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  • I guess it all comes down to bad marketing. They sell you a bundle as if the course is the solution to the problem of passing the exam. Weird, right?

  • Thanks for sharing your experience @mikerossiter . For me, I already knew that I was borderline passing/failing for LFCS before receiving the score report, but incidentally, I had a similar experience (felt excellent but did bad) with JSNSD very recently.

  • why2
    why2 Posts: 3

    I failed my first exam. I was surprised that they gave me a question how to create and deploy a Docker container. There is no such thing in the preparation course LFS211, and I was not prepared! Is the LFS201 or LFS211 is the right preparation?

  • Hi @why2 ,

    Have you seen Chapter 29. Containers Overview on LFS201?


  • coop
    coop Posts: 763

    LFS201 does indeed have discussion and labs on Docker containers, in the chapter titled "Containers".

    However, please do not content on specific exam questions as it is a violation of the confidentiality agreement you entered into when taking the exam.

  • It would be great to have a section about "Essential Commands" showing not only the basics, but also the most important options. This is also true for all the other topics covered in the exam. Don't get me wrong, but the course does not prepare you for the "Real World" Exam properly.

  • coop
    coop Posts: 763
    edited January 24

    you can find out the important options for virtually any command by doing --help, as in cp --help or of course you can get more detailed information with man cp . In the real world that ** is ** how admins and developers remember things, rather than looking for a set of (digital) cue cards. Of course there are students that prepare them on their own as a learning device (what passes through your fingers may register in your brain). If we were to overemphasize these kinds of reductionist lists there would be students who assume that is all they need to know. So it is against my philosophy, as course author :( I do keep a couple of specialized cheat sheets around, not for basic things but for things that are specialized and I'd sometimes forget, like a list of pacman commands (for Archlinux), a Rosetta stone for apt <-> rpm, etc. (like how to I do rpm -qf /bin/somefileon Debian, etc.

    Anyway, the best thing for you to do create such documentation on your own, but remember you cannot bring that into an exam :)

  • Hi @avmentzer ,

    It would be great to have a section about "Essential Commands" showing not only the basics, but also the most important options.

    I think the most important command options are these you need to apply for certain needs. Not always you will use the same options. Let's think about the 'find' command; it has many options, and any Linux Sysadmin need to use the right options for the current task. So there is no point to make a list with options, because we have the man pages, as Coop said. So, you really need to know what the options are, and how to use them. Also, it's pretty important to know what the capabilities are for each command, and where you can find them easily and fast.


  • Made my day :)

    Altough I was completely new to Linux I passed the exam at the 2nd attempt.

    I encourage everyone not to give up!


  • Congrats! @avmentzer ...me too i get it...So what to do next?

  • kk23
    kk23 Posts: 1
    edited February 3

    Congrats @avmentzer @olivieraf

    Did you use CentOS or Ubuntu and if so what version was it?

    Thank you

  • Congrats @olivieraf , well done 👍.

    I would take a few days off to calm down a little bit.

    @kk Thank you 🙏. I got used to CentOS, I can’t get warm with Ubuntu. Which version it was? I don’t now, but I think the version is not a big deal anyhow.

  • Hello folks,

    Planing to take the exam at the end of the month, do you mind share any tips/tricks for my last preparation days ?
    i will complete the course tomorrow but i still feel short about practice exercises/exams, do you have any ideas regarding this ?

    Thanks in advance for your help and feedback.


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