OpenStack COA Exam
Become a Certified OpenStack Administrator with the OpenStack COA Exam
The OpenStack Foundation has developed the OpenStack COA Exam (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.
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Date: Exam may be scheduled anytime within 12 months of purchase.
Cost: $400 AUD
OpenStack COA Exam Overview:
OpenStack skills are in high demand as thousands of companies around the world adopt and productize OpenStack. The OpenStack COA Exam is a vendor neutral professional certification offered by the The OpenStack Foundation. It is designed to help companies identify top talent in the industry, and help job seekers demonstrate their skills.
As an official COA training partner, we can prepare you for the exam through our OpenStack Administration & COA Exam Prep training. This course gives you in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the daily operation of OpenStack clouds.
The current exam is based on the OpenStack Liberty version and covers the core compute, storage and networking services. Learn more about the knowledge requirements and domains covered in the exam and review some COA tips from the OpenStack Foundation.
The Certified OpenStack Administrator is a professional typically with at least six months of OpenStack experience, and has the skills required to provide day-to-day operation and management of an OpenStack cloud.
- Understand the components that make up the cloud
- Use the OpenStack API/CLI
- 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
- Verify operation of the Dashboard
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
The OpenStack COA Exam (Certified OpenStack Administration Exam & Certification) is a performance-based exam and Candidates will need to perform tasks or solve problems using the command line interface and Horizon dashboard, based on OpenStack Liberty. For exam security, Candidates are monitored virtually by a proctor during the exam session via streaming audio, video, and screensharing feeds. The screensharing feed allows proctors to view candidates’ desktops (including all monitors). The audio, video and screensharing feeds will be stored for a limited period of time in the event that there is a subsequent need for review.
Candidates are required to provide a means of photo identification before the OpenStack COA Exam can be launched. Acceptable forms of photo ID include current, non-expired: passport, government-issued driver’s license/permit, national ID card, state or province-issued ID card, or other form of government issued identification. If acceptable proof of identification is not provided to the exam proctor prior to the exam, entry to the exam will be refused. Candidates who are refused entry due to lack of sufficient ID will not be eligible for a refund or rescheduling.
One (1) free retake per Exam purchase will be granted in the event that a passing score is not achieved and Candidate has not otherwise been deemed ineligible for Certification or retake. The free retake must be taken within 12 months of the date of the original Exam purchase.
OpenStack release being tested
Liberty. The 12th release of OpenStack.
The Certified OpenStack Administrator certification is valid for 36 months after the passing date. After 36 months, test takers will need to resit the exam to remain certified.
Candidates are required to provide their own front-end hardware (laptop or workstation) with Chrome or Chromium browser, reliable internet access, and a webcam and microphone in order to sit for the OpenStack COA exam. Candidates do not need to provide their own Linux installation or VM; they will be presented with a VM in their browser window using a terminal emulator. Candidates should use the compatibility check tool to verify that their system and testing environment meet the minimum requirements.
Upon completion, exams are scored automatically and a score report will be made available within three (3) business days. If a passing score of 76 or higher is achieved and other applicable requirements for Certification have been fulfilled, a notification indicating the Candidate has been successfully Certified will follow the score report. Candidate will receive a certificate and logo for personal use.