Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA)

OpenStack skills are in high demand as companies around the world expand their cloud infrastructure with OpenStack.

Overview

The Certified OpenStack Administrator exam is the first professional certification offered by the OpenStack Foundation. Delivered by The Linux Foundation, it is designed to help companies in their OpenStack administrator recruitment efforts as well as a way for candidates to validate their skills to employers.

Domains & Competencies

The OpenStack Foundation has developed the Certified OpenStack Administrator exam which offers a career-path based Certification for OpenStack professionals. The exam is performance-based and will test the baseline skills of an OpenStack Administrator, a person with at least 6 months of OpenStack experience who provides day-to-day operation and management of an OpenStack cloud.

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Below are the specific content areas (Domains) and the specific tasks on which candidates may be expected to demonstrate their knowledge.

Getting to know OpenStack – 3%

  • Understand the components that make up the cloud
  • Use the OpenStack API/CLI

Identity management – 12%

  • Manage Keystone catalogue services and endpoints
  • Manage/Create domains, groups, projects, users, and roles
  • Create roles for the environment
  • Manage the identity service
  • Verify operation of the Identity service

Dashboard – 3%

  • Verify operation of the Dashboard

Compute – 15%

  • Manage flavors
  • Manage compute instance actions (e.g. launch, shutdown, terminate)
  • Manage Nova user keypairs
  • Launch a new instance
  • Shutdown an Instance
  • Terminate Instance
  • Configure an Instance with a Floating IP address
  • Manage project security group rules
  • Assign security group to Instance
  • Assign floating IP address to Instance
  • Detach floating IP address from Instance
  • Manage Nova host consoles (rdp, spice, tty)
  • Access an Instance using a keypair
  • Manage instance snapshots
  • Manage Nova compute servers
  • Manage quotas
  • Get Nova stats (hosts, services, tenants)
  • Verify operation of the Compute service

Object Storage – 10%

  • Manage access to object storage
  • Manage expiring objects
  • Manage storage policies
  • Monitor space available for object store
  • Verify operation of Object Storage
  • Manage permissions on a container in object storage

Block Storage – 10%

  • Manage volume
  • Create volume group for block storage
  • Create a new Block Storage Volume and mount it to a Nova Instance
  • Manage quotas
  • Manage volumes quotas
  • Manage volumes backups
  • Backup and restore volumes
  • Manage volume snapshots (e.g, take, list, recover)
  • Verify that block storage can perform snapshotting function
  • Snapshot volume
  • Manage volumes encryption
  • Set up storage pools
  • Monitor reserve capacity of block storage devices
  • Analyze discrepancies in reported volume sizes

Networking – 16%

  • Manage network resources (e.g., routers, subnets)
  • Create external networks
  • Create project networks
  • Create project routers
  • Manage network services for a virtual environment
  • Manage project security group rules
  • Manage quotas
  • Verify operation of network service
  • Manage network interfaces on compute instances
  • Troubleshoot network issues for a tenant network (enter namespace, run tcpdump, etc)

Heat/Orchestration – 8%

  • Launch a stack using a Heat/Orchestration template (e.g., storage, network, and compute)
  • Use Heat/Orchestration CLI and Dashboard
  • Verify Heat/Orchestration stack is working
  • Verify operation of Heat/Orchestration
  • Create a Heat/Orchestration template that matches a specific scenario
  • Update a stack
  • Obtain detailed information about a stack

Troubleshooting – 13%

  • Analyze log files
  • Backup the database(s) used by an OpenStack instance
  • Centralize and analyze logs (e.g.,/var/log/COMPONENT_NAME, Database Server, Messaging Server, Web Server, syslog)
  • Analyze database servers
  • Analyze Host/Guest OS and Instance status
  • Analyze messaging servers
  • Analyze meta data servers
  • Analyze network status (physical & virtual)
  • Analyze storage status (local, block & object)
  • Manage OpenStack Services
  • Diagnose service incidents
  • Digest OpenStack environment (Controller, Compute, Storage and Network nodes)
  • Direct logging files through centralized logging system
  • Backup and restore an OpenStack instance
  • Troubleshoot network performance

Image management – 10%

  • Deploy a new image to an OpenStack instance
  • Manage image types and backends
  • Manage images (e.g. add, update, remove)
  • Verify operation of the Image Service

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Exam Details

This exam is intended for OpenStack professionals with at least six months of experience managing an OpenStack cloud environment. The certification is valid for 36 months after the passing date. After that time, candidates will need to retake the exam to remain certified. Candidates have 2.5 hours to complete the exam.

Policies & Resources

Please review the OpenStack Certification Candidate Handbook and Linux Foundation certification FAQ and policies below.

At a Glance

Exam Delivery

Online

Duration of Exam

2.5 Hours

Certification Valid

3 Years

Includes

  • 6 Month Exam Eligibility
  • Free Exam Retake
  • PDF Certificate

Experience Level

   Intermediate

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