With the introduction of Exam 304: Virtualization and High Availability, the Linux Professional Institute adds another specialty option to its senior-level LPIC-3 certification. Aimed at enterprise level Linux professionals, this base certification seeks to identify IT workers with substantial skills and experience in working with Linux in an enterprise-class computing environment. This includes several years’ experience installing and maintaining Linux on various systems and servers across a broad range of roles or applications, integration experience with multiple platforms and operating systems, and advanced Linux administration tasks and responsibilities related to installation, management, security, troubleshooting, and maintenance.
Likewise, familiarity with Open Source measurement and analysis tools is required to support capacity planning and resource consumption problems or issues. Sophisticated networking knowledge includes LDAP for use with Unix and Windows services, such as Samba, PAM, email, and Active Directory. Senior-level skills and knowledge come into play through requirements to understand and undertake the lifecycle process inherent in planning, architecting, designing, building and implementing a complete Linux-based computing environment, to measure and monitor its real-time behavior, and plan for growth and explansion. Finally, scripting skills (Perl, Bash, Korn Shell, and so forth) or knowledge of a system programming language (such as C, C+, or C++) is needed to handle automating routine tasks and analyzing system logs and reports.
What the virtualization exam add to LPI-3 is a strong working skills and knowledge regarding virtualization theory and concepts, as well as tools and technologies. Candidates must understand pros and cons of virtualization, as well as costs and benefits. They must also be familiar with various virtualization environments, including related hypervisors, virtual machines, paravirtualization techniques, and so forth. Platforms covered include Xen, KVM, OpenVZ, and VirtualBox. Other topics and techniques covered on the exam include load balancing, HAProxy, LinuxPMI, Cluster Management, Advanced Pacemaker, Red Hat Cluster Suite and Advanced Cluster Suite, Cluster Storage, Global File System and OCFS2, plus other clustered file systems.
Candidates must first take and pass LPIC-3 Exam 301 (Core, $260) before they can attempt Exam 304 (Virtualization, $160). Exams are offered at both Prometric and VUE testing centers worldwide.