Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Proving and Extending Your Oracle Linux Expertise

If you feel you have a good level of hands-on experience and Linux system administration knowledge, prove this by taking the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate exam. In this exam, you will get 150 minutes to attempt 111 multiple choice questions. To reinforce your exam preparation you can take the Oracle Linux System Administration training course.

To go to the next level of system administration expertise, learn about advanced Oracle Linux featues by taking the Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration course. In this 3 day, instructor-led course you will discover how to take advantage of Btrfs to improve system performance and to use Linux containers to increase your resource utilization by creating secure isolated environments on a single host.

You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Take this course from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education to take this course. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 13 March 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 13 August 2014

 English

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 12 May 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 9 June 2014

 English

Lagos, Nigeria 

 26 May 2014

 English 

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 March 2014

 Turkish

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 May 2014

 English

 Irving, TX, United States

 16 April 2014

 English

 Caracas, Venezuela

 24 February 2014

 Spanish

To register for this course, request an additional event or learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Monday Dec 02, 2013

Three Weeks Remain to Take the Beta Oracle Linux OCA Exam

Thousands of people have testified to the value of the Oracle Certification Program as follows:

  • 97% said they have benefited from certification.
  • 96% would recommend the program to a professional colleague.
  • 89% said they gained more confidence in their Oracle expertise after becoming certified.

You have until December 21st to take the new Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA Certification exam in its beta form. During the beta phase, you get a fully fledged certification at a much reduced price, for example $50 in the United States and 39 euros in the euro zone.

To see what is covered in this exam, look at the Exam Topics on the certification page.

For information about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

Get Oracle Linux Certified at Much Reduced Price

You have already heard the great news that you can now prove your knowledge on Oracle Linux 5 and 6 with the new Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administrator exam.

Until December 21th 2013, this exam is in beta phase so you can get a fully-fledged certification at a much reduced price; for example $50 in the United States or 39 euros in the euro zone.

Establishing What You Need to Know

Your first step is to click on the Exam Topics tab on the certification page. You will see a list of topics that you will be tested on during the certification exam. These are the areas that you need to improve your knowledge on, if you are not already expert.

Registering For a Certification Exam

On the certification page, click on Register for this Exam. The Pearson VUE site guides you through signing up for an event at a date and location to suit you.

Preparing to Take an Exam

On the certification page, click on the Exam Preparation tab. This indicates the recommended training that can help you prepare to sit the exam.

The recommended training for this certification is the Oracle Linux System Administration course. You can take this very popular 5-day live instructor-led course as a:

  • Live Virtual Event: Take the training from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events already on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Brussels, Belgium

 18 November 2013

 English

 London, England

 16 December 2013

 English 

 Manchester, England

 27 January 2014

 English

 Reading, England

 12 May 2014

 English

 Milan, Italy

 31 March 2014

 Italian 

 Rome, Italy

 10 February 2014

 Italian

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 18 November 2013

 Dutch

Warsaw, Poland 

 9 December 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 20 January 2014

 Romanian

 Ankara, Turkey

 12 January 2014

 Turkish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 16 December 2013

 Turkish

 Panjim, India

 4 November 2013

 English

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 9 December 2013

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 25 November 2013

 English

 Makati City, Philippines

 11 November 2013

 English

 Singapore

 25 November 2013

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 11 November 2013

 English

 Casablanca, Morocco

 16 December 2013

 English

 Muscat, Oman

 2 March 2014

 English

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 17 February 2014

 English

 Tunis, Tunisia

 31 March 2014

 French

 Canberra, Australia

25 November 2013 

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 19 May 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 20 January 2014

 English

 Mississauga, Canada

 24 February 2014

 English

Ottawa, Canada 

 28 April 2014

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 10 February 2014

 English

 Irvine, CA, United States

 12 May 2014

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 18 November 2013

 English

 Chicago, IL, United States

 14 April 2014

 English

 Cambridge, MA, United States

 18 November 2013

 English

 Roseville, MA, United States

 2 December 2013

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 10 March 2014

 English 

 Pittsburg, PA, United States

 9 December 2013

 English 

 Reston, VA, United States

13 January 2014 

 English

For more information on the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Wednesday Aug 14, 2013

Oracle Launches New Oracle Linux 6 Certification

Oracle Certification announces the release of the new Oracle Linux 6 OCA certification. This credential will give you a solid foundation of knowledge to implement and administer the Oracle Linux Operating System.

ORACLE CERTIFIED ASSOCIATE (OCA)

The "Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administrator" (OCA) is designed for individuals who possess a strong knowledge of the Oracle Linux Operating System, and covers topics such as:
  • Describing Oracle Linux concepts
  • Understanding system configuration options
  • Installing Oracle Linux
  • Installing and maintaining packages
  • Managing kernel modules
  • Users and groups
  • Storage devices
  • Network configuration  
This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise on the only Linux distribution that's fully optimized for Oracle products and for running on Oracle's engineered systems including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle Database Appliance. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. 

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam: "Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration" (1Z0-100). This exam is currently in beta testing and is now available for registration through Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. Although there is no required training for this certification, the Oracle Linux System Administration course is highly recommended to help ensure success on the certification exam.

TAKING TRAINING
You can take Oracle Linux training as:
  • Live Virtual Events: Taking this training from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of the events to suit different time zones.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

Oracle Linux System Administration

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 London, England

 2 September 2013

 English

 Manchester, England

 9 September 2013

 English

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 2 September 2013

 Dutch

 Warsaw, Poland

21 October 2013 

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 2 December 2013

 Romanian

 Ankara, Turkey

 7 October 2013

 Turkish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 9 September 2013

 Turkish

 Dhaka, Bangladesh

16 August 2013

 English

Jakarta, Indonesia 

16 September 2013 

 English

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

21 October 2013 

 English

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 

23 September 2013 

 English

Makati City, Philippines 

9 September 2013 

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 26 August 2013

 English

Phoenix, AZ, United States 

7 October 2013 

  English 

Belmont, CA, United States 

23 September 2013 

 English

Irvine, CA, United States 

18 November 2013 

 English

Burlington, CA, United States 

18 November 2013

 English

Columbia, MD, United States 

30 September 2013 

 English 

Roseville, MN, United States 

 7 October 2013 

 English

St Louis, MO, United States 

7 October 2013 

 English

Edison, NJ, United States 

28 October 2013 

 English

Pittsburg, PA, United States 

9 December 2013

 English

Reston, VA, United States 

12 August 2013 

 English

Brookfield, WI, United States 

30 September 2013 

English

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 9 October 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 29 January 2014

 English

 Irvine, CA, United States

 6 January 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 2 September 2013

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 May 2014

 English

 Irving, TX, United States

 16 April 2014

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 17 February 2014

 English

Monday Oct 08, 2012

Oracle Linux 6 Implementation Essentials Certification Exam Now Available

Get proof of your linux system administration skills by taking the Oracle Linux 6 Implementation Essentials Certification exam. This certification is available to all candidates. Oracle Partner Members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists.

This certification takes under 3 hours, asking you between 120-150 questions on areas including:

  • Introduction to Oracle Linux
  • Installing Oracle Linux 6
  • Linux Boot Process
  • Oracle Linux System Configuration and Process Management
  • Oracle Linux Package Management
  • Ksplice Zero Downtime Updates
  • Automate Tasks and System Logging
  • User and Group Administration
  • Oracle Linux File Sytems and Storage Administration
  • Network Administration
  • Oracle Linux System Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Oracle Certifications are among the most sought after badges of credibility for expertise in the Information Technology marketplace. See Benefits of Oracle Certification for more information.

To prepare for this exam, you can take the Oracle Linux System Administration training.

Tuesday Aug 28, 2012

Oracle Keeps Growing Partner Certifications with Addition of McAfee

Viruses stink. Whether it’s the common cold virus, Goatpox virus – yes it exists -- or a computer virus, you name it, viruses stink. When it comes to our computer server infrastructure we all want to make sure our servers are secure from any malware out there. Additionally, installation of anti-virus software is a requirement by many governments and for many enterprises both large and small.

Because of the growth of Oracle Linux in their customer base, McAfee recently certified their “McAfee VirusScan Enterprise for Linux” on Oracle Linux.  It delivers always-on, real-time anti-virus protection for Linux environments. Its unique, Linux-based on-access scanner constantly monitors the system for potential attacks. While there have been few viruses found on Linux, you can now feel secure running Oracle Linux in your infrastructure with McAfee on top.

We are happy to introduce McAfee into the Oracle Linux family of certified applications

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ISV Certification is Accelerating on Oracle Linux

A typical question I receive on a daily basis from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) is how they can work with Oracle to certify their applications on Oracle Linux.  The quick answer I give them is “Paper Cert it!” That might not explain the whole process, but it is that easy. Let me give some background for those who are unfamiliar with Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux is binary compatible to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This means your applications will run the same on Oracle Linux as they do on RHEL. That’s because Oracle Linux with the Red Hat compatible kernel is based on RHEL source code. While you can run your full QA on Oracle Linux it generally is not necessary. What I typically hear from an ISV after doing such is “Wow, you guys are right, Oracle Linux is the same as RHEL, we will paper cert from here on out!”  You may not know this, but when it comes to Linux, Oracle only runs Oracle Linux on our infrastructure. We use no RHEL–zero, zip, zilch, nada. Because Oracle is so confident in our binary compatibility to RHEL, Oracle simply “paper certs” or says RHEL is certified for Oracle applications.

If you opt to certify your user space application on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel then you can deliver your application on the latest cutting edge, high performance kernel allowing ISV customers to ride the speed demon wave. Since the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel uses the same user space libraries as our Red Hat compatible kernel, userspace applications certified on our compatible kernel are certified on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Today I spoke with a large ISV who is certifying on Oracle Linux. In the last six months they’ve seen a huge demand for Oracle Linux requests and within the last few weeks have certified their kernel based application on both the compatible kernel and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. This scenario is being replicated each week by large and small ISVs as demand is driving them to support their customers’ choice of running applications on Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux has support from leading ISVs including:  SAP, EMC, HP, BMC, CA, Symantec, BeyondTrust, Microstrategy, Sungard, NetApp, Informatica, McAfee and Quest software just to name a few.

So now you want to certify on Oracle Linux, what’s the next step - who do you contact? Hit the comments section below and ask us to contact you, read our documentation, tweet us @ORCL_Linux or use good ole email with your request, and we’ll share with you how easy it is to certify. We make it easy.

Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Xeon E5-2600 Server Boards on Oracle HCL

We are happy to announce that Intel Server Boards based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family are now certified on Oracle Linux 6.2 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 and Oracle VM 3.1. The certified servers have gone through comprehensive testing and review by both Intel and Oracle to ensure the complete interoperability between the respective products. The complete list of certified server boards can be obtained from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM hardware certification (HCL) page, as well as from Intel ESAA recipe finder.

The Intel Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) gives resellers and direct Intel OEMs access to wide range of pre-validated configuration guides (“recipes”) jointly developed by Intel and independent hardware and software vendors. Similarly, the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM hardware certification program provides a mechanism for hardware vendors to work with Oracle to establish high quality support for the certified hardware. Close collaboration between Oracle and Intel ESAA teams ensures that our mutual customers benefit from the formal server certification and support from both Intel and Oracle. 

Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hardware Certification Program

The Oracle Linux and Oracle VM are continuing to see growth in IHV (Independent Hardware Vendor) ecosystem. The Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hardware Certification Program, also referred as HCL, provides a formal means for hardware vendors to work with Oracle to establish high quality support for the certified hardware platform. Since the beginning of the program, number of hardware partners have certified range of server platforms on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Currently, HCL lists over 400 certifications from 10 server vendors and the list continues to grow at a rapid pace.

New hardware certification involves close collaboration between Oracle and server partner to ensure that adequate testing is performed on the target server and results are thoroughly reviewed. This rigorous process ensures that when new hardware platform is listed on HCL, it has full support from both Oracle and the respective partner. Additionally, once a certification is achieved with Oracle Linux with the current version of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, future minor updates of the software continue to carry over the certification, reducing the need for a re-certification.

For the complete list of certified hardware, please visit Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Certified Hardware. Also refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
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