Upskilling on RHEL 9 for Partners

September 6, 2022
4 minute read
Related products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Earlier this year, Red Hatannounced the general availability of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 9 (RHEL 9), boasting a more flexible and stable foundation to support hybrid cloud innovation and a faster, more consistent experience for deploying applications and critical workloads across physical, virtual, private and public cloud and edge deployments. Red Hat® Training and Certification has always iterated their offerings in tandem with Red Hat product releases, and the launch of RHEL 9 is no exception. Courses and exams have been updated to reflect changes in the Red Hat product portfolio, so that you are able to access training relevant to the version of Red Hat software that is used in your own working environments.

So, what does this mean for current learners and certificants? Red Hat recognizes that modernization is an evolutionary process and that you need training material that is applicable to your work, regardless of the version that is running in your customers’ environments. Whether you are training on RHEL 8, RHEL 9, or somewhere in between, our training and certification offerings have you covered.

As you begin your training journey, you are given the opportunity to select which release you would like to train on. The gateway to the entirety of the Red Hat portfolio is Red Hat System Administration I (RH124) and Red Hat System Administration II (RH134). Both of these courses have been updated to include a training experience specific to RHEL 9, with minor changes to accommodate the differences in software version. For those who have already begun their training journey with a version of RHEL 8, don’t jump ship quite yet — your training experience will still be applicable regardless of the version you selected. Red Hat’s flagship credential, the Red Hat Certified System Administrator, is version agnostic and can be earned on RHEL 8 or RHEL 9, so there is no immediate need to switch learning paths. 

Here’s what’s new in RHEL 9 that you can now find in Red Hat Training courses:

Installation and Registration

  • Simple Content Access changes subscription management, removing many tasks related to preparing registered systems.
  • Cloud Access methods, images, and registration training content have been created to aid in the understanding of how to deploy simple RHEL instances to the cloud.
  • Kickstart has been simplified and enhanced with updated training to conform to new procedures and syntax.

Software Management

  • Training courses will start using DNF commands to replace YUM commands. YUM is still supported.


  • Network teams are deprecated. The teamed service and the libteam library are deprecated in RHEL 9 and will be removed in the next major release. Our courses will revert to teaching network bonding instead.
  • All firewall infrastructure based on iptables has been removed. The ability to migrate iptables configurations to NFT has been removed. Our courses will teach the standard NFT structures and methods.


  • SSH root access is now disabled by default. RHEL 9 adds the following new options to the root password configuration screen:
    • Lock root account: To lock the root access to the machine
    • Allow root SSH login with password: To enable password-based SSH root logins.
  • Support for disabling SELinux through /etc/selinux/config has been removed.  With this release, support for disabling SELinux through the SELINUX=disabled option in the /etc/selinux/config file has been removed from the kernel. When you disable SELinux only through /etc/selinux/config, the system starts with SELinux enabled but with no policy loaded.


  • The exFAT file system is now supported in RHEL 9. This file system is used for external USB storage, interoperability, and data exchange with other operating systems, especially Windows.
  • VDO management is now built into LVM. Volume management discussions will be updated to new syntax.


  • Containers and tools were added in the most recent update to RH134 and the content remains valid. Podman now supports secure short names, which can be used in our examples.

Red Hat Training and Red Hat® Consulting draw on deep product expertise with a focus on optimizing and modernizing your IT infrastructure, so you can take your business to the next level. As you plan and execute on your customers’ path forward, including a migration to RHEL 9, Red Hat Technical Account Managers (TAMs) serve as a single technical point of contact who help plan and deploy Red Hat software more successfully and with an emphasis on security. We are committed to optimizing and modernizing your IT infrastructure, so you can scale and grow by automating and deploying applications faster. 

Check out the updated RHEL 9 courses here, view all Red Hat Training courses here, or explore the entire Red Hat Partner Training Portal course catalog here.



Philip Sweany
Hybrid Cloud Curriculum Architect
Phil is a Curriculum Architect who specializes in designing Linux administration, systems management, OpenStack, storage, and security training courses for deployment on hybrid cloud infrastructures. He has over 3 decades of experience in technical education and consulting, and has been a senior instructor and engineer with Red Hat Training since 2008.