All in all a success, I think. I certainly learnt a lot, and passed the exam.
As anyone who has done the RHCE exam knows, I can't really talk about any of the details. But I think the following would be helpful to others like myself:
- If you're experienced in unix systems administration, and are used to administering applications, you should cope. Easily.
- With experience on other platforms, the rapid-track course is very useful.
- The RHCE exam covers a lot of application ground. For me, it was really a case of learning how Red Hat has its own tweaks (and how things like the firewall and SELinux interact with applications).
- I found that going away for the course was really helpful. It allowed me to focus on the course without distractions.
Red Hat do a transition course for Solaris Administrators. I thought about that, and skipped it. I had no problem adjusting to RHEL, so I'm not sure what value the course for Solaris admins would be - I would have thought that if you're a bit unsure, then doing the full RHCE course rather that the Solaris course with the fast-track would be a better bet.