Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator - RHCVA Training&Certification

Get the skills required to deploy and manage virtual environments

Red Hat Virtualization (RH318) teaches experienced system administrators how to use the virtualization features of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® managed through the Red Hat Virtualization suite.

Ways To Train/Test

Red Hat offers a method of training that is convenient to you - classroom, online, or at your site.

Course overview

Students acquire the skills and knowledge to effectively create, deploy, manage, and migrate Linux virtual machines hosted on either dedicated Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor nodes or Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers using Red Hat Virtualization Manager.

This course also helps candidates prepare for the Red Hat Virtualization Administrator exam (EX318), which, if passed, earns them the Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) certification.

Read the entire course outline for more details.

Course content summary

  • Deploy Red Hat Virtualization.
  • Configure Red Hat Virtualization environment (datacenters, clusters, and storage domains).
  • Install, manage, and troubleshoot virtual machines (servers and desktops).
  • Create virtual machine snapshots.
  • Use templates for rapid virtual machine deployment.
  • Secure Red Hat Virtualization environment with multilevel administrative roles.
  • Monitor and create custom reports.
  • Migrate virtual machines and explore high-availability options.

Audience and prerequisites

  • Experienced Linux system administrators responsible for managing enterprise servers who are interested in learning how to manage large numbers of servers or virtual machines using Red Hat Virtualization
  • IT professionals interested in earning a Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) certification

Prerequisites for this course

IT professionals who have earned an Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) certification or maintain the equivalent experience with Linux.

Outline for this course

Overview of Red Hat Virtualization
Define and discuss general virtualization, Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), and the concept of virtualization in Red Hat Virtualization.
Install, configure, and test manager
Install, configure, secure, and troubleshoot Red Hat Virtualization Manager.
Install and configure hypervisor hosts
Install, configure, upgrade, and troubleshoot Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor.
Create datacenters and clusters
Create datacenters and clusters using Red Hat Virtualization Manager.
Create and maintaining storage
Create and administer data, iso, and export storage domains using Red Hat Virtualization.
Create logical networks
Create logical networks using Red Hat Virtualization Manager.
Deploy virtual machines
Install, deploy, and manage virtual machines (VMs) with appropriate drivers and agents using Red Hat Virtualization.
Manage VM snapshots and images
Manage VMs with snapshots and share images using Red Hat Virtualization.
Automate VM deployment
Utilize templates, pools, and cloud-init to automate deployment of VMs using Red Hat Virtualization.
Monitor and report Red Hat Virtualization
Locate information using the Red Hat Virtualization administration portal to generate reports of the environment.
Overview of advanced Red Hat Virtualization topics
Describe backing up and restoring Red Hat Virtualization, making Red Hat Virtualization highly available, and using the application programming interface (API).
Install and configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux host
Install and configure a Red Hat Enterprise Linux host.
Migrate VMs and configure high availability
Migrate VMs manually and automatically, and configure high availability with live migration using Red Hat Virtualization.
Comprehensive review
Review the course objectives.

Note: Course outline is subject to change with technology advances and as the nature of the underlying job evolves. For questions or confirmation on a specific objective or topic, please contact a training specialist online.

Recommended next exam or course

RHCVA exam (EX318)
Hands-on, performance-based, 3-hour exam.
Earn an RHCVA certification by proving your ability to deploy and manage virtual hosts in production environments using Red Hat Virtualization.

About Classroom Training

Mist instructor-lead classroom courses follow the same best-of-breed training methodology as all Mist branded training. Depending on the course, instructors are  Red Hat Certified Professionals. Topics are introduced in terms of real-world use case, which student then work through using a combination of guided lecture and hands-on lab work.


The Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) exam continues the Red Hat tradition of benchmarking the skills of IT professionals through hands-on skills assessments. Individuals who earn the RHCVA credential have demonstrated the skills and knowledge to create, deploy, and manage Linux and Microsoft Windows virtual machines hosted on either Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers or dedicated hyper visor nodes using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager. An RHCVA credential assures enterprises that their virtualization solutions are administered optimally and establishes credibility for service providers. 

  •  Experienced system administrators who are preparing to adopt and deploy Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to a large number of servers or virtual machines
  •  IT professionals who are evaluating a migration from other virtualization technologies and want to fully understand what skills are needed to administer Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization technology
  •  System administrators whose jobs include managing virtual environments.
  •  Experience using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager and Hyper visor
  •  Experience using and installing software on Microsoft Windows
  •  Experience using VNC to view remote desktops
Exam overview
  •  Performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on live systems, rather than answering questions about how one might perform those tasks
  •  Exam results are emailed within five business days following the exam
Recommended preparation 

To earn the RHCVA certification, students must demonstrate the skills required to be a successful virtualization administrator through a hands-on, half-day exam (EX318). Red Hat recommends that participants augment their skills and build on their expertise by examining the RHCVA Study Guide and attending the RH318 Red Hat Virtualization Administration training course. You will learn the skills you need through hands-on labs and deep dives into the technology balanced with concept-based lectures.