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RHCE Exam Objective: Use Firewalld

by on Nov.06, 2016, under Uncategorized

Just going to cover the basics, for reference refer to manpage.

Check what the current active zones:

# firewall-cmd –get-active-zones




Check the config of a zone

# firewall-cmd –info-zone=public








Open a port for a service in an active zone. Note that this is temporary. A reload or reboot of the firewall will blow this config away.
# firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-service=http

Close a port for a service in an active zone. Note that this too is temporary.
# firewall-cmd –zone=public –remove-service=http

To make this change active and permanent the command needs to be run twice, once with –permanent in place.
# firewall-cmd –permanent –zone=public –add-service=http
# firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-service=http

Now view the info for the zone and notice how the http service has been added.









Configuring a host to work as a NAT gateway

To enable NAT you first need to configure the kernel to forward IPv4 traffic. This can be done by adding the following file to
/etc/sysctl.d/98-ipv4-forward.conf with the following contents.

# cat /etc/sysctl.d/98-ipv4-forward.conf
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1

To immediately enable this setting then run the following command.

# sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1


Next add your interfaces to different zones and reload the firewalld config.

# firewall-cmd –zone=external –add-interface=enp0s3 –permanent
# firewall-cmd –zone=internal –add-interface=Team1 –permanent
# firewall-cmd –complete-reload

Next enable masquarading on your external interface.
# firewall-cmd –zone=external –add-masquerade –permanent

Then add a postrouting rule using rich iptables rules.
# firewall-cmd –permanent –direct –passthrough ipv4 -t nat -I POSTROUTING -o enp0s3 -j MASQUERADE -s

There use to be an issue where after a restart the adapter would lose its zone config because it was not added into the ifcfg- file. This seems to no longer be the case in RHEL7.3, but it is something to watch for on the RHCE exam if it is an older version.


As a test I pinged an ip address on the internet from the client VM and ran tcpdump on the server VM. As you can see the ICMP traffic is traversing through the server VM as expected.











For more information on the configuring RHEL7 as a NAT Gateway check out this blog.

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RHCE 7 Exam Objective: Route IP traffic

by on Nov.06, 2016, under Uncategorized

Route IP traffic

Don’t over think this one. It is actually pretty simple.

This is not a permanent config and will disappear after restart.
On the server VM run the following command.
# ip addr add dev Team1

On the client VM run the following command.
# ip route add dev Team1

You can test by trying to ping from the client VM.

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RHCE 7 Exam Objective: Configure IPv6

by on Nov.06, 2016, under Uncategorized

Configure IPv6

This was a little painful, it maybe an issue with VBox, teaming, or IPv6. I expect in the EX300 exam simply adding the IPV6ADDR=wxyz.wxyz… and nmcli con reload will work with out any issues. To get this working on my VBox setup took a lot more work and research.


First, here is the configuration of the NAT network.


Next, there was an issue with duplicate local IPv6 addresses. First, I disabled IPv6 on the enp0s8 and enp0s9, then I disabled dad, on both the server and client VMs.


Here are the relevent sections in /etc/sysconfig/network-scrtips/ifcfg-enp0s[8-9]



Then I added this file and contents to disable dad:

# cat /etc/sysctl.d/90-ipv6-disable-dad.conf


Then I went to this site to generate a local Unique Local Address (ULA):

You can just pick the first subnet.

My subnet was fdf8:d910:d680::/64.

I used fdf8:d910:d680::0001/64 server VM IPv6 address and fdf8:d910:d680::0002/64 for the client VM Ipv6 address.

Example: Add this line to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-Team1 on the server VM


Then start the VMs once this is completed.

To test, I tried pinging the client VM from itself, which was successful.

Then I attempted to ping the client VM from the server VM which was also successful.

If you want my info on IPv6 their are excellent tutorials at the site TunnelBroker. They also have an interesting service that allows you to tunnel IPv6 over IPv4, but the last time I checked they had a feud with Cogent Communications that broke half the IPv6 internet.

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RHCE 7 Begin Here

by on Nov.06, 2016, under Uncategorized

The RHCE 7 is a comprehensive exam, Red Hat provides the exam objectives. I have copied the objectives to a seperate page, each objective will link to its own page covering that objective and the easiest/quickest/dirtiest way to address it.


But before you can begin you need to configure some virtual machines.

In my case I am running OS X + VirtualBox. In this case virtualbox gives me the flexibility I need to run multiple Linux VMs. Vbox has a snapshotting feature which will allow me to recover from a faulty configuration. In addition Vbox is a very mature product.


I have two RHEL7 (substitute CentOSY if you do not have access to RHEL7 with little worries) virtual machines, configured with 1 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and 3 network adapters.

You might ask why there are three network adapters? This is not very unusual, you usually have a management interfaces, we will use the other two interfaces for a team (think bonded) interface, which is also the first exam objective.

Here is a screenshot of the first network adapter interface, as you can see it is a NAT interface, I also setup some port forwarding rules so I can run the VM headless and ssh directly from my terminal of choice in OS X.


Here is a screen shot of the second interface, the third interface should have the same network and config.



After the network is configured you can install the RHEL7 OS. After the OS is installed you should take a snapshot, then update the OS and take a snapshot, then you can begin the first exam objective. After you successfully complete an objective, take a snapshot, so you can recover from any issues you encounter.

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RHCE 7 Exam Objective: Use network teaming

by on Nov.06, 2016, under Uncategorized

Use network teaming or bonding to configure aggregated network links between two Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems

We will cover configuring a team interface in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 using the nmcli command line utility.

Protip: Don’t try to use the nmtui command, there are reports that there is a bug in this utility and that it will crash. Instead use the nmcli utility, I know it seems daunting but there are good example in the man pages. You can find the team example by viewing the nmcli manpage, at  bottom you will find nmcli-examples.

Here is a sample of my theorhetical server config with a team interface configured with the ip of It probably needs to be tweaked for a prod environment, like DEFROUTE=yes may not be a good idea, but it is quick and dirty and works.

First configure the team interface on both hosts, in this example I am using the enp0s8 and enp0s9 interfaces.

# nmcli con add type team con-name Team1 ifname Team1
# nmcli con add type ethernet con-name Team1-slave1 ifname enp0s8 master Team1
# nmcli con add type ethernet con-name Team1-slave2 ifname enp0s9 master Team1


Second, edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s[8-9] to ensure that the interfaces have ONBOOT=yes.

[root@server ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s8

Next, edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-Team1, in this case I set BOOTPROTO=static, ONBOOT=yes, and IPADDR=

[root@server ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-Team1

I just rebooted the server and client VMs in order to get the interfaces working, but you can try nmcli con reload.


Repeat with similar parameters for your client vm and test.


Here is some sample output showing the server host successfully pinging the client host.

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RHCE 7 Exam Objectives

by on Nov.06, 2016, under Uncategorized

RHCE 7 Exam Objectives

This page will contain the RHCE7 exam objectives for the exam EX300 published here on Sunday November 6, 2016. No warranty or guarantee that these topics will be applicable when you begin your review of the exam.

System configuration and management

Network services

Network services are an important subset of the exam objectives. RHCE candidates should be capable of meeting the following objectives for each of the network services listed below:

  • Install the packages needed to provide the service
  • Configure SELinux to support the service
  • Use SELinux port labeling to allow services to use non-standard ports
  • Configure the service to start when the system is booted
  • Configure the service for basic operation
  • Configure host-based and user-based security for the service


  • Configure a virtual host
  • Configure access restrictions on directories
  • Deploy a basic CGI application
  • Configure group-managed content
  • Configure TLS security


  • Configure a caching-only name server
  • Troubleshoot DNS client issues


  • Provide network shares to specific clients
  • Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration
  • Use Kerberos to control access to NFS network shares


  • Provide network shares to specific clients
  • Provide network shares suitable for group collaboration


  • Configure a system to forward all email to a central mail server


  • Configure key-based authentication
  • Configure additional options described in documentation


  • Synchronize time using other NTP peers

Database services

  • Install and configure MariaDB
  • Backup and restore a database
  • Create a simple database schema
  • Perform simple SQL queries against a database
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How to install WordPress on myweb

by on Sep.17, 2014, under Uncategorized

On Windows you will need to use putty to connect to circe.rc.usf.edu, if you are using a Mac or Linux you can use a regular terminal to ssh to circe.rc.usf.edu.

Once connected to circe
$ cd public_html
$ wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
$ wget http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/sqlite-integration.1.7.zip
$ tar zxvf latest.tar.gz
$ unzip sqlite-integration.1.7.zip
$ mv sqlite-integration/ wordpress/wp-content/plugins/
$ cp wordpress/wp-content/plugins/sqlite-integration/db.php wordpress/wp-content/
$ cp wordpress/wp-config-sample.php wordpress/wp-config.php

Well, it does not seem like this task will be possible, because the unix admins have been slacking.

When you go to


You are greeted by the unpleasant message –
Your server is running PHP version 5.1.6 but WordPress 4.0 requires at least 5.2.4.

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Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA): Passed

by on Apr.11, 2014, under Uncategorized

Today I took the RHCSA exam, here in Tampa, FL. Mostly barred from commenting on the exam, but it wasn’t to straining. Though I definitely made some mistakes.

Here is a link to verify my results.

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March 5k: March Mustache Clearwater 5k

by on Mar.30, 2014, under Uncategorized

Even though this was my third 5k this year, it was the most difficult to complete. There were two reasons, first I didn’t feel great, the second reason was the bridge. This race starts by climbing the bridge which is listed as 74 feet clearance above the waterway, this means the decks is probably 86 feet at it’s peak. This was a huge shock to a Florida boy, 5k’s are suppose to be flat. So you climb this bridge almost immediately, you go up a cork screw, which I think lessens the gradient a bit in the beginning, then once on the bridge you continue upward, here the pack was pretty tight and people didn’t start spreading out until we started going down the bridge, you finally get to start coasting down the bridge, and the next 1.5 miles is a flat stretch along the causeway. Then you turn around and make a 1.5 mile return along the causeway back to the bridge. You must climb the bridge again, the second time was of course much harder, fighting a strong wind (it had been storming most of the day, but cleared shortly before the race). After cresting the bridge for the second time it was all down hill, back down through the corkscrew and then 150 meters or so to the finish line. All in all due to the elevation change, which I had never experienced in a race, this event was extremely difficult. My rank was 47 out of 62, the bottom 25%, hopefully after dropping some pounds I can at least make my way into the 50th percentile.


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February 5k: Gasparilla Distance Classic

by on Mar.18, 2014, under Uncategorized

The Gasparilla Distance Classic is one of the largest and oldest races in the Tampa Bay Area. I ran it back in high school and for nostalgias sake wanted thought it appropriate to run the race again 20 years later. Oh how times have changed, besides being at least 80 pounds heavier than in high school, my overall time was 34:17 (20 seconds better than the I Will Inspire 5k in January), still it was approximately 10 minutes slower then the time I ran the race in high school.

This race is crowded, I ran in the fast race, still I’m pretty slow so I was about 2/3 of the way back, around the 11 minute mile pace runner. You are almost body to body with the other runners, especially in the beginning, while running in the crowd people will just give up and start walking a lot of them didn’t even have the decency to move out of the way out of the main body of the group. This causes your pace to go up and down constantly, it probably slowed me down by a minute overall. Besides the crowds and rude people it was very muggy that day, out on the Bayshore, your sweat just stuck to you and you were completely drenched. I finished right behind the 11 minute mile pace runner, this time I did improve my time over the January 5k: I Will Inspire. Lets see what we can do in March.

Here is a link to the Gasparilla results.

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