To install VMWare tools using YUM on CentOS/RHEL 6.5, do the following.

Note, I’m logged in as the ‘root’ user, but you could execute these commands using ‘sudo’ as well.

Step 1: Download and import GPG keys

[root@techedemic /var/tmp]# wget
[root@techedemic /var/tmp]# rpm --import

Step 2: Add VMWare repository

# Create/Modify  /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo, I use 'vim' as an editor
[root@techedemic /var/tmp]# vim /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo

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yum (RHEL/CentOs/SL/etc) has an option which allows you to limit the download rate/amount of bandwidth used to download packages. Here’s how you do it:

Edit the /etc/yum.conf file and add the following line:


The above entry will limit the download rate to 50 kilobytes per second (note, not kilobits) when you do any yum command such as yum install or yum groupinstall , etc.

For Ubuntu/Debian users that use apt, please see this post

So I passed the RHCSA (Red Hat EX200) on Friday with a score of 283/300. I’m ecstatic to say the least!

The pre-exam T&C’s make it very clear that I cannot divulge any information regarding the contents of the exam. I thought I’d share my preparation though.

  • Firstly, I bought and used Michael Jang’s RHCSA/RHCE Linux Certificatrion Study Guide
  • Secondly, VTC’s RHCSA Tutorials is a must have…
  • Lastly, the rebranded distributions (CentOS and Scientific Linux, and probably others as well) are 99% identical (apart from branding) to Red Hat. I didn’t use Scientific Linux at all, but CentOS worked a charm for me. The repositories are free on the rebranded distributions – which is a big plus if you’re on a budget. I’ve heard mention though that you can get trial access to the Red Hat network. I did not try this though.Continue reading