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11 months ago

Passed the RH EX407 Ansible Automation exam

Hi all,

I recently passed the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation exam (EX407)  and I would like to share my experience so that it may help others.

Background - I have been using Ansible at work for about seven months and probably writing playbooks for the last two months of that period. I was fortunate enough to get on the DO407 course  (Red Hats' official offering) which is a great course in its own right. That being said, the EX407 prep course offered by Linux Academy is more than enough to pass the actual exam and I found the pace and content to be excellent. I can thoroughly recommend the Linux Academy EX407 Exam prep course.

Exam Prep - Apart from the usual "go through all the videos, labs and quizzes", there are several other strategies I found to be immensely useful: 

1). Use the flashcards as much as possible. The questions provided are pertinent to the exam itself and is useful to reinforce important concepts. 10-20 minutes a day over the course of a few weeks is a solid start.

2). After you have completed all available labs on Linux Academy, create some of your own. For example, I wrote several playbooks to deploy Postgres/Nginx docker containers and configure the instances with passwords etc that are stored in an ansible vault. I find the more challenging the lab and the more modules you interact with, the greater the level of knowledge retention there is. 

3). The single best resource I have come across is the practice exam. Do it and keep doing it until it is like second nature. This is the closest thing I have seen to the actual exam. If you can do this without too much trouble then you are ready for the exam.

Final thoughts - The exam is four hours long and in my opinion, if you know your stuff, this is ample time to finish and re-check your work. On the big day itself, a couple of useful tips:

1).  Take your time when reading the instructions. Misinterpreting instructions is a sure way of losing marks. 

2).  Be precise in naming your playbooks, files, and variables.  

3). When developing your solutions, run them against a single host first. That way, it is easier to revert the changes should something not work quite as expected.

4). Try to leave a bit of time at the end of the exam so that you can go through all of the tasks and check things like syntax, file/variable naming and ensure that everything runs as expected.

5). Don't forget to leverage ansible ad-hoc mode to verify/validate your work as you go.

I scored 286/300 and would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to Stosh and Linux Academy for providing such a brilliant course. Perhaps the CJE next...


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11 months ago
Congrats Brett !! Thanks for sharing the prep details !
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11 months ago
Way to go, thanks for sharing your insights.
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11 months ago
Well done, well done, and thank you for the feedback and insights.
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11 months ago
Great input, congratulations.
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11 months ago
Great job, congrats!!!
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11 months ago
Way to go, Brett! Congratulations!
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11 months ago
Best news of the day, Brett! Congratulations!
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11 months ago
Congratulations and thank you for the exam day suggestions!
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11 months ago
Excellent job!
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11 months ago
Great advice!  And congrats on your success!
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11 months ago
Way to go Brett, congrats!
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11 months ago
Congrats, Brett! Thanks for the advice on the exam as well!
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11 months ago
Well done!
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11 months ago
Congrats Brett!  Great job!
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11 months ago
Awesome news, Brett! Congratulations and thank you so much for the extensive feedback! Best of luck with the CJE. :)
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11 months ago
Wow, this is great stuff!  Congratulations on passing the exam and thank you for sharing your awesome feedback!!
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11 months ago
Great work, Brett!!
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11 months ago
Awesome job!  Congrats.
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11 months ago
Nice!!! Congrats!
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11 months ago
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11 months ago
Thanks for the great advice!! Congrats on the pass.
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11 months ago
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11 months ago
That is amazing! Thank you for sharing your feedback and experience! CONGRATS, BRETT!!!
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11 months ago
Really good feedback, and congratulations on your pass Brett!
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11 months ago
Thanks for all the information! Congratulations on passing!!
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11 months ago
Congrats, Brett!
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11 months ago
Thanks for the feedback, and congrats!!!
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11 months ago
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11 months ago
Wow!  That is awesome, Brett!  I am glad the course was helpful for you and happy to hear you passed the test!  Thanks for the feedback!
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11 months ago
Great job! Congratulations! 
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11 months ago
Congrats, Brett! This is all fantastic advice. As a dev here, it's absolutely wonderful to see the tools we put together being put to good use. Congrats again, and best of luck on whatever's next!
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11 months ago
Way to go, Brett!  Thank you for your feedback!
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11 months ago
Congrats nice job and thank you for the feedback!
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11 months ago
Fantastic news and thank you for sharing your experience!
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11 months ago
Great job!
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11 months ago
Congratulations, Brett! 
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11 months ago

Congratulations Brett!

I’d love to endorse/recommend you on LinkedIn if you want. All you have to do is add me as a connection and add Linux Academy as your school. Once you do that, post a picture of your cert about passing in your feed and reference me within the original post. Once I see this, I’ll be able to recommend you for your hard work on your LinkedIn profile.