Monday, June 25, 2012


Monday, June 25, 2012 26 Comments
Ok folks, if you're here then you have just hit jackpot because I am fresh from sitting my RHCSA exam last Friday and I passed!

Alot of blogs and sites out there provide information but its for older exams (RHCSA 5 and beyond that) so whatever I gleaned from there after going thru RHCSA classes I was told that they had made the exams easier this time around because of the high failure rate and low retake rate. I took my package that included a FREE retake (and mind you, this is really a good bargain) at about RM 4300. I had 4 days of intense classes and exam afterwards.

Unlike older exams, they don't ask you to setup an entire system from scratch but provide a VM to you on a Linux desktop. Now of course you don't get the root password of your desktop, whatever work you do its done on your VM. Your reboot, your reset, whatever changes you need to do its all done here. Don't bother with your desktop, please.

Some tips on the network configuration. Now, by default the system has NetworkManager turned on, but because you will need static IP configured it's going to clash with Network Manager so you got to turn it off and it stay that way persistently.

Hint: Commands to use

#service NetworkManager stop
#chkconfig NetworkManager off
#vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
(input static IP config parameters here)
Once you are satisfied with changes, then give network a good old restart
#service network restart

FYI, RHEL changes their questions formatting 3-4 times a year so if you are in luck you get whatever formatting I got

These questions are going to be lightly tested or not tested at all:

Selinux booleans and contexts
FS encryption

But that doesn't mean it isn't covered, just know how it works

The following are the usual topics covered

File System Management
1. Extend existing FS
2. Resize existing FS
3. Create a new FS from scratch
4. Create swapspace 
Folks becareful with resizing FS because usually a lot of guys don't follow the syntax order and ended up corrupting their VM. This means whatever changes you had done prior to resizing was also LOST!

I'll be kind enough to put up the correct syntax to resizing a FS

Unmount your FS
#umount /test
Run fsck on the unmounted FS
#fsck -f /dev/mapper/vgtest-test
Resize the LV
#resize2fs -p /dev/mapper/vgtest-test 1024M
#lvreduce -L 1024M /dev/mapper/vgtest-test
Mount back the FS
#mount -a 
#mount /dev/mapper/vgtest-test /test

Hint: Group your FS questions together and do THAT first in the exam, so if you crash your VM  you don't wipe out all your other changes

Command line
1. Find command, sort command, STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR

This is basically one liner bonus questions IMHO

Hint: Know how to set cronjob for non root user

This question is heavily tested in RHCSA and you really have to read the questions carefully
1. Setup autofs
2. LDAP autofs with LDAP authentication

Basically, they're going to ask you to setup autoFS with LDAP authentication to allow a user from the instructor's share drive to be able to access to your VM and cd into his home directory with certain permissions. LDAP configuration information is given, you just have to utilize your auto.master and auto.blah to make it work.

And remember, to RELOAD autofs not RESTART because on 6.0 there is a bug that hangs the system if you run service autofs restart

#service autofs reload
#service autofs stop
#service autofs start

Hint: Commands to use

#showmount -e
#getent passwd ldapuserXX
#vi /etc/auto.master
#vi /etc/auto.blah

1.configure yum repo
2. software update/install with yum

Ok this is really important because if you got this wrong then for the rest of the exam you won't be able to update or install any additional RPMs that you will need to complete some of your questions

#vi /etc/yum.repos.d
#vi blah.repo

FTP & Webserver
1. FTP with anonymous user with RW permissions
Hint: vsftpd
2. Configure a web server

Hint : httpd and wget

Firewall tips

This is not RHSCA 5, if you disable firewall you only lose 5 marks or so, NO! I was told that you lose more than that if you disable your firewall so if I were you I would leave the firewall turned on as it is and only allow communications with the ports that I need. I was lazy so I just enabled all the ports I saw in scroll down list LOL so all my services were working

 User & Group Management
1. SUID, GUID, sticky bit
2. ACLs

Hints: No hints, this is like bonus question

And finally, reboot reboot and reboot to make sure your changes are persistent
I finished my paper and I had 20 mins to spare!

I was browsing thru the names for the exam and came across a familiar name of someone from my old company and fancy that I never saw him at the exam. Most likely he missed it because he was a late riser! LOL!

Good luck to you all and I hope you fail pass

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Indian Wedding : The Mines Welness Hotel

Monday, June 11, 2012 0 Comments
This hotel is hidden from the rest of bustling Sri Kembangan, tucked in a corner of a gold course behind MIECC. The rates are affordable, they have a cruise ship if you want an even private event, a man made beach, faces the Mines lake; albeit a small ballroom. But the lush carpeting, grandeur wooden hotel interior fused with bamboo paneling attracts the nature lover and Australians in us.

Ok, enough talk lets see the pictures

Contact person

Saras @019-6001463

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Business Card

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 0 Comments
Crappy HP, I was menstruating for them for 3 and half years and received no such business cards but less than a year at my new job, my manager strolled purposefully one morning and dropped everyone's generic business cards at their tables. Sure felt good to have my name on something other than my loans and insurance

Monday, June 4, 2012

Wedding Venue: Wisma LJT

Monday, June 04, 2012 0 Comments
This is truly a gem of a  located in Taman Melawati behind Maybank but both halls; on levels 4 and 6 are only rented out to Muslim weddings, due to racial reasons. This property is owned by Sime Darby, oh no guess there and houses several offices and juru-ukurs. Both halls are outsourced to third party weddings planners, like the hall in level 6 is outsourced to a Mr Azim and the one in Level 4 to some Mrs something, they have pamplets at the lobby so you will have to call them in order to view the halls. Im not going to bother putting up the phone numbers here also, for racial reasons. But I went a step ahead and requested the SIme Darby people to show me all three halls, stating that I was out of town and I took the day off today to scour for possible wedding venues. SO there was a nice lady who showed me around and all in all its not a bad place to host a wedding.

Of course my entry here is not completely honest. What about Level 5? Well, that one is maintained by the LJT management itself, and it is newly renovated, its only been used for like two events and both also internal events. I am getting a reply from them this Thursday if they allow Indian wedding and fire and all that shit, sometimes I hate this fucking religion its all retarded and consumed around fire. Burning the dead (fire there) run around in circles around wedding pyre (fire there) and house warming pyre (ruin perfectly good plaster ceiling with fire stains) and the burning/immolation of a widow (fire there) And all Indian people are oily, dirty and smelly. That smell is synonymous with Indians, but I am not not ashamed to admit it. Hey, look at the bright side, at least we shower 2 times a day (listen white people)

Indian Wedding Venue: Jenjarom Wedding Ballroom

Monday, June 04, 2012 0 Comments
I'm not going to disclose exactly where this is, but it is in Jenjarom Banting close to FGS Dong Zen-you will have to comment in here if you want more details. The rent is RM 3500 for Ballroom A with banquet chairs, tables and table cloths, PA system and projector. You can bargain with them for RM 2700. Ballroom B is about RM2700 or RM 2500 and the smallest ballroom, Ballroom C is like RM 2000. Ballroom A and B can be combined into a large Ballroom if you have like 2000 guests

Some pictures of the ballrooms

Saturday, June 2, 2012