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A testing time for all Solaris and Linux Administrators
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This page describes certification for the Solaris or Linux Administrator

 

Oracle Solaris - please note that our Solaris courses are retired from the end of October 2017.

As with many other operating systems and applications, a certification path is available for the Solaris administrator. The certification is achieved by passing exams run independently of Oracle by the Pearson VUE organisation, who have many testing centres around the UK.

Contrary to rumours, and as many of our clients will verify, you don't have to attend Oracle's courses to sit (and pass) these exams! Well, maybe one....see below.

With the release of Solaris 11 in late 2011, the picture is somewhat confusing, but here is the situation as of February 2012:-

For Solaris 10; there are several levels of examination, including:

  • Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System (1Z0-876, was CX-310-105)
  • Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 10  System Administrator Parts 1 and 2 (1Z0-877 and 1Z0-878, was CX-310-200 and CX-310-201 exams.)
  • Upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional System Administrator for the Solaris 10 Operating System (1Z0-879, was CX-310-203)
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Solaris Network Administrator for Solaris 10 (1Z0-880, was CX-310-302)

The Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 10  System Administrator Parts 1 and 2 (1Z0-877 and 1Z0-878) qualifications are a pre-requisite for the Oracle Certified Expert, Network Administrator for Solaris 10 (1Z0-880, was CX-310-302.)
The exams may be taken at any Pearson VUE testing centre. Before sitting these exams we recommend that your Solaris experience matches that covered by the following courses:

The above courses, taken in the order shown, will more than prepare you for the Solaris Certified Administrator and also for the Solaris Network Administrator.
Note that there is also a Solaris Security expert certification, for which First Alternative do not offer a course.

For Solaris 11; again there are several levels:-

    • Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (1Z0-821  exam)
    • Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (1Z0-822 exam)
    • Upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (1Z0-820 exam)

Oracle Certified Associate (1Z0-821), and the Upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional (1Z0-820) do not require attendance on a Oracle course.
Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator does require attendance on a "approved" course.
There are currently June 2013) no Solaris 11 Security Administrator or Solaris 11 Network Administrator certifications.
First Alternative currently offer the following Solaris 11 courses:-
To prepare for the Upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam (1Z0-820 or 1Z1-820):-

For new Solaris 11 administrators:-

See here for full details of Solaris 11 certification at the Oracle web site.

Additional recommendations: As a delegate, you should also have a fair degree of practical experience in readiness for the broad-based Solaris and networking topics you may meet on the question papers. However, Oracle now demand that, if you are a new Solaris administrator, that you must attend one of their courses (including a choice of several that are not directly relevant to the certification). If you hold an existing certification from say Solaris 9, and wish to upgrade there is no requirement to attend an Oracle course.

Linux Certification

Our courses are designed to help achieve the following certifications:

  • Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
  • RedHat Certified Engineer.
  • Oracle Linux Systems Administrator and Implementation Specialist.

LPI is a vendor-neutral certification and is taken through the Pearson VUE testing organisation, for which there are many testing centres around the country. For full information about the LPI exams, look at www.pearsonvue.com. This web site contains not only registration details, but also telephone numbers of regional offices.

RedHat Linux certification is run by RedHat themselves. It takes a day, and covers practical tests as well as a multi-choice question exam. Full details are available at www.redhat.co.ukAs an alternative to RedHat, Oracle also offer Oracle Linux certifications via Pearson VUE. Oracle Linux is a direct derivative of RedHat Linux.
There are two exams, Oracle Linux Fundamentals (1Z0-402) and Oracle Linux Systems Administrator (1Z0-403).

Your knowledge should be up to a level as taught in the following courses:

Notes on the suitability of our courses:-

Our courses are aimed at the practical aspects of the use and administration of Linux, in particular the RedHat linux system (easily the most popular distribution in the UK). The LPI certification exams will ask questions on other versions of Linux such as Debian, which we do not cover. However, our courses cover about 90% of what is required, and there are exam guides available to study to pick up on the additional "odds and ends" for those who wish to be totally thorough! Ideally, you should combine the above with about 6 months of practical experience, and study the exam guides carefully. Remember that you can book all the above via our LI2 package, giving you 13 days of instructor-led training for a price that leaves other training companies standing!

Summary of Linux courses required:-

RHCT exam, LPI 101 and 102

  • Introduction to Linux (course code LI)
  • Linux for Users/Administrators (course code LUA)
  • Linux System Administration (Part 1) (course code LA1)
  • Linux System Administration (Part 2) (course code LA2)

    RHCE exam, LPI 201 and 202

    All the above, plus:-
  • Linux Advanced System Administration (course code LASA)

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