, a technical professional designing virtual environments, or a virtualization administrator migrating to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, this is the right certification for you.

RHCVA consists of one training module — namely, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RH318) — and successfully passing the examination. Although participating in the classroom training module is not necessary to sit for the certification examination, it guides you in your exam preparations.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RH318) is an extensive hands-on training course that explores the virtualization features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the advanced Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization platform. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to deploy and centrally manage virtual servers and virtual desktops in the enterprise. Upon completion of RH318, students will have the skills and knowledge to effectively create, deploy, manage, and migrate Linux and Microsoft Windows virtual machines hosted on either RHEV Hypervisor or Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers dedicated nodes using RHEV Manager.


Experienced Linux system administrators responsible for managing enterprise servers who are interested in learning how to manage large numbers of servers or virtual machines using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.


Duration: 4 Days (32 hours)

Fee: Rs 15,000/- + service tax

Course Content

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization with KVM overview
  • Advanced Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization with KVM
  • Overview of RHEV platform
  • Creating and configuring: Data Centers, Host Clusters and RHEV-M
  • Installing and upgrading RHEV-H
  • Configure Data, ISO and Export storage domains using NFS and iSCSI
  • Create and manage Virtual Servers and Virtual Desktops
  • Create and manage Snapshots and Templates
  • Create and manage users and Desktop Pools
  • Exporting/importing virtual machines

Content Outline

  1. Introduction to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Platform
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtualization
    • Introduction to KVM
    • VirtIO drivers
    • libvirt
    • Virtual machine management with virsh
  2. Advanced RHEL Virtualization
    • Managing virtual machines with RHN
    • Defining VMs with libvirt XML
    • Custom KVM network configuration
    • Virtual Machine Migration
    • Shared Storage
    • iSCSI: Internet SCSI
    • Acessing disk images from the host OS
  3. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
    • RHEV for Servers architecture overview
    • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager overview
    • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor overview
    • Preparing a Windows Server for RHEV-M installation
  4. RHEV Manager
    • Installing RHEV Manager
    • The RHEV-M database
    • Accessing the RHEV-M Admin Portal
  5. RHEV Hypervisor
    • Introduction to RHEV-H
    • RHEV-H deployment modes
    • Installing RHEV-H
    • Automated RHEV-H installation
    • RHEV-H reconfiguration
    • Upgrading RHEV-H
    • Troubleshooting RHEV-H
  6. RHEV Data Center
    • Data Center overview
    • Host
    • Storage Domains
    • Clusters
    • System Scheduler
    • Logical networks
    • Virtual machines
    • Creating a New Data Center
    • Creating a New Cluster
    • Configuring storage
  7. RHEV for Servers
    • Creating virtual servers
    • Installing virtual servers
    • Paravirtualized drivers for Windows
    • PXE Installation and RHN/Cobbler
    • Virtual Machine Migration
    • High Availability for Guests
    • RHN Entitlements and RHEV VMs
  8. RHEV for Desktops
    • RHEV for Desktops architecture
    • SPICE
    • Creating virtual Desktops
    • Installing Windows network VirtIO drivers
  9. Snapshots and Templates
    • Image formats
    • Image management
    • Creating VM snapshots
    • Creating templates
    • Sealing a Windows template with Sysprep
  10. Desktop Pools, Users and Portal
    • Creating and managing Desktop Pools
    • Managing users
    • Accessing the User Portal
    • Accessing Virtual Desktops
  11. Advanced RHEV
    • Using Export Storage domains
    • Converting Virtual Machines with virt-v2v
    • Importing converted Virtual Machines
    • Using the Search Bar
    • Using Tags
    • Using the Monitoring Tools
    • Using Log Collector
  12. RHEV-Managed RHEL Hosts
    • Managed Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts
    • RHEV software for RHEL nodes
    • Registering a RHEL node with RHEV
    • Troubleshooting registration
    • Performance tuning for RHEV

RHCVA Certification Examination

The EX318 Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) exam continues the Red Hat tradition of benchmarking the skills of IT professionals through hands-on skills assessments. Individuals who earn the RHCVA credential have demonstrated the skills and knowledge to create, deploy, and manage Linux and Microsoft Windows virtual machines hosted on either Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers or dedicated hypervisor nodes using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager. An RHCVA credential assures enterprises that their virtualization solutions are administered optimally and establishes credibility for service providers.

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.


  • Experience using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and Hypervisor
  • Experience using and installing software on Microsoft Windows
  • # Experience using VNC to view remote desktops

Recommended Preparation

RH318 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization


  • Experienced system administrators who are preparing to adopt and deploy Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to a large number of servers or virtual machines
  • IT professionals who are evaluating a migration from other virtualization technologies and want to fully understand what skills are needed to administer Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization technology
  • System administrators whose jobs include managing virtual environments

Duration: 3 Hours

Fee: Rs 12,500/- + service tax

Exam Objectives

Candidates should be able to perform the tasks listed below:

  • Install Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager (RHEV-M) and any dependencies
  • Use RHEV-M to:
    • Create Data Centers
    • Create Clusters
    • Manage Hypervisor Hosts
    • Configure Storage
    • Create Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft Windows virtual machines
    • Create Pools
    • Create Templates
    • Create RHEV-M users
  • Install and configure a Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor (RHEV-H) to support guests and attach to a RHEV-M
  • Import installation media for creating new virtual machines
  • Perform management tasks such as collecting logs, creating bookmarks for specific events, etc.

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must be persistent.